NRSC Ties Red-State Democrats to Hillary Clinton in New Digital Ads

The ads feature Clinton's remarks that Trump's platform was "looking backwards"

Hillary Clinton is the star of new digital ads the NRSC is running against 10 Democratic senators. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

For the first time this election cycle, the National Republican Senatorial Committee launched ads tying vulnerable Senate Democrats to a familiar GOP foe: Hillary Clinton.

New digital ads released Monday will run in the 10 states won by President Donald Trump in 2016 where Democratic senators are seeking re-election. The videos, which will be seen on Facebook, show footage of recent remarks made by Clinton in Mumbai, India, where she said Trump’s campaign platform was “looking backwards.” The videos also highlight her saying during the 2016 race that half of Trump’s supporters could be put into a “basket of deplorables.”

“She’s called you ‘deplorable,’” reads the text on the screen of the 45-second NRSC video. “Now she’s called you ‘backwards.’”

In a sample ad targeting Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson, the text also says that if Nelson had his way, Clinton would be president, and features footage of him backing her. 

“Florida won’t forget,” the final text on screen reads.

A NRSC spokesman declined to disclose the size of the digital ad buy, and said the ads would be running for the next two weeks. The spokesman confirmed the digital ads were the committee’s first of the 2018 cycle to feature Clinton.

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