The National Republican Senatorial Committee is up with a new ad this morning reiterating its attacks against Democrat Jacky Rosen for missing a vote on benefits for victims of Agent Orange.
In the 30-second ad, Vietnam veteran Tom Spencer says that the freshman congresswoman “skipped town” and missed a vote to help veterans suffering from the side effects of Agent Orange, a herbicide used by the U.S. military in the Vietnam War to reduce tree cover and expose enemies. Instead of voting, Rosen went to Texas for a “political photo op” and suggests that she “cares more about politics than she cares about veterans,” Spencer says.
The ad is backed by a six-figure buy and will run in Reno.
The spot is a repeat of previous attacks by both Sen. Dean Heller’s campaign and the NRSC over Rosen’s missed vote on the bill, which extended medical benefits to some Navy veterans who spent their tours of duty along the coastlines of Vietnam to treat Agent Orange-related illnesses, such as Parkinson’s, lymphoma and other types of cancer.
While Rosen did miss the vote, she was a co-sponsor on the legislation and it passed the House with an overwhelming 382-0 vote under rules for bills that are certain to pass, which would have been known three days before the vote, according to a fact check by PolitiFact. She missed the vote to travel to the southern border to visit a child detention center amid intense debate over the Trump administration’s policy of separating undocumented children from their parents after being caught crossing the border illegally.
Still, Heller’s campaign has objected to the “mostly false” rating that the fact check organization gave their statement that Rosen “skipped work to attend a publicity stunt” on the grounds that she did, in fact, miss a vote.
In a statement, Rosen spokeswoman Molly Forgey accused Republicans of "lying" about the congresswoman's support for veterans in Congress.
"Jacky was an early cosponsor of the Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act, she pushed House Republican leadership to bring up the bill for swift passage, and she even helped introduce a similar bipartisan bill earlier this year," Forgey said. "Senator Heller's desperate re-election campaign is flailing, and his allies in Washington are clearly hitting the panic button by repeating these flimsy, dishonest attacks that have already been debunked by independent fact checkers.”
Watch the ad below here:
Updated 8-28-18 at 10:42 a.m. to include a statement from Rep. Jacky Rosen's campaign.