Top Senate Republican going up early with re-election ads
March 12th, 2013
01:24 PM ET
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Top Senate Republican going up early with re-election ads

(CNN) - It's only March of 2013, but Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is going up with the first TV commercial of his 2014 re-election bid.

The Kentucky Republican's campaign confirms to CNN that they'll begin running a television spot starting Thursday. The campaign characterizes the spot as positive and that it will have "a female focus to it." The campaign says they're spending six-figures to run the commercial for a week in the Louisville and Lexington markets, which cover most of Kentucky.

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"Leader McConnell has a great story to tell and does so much for Kentucky. Every out-of-state liberal group with an axe to grind wants to tear Mitch down, but we're going to make sure we communicate our positive message to every voter in the Commonwealth," McConnell campaign manager Jesse Benton told CNN.

Going up with TV ads more than a year and a half before an election is rare in congressional contests, especially for incumbents. When McConnell's counterpart, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, went up with commercials around a year before his November 2010 re-election, the move made political headlines.

Earlier this year the McConnell campaign put out a web video which criticized activist actress Ashley Judd, the only Democrat to date to very seriously consider a challenge to McConnell next year.

McConnell, the top Republican in the Senate, is bidding next year for a sixth term in office.

"The public polling shows that Mitch McConnell is the least popular, most vulnerable incumbent in the country, and now he is starting to panic," Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee communications director Matt Canter told CNN. "McConnell has become a walking, talking embodiment of everything that is wrong with Washington."

Politico was first to report news of the ad buy.

Filed under: 2014 • Ads • Kentucky • Mitch McConnell
soundoff (21 Responses)
  1. Rudy NYC

    from the article:

    The campaign characterizes the spot as positive and that it will have "a female focus to it."
    I cannot wait to *see* what this female focus is going look like. What sort of a mindset actually talks like that, anyway?

    March 12, 2013 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  2. Lynda/Minnesota

    "The campaign characterizes the spot as positive and that it will have "a female focus to it."

    You know, I think I'm going to pass on the whole "female focus" thingy. It'll be light years from now before McConnell actually understands just how utterly condescending he and his fellow GOPers are and have continued to be towards "females".

    What's good for GOPettes, well ... like I said: I'm going to give it a pass. I'll let Limbaugh "enlighten" him.

    March 12, 2013 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  3. Bill

    The addled and obstructionist McConnell will be gone after the 2014 election. End of story.

    March 12, 2013 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  4. sammy

    There is an all out effort to delete this senile old man. It is time for a younger,more intelligent senator. Even Tea Party members are fed up with his political games.

    March 12, 2013 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  5. Sniffit

    "a female focus to it."

    Hahahaha....this has "backfire waiting to happen" written all over it.


    March 12, 2013 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  6. Jeff O'Dette

    VOTE HIM OUT!!!!! The less of the likes of him is the ONLY way we can go forward. VOTE HIM OUT!!!!!!!!!!!

    March 12, 2013 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  7. D.Mama

    Oh boy oh boy! Or should I say Oh girl. This sure is going to get very interesting! Good luck! !!!

    March 12, 2013 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  8. Rudy NYC

    Someone is going to have make an ad that says, "Our number one goal is to make Mitch McConnell a lame duck Senator."

    March 12, 2013 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  9. Mete Krop

    I think the end of McConnell is approaching. Don't wast too much money on this old dog. He is good for nothing. The kentaky are tired of him. Okay.

    March 12, 2013 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  10. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    The GOP should consult with the Washington Post whose ad campaign is that: "If you don't get it you just don't get it".

    March 12, 2013 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  11. Randy, San Francisco

    Sen McConnell is running early and scare because Tea Partiers are out to get him. A bitter intra-party battle will only help Ms Judd.

    March 12, 2013 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  12. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    "Female focus" is Republispeak for explaining why they are opposed to equal pay for equal work, freedom of choice, women in the military, etc. to reinforce a Harriet Nelson/Donna Reed image of the 1950s American mother that only existed on network television that they want everyone to buy into. It is a means of explaining why Birth Control pills should not be covered by health insurance, but Erectile Disfunction medication for men should.

    March 12, 2013 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  13. Plainsight

    He's not only scared, he's mortified that he's on his way out. I hope he's made no provisions for the future, and has to scrape a living out of a minimum wage job. His kind deserves the worse that can happen, and I hope it does.

    March 12, 2013 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  14. kayla

    out with mr turtle

    March 12, 2013 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  15. v_mag

    Man, you can sure smell the fear coming off the Turtle.

    March 12, 2013 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  16. Republican who supports President Obama

    Time to pack the bags. He only cares about himself and not the people of the US. I will be happy to see him lose.

    March 12, 2013 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  17. Thomas

    Goodnight Colonel Sanders !

    Sen McConnell was so kind to GW Bush , anything he wanted.

    March 12, 2013 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  18. The Real Tom Paine

    I love the smell of Rightie panic in the morning.

    March 12, 2013 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  19. Wake up People!

    Two words........

    See ya ole Mitch.

    March 12, 2013 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  20. Fire the GOP

    While everyone else was focused on the economy...McConnell's number one focus was making President Obama a one-term president.'re a failure McConnell and should be fired.

    March 12, 2013 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  21. TomNPitt

    His number one goal for the last four years was to make Obama a One Timer. Six times elected a Senator in Kentucky. Is he not the poster boy for Term Limits? Mitch needs to be the loser. Somebody younger and more motivational needs to be in charge of this state – Democrat or Republican!

    March 12, 2013 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |