Senate Race Ads Focus on 9-11
The commercials touch on one of the most sensitive topics of our time, the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. Now, both sides are looking to benefit politically from attacks that forever changed this country. Video by nbc26.com
Northeast Wisconsin is in the middle of a political advertising blitz and the latest ads in the race for U.S. Senate are putting the 9/11 terrorist attacks in the spotlight.
Republican Tommy Thompson’s ad blasts Tammy Baldwin for voting against a bill honoring 9/11 victims. Now, Baldwin is fighting back with her own 9/11 themed ad.
The commercials touch on one of the most sensitive topics of our time, the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. Now, both sides are looking to benefit politically from attacks that forever changed this country.
Thompson first brought the 9-11 attacks into the U.S. Senate race.
“It's one hundred percent an issue in the Wisconsin senate race regarding Tammy Baldwin’s vote against the victims of 9/11, against honoring their memory, because I think once again it highlights the fact that Congresswoman Baldwin is so extreme,” said Thompson campaign spokesperson Lisa Boothe.
Baldwin insists she voted against the resolution because it contained republican policies she was against, including immigration reform.
Thompson’s ad doesn't sit well with the President of the Professional Firefighters of Wisconsin.
“The ad was despicable, to politicize 9/11 whether you’re Democrat or Republican is just wrong,” Malhon Mitchell said.
Baldwin's ad criticizes Thompson for heading a company in 2008 that was widely criticized for being slow to provide health care benefits to Ground Zero first responders.
The campaign is now the most expensive senate race in Wisconsin’s history. Political groups from outside the state have also kicked in more than $42 million dollars, much of that spent on TV advertising.