Tea Party Challenger: McConnell ‘Betrayed Conservatives To Give Obama A Blank Check’ (VIDEO)


A new television ad from Mitch McConnell’s tea party challenger triggered a wave of hostility in what’s already been a bitter GOP primary campaign.

In the 15-second spot, which was first reported by ABC News, Matt Bevin’s campaign alleges that McConnell “betrayed conservatives to give Obama a blank check” when the Senate minority leader voted to advance a one-year debt limit extension. A photo of McConnell and President Obama is shown on screen.

A spokeswoman for McConnell responded to the ad, which will air statewide in Kentucky, by describing Bevin as a “sad caricature of a failed challenger who is struggling to explain his bailouts, support for TARP, shady business dealings and resume falsification while flailing away with desperate attacks.”


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