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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell on Wednesday debuted a new campaign TV ad, featuring the whispery voice of a throat cancer survivor who credits the five-term Kentucky Republican for supporting sick workers at a uranium enrichment plant.
McConnell’s campaign is spending “six figures” to air 30-second and 60-second versions of the ad across Kentucky, said campaign spokeswoman Allison Moore. She called it the campaign’s largest ad buy so far in what’s widely expected to be Kentucky’s most expensive campaign ever.
“It is no surprise Mitch McConnell has to recycle old TV ads given that he offers no new ideas. It is insulting to Kentuckians for McConnell to haul out this old, dishonest play every six years when he’s on the ballot,” Norton said.
He credits McConnell for helping provide cancer screening programs and compensation for sick workers at the plant, which for decades supplied enriched uranium to nuclear powers plants.
“He knocked down walls for us,” Pierce said in the 60-second ad. “He helped save peoples’ lives. … I know firsthand, he cares.”
Grimes criticized McConnell for voting against a $1.1 trillion governmentwide spending bill last week. The measure sent to President Barack Obama eases the harshest effects of last year’s automatic budget cuts.
The Democratic challenger said the bill would benefit Kentucky with features such as grants to promote business opportunities and investments in infrastructure, job training and early childhood education.
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