Rand Paul, Crossroads GPS and DSCC add to TV clutter in U.S. Senate race

10/13/2010 06:43 PM

Three new ads about the U.S. Senate race have added to the air traffic jam in the last 24 hours, including a new spot by Republican candidate Rand Paul.

Paul’s commercial features a patient of his trying to dispel the notion that Paul wants to raise Medicare deductibles. Democratic candidate Jack Conway, has focused his campaign for the last two weeks on video clips of Paul saying on camera that a way to fix Medicare is to raise the amount seniors pay out of pocket to $2,000.

Paul has since tried to clarify his remarks by saying he was referring to future retirees — not seniors who are currently enrolled in Medicare. But this is the second ad in which Paul tries to imply he never made any remarks at all.

The latest ad from the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee is calling Paul out on the attempts to dodge the issue through campaign ads, with their own ad. In an ad titled “No Respect,” the DSCC ad airs seven different times where Paul have advocated for changes to Medicare, including multiple times where he mentions a $2,000 deductible for Medicare.

The Democrats aren’t the only outside group with a new commercial this week.

Crossroads Grassroots Policy Strategies a non-profit conservative group has been airing ads against Conway in partnership with sister organization American Crossroads since August. It’s latest ad, titled “Shocker,“ alleges that Conway has done enough to help lower utility bills in the state.

The issue stems from money Conway received as part of owning stock in utility company Kinder Morgan. Conway also has received donations from people employed by energy companies. The issue was brought up by Conway’s Democratic primary opponent, Lt. Gov. Dan Mongiardo, but an ethics commission cleared Conway of any wrongdoing.

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