Republican U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann (pictured) released her second campaign ad in her reelection bid. As with Bachmann’s first ad of the election season, this one is also all about her opponent, hotelier and DFL candidate Jim Graves.
Sticking with the moniker previously attached to Graves, the ad attempts to tie “Big Spending Jim” to former Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif. Graves, Bachmann asserts, would have supported the bank bailouts of late 2008, the federal stimulus package enacted in early 2009 and the Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare. “Big Spending Jim Graves is more of the same — a rubber stamp for Nancy Pelosi,” the ad says. Bachmann herself appears only once, at the ad’s end, to say she endorses the message.
The TV spot also promotes a new website, BigSpendingJim.com, which Bachmann’s campaign has launched as a constant negative presence against her challenger.
Graves also put out his second ad of the campaign. While the Democrat’s first ad criticized Bachmann for a perceived lack of outreach to former employees affected by the Verso Paper Mill explosion, this spot takes a different tack. As Graves is depicted talking with voters of different age groups, he touts his business background and eagerness to “eliminate perks so Congress focuses on our jobs, not their own careers.”