McConnell campaign puts out new ad mocking potential Democratic opponents

02/19/2013 10:42 AM

U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell’s campaign team has released an online video narrated through clips of President Barack Obama pointing out people in a crowd to show all of the Kentucky Democrats mentioned as potential opponents to McConnell in 2014.

The ad titled “Obama’s Kentucky Candidate” runs close to three minutes and begins with the one Democrat who has announced to run against McConnell, Owensboro home builder and contractor Ed Marksberry. WHAS11 news first ran the video on their Tuesday morning show.

Others featured in the ad referred to as “Potentially Obama’s ‘Kentucky Candidate’” include Obama’s 2012 national fundraising chairman and former U.S. ambassador to Sweden Matthew Barzun, actress Ashley Judd, and Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes.

You can see the ad here:

The ad also features interviews conducted by Pure Politics of Gov. Steve Beshear saying he is confident the Democrats will find a candidate to run against McConnell as well as Attorney General Jack Conway and former State Auditor Crit Luallen expressing their disinterest in the race.

This is the first campaign-related video released by McConnell’s campaign in the 2014 race, one other ad has been released by a conservative SuperPAC attacking Ashley Judd .

Kentucky Democratic Party Chairman Dan Logsdon issued a statement calling the ad “sad”:

“We think it is sad that after five terms in Washington all Mitch McConnell has to offer is criticisms and distortions of his possible opponents. But while it is sad, it is not a surprise, since Sen McConnell would have a hard time articulating why he DESERVES to be reelected. He voted against both the Veterans Jobs Bill and the Violence Against Women Act. In fact, he’s become part of Washington and Kentuckians all across our commonwealth have said it is time to make a change.”

Jacqueline Pitts

Jacqueline Pitts joined the cn|2 political team in June 2012. A graduate of WKU, Jacqueline grew up in Nashville, TN and is looking forward to having a front row seat to Kentucky politics. Follow Jacqueline on Twitter @Jacqueline_cn2. She can be reached at 502-792-1114 or


  • viewer wrote on February 19, 2013 11:31 AM :

    Wouldnt it be great to see Mitch spend that money on telling us Kentuckians how we can build a better Ky ? Wouldnt it be great if Mitch told us of the way forward and how to get out of the bottom rankings of the nation ? Thank you Mississippi for not doing anything and keeping us company all these years. When you cant show what you have done, always go after the a black man. Works every time with us christian whites….

  • Cat Balz wrote on February 19, 2013 01:01 PM :

    Has there already been a Republican primary?

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