Minnesota: New Franken Ad Hits Protracted Iraq War

Posted June 17, 2008 at 6:42pm

Comedian Al Franken (D) is back on TV, less than a week after Sen. Norm Coleman (R) put his first advertisement on the air.

Franken is returning to the airwaves for the first time since winning his party’s endorsement earlier this month. According to Franken’s campaign, the 30-second ad, “Invest Here,” will run on broadcast and cable stations in the Twin Cities, Duluth, Rochester and Mankato markets.

“We’re building 810 schools, 4,800 water and sewage projects, 1,047 roads and bridges,” Franken said in the ad. “No, not in America. In Iraq. I’m Al Franken. It’s time to bring our brave troops home with a responsible plan for withdrawal and focus here, on education, jobs and infrastructure. I’m Al Franken, and I approve this message because we need to invest in American again.”

Coleman’s campaign released its first TV spot on June 11. The ad touted his bipartisan work in the Senate and as a former mayor of St. Paul.

Most recent publicly released polls have shown Coleman with a single-digit lead over Franken; however, the race is expected to be one of the most competitive and expensive in the country.