“Facing criticism” from the Senate Conservatives Fund and other groups for declining to sign onto the “defund Obamacare” pledge, Sen. Lamar Alexander (R) released a 60-second radio ad and launched a new website (www.repealobamacaretn.com) highlighting his opposition to the Affordable Care Act. The spot includes a back-and-forth between Alexander and Pres. Obama over the bill and notes that he has voted “23 times to get rid of Obamacare.” The ad ran statewide over the weekend. (Knoxville News) The radio spot is just another sign that Alexander, who personally talked other potential opponents out of running against him, is taking the possibility of state Sen. Joe Carr (R) becoming an actual threat seriously.
HUCKABEE RUNS DEFENSE. To wit: Alexander already has former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R) writing four-page missives on his behalf. In the letter, Huckabee solicits donations and asks readers to “pray for Lamar.” He also “praises the senior Tennessee senator profusely, sprinkling in sentences sure to please tea party and religious conservatives.” (Nashville Tennessean)
CARR PICKS UP ENDORSEMENTS. Two central Tennessee conservative radio hosts, Ralph Bristol and Michael DelGiorno, whose radio shows reach “thousands of Tennesseans,” endorsed Carr. (Knoxville News)
— Sarah Mimms