Democratic Senate candidate Jim Gray has launched a TV commercial attacking Republican Sen. Rand Paul's foreign policy record about a month before Election Day. The ad features high profile Republicans criticizing Paul during his failed presidential run.
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is one of the figures shown criticizing Paul’s foreign policy record in the ad saying, “Rand Paul is a disaster on military and defense.” The commercial also includes cuts of Arizona Sen. John McCain saying, "He simply does not have an understanding about the threats of United States national security." Paul did propose defense spending cuts in 2011, but in 2015 proposed increasing defense spending by $190 billion over two years. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Fox News commentator Bill O’ Reilly are also shown criticizing Paul during his presidential run. Paul is at the end of his first six-year term in the Senate. Gray was elected to a second term as the mayor of Lexington in 2014. Gray’s campaign is spending $325,000 to air the commercial across the state. Kelsey Cooper, communications director for Paul’s campaign, said the claims in the ad are false and that Gray is a “desperate, typical politician.”