Republicans are refusing to let Democratic New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan off the hook for repeatedly declining to say whether Hillary Clinton is honest and trustworthy during an interview with CNN this month.
Hassan, who is challenging incumbent GOP Sen. Kelly Ayotte for her Senate seat, has come under scrutiny for the viral gaffe in local newspaper editorials. On Friday, the Republican Senate Leadership Fund took it up a notch, releasing a new digital that highlights Hassan's "embarrassing" error.
The 30-second ad, titled "Typical," borrows footage from the infamous Aug. 16 interview in which Hassan said she supports Clinton "because her experience and her record demonstrate that she is qualified to hold the job," when asked if she considers the former secretary of state an honest and trustworthy individual.
"She has a critical, critical plan among others for making college more affordable," Hassan responded when CNN's Manu Raju repeated his original question.
"Her awkward responses during the repeated questioning don't suggest a politician who was comfortable being a character witness for her party's nominee," wrote the Washington Post's Aaron Blake.
"If you're asked if the person you think should be the next president of the United States is honest and trustworthy, and you can't answer, you should probably find another candidate for president," the New Hampshire Union Leader editorialized a day after the interview.
The ad is part of a $30,000 digital buy by Senate Republicans and will target Granite State voters for the next seven days.
Hassan leads Ayotte by 1 percentage point — 45-44 percent — in the latest RealClearPolitics state-level polling average of likely voters.