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Kentucky Senate: McConnell's Ads

Yesterday we reported that Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) was preparing to launch the first ads of his 2008 campaign on Friday.

Today we got hold of the 60-second ads -- running in the Lexington and Louisville markets.

Here's the spot running in Louisville:

And here's the Lexington commercial:

Both ads aim to turn McConnell's position as leader of his party in the Senate into a positive for his campaign, noting that McConnell is only the second of Kentucky's 65 U.S. Senators to hold such a leadership post. They feature an extended comparison between McConnell and Alben Barkley (the only other Kentucky Senator to lead his party) and even feature a testimonial from Barkley's grandson.

It's an interesting tact given that Democratic strategists believe McConnell's role as GOP leader is the key to their chances of beating him next November. The next year is likely to be dominated by the two sides seeking to define what McConnell's leadership post means to Kentucky. Is it a sign that he is a rubberstamp for the Bush agenda? Or a unique opportunity to bring home the bacon for Kentucky?

McConnell won't be making his argument in a vacuum. Today the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee launched a web ad seeking to tie McConnell to ousted Gov. Ernie Fletcher (R-Ky.).

And Americans United, a progressive interest group, is up with television ads of their own hitting McConnell for allegedly blocking the passage of a children's heath insurance bill.

By Chris Cillizza  |  November 8, 2007; 6:05 PM ET
Categories:  Senate  
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