McConnell hit on Social Security in new ad
August 15th, 2013
06:00 AM ET
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McConnell hit on Social Security in new ad

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(CNN) - A progressive group targeting Mitch McConnell of Kentucky released a television ad Thursday, calling on the Senate minority leader to expand Social Security as the powerful Republican fights to hold on to his seat next year.

The 30-second spot features Kirk Gillenwaters, who says he started working at the Ford plant in Louisville when he was 18.

"We work hard for these companies, and we're promised a secure retirement in return," Gillenwaters says. "Our pensions are being cut, and we need Social Security."

Amid negotiations in recent fiscal battles, McConnell has sided with many in his party in calling for structural reform of Social Security and Medicare.

Democrats see those changes as potential cuts to the programs, whereas Republicans consider them adjustments that will make the programs more sustainable.

The ad from the Progressive Change Campaign Committee will run into next week on Louisville broadcast. The group says it spent $21,000 on the initial buy, adding to the $100,000 it has already spent against McConnell in Kentucky.

PCCC aggressively targeted the senator during the gun control debate earlier this year.

"After 30 years in the Senate, Mitch McConnell is woefully out of step with what Kentuckians want. Our ad shows why Kentucky families favor expanding Social Security benefits by two to one, and holds Mitch McConnell accountable for wanting to cut those vital benefits," Adam Green, the group's co-founder, said in a statement.

With a Republican primary opponent and an announced Democratic opponent, McConnell has been forced to play defense much earlier than many incumbents for 2014 midterm elections.

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soundoff (15 Responses)
  1. Marie MD

    This guy can be hit with everything that is wrong with KY including not using money to fix bridges. His and his minions hatred of our duly elected president to make him a one term president no matter what the cost (meaning the citizens of the USA be darned) is unprecedented.

    August 15, 2013 06:13 am at 6:13 am |

    Chris Christie popped Rant Paul over the head with this one. Turtle represents one of the many welfare red states. A brilliant ad.

    August 15, 2013 06:57 am at 6:57 am |
  3. A True Conservative

    If we don't "fix" social security it will be the financial ruin of this nation. This Ponzi scheme can not continue as it is – it will crush future generations.

    August 15, 2013 07:20 am at 7:20 am |
  4. kirk it is the gop has fought for very breaks for the rich, obamacare for the insurance companies, and the keystone pipeline.and of course defund social security, unions Medicare Medicare. All benefit the wealthy, are bad for the working class.and; they have told absolute lies trying to get us onboard there is no jobs bill from them.absolute lies, keystone does zero for our energy dependency. Their are no corrupt union bosses.and the insurance corps hate obamacare.and the rich don't pay the taxes they should and still complain. Remember romneys tax plan? 1% for him and his kind. And that's just one if many.wake up this party is trying to ruin you.what good have they really done for you? Really ask yourself this.nothing that's what

    August 15, 2013 07:25 am at 7:25 am |
  5. A True Conservative

    BTW....does the ad include a wheelchair like the last ones?

    August 15, 2013 07:39 am at 7:39 am |
  6. Norma Vessels

    Good. Someone needs to bring Mitch McConnell down a peg or two. He's gotten so saturated with his own power, he has forgotten that we out here in the world, need Social Security to live on, after working 30 or more years to accumulate that money into the Social Security fund. It's our savings accounts. Mitch McConnell, and the other Republicans only want to take down Social Security so they can use the money for their own agenda. It's our money, not his, not theirs. After all, they don't need Social Security, they're set for life. Why should they worry about where the next meal is coming from.

    August 15, 2013 07:50 am at 7:50 am |
  7. Norma Vessels

    Keep up the ads .. it's the only way we have to make the people see what Mitch McConnell is doing to them. We can vote him out of office next year, too. Let's do it.

    August 15, 2013 07:52 am at 7:52 am |
  8. Gurgy

    These GOP idiots have practically no locus Standi to talk on SS, Healthcare, Jobs Bill, or on any subject. Just plain idiots.

    August 15, 2013 07:58 am at 7:58 am |
  9. Rick McDaniel

    That's simply unions, seeking to pad their benefits, on the backs of the taxpayers.

    It is dishonest, deceptive, and corrupt.

    August 15, 2013 07:59 am at 7:59 am |
  10. Dixe

    People who worked for years and paid for these benefits don't deserve to have them cut. Why not have the funds borrowed from the fund returned? It is like the CEO that barrows the retire.emt fund and the workers retirement is cut.

    August 15, 2013 08:12 am at 8:12 am |
  11. tom l.

    I wonder if Progressive Change Campaign Committee received extra scruitiny from the IRS...

    August 15, 2013 08:14 am at 8:14 am |
  12. MaryM

    Time for McConnell to go. He is an obstructionist and his statement about making President Obama a one term President proves it. Also, I am for term limits on All these congressmen

    August 15, 2013 08:36 am at 8:36 am |
  13. Scott

    Please this guy is a paid by the Democrats to say anything. Just shows you how desperate the Dem's are, faced with the fact they are going to lose the Senate to try and make us believe this. Dem's are history, the people want action, something the Dem's can not give. Go Republicans 2014 and beyond.

    August 15, 2013 08:44 am at 8:44 am |
  14. Thomas

    Mitch McConnell sold out to China , for that reason I hope he is not reelected.

    August 15, 2013 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  15. Wake up People!

    Dude, too bad many in your state are uneducated hicks with no more than 3 teeth, living off food stamps and other freebies, but are going to listen to Mitch and vote against their own interests.

    August 15, 2013 09:00 am at 9:00 am |