A new TV spot from U.S. Sen. Luther Strange hits the “never-Trump insiders” for trying to frame him as an opponent of the president’s agenda.
In the ad, Strange, appointed to the Senate seat in February by then-Gov. Robert Bentley, argues that he has actively worked with both Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions in the fight against illegal immigration by building a wall along the country’s southern border.
In the 30-second spot “Drain the Swamp” (also available on YouTube), Strange touts himself as “leading the charge to bring Alabama conservative values and common-sense accountability back to the United States Senate.”
“Every day I work to follow the word of Jesus Christ,” Strange says. “And to do what’s morally right.”
Next, Strange points out how he made “powerful enemies fighting corruption in Birmingham … and now those ‘never-Trump insiders’ falsely attack me.” He also notes his endorsement by the National Rifle Association, while shooting a target with the words: “Obama’s attack on the Second Amendment.”
He continues: “I’m no career politician” – repeating one of the main talking points against Huntsville Republican Congressman Mo Brooks, who is currently serving a fourth term in the U.S. House.
“I won’t betray your trust, and I’ll fight for President Trump’s agenda every day.”
Facing an intense Republican primary battle, Strange is one of a nine-person GOP field that includes Brooks and former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore, each running in the staunch conservative lane for the race to complete Sessions’ Senate term.
Alabama voters have less than two weeks to decide before the Aug. 15 Republican and Democratic primaries. The last day to apply for an absentee ballot is Aug. 10. If there is no primary winner — with 50 percent plus one — a runoff is Sept. 26; the general election is Dec. 12.