Allen West up with second campaign ad

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Rep. Allen West’s campaign released its second TV ad of the campaign on Wednesday, a positive spot titled “Opportunity.”

The 30-second ad highlights West’s humble beginnings and emphasizes that “regardless of where you come from, with a good education and hard work, you can be successful,” said West campaign manager Tim Edson in the release announcing the ad.

The spot, which makes note of West’s experience as a teacher, includes multiple shots of the candidate in a classroom setting with children.

“I grew up in the inner city of Atlanta where you had two choices: economic freedom or economic dependency. That is the value of a good education. It’s why I became a high school teacher after retiring from the military, and it’s why I won’t stand by while our schools fail our children. Every child should have the equality of opportunity I did–the opportunity to live the American Dream,” West says in the ad.

West’s likely Democratic challenger in the 18th Congressional District, Patrick Murphy, rolled out the first two ads of his campaign on Monday. Murphy’s campaign is spending over $300,000 to air both ads on cable and network through mid-August.

The latest spot from West is running from today through August 12.  The Tea-Party darling is spending almost $1,200,000 to air the new spot in the West Palm market, according to a source familiar with the buy. That number includes about $200,000 in Olympic advertising on the local NBC station. West’s campaign is also spending a “significant” amount to air the ad on cable, although the campaign declined to offer the exact figure.

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