At the start of a final media blitz heading into Election Day, Colorado Sen. Mark Udall’s campaign is going up with a new ad attacking his Republican challenger, Rep. Cory Gardner, over the issue that has been the centerpiece of Udall’s campaign: women’s health.
Udall’s campaign is also rolling out a new ad that touts his criticism of the National Security Agency’s domestic spying programs. Both ads are six-figure statewide buys and part of the campaign’s plan to flood the Colorado airwaves before the election, with the race, crucial to control of the Senate, looking like it will be one of the tightest in the country.
The women’s health ad continues to go after Gardner’s past anti-abortion stances, a mainstay of Udall’s campaign, though one that has been derided by some local observers like the Denver Post’s editorial board.
“Politicians like Congressman Gardner shouldn’t be getting between me and my patients. Congressman Gardner’s history of promoting harsh anti-abortion laws is troubling to doctors like me,” Lisa Goldthwait, a local OB/GYN, says in the ad. “Take it from doctors like me, Cory Gardner is wrong for Colorado.”
“Mass collection of our phone and internet records started under a Republican President, continued under a Democratic one,” Udall says to open the NSA ad. “I won’t tolerate it.”
According to TPM’s PollTracker average, Gardner currently leads Udall, 44.4 percent to 39.2 percent.