- The Washington Times - Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Donald Trump’s campaign manager said a new ad buy that had been announced for nine battleground states will also cover Michigan, a traditionally blue state in presidential years that Mr. Trump has talked frequently about flipping red.

The Trump campaign announced this week that a new economy-focused ad will air on broadcast and cable in Florida, Ohio, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada, Virginia and Colorado. The buy is supposed to be about $10 million, The Associated Press reported.

“Actually we added a 10th state … Michigan to the ad buy,” Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway said on Bloomberg TV Monday. “We’re happy that it’ll be running so that we can make our case to middle-class voters — all voters — about our middle-class tax relief package.”

The set-up in the new 30-second spot is similar to the campaign’s first general election TV ad, which contrasted Mr. Trump’s views on illegal immigration with Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s views.

“In Hillary Clinton’s America, the middle class gets crushed. Spending goes up. Taxes go up,” a narrator says in the new ad. “Hundreds of thousands of jobs disappear. It’s more of the same, but worse.”

“In Donald Trump’s America, working families get tax relief. Millions of new jobs created. Wages go up. Small businesses thrive,” the ad says. “The American Dream: achievable. Change that makes America great again.”

The campaign’s first general election ad campaign, announced earlier this month, was a 10-day, $4.8 million buy in Florida, Ohio, Pennsylvania and North Carolina.

Mr. Trump has consistently touted the fact that he’s remained relatively close to Mrs. Clinton in the polls despite getting massively outspent on the airwaves by the Democratic presidential nominee and her allies.

“Gosh, Hillary Clinton and her super PAC have spent gazillions of dollars, and look at the polls. What has it really gotten them?” Ms. Conway said.

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