Monday, March 10, 2014
Secretary of State and U.S. Senate candidate Charlie Summers unveiled a television commercial today as the primary campaign enters its final two weeks.
The 30-second ad is titled “Strong Leader." It starts with Summers criticizing President Obama as the video shows gas prices and the national debt rising. It also includes a photo of Summers in uniform as he mentions his service in Iraq and Afghanistan as a commander in the U.S. Navy Reserve.
At least three of the six Republicans have now hit the television airwaves - Summers, State Treasurer Bruce Poliquin and Attorney General Bill Schneider. Others will likely be there soon, including Maine Sen. Debra Plowman and former Maine Senate President Rick Bennett, who is known to have a lot of money left to spend before June 12.
Meanwhile, former Gov. Angus King submitted his signatures today to appear on the Nov. 6 ballot as an independent.
King has clearly been paying attention to the primary candidates, who have criticized his record and indicated that King will be the focus of plenty of political advertising in the general election. King told supporters during a rally at the State House this morning that he is not taking the election for granted.
"This is going to be an all-out campaign for the next six months," he said.
He didn't exactly sound worried about the impending attacks, however. King said he has been getting more encouragement and support in recent weeks than when he ran for governor in 1994, and he's not quite sure what to do with more than 1,500 volunteers.
"I've suggested we divide the volunteers into two groups and have the volunteers write thank you notes to each oter," he joked.
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