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:
The ad also features Kingston driving through the live oak-lined streets of coastal Georgia in an beat-up, wood-paneled Buick Roadmaster.
Kingston is running in a crowded GOP primary against fellow Congressmen Paul Broun and Phil Gingrey, as well as against businessman David Perdue and former secretary of state Karen Handel. That primary, set for May 20 with a likely July runoff, is essentially locked in a five-way tie according to the most recent polls.
With this ad, Kingston is attempting to achieve two goals: introduce himself to voters who live outside his rural, southern district, and get across that he is a familiar, trustworthy conservative. His primary opponents have argued that Kingston's voting record is too liberal on spending appropriations.
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.
10:52 AM, Feb 12, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
A new TV ad running in Louisiana from Americans for Prosperity focuses on how the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare, has negatively affected citizens' lives. Democratic senator Mary Landrieu, who voted for Obamacare in 2010, is up for reelection in Louisiana this year.
The ad features three people receiving letters in their mailboxes, with voiceovers from each reading out their letters informing them of changes to their insurance policies due to Obamacare.
10:43 AM, Jan 23, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Republican congressman Tom Cotton, a candidate for U.S. Senate, raised more money in the last quarter of 2013 than his Democratic opponent, incumbent Mark Pryor. The Hill reports that Cotton, a first-term House member, raised $1.2 million dollars at the end of last year, compared to Pryor's $1.1 million.
3:01 PM, Jan 3, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Democrat Jeff Merkley of Oregon probably isn't the first sitting senator Republicans think they can defeat this November. After beating incumbent Republican Gordon Smith in 2008 by 3 percentage points, Merkley appears safe in his seat. In 2012 Oregon voted for Barack Obama by more than 12 points, and the Cook Political Report rates the Senate race as "solid Democratic."
3:17 PM, Jan 2, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
One of the leading Republican opponents to Democratic senator Kay Hagan of North Carolina has a new ad in which he promises to "clean up" the mess in Washington that she's "enabled."
"Obamacare is a disaster, but the president won't admit it," says Thom Tillis, the Republican speaker of the state house of representatives. "The debt's out of control, and neither party has stopped it. Kay Hagan enabled President Obama's worst ideas. She refuses to clean up his mess, so you and I have to clean up hers."
9:59 AM, Jan 2, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
A free-market group has launched television ads in three states whose Democratic senators are up for reelection this year, targeting those senators for their support for Obamacare.
Americans for Prosperity released 30-second ads on Monday in New Hampshire, North Carolina, and Louisiana that criticize Democratic senators who voted for Obamacare in 2010 and are facing reelection for the first time since those votes.
1:02 PM, Dec 26, 2013 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Americans for Prosperity has two new ads targeting House Democrats in swing districts, both of which make the case that Obamacare "doesn't work" and should be repealed. The first ad, running in New Hampshire, tells Democratic congresswoman Annie Kuster to "stop thinking about politics and start thinking about people." Watch it below:
9:01 AM, Oct 18, 2013 • By MICHAEL WARREN
With just weeks left in the 2013 gubernatorial race in Virginia, Republican candidate Ken Cuccinelli has a new TV ad that questions the seriousness of his Democratic opponent, Terry McAuliffe. "What's Terry McAuliffe offering Virginia families?" the voiceover asks. "False, misleading attacks; massive, wasteful spending; and $1,700 dollars in higher taxes every year."
"Terry McAuliffe," the voiceover continues. "Deeply unserious." Watch below:
7:00 AM, Sep 12, 2013 • By MICHAEL WARREN
New Jersey governor Chris Christie launched his first general election campaign ad Thursday. The 30-second spot touts the Republican's achievements in his first term, including "four balanaced budgets," cuts to "wasteful spending," a property tax cap, and "the most education funding--ever." Watch the ad below:
The Christie campaign says the ad will air in both the New York and Philadelphia TV markets, with a $1.5 million buy over the next 10 days.
10:27 AM, Aug 6, 2013 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Democrat Terry McAuliffe has based much of his campaign for governor of Virginia on his business experience, including his co-founding of an electric car company, GreenTech Automotive. McAuliffe stepped down as CEO of GreenTech in 2012 in preparation for his gubernatorial run.
12:27 PM, Jul 24, 2013 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell, the five-term Republican from Kentucky, has drawn a primary challenge for his reelection effort next year from businessman Matt Bevin. Bevin, who will likely self-finance part of his campaign, is out with his first ad Wednesday. The 30-second spot purports to introduce the first-time candidate to voters, though it spends just as much time criticizing the 71-year-old McConnell for his "30 years in Washington."
8:02 AM, Jun 20, 2013 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Gabriel Gomez, the Republican candidate in the June 25 special election for Senate in Massachusetts, has a new television ad featuring quotations from his recent debate with Democrat Ed Markey.
"You've had thirty-seven years down in the Congress to get something done, and that's why people are tired of D.C.," Gomez told Markey. Gomez criticized Markey and Congress for not passing immigration reform or entitlement reform.
Plus, Democrats hit on abortion.8:09 AM, May 14, 2013 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Ahead of his official nomination this week as the GOP's candidate for governor of Virginia, state attorney general Ken Cuccinelli has a new ad outlining part of the Republican's economic plan.
"I have a plan to make Virginia an engine for job growth," Cuccinelli says in the 30-second spot. "It starts with ending tax loopholes and putting an end to special interest giveaways." He touts his proposal to lower tax rates for small business owners and middle-class families.
"Vote the person, not the party."12:01 PM, Nov 1, 2012 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Republican senator Scott Brown of Massachusetts has a new 60-second ad touting his bipartisan, moderate record in the United States Senate. "I've kept my promise to be an independent voice," Brown says in the ad. "I put people ahead of politics. And now, I need your help to keep that independent tradition alive in Massachusetts." Watch the ad below: