Democrat Rick Daugherty will launch his first and only TV ad on the topic that his Republican opponent, Congressman Charlie Dent, will end with: jobs.
Inside a textile factory filled with workers, Daugherty argues the free trade policies that Dent supports sends jobs overseas because labor can be gotten there more cheaply.
“For this economy to turn around, my No. 1 priority in Congress will be to stop unfair trade practice and bring our jobs back to America,” Daugherty said in the ad.
At debates, Dent has railed against that argument and said policies such as the North American Free Trade agreement and similar agreements with Colombia, South Korea and Panama have opened up markets for American manufacturers.
Dent’s last campaign ad contrasts his jobs priorities and Daugherty’s. Dent says he would reduce over regulation of small businesses and invest in American energy. He casts Daughtery’s priorities as raising taxes (Daugherty supports the so-called Buffett Rule) and stimulus spending (Daugherty argues it saved the country from falling into a depression).
“Rick Daugherty’s bad ideas destroy jobs,” the ad says. “Charlie Dent’s good ideas create them.”
Dent’s ad began airing on WFMZ and cable channels two days ago and Daugherty’s ad will begin airing on those channels tomorrow.
Daugherty, who has been running a campaign on a shoestring budget, showed he had $14,994 in his pre-general campaign report. Since then, the UAW-V-Cap of Detroit contributed $5,000 on Oct. 24. His WFMZ ad buy is $6,000, and the cable channels are $4,700.
Dent spent $35,000 to air his ad over 10 days, which will also air in parts of his new district. It’s his second TV ad.
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