24 hours after the NRCC (National Republican Congressional Committee) tried to coopt former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords in an ad to hammer her hand-picked successor, Giffords has answered back with a 60-second speech/ad praising Rep. Ron Barber (D-CD2) and southern Arizonans.
The Americans for Responsible Solutions spot is titled "Fight For Us", and entails Giffords simply speaking - partly on camera and partly off camera - with upbeat music and video of Tucson and the surrounding area.
As Arizona's Politics noted earlier (on Twitter), the NRCC has now spent $1.65M in the toss-up CD2 race, and Giffords' and Kelly's ARS had spent $1.1M. Arizona's Politics speculated that that would flip after yesterday's NRCC ad.
The FEC and FCC disclosures have not yet been filed, but it would not be surprising to see the 1/2 million dollar difference flip within 24 hours.
ARS has also apparently set up a special website to support Barber and hammer GOP nominee Martha McSally - www.AZCommonSense.
Transcript of "Fight For Us" (as transcribed by Arizona's Politics):
Giffords: Southern Arizona is a special place. We work hard. We cherish our land. We raise our families. We lead in research, in science. and we protect our nation. We have our differences, but we stick together. We expect our leaders to fight for us, not the special interests. Ron Barber. He's independent. He's courageous. And, most of all, he's Arizona through and through.
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