Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's re-election campaign has taken rapid response to the airwaves.
The Kentucky Republican is out with a new TV ad Tuesday rebutting a spot Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes released Monday morning to CQ Roll Call .
The Grimes ad featured the Kentucky secretary of state skeet shooting and highlighting differences from President Barack Obama on several policy issues, including guns and the environment. The McConnell response, which the campaign says is backed by a significant six-figure buy, connects Grimes' past support of the Democratic Party platform. www.youtube.com/watch?v=RoJ-nOAWT3A
"Oh — and you know who also did a publicity stunt firing a gun? Barack Obama," the narrator says, featuring an official White House photo by Pete Souza of Obama shooting clay pigeons at Camp David.
"Alison Lundergan Grimes thought holding a gun like Barack Obama could convince voters that she’s ‘not Barack Obama,’ but Kentuckians already know that Grimes supports Obama and would be a sure vote in favor of implementing his anti-coal, anti-gun liberal policies," McConnell spokeswoman Allison Moore added in a statement accompanying the ad's release.
The race is rated Leans Republican by the Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call.
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