The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee has launched a new 30-second spot on Colorado airwaves attacking Rep. Cory GardnerCory GardnerTrump applauds congressional allies as he kicks off inaugural festivities Overnight Tech: Tech listens for clues at Sessions hearing | EU weighs expanding privacy rule | Senators blast Backpage execs Overnight Tech: Trump meets Alibaba founder | Uber to make some data public | GOP Lawmakers tapped for key tech panels MORE (R) for supporting amendments to restrict abortion rights.
The ad, which will air over the next two weeks, accuses Gardner of backing amendments that would ban abortions even in cases of rape and incest.
The first DSCC-sponsored ad to run this election cycle, it cost the group $1 million.
“Congressman Gardner’s record of backing measures to take women’s healthcare decisions away is simply too extreme for Colorado,” said Justin Barasky, a Democratic spokesman. “Until Election Day, the DSCC will continue to highlight how Congressman Gardner is completely wrong for Colorado women, seniors and middle class families.”
Gardner is squaring off against Sen. Mark UdallMark UdallLive coverage: Tillerson's hearing for State The rise and possible fall of the ‘Card’ in politics Gardner's chief of staff tapped for Senate GOP campaign director MORE (D) in one of the most watched Senate races this midterm. If Gardner wins, it would bring Republicans five seats short of taking control of the Senate, and thus both chambers of Congress.
Democrats have been using abortion rights and access to birth control as lightning rod issues in their narrative of a “war on women.” They predict the narrative will draw women voters who will vote for vulnerable Senate Democrats in November.
However, Gardner is fighting back against the narrative and recently suggested birth control products should be available over the counter without a prescription.