Ralph Hall: ‘Got Room For a Few More Wrinkles’

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U.S. Rep. Ralph Hall (R-TX) waits for the subway after a vote at the Capitol on Jan. 15, 2013 in Washington, DC.

Rep. Ralph Hall, 90, wants you to know how he got some of his wrinkles.

“See this one? Got it taking on the liberals when they attacked our Second Amendment rights,“ the Texas Republican, history’s oldest U.S. House member, says to the camera in an ad ahead of a primary tomorrow in the state’s Northeastern 4th District.

“These, when we fought them on Obamacare,” says Hall, pointing under his left eye.

“And by gosh, I’ve got room for a few more wrinkles,” Hall says in closing, a reference to his desire to serve an 18th term, which he has said will be his last. The ad first appeared on local network television on Feb. 28, according to New York-based Kantar Media’s CMAG.

Hall has intensified his fundraising, collecting donations within the past week from the political action committees of AT&T, Boeing and American Airlines. Former Rep. Pete Geren and former Virginia Gov. Jim Gilmore also gave.

Hall’s five primary opponents include John Ratcliffe, a wealthy ex-prosecutor who’s running an ad saying he’s part of a “new generation” of Republican leaders and has “the energy” to oppose President Barack Obama on a daily basis. He’s trying to hold Hall below a majority of votes and compete in a one-on-one runoff in May.

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