Embattled Stevens to Air 2-Minute Ad on Election Eve

Posted November 2, 2008 at 4:30pm

With his political life hanging in the balance, endangered Sen. Ted Stevens (R-Alaska) plans to air a special two-minute TV ad Monday evening “to speak directly to Alaska families about his candidacy, vision for Alaska, and future in the U.S. Senate,” his campaign announced on Sunday. Stevens, his 40-year Senate career in dire jeopardy following his conviction last week on federal corruption charges, faces Anchorage Mayor Mark Begich (D) on Tuesday. Polls have shown Begich leading, though by slim margins. Stevens’ ad will air on seven different networks in various Alaska media markets between 6 and 6:20 p.m. local time. “This innovative approach to communicating with voters has never been used before by an Alaska candidate,” Stevens’ campaign said in a news release. “Without the filter of the media, Alaskans will be able to hear from Senator Stevens in his own words during this spot which is four times longer than standard television ads. This unique format will allow Senator Stevens to speak in greater detail about issues that concern Alaska voters and not just in the sound bites that 30-second advertisements require.”