A political group aligned with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is blanketing airwaves in Arizona, Nevada, and New Hampshire with attack ads as three Democratic incumbents struggle for reelection against Republican challenges.
One Nation, the issue advocacy organization affiliated with the Senate Leadership Fund, the McConnell super PAC, is spending $4.2 million to run television, radio, and digital ads in the three battlegrounds. The spots urge Democratic Sens. Mark Kelly of Arizona, Catherine Cortez Masto of Nevada, and Maggie Hassan of New Hampshire to oppose President Joe Biden’s $2 trillion bill of new and expanded social programs, claiming the legislation would further spike inflation.
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“We are calling on Congress to hit the brakes — and we'll hold accountable those who put partisan agendas before what is best for their constituents,” One Nation President Steven Law said in a statement.
The underlying message to voters in this advertising campaign is that Senate Democrats, including Kelly, Cortez Masto, and Hassan, are already on board with Biden’s agenda and the social spending bill. That is a potentially potent pitch for Republicans ahead of the 2022 midterm elections. The president’s job approval ratings are stuck near 40%, and the GOP needs to flip just one seat to recapture control of the Senate.
The scripts for the One Nation spots running in Arizona, Nevada, and New Hampshire are the same, but each one ends with a plea for voters to call their particular senator and declare that “inflation is killing us. Stop the reckless spending.” The rising cost of household goods has become a top priority for voters across the country, and the topic has lately become a dominant theme in GOP advertising.
Democrats claim Biden’s spending bill would reduce inflation and improve the economy.
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The bill is not subject to a Senate filibuster and can pass with a simple majority vote but has been held up because of opposition from Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia.
His support is necessary because the Democrats control a 50-vote “majority” that rests on Vice President Kamala Harris’s tiebreaking vote.