Republican Randy Demmer released his first TV ad of the campaign today, which attacks DFL 1st District Rep. Tim Walz for supporting the stimulus bill, health care reform and cap and trade legislation.
The ad called "Our Side" highlights Walz's votes on those bills and then flashes to a picture of the U.S. Capitol surrounded by creepy pictures of President Obama, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Walz as lightening flashes in the background. The ad narrator says, "There's a real mess in Washington and Tim Walz voted for it all. We need a representative on our side."
The ad then switches to an image of Demmer in blue jeans and a sweatshirt talking to farmers. The narrator says, "Randy Demmer. Family man. Farmer. Small business owner. Randy Demmer will reign in spending and protect Minnesota jobs."
Demmer Campaign Spokesman Jason Flohrs issued the following statement regarding the ad:
"Unlike Tim Walz's intellectually dishonest cut and paste ads, our spot presents a clear contrast. Walz cast real votes to put the federal government in charge of health care, spent billions trying to create jobs that never materialized, and supported a cap and trade energy tax that would cost each Minnesota farmer and family hundreds to thousands of dollars in each year."
Demmer's new ad comes after news yesterday that the National Republican Congressional Committee plans to spend $102,000 on TV ads in the 1st Congressional District starting on Friday. Walz's campaign has responded by asking supporters to help raise $100,000 to counter the messages.
In the e-mail it states "National Republicans are not coming after Tim Walz because they believe he is vulnerable, they are coming after Tim because he is strong. While Tim has focused on solutions that will improve people's lives, the NRCC leaders have chosen to help Randy Demmer because they know he will be a reliable vote for Wall Street and health insurance companies."
Looks like this is just the start of the negative campaign ads. Walz had previously released his third TV ad going after Demmer saying he will support privatizing social security. Meanwhile, Politico reports that the 1st District race could play a key role in determining whether Republicans take back the U.S. House.
UPDATE: Walz's campaign Communications Director Sara Severs issued the following statement in response to Demmer's new ad:
“The differences between Tim and Representative Demmer could not be clearer. Tim Walz is fighting for the middle class. Representative Demmer is fighting for tax breaks for millionaires. Tim Walz wants to move our country forward. Representative Demmer wants to take us back to the failed policies of the past.”