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McCain condemns NextGen Climate attack on Ernst in Iowa ads

Senator says ad part of 'most negative campaign Iowa has ever seen'

U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ) watches his colleagues speak during a news conference following their tour of the Arizona-Mexico border in Nogales, Arizona March 27, 2013. (REUTERS/Samantha Sais)
U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ) watches his colleagues speak during a news conference following their tour of the Arizona-Mexico border in Nogales, Arizona March 27, 2013. (REUTERS/Samantha Sais)

CEDAR RAPIDS — Sen. John McCain is calling on U.S. Senate candidate Bruce Braley to condemn a super PAC’s ad claiming Republican Joni Ernst is undercutting American troops’ efforts.

“This time they’ve gone too far,” McCain said in a statement Tuesday morning about an ad run by NextGen Climate. The ad is part of what McCain called “the most negative campaign Iowa has ever seen” being run by U.S. Rep Braley and his allies.

“I know firsthand that politics isn’t bean bag, but there’s always been a line between simply playing rough, and being truly out of bounds,” McCain said. “Braley’s special interest allies have crossed that line.”

In the direct mail ad, NextGen Climate says “American troops have spent years fighting terrorists overseas. But politicians like Joni Ernst are undercutting that battle here at home.”

“Limiting our dependence on foreign oil is good for national security,” the ad continues. “But Joni Ernst has given her word to her Big Oil backers.

“Ernst opposes programs for renewable energy sources that will limit our dependence on foreign oil, even though they would help ensure our money doesn’t end up in the hands of hostile foreign enemies.”

McCain took exception to the ad because Ernst is a veteran of the Iraq War.

“It is beyond offensive that Congressman Braley’s special interest allies would attack her service and her commitment to her soldiers,” he said, noting that the Iowa National Guard battalion commander honorably commanded American soldiers in Iraq.

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