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Smith Going Back on the Air (With Video)

Senate hopeful Tom Smith is back on the air. His campaign will debut a new, 30-second ad starting Thursday titled “Red Ink” that focuses on the national debt.

“Washington politicians are flooding America with red ink. Our national debt is over 15 trillion dollars and counting. President Obama and Senator Casey want even more,” Smith says as a wave of red emanates outward from Congress.

“I’m Tom Smith. America’s in trouble and it’s time to change course. In the Senate, I’ll fight to repeal ‘Obamacare,’ cut spending, and I’ll never vote to raise the debt ceiling.”

The theme is familiar; each of Smith’s three ads has hammered home a similar message. He launched his first ad buy in December, unveiled a second spot in January, and rotated them both during February. He’s done a little bit of broadcast, lots of cable, and tons of Fox News.

The buy isn’t quite as heavy as previous ones. But it will air statewide, on broadcast networks in each Pa. media market except Erie and Philadelphia, where it will appear on expanded cable. Plus, it will be on Fox News in every market.

Smith is the first and only U.S. Senate candidate to go on television to date. Alone on the air, to the average voter, he has been uncontested for the mantle of fiscal conservatism in the race.

Smith made millions by founding, growing and ultimately selling a coal mining operation in western Pa. To date, he has contributed or loaned over $5 million to his campaign.

He’s running to unseat Sen. Bob Casey. His GOP primary opponents are:

David Christian, a businessman and veterans’ advocate from Bucks County
Sam Rohrer, a former Berks County state Rep. who ran for Governor in 2010
Marc Scaringi of Cumberland County, an attorney and former aide to Sen. Rick Santorum
Steve Welch, a Chester County entrepreneur who ran for Congress in 2010. Welch is endorsed by the Pa. Republican state committee.

Casey faces in the Democratic primary Joe Vodvarka, a retired spring manufacturer from Allegheny County.

One Response

  1. I have a feeling that come April 24, the only thing voters will remember about Tom Smith is that he was still a Democrat at this time last year. It sounds hypocritical to spend 60 years as a Democrat, never voting in a Republican primary, and then expecting others to do what you never had the courage to do.

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