Ad of the Day: Murkowski airs Ted Stevens endorsement video
A new ad from Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski features video of the late Sen. Ted Stevens in which he endorses Murkowski's re-election bid.
The ad does not start with the Stevens endorsement video. Instead, it starts with Stevens' daughter, Sue Covich, giving her approval for the message to be aired and thanking Murkowski for refusing the air the ad without the family's approval. "My father, Senator Ted Stevens, endorsed Lisa Murkowski in her run for the United States Senate," says Covich. "What some Alaskans don't know, is that my father made a campaign commercial for Lisa that was scheduled to run just days after we lost him. Putting our family before her campaign, Lisa made certain the ad did not air out of respect to my dad and my family." Stevens died in a plane accident in August.
The ad then shows video of Stevens dated July 30, 2010. "I trust Lisa and her commitment to keep fighting for us. She's working for Alaska every single day. We need Lisa and the seniority she's earned now more than ever," says Stevens. The ad ends with Murkowski on screen, as Covich gives her approval for the message and her thanks to the Stevens family.
The ad comes as Murkowski steps up her effort to win as a write-in candidate against Republican nominee Joe Miller and Democrat Scott McAdams. The ad does not mention that voters will need to write in Murkowski's name in order to vote for her in the general election.
In other ad news:
- Florida Independent Senate candidate and Gov. Charlie Crist says, in his most recent ad, that he's "fighting to stop Marco Rubio's extremist agenda to roll back Roe v. Wade." As Hotline On Call reports, the ad comes off has hypocritical, highlighting Crist's on-again-off-again position on abortion. Hotline's Jeremy P. Jacobs writes: "He has been pro-choice and pro-life in various stages of his political career - changing his positions for political gain."
- A radio ad from Americans for America PAC goes after Rand Paul on mine safety days after the rescue of 33 miners in Chile captivated the world. "Kentucky miners have always known what Chile taught the whole world this week -- that four miles deep in a mountain it's not every man for himself," says the announcer over machinery in the background. The ad goes on to play audio of Paul saying "sometimes accidents happen," claiming that it is the entirety of Paul's position on mine safety. "Maybe Rand Paul doesn't understand 'cause he's never been down four miles inside a mine," says the announcer. The announcer then goes on to endorse Democrat Jack Conway. The ad refers to Paul's having said this after two coal miners were killed in western Kentucky: "We had a mining accident that was very tragic...But then we come in and it's always someone's fault. Maybe sometimes accidents happen." Paul walked back his remarks in September when he said that more mine inspectors may be needed. (h/t Huffington Post)
- The Harry Reid campaign stayed busy after Thursday night's debate between the Senate Majority Leader and his Republican challenger, Sharron Angle. The campaign put out a new ad replaying a clip of Angle being asked if there was anything insurance companies should be mandated to cover. Angle replies, "Anything at all?," at which point the video freezes and the audio cuts to an announcer saying, "Sharron Angle couldn't think of a single thing insurance companies should be made to cover." But the ad doesn't play Angle's full response, which shows she does not agree with mandatory health care coverage on its face -- not that she couldn't think of anything:
Angle: I think that what we have here is a choice between the free market and Americanism. American is about choices. And we need to allow people to have those choices. The free market will weed out those companies that don't offer as many choices and don't have a cost-effective system. Let the people decide where they want to buy their insurance - you don't have to force them to buy anything and you don't have to force anyone to offer a product that no one wants.
Moderator: Okay, so no insurance mandates. Okay. Senator Reid?
| October 15, 2010; 4:10 PM ET
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