Indiana Republican Rep. Todd Young launched a series of ads Wednesday in the Senate race against former Democratic Gov. Evan Bayh.
Young, a marine, strongly identifies his military career with a commitment to help others in the ad. Young slams “career politicians” that he says don’t have Indiana voters’ interests in mind.
“Does it seem like Washington’s rigged for the well connected? That’s because it is,” Young says in the ad. “Career politicians and lobbyists won’t fix it, it’s time to send in the marine.”
“In the Marine Corps, we’re taught to put America above ourselves. And Hoosiers deserve a Senator to do the same. It’s time for a marine to stand up and do the job that career politicians won’t.”
A longer second ad is designed to introduce Young to voters statewide. He specifically calls out Bayh for misremembering his address in Indiana.
There is only one poll in the race to date, but Monmouth University polling shows Bayh is in the lead by seven points, 48 to 41 percent.
Bayh was tapped by the Democratic Party to run because the former governor has a campaign account with $9.3 million that can only be used when Bayh runs for office again. Young and Bayh are competing for Republican Sen. Dan Coats’ seat. Coats is retiring.
Young is doing much better on the financial front than he did a month ago. In July, Young had $1 million in fundraising by the time Bayh entered the race, but raised over $5 million by the end of July.
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