The National Republican Senatorial Committee is releasing a new digital ad Monday morning that warns Florida Republicans that if Democratic U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson had his way, Hillary Clinton would be president.
The 30-second video replays Clinton’s “basket of deplorables” a couple different ways, and adds her recent comments, made in a speech in India, in which she dismisses the middle of the United States as supporting President Donald Trump‘s vision of “looking backwards.”
The ad then makes this pronouncement in text: “And if Bill Nelson had his way… Hillary Clinton would be president.” That is followed by a snippet from a 2016 campaign speech given by Nelson in which he declares, “Hillary will not only be commander in chief as president, but she will be the unifier in chief.”
The ad may test, among non-Republicans, whether Clinton will continue being more unpopular in Florida than Trump, making the case that Nelson opposed Trump and supported fellow-Democrat Clinton.
For now, Nelson is running for re-election without a big-name opponent, though Gov. Rick Scott is widely expected to get into the race to be his Republican opponent.
“Hillary Clinton, Bill Nelson and the Democratic Party share the same elitist disdain towards the needs of hardworking Floridians,” NRSC Communications Director Katie Martin stated in a news release. “Voters will be reminded that Nelson did everything he could to get Hillary Clinton elected president.”