Not exactly.8:01 AM, Jun 18, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Democratic senator Mark Udall of Colorado appears in a new TV ad targeting Republican congressman Cory Gardner for his opponent's "beyond troubling" record on birth control and abortion. "Because this really matters, it's important you hear this directly from me," says the Colorado Democrat at the beginning of the 30-second spot. "My opponent, Congressman Gardner, led a crusade that would make birth control illegal, sponsored a bill to make abortion a felony, even in cases of rape and incest."
The ad features images of women and a young girl. Watch it below:
Udall's attack comes as the first-term Democrat is in a statistical dead heat with Gardner in what's become a true toss-up race.
But how does the criticism hold up? Udall's claims that Gardner is an extremist on abortion and birth control all stem from the so-called personhood bill and ballot initiative Gardner said he supported back before he was elected to Congress in 2010. The amendment would have defined personhood as any fertilized egg and would have effectively banned all abortions and could have banned some forms of birth control—except that Coloradans voted against the ballot initiative in 2010. Personhood laws are controversial even within the pro-life movement, with several national groups like National Right to Life opposing them as unnecessary or extreme measures.
So about Gardner's "crusade" against birth control and abortion. Gardner is unabashedly pro-life and has supported efforts in Congress to make late-term abortions against the law, with all the usual exceptions. But he has said that he changed his mind about personhood after learning that, in fact, such proposals would ban forms of contraception. And while in the state house of representatives in 2007, Gardner co-sponsored an anti-abortion bill that specifically permitted the sale and use of contraception. It's a position that puts him not only within the mainstream of the Republican party but also the mainstream of American politics when it comes to the late-term abortion ban.
Udall ends the ad with a libertarian, live-and-let-live appeal. "You have the right to live life on your own terms, to make your own choices," he says. But part of the reason the race between Udall and Gardner is so close (the latest non-partisan poll shows Udall with a one-point lead) is an issue having to do with "making your own choices": Obamacare. Udall voted for the law and has continued to support it, but the law is very unpopular in Colorado.
Update: Gardner is up with his own ad in response, which focuses on Udall's support for Obamacare:
12:00 PM, Jun 9, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Republican Senate candidate Cory Gardner of Colorado has a new TV ad saying the Senate needs a "new generation--one that's accountable to the next generation." The 39-year-old congressman says he wants to "shake up the Senate" but doesn't mention by name his Democratic opponent, first-term senator Mark Udall. Gardner's ad features his daughter and was shot in his hometown of Yuma, "two hours from the big city"--Denver, that is.
8:01 AM, May 28, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
In the lead-up to Georgia's July 22 GOP runoff election for U.S. Senate, Congressman Jack Kingston of Savannah has received an endorsement from the Heisman Trophy-winning University of Georgia football legend Herschel Walker. Walker, a Georgia native and star running back of UGA's undefeated 1980 season, says in a new ad from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce that he cares "deeply about Georgia's future."
"Thats why I want my friend, Jack Kingston, carrying the ball for us in Washington," says Walker. Watch the ad below:
10:18 AM, May 21, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Alison Lundergan Grimes, the newly minted Democratic nominee for U.S. Senate in Kentucky, is out with her first ad of the general election. The 60-second spot features Grimes speaking directly to the camera about how "no matter how many elections we have, nothing gets better in Washington--it only gets worse." She blames "people at the top in both political parties," not mentioning by name her opponent, Republican minority leader Mitch McConnell.
Watch the ad below:
10:23 AM, May 7, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
A Democratic super PAC affiliated with Senate majority leader Harry Reid has an ad accusing a female Senate candidate of being "backwards" on women's issues. The 30-second spot from Senate Majority PAC targets Terri Lynn Land, the likely GOP Senate candidate from MIchigan.
"Backwards: That's the direction Terri Lynn Land would take Michigan women," says the ad's voiceover. Watch it below:
4:15 PM, Apr 29, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
A GOP super PAC is spending more than $75,000 on TV ads supporting Oregon Senate candidate Monica Wehby ahead of the state's May 20 primary. The Oregonian reports that New Republican, headed up veteran consultant Alex Castellanos, will be airing ads in the Portland market touting Wehby as an "independent conservative" and "the change Washington needs now."
Watch two of the 30-second ads below:
10:11 AM, Apr 25, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Karen Handel, a Republican candidate for Senate in Georgia, has a new TV ad that pitches her as a "conservative fighter" who wants to "stop illegal immigration and Obamacare" and "cut spending."
"I've been a fighter my whole life. I left a troubled home at 17, but I beat the odds," Handel says in the 30-second spot. "I worked my way up in the private sector and implemented Georgia's tough voter ID law." Handel is the former secretary of state. Watch the video below:
12:23 PM, Apr 21, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Last month, Arkansas Democrat Mark Pryor told NBC News that he believed his Republican opponent, congressman Tom Cotton, has a "sense of entitlement" with regard to Pryor's Senate seat. Cotton is a first-term congressman and Army veteran of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, while Pryor is a two-term senator and the son of a former senator and governor of Arkansas.
10:23 AM, Apr 18, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Jack Kingston, the Savannah-based Republican congressman running for the U.S. Senate, has been endorsed by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Here's more from the Washington Post:
"Now more than ever we need conservative leaders with a demonstrated record of fighting for Georgia jobs, and that leader is Jack Kingston. As senator, Jack will help lead America’s comeback and lay the groundwork for more jobs, more growth, and a generation of prosperity," said Rob Engstrom, the business group's political director.
7:49 AM, Apr 15, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
A new 30-second TV ad from Republican Senate candidate Tom Cotton hits back at an attack from the Harry Reid-affiliated Senate Majority PAC.
Kingston gets Hannity support.12:10 PM, Apr 11, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Sarah Palin, the former Alaska governor and 2008 vice presidential candidate, features heavily in a new TV ad from Georgia Senate candidate Karen Handel. "You know her background. You know her record," says Palin, who endorsed Handel two weeks ago. "The conservative who has walked the walk."
Watch the 30-second ad below:
10:55 AM, Apr 10, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
In a new radio ad, Republican Senate candidate Karen Handel of Georgia hits back at her primary opponent David Perdue for his recently released comments about her lack of a college education. Perdue also touted his international business experience. The minute-long Handel ad replays Perdue's comments.
10:14 AM, Mar 17, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Americans for Prosperity has two new ads running in Colorado and Louisiana knocking those state's Democratic senators, Mark Udall and Mary Landrieu, respectively, for their support for Obamacare. The ads, which are a version of earlier AFP ads targeting Democratic House members, feature a woman talking directly to the camera about how "Obamacare doesn't work. It just doesn't work." Watch the Colorado ad below:
9:01 AM, Feb 27, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Jack Kingston, the longtime Republican congressman from Georgia and a U.S. Senate candidate, is out with his first TV ad of the primary season. The 30-second spot will introduce Kingston, a South Georgian based in Savannah, to the rest of the state, particularly the Atlanta media market. The message of the ad is that Kingston is a principled conservative who shares values with the state's Republican voters. Watch it below:
10:04 AM, Feb 20, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
One Republican candidate hoping to replace Oklahoma's Tom Coburn in the U.S. Senate is out with a new ad introducing himself to voters statewide. T.W. Shannon, the 35-year former speaker of the state house, has a 60-second television spot highlighting his biography as a "sixth-generation Oklahoman" who is "guided by his faith" and instilling the values of his parents and grandparents in his own children.