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AFP Targets Donnelly, McCaskill in New Ad Blitz

Vulnerable Democrats are distancing themselves from Clinton's recent comments.

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Kimberly Railey
March 14, 2018, 11:12 a.m.

Americans for Prosperity released another wave of TV and digital ads attacking Sens. Joe Donnelly (D-IN) and Claire McCaskill (D-MO) over opposing the tax bill, as part of a nearly $4 million buy. The Missouri spot, backed by $1.8 million, features a mother who talks up a bonus she received from the tax legislation, while the Indiana spot, backed by $2.1 million, features a small-business owner who praises the tax cuts. The ads will run for three weeks starting Thursday. (Hotline reporting)

DRAWING DISTANCE. “Democratic senators facing tough reelection fights distanced themselves Tuesday from Hillary Clinton after she said President Trump’s voters came from less productive parts of the country and were attracted by a backward-looking message.”

McCaskill: “I may not have agreed with their choice, but I certainly respect them. And I don’t think that’s the way you should talk about any voter especially ones in my state.”

Meanwhile, “Republican strategists have pounced on the comments in an effort to remind voters in key states of Clinton’s polarizing role in the cultural divide that helped lift the GOP to victory in 2016.” (Washington Post)

ON BOARD. "Senate Majority PAC is bringing on Hannah Hurley as deputy press secretary. Hurley previously worked as a deputy press secretary for then-Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, and for a nonprofit and local television station in Savannah, Ga." (Politico)

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