Sarah Palin dominates the newest television ad for Nebraska Senate candidate Ben Sasse, one of the top three Republicans in a key primary contest on May 13.
Palin, a former Alaska governor and the Republican Party’s 2008 vice-presidential nominee, is shown speaking for 21 seconds of Sasse’s 30-second spot, which uses footage of a pro-Sasse rally in North Platte that she and Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas attended last month.
“What we need in the Senate are folks who are willing to not just go along to get along. We need the fighters, and that’s why I’m here for Ben Sasse,” Palin says in the ad, which also touts Sasse’s endorsement by the Nebraska Farm Bureau. Cruz and former Nebraska Gov. Kay Orr also appear in the spot.
The ad first aired yesterday on Omaha’s CBS affiliate, according to Kantar Media’s CMAG, which tracks advertising. Here are some screengrabs:
Sasse, a university president, banker Sid Dinsdale and former state Treasurer Shane Osborne are among the five Republicans seeking the seat of retiring Republican Mike Johanns. Nebraska is among the nation’s most Republican-leaning states — President Barack Obama won just 38 percent of the vote there in the 2012 election — so the winner of the Republican primary probably will prevail in November.
Sasse’s backers include the Senate Conservatives Fund, which is also opposing the re-election of Minority Leader Mitch McConnell in the May 20 Kentucky primary, and the Club for Growth. The 60 Plus Association, a nonprofit group that bills itself as an advocacy group for seniors, has endorsed Sasse and aired an ad attacking Osborn.
Dinsdale loaned his campaign $925,000 on April 1, raisinghis total personal investment in the race to $1 million, federal campaign-finance records show. One of his ads criticizes all of the outside money in the race. Here’s a screengrab of that spot: