Dem releases first special election TV ad ahead of Trump visit
The Democratic nominee running in Pennsylvania’s upcoming special election launched his first TV ad on Thursday, pitching himself as someone who will work across the aisle and supports new leadership in Congress.
Democrat Conor Lamb’s first ad comes hours before President TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote Warren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases Esper orders ‘After Action Review’ of National Guard’s role in protests MORE travels to the Pittsburgh-area district to boost Lamb’s Republican opponent, state Rep. Rick Saccone. Trump preempted the event with a tweet Thursday morning, endorsing Saccone in the March 13 special election.
The 30-second TV ad plays up Lamb’s career as a Marine veteran who “still loves to shoot” and his time as a federal prosecutor. The spot also highlights Lamb’s call for new leaders for both parties in the House.
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Lamb has already said that, if elected, he won’t support House Minority Leader Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiTrump on collision course with Congress over bases with Confederate names Black lawmakers unveil bill to remove Confederate statues from Capitol Pelosi: Georgia primary ‘disgrace’ could preview an election debacle in November MORE (D-Calif.) as leader.
ADVERTISEMENT“The only candidate who’s said the Democrats and Republicans need new leaders in Congress. He’s fed up with gridlock,” the ad’s narrator says. “Conor Lamb will work with anyone to get the job done.”
Lamb has an uphill battle to the seat, running in a solid GOP district that went nearly 20 points for Trump in the 2016 presidential election.
But the race to fill the seat vacated by former Rep. Tim MurphyTim MurphyBiden receives endorsements from three swing-district Democrats A federal abortion law might be needed Female Dems see double standard in Klobuchar accusations MORE has captivated national political observers as Republicans look to avoid another special election upset by Democrats.
Republicans have been making an early investment to boost Sacconne. In addition to Trump’s Thursday visit, Vice President Pence is planning to visit the district and major Republican groups have been pumping money into the district with field offices and ad buys.
So far, national Democrats have mostly remained on the sidelines, as some major groups still mull getting involved in the race.