- The Washington Times - Monday, October 12, 2015

LAS VEGAS — The Republican National Committee on Monday debuted a new TV ad highlighting ongoing federal investigations into Hillary Rodham Clinton’s email practices and potential mishandling of classified material as secretary of state.

The ad went up on cable TV and the Internet as Mrs. Clinton prepares for the first Democratic presidential debate Tuesday in Las Vegas and continued to aggressively move to cast the email scandal as a political smear campaign orchestrated by House Republicans.

The spot opens with video of footage of Mrs. Clinton declaring: “I did not email classified material to anyone.”

The ad then presents montage of TV news anchors reporting on the classified material found in the private email account she used exclusively for official business at the State Department and the federal investigation into it.

It closes with MSNBC host Mika Brzezinski asking, “Do you think the American public is that stupid?”

The 30-second spot will run on national cable TV and online, including a digital component directly targeting social media supporters of Mrs. Clinton’s chief rival for the nomination, Sen. Bernard Sanders of Vermont, according to the RNC.

The RNC described it as part of a larger response effort to the first Democrat presidential debate.

“Hillary Clinton’s growing scandals and the multiple investigations into the potential mishandling of classified info is a mess of her own creation. As Democrats debate in Vegas the RNC will continue to remind voters, including Democrats, why the vast majority of Americans find Clinton to be dishonest and untrustworthy,” RNC Chairman Reince Priebus said.

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