Ad In Arizona Previews What Senators Will Face With Trump Nomination

Senator John McCain (Reuters/Carlos Barria)

Alex Pfeiffer White House Correspondent
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An advertisement by Rep. [crscore]Ann Kirkpatrick[/crscore] against Sen. [crscore]John McCain[/crscore] in the Arizona Senate race previews the kind of attacks candidates will have to fend off if Donald Trump wins the presidential nomination.

There are 22 Republican senators up for re-election in 2016, many of them in traditionally blue or purple states such as Sen. [crscore]Kelly Ayotte[/crscore] of New Hampshire, Sen. [crscore]Ron Johnson[/crscore] of Wisconsin, Sen. [crscore]Pat Toomey[/crscore] of Pennsylvania and Sen. [crscore]Rob Portman[/crscore] of Ohio.

The advertisement simply titled “Trump” criticizes John McCain for his unwavering support of whomever is the GOP nominee, while playing videos of Donald Trump criticizing McCain for being a prisoner of war, and saying he’s going to “bring a hell a lot worse than waterboarding.”

It ends with a voice-over saying, “There was a time when country mattered more than his political party, but thirty years in Washington have changed John McCain. We need leaders to stand up to Donald Trump.”