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Tillis campaign for U.S. Senate launches first ad of 2014

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NC House Speaker Thom Tillis released the first ad paid for by his campaign for U.S. Senate. NC House Speaker Thom Tillis released the first ad paid for by his campaign for U.S. Senate.

RALEIGH, NC (WECT) – State House Speaker Thom Tillis is releasing the first political ad paid for by his campaign for United States Senate, criticizing the incumbent he hopes to oppose in this year's General Election.

In the ad, Tillis criticizes the current culture in the nation's capital, saying "accountability is a foreign language in Washington", blasting President Obama's Affordable Care Act as "a disaster", and saying neither party has done anything to stop an "out of control" national debt.

Tillis goes on to criticize Senator Kay Hagan for supporting the president's ideas, saying "she refuses to clean up his mess".

The ad called "Cleaning Up Her Mess" will cost nearly $300,000, according to a post on Tillis' Senate campaign website. The post says the :30 ad will begin running next week in western North Carolina, the coast and the Piedmont areas.

Click here to see the ad.

Hagan's campaign responded with a comment. "Thom Tillis must have gotten a new version of history for Christmas since his ad talks big game about accountability but fails to mention the pay-to-play and special interest scandals in his closet," Sadie Weiner, Hagan's Campaign Communications Director said in an email. "From selling seats on the UNC Board of Governors, to taking money from predatory lenders in exchange for legislation, to going to bat for outside interests like the Koch Brothers and Karl Rove, Tillis sure has a strange concept of accountability. Kay has always been accountable to North Carolina families, proving she can stand up to members of both parties when the state's best interests were on the line, but Tillis has never shown that type of leadership, especially when it comes to his special interest backers."

Tillis is considered by many as the front-runner for the GOP nomination opposing Hagan, along with Pastor Mark Harris of Charlotte and physician Greg Brannon of Cary.

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