New Paul TV ad focuses on national defense

10/12/2016 10:19 AM

A day after his opponent questioned his security and defense chops, U.S. Sen. Rand Paul’s campaign released a new television ad on Wednesday highlighting his support for the military.

The 30-second ad, part of a statewide buy, opens with Paul speaking to a camera before moving to footage of troops marching, military exercises and Islamic State fighters.

“We need a national defense robust enough to defend against all attacks, modern enough to deter all enemies and nimble enough to defend our vital interests,” Paul says in the spot, which can be viewed here:

Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Jim Gray’s campaign, which began airing an ad on Tuesday featuring footage of past criticism from national Republicans on Paul’s security and foreign policies, doubled down on its attack against Paul, pointing to a 2011 budget proposal that would have trimmed defense spending by up to 30 percent, according to estimates.

“The fact is that Rand Paul only talks about increased defense spending when he needs to keep his political options open,” Gray campaign spokeswoman Cathy Lindsey said in a statement.

“If he weren’t trying to keep his Presidential hopes alive for 2020, he’d still be trying to cut defense spending and putting our national security at risk. Kentuckians – and all Americans – deserve a Senator who will put our interests first, not their own personal ambition.”

Kevin Wheatley

Kevin Wheatley is a reporter for Pure Politics. He joined cn|2 in September 2014 after five years at The State Journal in Frankfort, where he covered Kentucky government and politics. You can reach him at kevin.wheatley@charter.com or 502-792-1135 and follow him on Twitter at @KWheatley_cn2.

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