Democrats continue to pound McConnell with ads
July 23rd, 2013
08:54 AM ET
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Democrats continue to pound McConnell with ads

(CNN) - Senate Majority PAC, an independent group that works to keep the Senate in Democrats' hands, launched another attack ad Tuesday against Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, highlighting the Kentucky Republican as a "guardian of gridlock."

The ad, also sponsored by Patriot Majority USA, is part of a campaign the two groups kicked off last month called "30 Years Is Too Long," as they seek to oust the senator in next year's election.

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Using footage of the five-term senator, as well as text from media reports, the 30-second spot argues the senator has lost respect among those in his own party during his tenure on Capitol Hill.

"After 30 years of Mitch, it's time to switch," text on the screen reads.

The ad buy, which will run statewide, costs close to $270,000, according to a Senate Majority PAC official.

While McConnell gets hit by the left, he's also getting hit by the right this week. Matt Bevin, a Louisville businessman, is expected to launch a primary challenge against the longtime senator on Wednesday.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid talked about the Kentucky race Monday night at a Democratic gathering, cheering on the fact that McConnell will likely have a primary opponent, in addition to his Democratic opponent, Kentucky secretary of state Alison Lundergan Grimes.

"(McConnell) tried to make love to the tea party and they didn't like it," Reid said.

The senator's team pushed back at the ads Tuesday.

"Barack Obama's allies know as much about Republicans or Kentuckians as they do about coal jobs and health care," McConnell re-election campaign manager Jesse Benton said. "These ads show that they are desperately trying to throw a life-jacket on Alison Lundergan Grimes' fledgeling campaign in an attempt to let a Nevadan who says 'coal makes us sick,' not a proud Kentuckian, set the agenda for the Senate and continue waging the war on coal and implementation of Obamacare."

McConnell has gone up with his own ads earlier this year.

Filed under: 2014 • Ads • Mitch McConnell • Senate
soundoff (64 Responses)
  1. Rudy NYC

    Fair is Fair wrote:

    "Arlen Specter was primaried (by far-left Joe Sestak) AFTER he became a democrat...."

    Charlie Crist didn't get primaried. He was the governor who tried to run for senate and lost to Rubio. So that's two you're wrong on. Please try to be accurate. Thanks in advance.
    Only a right wing ideologue would suggest that a Republican who turned Democrat to enter a Senate race would regard a Democratic challenger as being "primaried." That takes some serious ego. The fact that you have totally ignored the reason WHY Specter ran as a Democrat has been noted and logged. Here's a hint. He was kicked out of the Republican Party.

    Not only did you miss the boat, you wound up at the train station. The discussion is about people being rejected by their own party for not toeing the party line. I never said that Crist lost in a primary, you just did. I cited him as another example of a Republican being kicked out of his own party. The state Republican party wouldn't even back him in a Senate race.

    July 23, 2013 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  2. Rick McDaniel

    Reid is the real problem in the Senate. he has deserted his position, and become the puppet of the dictator, allowing Obama to run the Senate, from the WH.

    July 23, 2013 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  3. sonnie3

    We do need term limits of no more than 12 years in congress so to get representation from a broad bunch of Americans. As long as it is die in office and get senile and still hold a seat we will not have been served by the best and brighest. Only term limilts will change washington. Let's march to get it done. This should also get obama and congress on obama care as if it good for us/ it should be ok for them also. And no retirement pay either as this is a serive to your country and now go out and make a living with the laws of the land just like John Q Public.
    Than You11

    July 23, 2013 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  4. a

    You Should Help Egypt against international Islamic Extremists Terrorism
    Today Egyptian Nation fight for their freedom, Tomorrow in future the turn will be yours They Layers, unionist , they can`t keep words , you can`t trust Killers , Ignorant, they want to rules the world not only middle east
    In fact they plan to beat USA like They did`t before . . . . 2001 We get 80 years to know them well in Egypt

    July 23, 2013 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  5. Larry in Houston

    Guess this is the one of the reasons why Hillary will wait till the mid-terms are over. . . she won't tell the general public at that time, but IF Both Houses end up in republican control, she's not going to run. . . It would be worse than what Obama is going thru, as far as obstruction goes. . .

    July 23, 2013 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  6. The Tyranny of the Left

    The good people of Kentucky will reward Mitch handsomely for opposing this far left presdient and his extremist party. Good job Mitch. You are helping save this country from the leftists.

    July 23, 2013 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  7. it must be said

    Larry in Houston
    Guess this is the one of the reasons why Hillary will wait till the mid-terms are over. . . she won't tell the general public at that time, but IF Both Houses end up in republican control, she's not going to run. . . It would be worse than what Obama is going thru, as far as obstruction goes. . .

    HAHAHAHA!!!!! So the American people would have voted to have Republicans in control of the House and Senate and you cliam it is THEY that would be "obstructing" Obama??!!! Well, talk about admitting that Obama is a leftist dictator!! It is HE who would be obstructing the will of the American people.

    July 23, 2013 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  8. ART

    A rabid dog on a Kentucky street would accomplish more than this good for nothing Mc Connell

    July 23, 2013 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  9. Sniffit

    "Please lose the contrived Swedish/Russian hybrid dialect and say what is on your mind."

    If he said what was on his mind, he'd be silent.

    July 23, 2013 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  10. Sniffit

    "can you say toast?"

    Yes yes, we're very confident that the red states' voter suppression efforts will be extremely effective.

    July 23, 2013 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  11. Gunderson

    Gunderson thought he clear. How's this.

    July 23, 2013 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  12. kirk

    And all the while ignoring the fact that the hop does not work for the people they just say they do. Prove me wrong what has the gop done that the majority agrees with and how are the iniatives they are currently pushing help the American workers if the gop is working for the majority why the need for voter suppression

    July 23, 2013 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  13. lolo

    Please God answer my prayers. Mitch the Klu Klux Klansman is nothing but a evil spirit. Please banish him from this earth. I wonder how much the foreign countries did pay him to ship the jobs overseas. You republicans better wake up soon, because before you know it you won't have to worry about America it will be taken away by the the likes of McConnell, Boehner, Cantor and the rest of the republican and blue dog democrats who sold their souls to the devil and are pretending that they are helping the U.S. citizens. They are only helping themselves. Why do you think that they have their money in overseas accounts? It is not to help America that's for sure.They all have to answer to the knights at the roundtable and it is not Obama. You better find out who is really pulling the strings with the Koch Brothers.

    July 23, 2013 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  14. Romney is STILL NOT My Hero

    Queen B* McConnell needs to go wrap himself up in that white sheet from the KKK and take a dirt nap. I'm tired of him and everything like him. Be gone already!

    July 23, 2013 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
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