Democrat Nunn highlights Bush 41 in first ad
April 3rd, 2014
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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.[twitter-follow screen_name='politicalticker'][twitter-follow screen_name='psteinhausercnn']

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
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  1. tom l

    "NO employee is "forced" to join a union, babe."

    I hate responding to her because she is just too far gone down the road. HOWEVA, there are several several jobs that you must be in a union otherwise you will not be hired. You should know that.

    April 3, 2014 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  2. Rudy NYC

    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.

    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.
    What's wrong with having a decent union hall? Most are not lavish, BTW, much more like your local V.F.W. If non-profits like churches can have nice buildings, why not a union? What about the 7-figure salary that Jim Demint's non-profit pays him?

    April 3, 2014 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  3. just asking

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

    then you should have no problem posting proof of your statement. please post all the democrat senators that have not towed the democrat party line. i won't be holding my breath because you know you are lying.

    April 3, 2014 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  4. Tommy G

    Really Tommy?
    Tommy G – The Union employees at my company don't have to pay dues. It doesn't matter if they are democrat or republican. They don't have to pay dues. Period.

    Yes, this can now happen in SOME places, but not all. Thanks to the Right to Work laws that the Democrats and unions have fought tooth and nail.

    April 3, 2014 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  5. tom l

    "I find bigotry to be ap-Paul-ling."

    Are you implying that I don't find bigotry to be wrong? Understanding the TRUE meaning of freedom of speech means tolerating bad speech or speech that you disagree with. I would hope that someone as smart as you could distinguish the difference...

    April 3, 2014 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  6. just saying

    this is not counting all of the other benefits and perks (healthcare, free cars, etc.) and then there is the whole nepotism aspect. several family members are also almost always on the take as well.

    This data is based on 2011 filings:
    AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka – $293,750.
    National Education Association President Dennis Van Roekel – $460,060
    Service Employees International Union President Mary Kay Henry – $290,334.
    American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees President Gerald McEntee – $512,489.
    International Brotherhood of Teamsters President James P. Hoffa , Jr. – $372,489.
    American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten – $493,859.
    International Association of Fire Fighters President Harold Schaitberger – $323,811.
    American Federation of Government Employees President John Gage – $198,690. (Gage retired this month)
    United Food and Commercial Workers President Joseph Hansen – $361,124

    April 3, 2014 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  7. tom l


    Thank you for admitting that I was correct with every point that I refuted from your earlier drivel. Now, on to your latest and greatest rant.

    ... ... "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. ... ...
    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."

    An incredible misrepresentation by you, once again. Here's Rand's quote:

    "'What about freedom of speech?' Should we limit speech from people we find abhorrent. Should we limit racists from speaking. I don't want to be associated with those people, but I also don't want to limit their speech in any way in the sense that we tolerate boorish and uncivilized behavior because that's one of the things that freedom requires is that we allow people to be boorish and uncivilized, but that doesn't mean we approve of it..."

    So he says that he doesn't want to be associated with those people and he went on to say that because he supports that freedom does not mean that he approves of it. You are blatantly lying about his stance and that's just pathetic. He does not support bigotry and never has. He supports the FREEDOM to do that and if you were intellectually honest you would know the difference. I think it's that "lens" that you look through that makes you throw out incredible misrepresentations to make your point. Just like you think I worship Paul and think he can do no wrong. I'm here to tell you, very clearly, that there is no way I can agree with any person on anything. It's just inane for you to portray it any other way.

    April 3, 2014 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  8. Malory Archer

    tom l

    "NO employee is "forced" to join a union, babe."

    I hate responding to her because she is just too far gone down the road. HOWEVA, there are several several jobs that you must be in a union otherwise you will not be hired. You should know that.


    You hate responding to me because you hate to be schooled by a WOMAN who YOU, YOURSELF have whined on these message threads is smarter than you. That being said, why don't you take the right's sage advice: If you hate unions, don't apply for a job with a business that employs union labor.

    April 3, 2014 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  9. Progressives are clueless

    And I thought that all of the progressives were going to run on their signature legislation....Obamacare....instead they appear to be running on their ties to Conservatives....I wonder why.......

    April 3, 2014 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  10. Tommy G

    Google this to find out about unions and their politics.... "Political Spending by Unions Far Exceeds Direct Donations"
    Unions, the puppet masters of the Democrat party.

    "Organized labor spends about four times as much on politics and lobbying as generally thought, according to a Wall Street Journal analysis, a finding that shines a light on an aspect of labor's political activity that has often been overlooked.
    The hours spent by union employees working on political matters were equivalent in 2010 to a shadow army much larger than President Barack Obama's current re-election staff, data analyzed by the Journal show.
    The usual measure of unions' clout encompasses chiefly what they spend supporting federal candidates through their political-action committees, which are funded with voluntary contributions, and lobbying Washington, which is a cost borne by the unions' own coffers. These kinds of spending, which unions report to the Federal Election Commission and to Congress, totaled $1.1 billion from 2005 through 2011, according to the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics.

    The unions' reports to the Labor Department capture an additional $3.3 billion that unions spent over the same period on political activity.
    The AFL-CIO has been hit hard by the changing economy and losses of manufacturing jobs. Membership of unions that belong to the federation fell to 11.6 million in 2011 from 13.7 million in 2005.

    But political spending by the AFL-CIO headquarters and its affiliated unions climbed to $608 million in the 2009 and 2010 election season from $452 million in 2005 and 2006. They spent $316 million in 2011, a nonelection year, amid the fight with Mr. Walker in Wisconsin.

    April 3, 2014 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  11. just asking

    Malory Archer
    For starters there's all those Dems that your ilk likes to claim are avoiding being seen with President Obama because of "Obamacare".

    oh honestly sweetie, that is just lame, lame, lame... they voted for obamacare, they towed the obama line. now they want to lie and try to save their political skin. thanks for backing up my statement.

    April 3, 2014 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  12. Rudy NYC

    "then you should have no problem posting proof of your statement. please post all the democrat senators that have not towed the democrat party line. i won't be holding my breath because you know you are lying."
    Any Senator who was there before the Tea Party arrived in 2010 ... ... and that goes for both sides of the aisle, BTW.

    April 3, 2014 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  13. Anonymous

    Malory Archer, I am STILL awaiting your explanation of my 19% increase in health insurance costs in Massachusetts. I looked where you claimed to have answered, but you did not answer, just to everybody else.

    So please, let's hear the explanation.

    April 3, 2014 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  14. salty dog

    Saying can't see the hypocracy if his own statements, not surprised . Unions are workers rights organizations,and the gop hates them for it, again, not surprised. Give me a good reason for a political party who stands for the working class, to hate an organization that represents them?

    April 3, 2014 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  15. Rudy NYC

    Tommy G

    Google this to find out about unions and their politics.... "Political Spending by Unions Far Exceeds Direct Donations"
    Unions, the puppet masters of the Democrat party.
    The first two hits were some blog and a Fox News article reporting about it. That's laughable. 🙂

    April 3, 2014 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  16. 2L

    She's a moderate like George Sr. – I would definitely vote for her if I live in GA.

    April 3, 2014 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  17. Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    Anonymous Romneycare should be able to help you....

    April 3, 2014 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  18. Tom l


    It's nice we can agree on something. I wouldn't work for a place where I had to be in a union. So why not take that same advice and apply it to hobby lobby? Don't work at a place that doesn't offer the benefits that are important to you.

    April 3, 2014 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  19. Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    Really? In this economy you expect people to turn down a job that doesn't offer a benefit they like? That's insane. Also HL is wrong and so is any other company that picks and chooses what a health plan should cover. BC no but Viagra yes. What's next a company claims they are JH and the only health insurance they offer is prayer?

    You know good and well Mallory was not agreeing with you.

    April 3, 2014 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  20. Rudy NYC

    Tom l


    It's nice we can agree on something. I wouldn't work for a place where I had to be in a union.
    Why not? Please don't tell us that you don't want to pay union dues.

    April 3, 2014 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |

    Yes, like the GOP is non partisan , so far their record of accomplishments is 0 sence 2009!!!!!

    April 3, 2014 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  22. Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    Oops that should have been JW for Jehovah Witness.

    April 3, 2014 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  23. sonny chapman

    Other than allowing his friends to "place" W. in the TX Air National Guard to duck Vietnam, while my Wife's 1st husband from Jasper, TX went to 'Nam & never came back, 41 ain't a bad fellow. maybe Mom/Barbers played a role in that decision.

    April 3, 2014 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  24. Rusty Krus

    The Bush's are garbage, going back to Prescott. Google the family name and learn something.

    April 3, 2014 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  25. smith

    @sonny- You gonna call out Bill Clinton on Veitnam as well? Let me guess, he doesn`t count.

    April 3, 2014 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
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