Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is set to air a new video ad Thursday that hopes to tie a liberal superPAC’s secret recording to President Barack Obama.
“Mitch McConnell is Obama’s number one target, because Mitch protects Kentucky from Obama’s bad ideas,” the ad asserts. “Liberals will do anything to beat McConnell.”
The ad references a secret recording made by Progress Kentucky volunteers as well as racial smears the liberal superPAC made against McConnell’s wife, Elaine Chao. The ad then adds that liberals have compared McConnell to Al-Qaeda and North Korea’s dictator.
“How dirty will Obama’s allies get?” the ad asks in closing.
The 30 second ad is short but effective, presenting Senator Mitch McConnell as a strong fighter for Kentucky who is so competent he has attracted the ire of the Democratic president and liberal supporters.
The ad paints a non-ideological picture of McConnell, as it does not mention the words “conservative” or “Republican” a single time. The latter word would remind voters why they might want to vote McConnell out, as the only thing with a lower national approval rating than Congress is a Republican in Congress.
The ad comes a week after a Kentucky Democrat revealed that two volunteers with Progress Kentucky were responsible for the secret recording of a meeting at McConnell’s campaign headquarters leaked to Mother Jones. The incident has left McConnell with a political opportunity. Nothing particularly scandalous was heard on the tape, so it has garnered little in the way of negative press for the Kentucky senator. Instead it has placed Democrats on the defensive at a time when McConnell’s approval ratings have slipped.
Progress Kentucky’s secret recording may have guaranteed McConnell’s re-election, and the senator’s latest ad typing the liberal group’s dirty tricks to Obama hopes to make sure of it.