July 10th, 2007
04:00 PM ET
12 years ago

DSCC targets four senators in first 2008 ad buy

The DSCC is targeting McConnell and three other GOP senators over Iraq.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC) is hitting the television airwaves for the first time this election cycle to target four potentially vulnerable Republican senators over their past support of the Iraq war.

GOP Sens. Susan Collins of Maine, Norm Coleman of Minnesota, John Sununu of New Hampshire, and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky are the subjects of the new ads, which began airing in their home states Tuesday.

Collins, Sununu, and Coleman have supported the president's policy in Iraq in the past, but have since come out against the troop increase there. McConnell has expressed reservation with the policy but has delayed a final judgment on it until a progress report is released in September.

The ads scroll through several news clips reporting negative news out of Iraq and directly attack each senator specifically for voting to support the war.

“Four times this year Republican senators have had the opportunity to support a new direction in Iraq, and four times they have instead voted for George Bush’s failed status quo,” DSCC spokesman Matthew Miller said in a statement. “This week they have a chance to listen to their constituents and do the right thing for the country. It’s time for Republican senators to stop taking their marching orders from the president and vote to end this war.”

Collins, Sununu, and Coleman are considered to be three of the most vulnerable senators facing reelection in 2008. McConnell may also face a tough reelection fight.

- CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney

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  1. Ann Brunswick ME

    Democrats are no longer serving this country, they are serving themselves.

    July 11, 2007 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |

    The truth is. The statement Obama made was not the senator playing the race card. The incident he referred to, was one in which a black male is the subject. We the people need to be aware of the fact that it is not always race, color, or the many other differences we have that give way to prejudice, unfair treatment, crime, injustice, hatred, and etc., BUT, it is a fact that there are groups that are more susceptable to these bigotries than other groups are.
    To deny, ignore, or sweep under the rug will not help correct the problems of our UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. One nation under GOD is not what we see.

    July 12, 2007 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |