Democrat Nunn highlights Bush 41 in first ad
April 3rd, 2014
12:33 PM ET
7 months ago

Democrat Nunn highlights Bush 41 in first ad

(CNN) - Democratic Senate candidate Michelle Nunn of Georgia is playing up her work for former Republican President George H.W. Bush in the first television commercial of her Senate campaign.

"While leading President Bush's Points of Light Foundation, we grew it into the world's largest organization dedicated to volunteer service," Nunn says in the ad.

Nunn was chief executive of the nonprofit volunteer organization before taking a leave of absence to run for the Senate.

Democrats hope Nunn is their ticket to winning the Republican-held open Senate seat in Georgia, a state with changing demographics. GOP Sen. Saxby Chambliss announced last year that he wouldn't run for re-election in 2014.

While Georgia's Latino and African-American populations - traditional Democratic voting blocs - are increasing, it's still considered a red state. It remained comfortably in the Republican camp in the 2012 presidential election, and the GOP currently controls all of its statewide offices.

So it shouldn't be a surprise that Nunn highlighted her work with a high-profile Republican such as Bush, as she also did last July when she announced her Senate bid.

Nunn is the daughter of Sam Nunn, who represented Georgia for 24 years in the Senate and was known as a moderate Democrat with strong foreign policy and national security credentials.

"Some people ask me why, with all the dysfunction in Washington, I'm running for Senate. In the end, I think it comes down to me being an optimist," Nunn says in the spot.

"I've seen firsthand the power of individuals to work with businesses, charitable and religious organizations to make change. I know things can be better."

Nunn's campaign tells CNN that the spot speaks for itself. The campaign characterizes the ad buy as "major," but refused to give specifics on how much money is being spent to run the spot, or when and where it will run on television.

National Republicans were quick to respond to Nunn's commercial.

"Democrat Michelle Nunn's first ad is just smoke-and-mirrors, because her first vote in Washington will be to re-elect Harry Reid as the leader of the Senate," said Republican National Committee Spokesman Jahan Wilcox.

"Given that Senator Reid openly admits that Michelle Nunn is crucial to implementing President Barack Obama's agenda, it's clear she'll be anything but bipartisan in the U.S. Senate."

Nunn's first ad comes just a few days after the Ending Spending Action Fund, a pro-Republican outside group, went up with a TV commercial tying the Democrat to the President and to the Affordable Care Act, which is better known as Obamacare.

While Nunn does not face any major opposition for the Democratic nomination, Reps. Paul Broun, Phil Gringrey and Jack Kingston, former Georgia Secretary of State Karen Handel and businessman David Perdue are the major candidates in a crowded Republican field battling for the GOP Senate nod.

Democrats currently hold a 55-45 majority in the Senate (53 Democrats and two Independents who caucus with the party), but are defending 21 of the 36 seats up in November, with half of those seats in red or purple states.

Georgia and Kentucky are the two states where Democrats feel they have a good chance at winning back GOP-held seats.

Politico was first to report on Nunn's first ad.

 


Filed under: 2014 • Georgia • Michelle Nunn • Senate • Senate Race
soundoff (61 Responses)
  1. Malory Archer

    smith

    @Malory- You might want to google major donors to the democrat party. The dems are on take just like the repubs.

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    I did. Those "major donors to the 'Democratic' party" are all organizations made up of millions of individual American workers such as healthcare professionals, hospitality staff and others who provide the rest of us with goods and services that allow the rest of us to have peace of mind to go about our business. The right OTOH, gets their $$$ from a handful of deep pockets, either directly or through shadow PACs fully funded by that handful of deep pockets who charter busses to transport their paid useful idiots to wave confederate flags outside the WH and physically attack those with whom they disagree among other despicable acts of "courage".

    April 3, 2014 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  2. Tampa Tim

    Sanford, the South Carolina family values, Appalachian Trail, South American swinger, made his run for congress against Nancy Pelosi, instead of his opponent Colbert, and it worked for him. So, for low information republican voters, the Republican Party in GA is going to run against Harry Reid?

    April 3, 2014 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  3. just asking

    that's interesting.... a democrat candidate using a republican president from 24 years ago to help deceive people into thinking she's close to him in positions and approach to government. the left continues their campaign of lies and deceit.

    where are the ads with obama? the one she will be voting to support 100% of the time?

    April 3, 2014 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  4. Rudy NYC

    just asking

    that's interesting.... a democrat candidate using a republican president from 24 years ago to help deceive people into thinking she's close to him in positions and approach to government. the left continues their campaign of lies and deceit.

    where are the ads with obama? the one she will be voting to support 100% of the time?
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    Uh, ahem, excuse me. Bush-41 is closer to her on issues than you are. :)

    April 3, 2014 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  5. Tampa Tim

    You right wingnuts may not know this, but a lot of us have positive feelings about the senior Bush, but reject the son for his unnecessary wars, recession, record job loss, and $1.5 trillion deficit. By the same token, I doubt if you will see any republican asking W to campaign with them.

    April 3, 2014 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  6. Tommy G

    Malory Archer
    Those "major donors to the 'Democratic' party" are all organizations made up of millions of individual American workers such as healthcare professionals, hospitality staff and others who provide the rest of us with goods and services that allow the rest of us to have peace of mind to go about our business.
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    Oh really! All of those people are Democrats huh? Of course not. But all of their money is forcably taken from them by their union masters in the force of 'dues' to funnel straight to the Democrat Party. Is is why the Democrats are their puppets, hundreds of millions in money and free campaign labor. Dance Democrat puppets! Dance!! The union commands you to DANCE!

    April 3, 2014 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  7. Anonymous

    Nunn is the daughter of Sam Nunn, who represented Georgia for 24 years in the Senate and was known as a moderate Democrat with strong foreign policy and national security credentials.
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    I remember Sam Nunn, a blue dog Democrat. The type that the far left progressive/socialist/communist Democrat Party attacks and gets rid of as DINOs. Sam Nunn would be a Republican today, as would JFK, one of the first to propose cutting taxes to stimulate the economy.

    The Democrat Party is so extreme in its far left agenda that anybody close to the middle of the road has no place in the party. Just ask Joe Lieberman, a former Democrat VP candidate. They ran him right out of town.

    April 3, 2014 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  8. Obama Hug Dept.

    We are still awaiting a request from Michelle Nunn for Obama to come down and campaign and issue his standard Obama Hug of Death. Our calendar is wide open for some reason.... That Liar of the Year award really hurt our business.

    April 3, 2014 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  9. Malory Archer

    Tommy G

    Malory Archer
    Those "major donors to the 'Democratic' party" are all organizations made up of millions of individual American workers such as healthcare professionals, hospitality staff and others who provide the rest of us with goods and services that allow the rest of us to have peace of mind to go about our business.
    -–

    Oh really! All of those people are Democrats huh? Of course not. But all of their money is forcably taken from them by their union masters in the force of 'dues' to funnel straight to the Democrat Party. Is is why the Democrats are their puppets, hundreds of millions in money and free campaign labor. Dance Democrat puppets! Dance!! The union commands you to DANCE!

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    NO employee is "forced" to join a union, babe. However, whether they choose to join or not, they enjoy all the benefits that union members have fought, and in some cases have died to obtain, but you just keep right on believing that they're being "forced" into something they don't want to do if if helps you sleep at night.

    April 3, 2014 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  10. tom l

    What so hard to believe about it? It's the truth. The right wing totally flipped out. They demanded evidence. They credited the people who carried out the raid. They've reached the point now where there are conspiracy theories that claim it was all another lie that's been told by the Obama administration.

    Your stereotypical reality has no authority to admonish anyone about partisanship with your worship of Rand Paul
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    Let's address all of these ridiculous statements one at a time.

    "The right wing totally flipped out." – I don't recall that whatsoever. Please name the repub politician that "flipped out" and said anything other than it was a good thing to kill Bin Laden.
    "They demanded evidence. They credited the people who carried out the raid." – I know. Such a terrible thing to want evidence for something rather than just trusting the govt. And it's really horrible to credit the actual people who risked their lives in the mission.
    "They've reached the point now where there are conspiracy theories that claim it was all another lie that's been told by the Obama administration." – Perhaps some crazy outliers but, again, find me the repub politician that has claimed it to be a conspiracy.
    "Your stereotypical reality has no authority to admonish anyone about partisanship with your worship of Rand Paul" – First off, I'm not like you. This line by you shows your ignorance because you do feel the emotion of admiring politicians that are on your side and feel that they really care about you. I don't worship any politician. Rand Paul is the one guy that is attempting to break free from the repub establishment and talk about issues that actually appeal to liberals (of which he is on their side – the NSA, drone strikes, restoring voter rights for convicted felons, to name a few). The fact that you think I worship any politician shows how little you know.

    You think you know how a conservative or classical liberal thinks but you have no idea because you are not one nor do you care to educate yourself. You can speak of what you know – which is the liberal mindset – but you prove time and again your complete ignorance of how a conservative or a classical liberal would view an issue. You are in a bubble. It's sad. Every single line in your response shows how little you understand the other side.

    April 3, 2014 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  11. Ray E (Georgia)

    Well,
    Haven't seen enough of Michelle to have an opinion but will remind some of you that one of the last democrat senators from Georgia was Max Cleland. He voted more with the liberals in Washington than the more Conservative base in Georgia. He lasted one Term.

    April 3, 2014 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  12. Rudy NYC

    "Oh really! All of those people are Democrats huh? Of course not. But all of their money is forcably taken from them by their union masters in the force of 'dues' to funnel straight to the Democrat Party. Is is why the Democrats are their puppets, hundreds of millions in money and free campaign labor. Dance Democrat puppets! Dance!! The union commands you to DANCE!"
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    Union dues pay for lots of things besides campaign donations, which the members vote on, BTW. Every union that I'm familiar with is a non-profit group.

    Let's compare life on the other side of the fence. How about Hobby Lobby or Walmart? You're forced to work for slave wages while tanker loads of profits are anonymously given to politicians to insure that you do not move up the socio-economic ladder. You do not even get a vote, or a say, in where political donations are made. It's all done behind closed doors, intentionally keeping you in the dark.

    April 3, 2014 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  13. Swedge70

    just asking

    where are the ads with obama? the one she will be voting to support 100% of the time?
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    Apparently you're unaware that it's generally those on the right that walk in lockstep with the leaders of the party, not those on the left. That's why Republicans have been able to do so much for so long, they haven't had to deal with people that disagree within their own party.

    April 3, 2014 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  14. smith

    @Malory-All in the millions-F. Eychner-12.9, J.Simons-7.8, A,Goldman-4.0, The Katzenburgs-3.5, The Andersons-3.4,J. Stryker-2.4, G.Soros-2.4.

    April 3, 2014 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  15. Tampa Tim

    There are 14.5 million union workers in the US. While not all of them are democrats, I am sure they would agree that the money " forcibly? " taken from them in dues is far less than the pay raises, retirement benefits, legal representation, safety regulations, health benefits that they enjoy by being in a union. Most workers, union or non union, benefit from gains unions have made. Not all workers come from the "something for nothing" Republican Party.

    April 3, 2014 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  16. Bill from GA

    'Ending Spending', a Super Pac funded in part by Sheldon Adelson, has already started running ads against Ms Nunn. I wonder what the 50% of their spending is that is NOT politics, as required by law. Is the IRS afraid to investigate these groups now?

    And our Senator, Saxby Chambliss, recently said he would support anyone running for his seat, as long as it was a Republican. Party before Country,right, Saxby?

    April 3, 2014 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  17. Tampa Tim

    Nanny state Ray – Max Cleland voted for veterans, and that is something you will never see Saxby Chambliss or any other republican doing.

    April 3, 2014 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  18. Tommy G

    Malory Archer
    NO employee is "forced" to join a union, babe. However, whether they choose to join or not, they enjoy all the benefits that union members have fought, and in some cases have died to obtain, but you just keep right on believing that they're being "forced" into something they don't want to do if if helps you sleep at night.
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    So union members can decide not to pay union dues because they are a Republican and don't want their dues money going to support the election of Democrats? How totally ludicrous. Malory Archer you have lost what little credibility you ever had. It is simply incredible the lies the lefties will spew in here non-stop, trying to suck in the low IQ voter.

    Liar of the Year should be awarded to the entire Democrat Party.

    April 3, 2014 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  19. smith

    @Malory-Btw, what is this non-sense of people being bussed and attacking people? A simple google search brought up the names I have posted that donated in the millions. You can stop lying now.

    April 3, 2014 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  20. Bill from GA

    just asking – " that's interesting.... a democrat candidate using a republican president from 24 years ago to help deceive people into thinking she's close to him in positions and approach to government. the left continues their campaign of lies and deceit. "

    Ms Nunn is probably closer to George the First than any of the conservative nutjobs running against her. You probably know NOTHING about her, or the repub opposition in the Georgia Senate race, but that won't stop you from blabbering away with your rightie nonsense.

    April 3, 2014 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  21. Malory Archer

    smith

    @Malory-All in the millions-F. Eychner-12.9, J.Simons-7.8, A,Goldman-4.0, The Katzenburgs-3.5, The Andersons-3.4,J. Stryker-2.4, G.Soros-2.4.

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    How much did they contribute compared to the right's deep-pocketed owners, and to to whom did they make those donations?

    April 3, 2014 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  22. Rudy NYC

    tom l. wrote:

    ... ... "Your stereotypical reality has no authority to admonish anyone about partisanship with your worship of Rand Paul" – First off, I'm not like you. This line by you shows your ignorance because you do feel the emotion of admiring politicians that are on your side and feel that they really care about you. I don't worship any politician. Rand Paul is the one guy that is attempting to break free from the repub establishment and talk about issues that actually appeal to liberals (of which he is on their side – the NSA, drone strikes, restoring voter rights for convicted felons, to name a few). The fact that you think I worship any politician shows how little you know. ... ...
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    Maybe worship is the wrong term. Let's try love struck on for size. Paul can do no wrong by you, he can even support and endorse bigotry, rationalizing as a form of free speech. I must admit, that's a pretty good spin on being a racist, because if he runs for president he can just claim that his father exercised his freedom of speech, and be PROUD of his father's bigotry.

    I find bigotry to be ap-Paul-ling. Considering how this country was founded upon the principle of "all mean are created equal", to condone and defend behaviors [not serving customers] that run contrary to equality is a game breaker. You can keep Ron, Rand, and his entire clan of followers. The ACT of practicing bigotry is NOT free speech. It's racism.

    April 3, 2014 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  23. just saying

    Rudy NYC
    Union dues pay for lots of things besides campaign donations, which the members vote on, BTW. Every union that I'm familiar with is a non-profit group.
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    oh yeah, some non-profit group! ever see those lavish union hq buildings? union reps and leaders with fat 6 figure salaries, free cars, cadillac healthcare, you name it, the sky is the limit.

    the unions are nothing short of organized crime, which they were many years ago, before the government supposedly cleaned them up, and replaced the mob leaders with democrat criminals instead.

    April 3, 2014 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  24. Tampa Tim

    Tommy G – Huh? Did you read her post? Most unions will allow you to be exempt from political action.

    April 3, 2014 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  25. Bill from GA

    Ray E (Georgia) – RE: Max Cleland.

    Senator Cleland probably lost because ignorant righties in Georgia believed the lies told by the likes of Ann Coulter and spread by the rightie propaganda machine. An honored war veteran smeared by the right-wing press. That's one of their favorite tricks. Anything to win.

    April 3, 2014 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
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