Two new ads hit airwaves in bitter Gwen Graham vs. Steve Southerland race

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A pair of new TV ads have hit the airwaves today in the bitter Florida’s 2nd Congressional District race between Republican Congressman Steve Southerland and Democrat Gwen Graham.

“Money Talks,” the 30-second spot from the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, starts with a simple theme: When money talks, Southerland listens.

With $200K in campaign cash from companies that outsource American jobs overseas, the ad claims that Southerland then voted to protect those same companies with tax breaks.

“It’s been a disaster for North Florida,” the narrator says. “We’ve lost more than 100,000 jobs to countries like China.”

The second ad — this one a 30-second Graham attack courtesy of the National Republican Congressional Committee — once again hammers the Democratic challenger for her support of “Nancy Pelosi’s cuts to Medicare.”

“Risk” claims that North Florida seniors lost “nearly $1,000” per senior in Medicare cuts. One thousand dollars can buy a lot, the ad says, like diabetes testing strips and blood pressure medication.

“Gwen Graham has to know that’s wrong,” the ad concludes. “But she still supports Obamacare.”

Recent polling shows the between Graham and Southerland is extremely tight in the district that covers the eastern Panhandle region between Tallahassee and Panama City.

Both “Money Talks” and “Risk” are also available on YouTube.

“Money Talks”:


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