U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell (R)
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Sen. Mitch McConnell is the target of another negative Internet ad that was expected to begin airing on television in Lexington and Louisville on Friday.
Americans Against Escalation in Iraq is criticizing the Senate minority leader for supporting President Bush on the war in Iraq.
The ad shows repeated images of Bush saying progress is being made in Iraq, followed by numbers of American soldiers killed in action. It ends with a written question: "Mitch McConnell, Is this your idea of progress?"
McConnell, R-Ky., a steadfast Bush supporter on Iraq policy, has repeatedly said that the war has protected the U.S. from follow up terrorist attacks after Sept. 11, 2001. McConnell spokesman Robert Steurer didn't immediately return a telephone call seeking comment.
McConnell is running for re-election next year and his campaign already has raised more than $7.6 million.
The McConnell Senate Committee reported $5.75 million on hand, the most of any Republican candidate in the nation.
McConnell, along with at least three other Republican senators, was also targeted by a television ad paid for by the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. That ad, which aired earlier this week, also criticized McConnell for his support of Bush's war strategy.
Matthew Miller, spokesman for the group, criticized McConnell on Friday for saying Kentuckians "overwhelmingly" support Bush's Iraq strategy.
"Mitch McConnell needs to get out more if he thinks his constituents support the president's stay the course plan for Iraq," Miller said. "Kentuckians are demanding change in Iraq, and if Mitch McConnell continues to stand in the way of it, they're going to hold him accountable."
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