Ben Chandler becomes first Kentucky candidate on the air for the fall

08/10/2010 10:19 AM

Democratic U.S. Rep. Ben Chandler launched the first ad in his re-election campaign to try to hold off Republican challenger Andy Barr as well as the momentum the GOP has heading into the fall elections.

Chandler’s 30-second spot, for which he purchased time in the Frankfort and Lexington cable markets, highlights his record of standing up “to his own party,” citing as one example his vote against the Wall Street bailout bill in the fall of 2008. The ad doesn’t mention other votes in which he went against his fellow congressional Democrats, such as his vote against the health care reform bill in March.

The commercial — a standard introductory biography ad — also touts Chandler’s accomplishments from when he was Kentucky’s attorney general from 1995 to 2003. Here’s the ad:

Chandler is bracing for a tough re-election battle. On Sunday, the New York Times published a piece about how Republicans are targeting congressional Democrats who represent districts that voted for GOP presidential candidate John McCain instead of Barack Obama in 2008. And the National Republican Congressional Committee has placed Barr in its top tier of “Young Gun” candidates seeking Democratic-held seats in the GOP’s bid to take control of the House.

A cn|2 Poll last month showed that Chandler is leading Barr 46% to 32%. But nearly 21% of respondents said they haven’t decided yet.

- Ryan Alessi

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