Huffpost Politics

Bob Kerrey Senate Campaign Launches First TV Ads

Posted: Updated:

Bob Kerrey's campaign for Nebraska's open U.S. Senate seat launched its first television ads on Tuesday.

The first ad, "Welcome Home," addressed Kerrey's return to Nebraska after spending a decade in New York City, where he was president of the New School.

Kerrey, a Democrat who has served as both a senator from Nebraska and governor of the state, initially said he would not be running for the Senate seat left open by Sen. Ben Nelson's (D-Neb.) retirement. Nelson won the Nebraska seat after Kerrey neglected to run for a third Senate term in 2000. But a few weeks later Kerrey changed his mind and announced he would run for the seat.

Republicans responded almost immediately to Kerrey's change of heart in February, claiming that it stemmed from backroom deals between Kerrey and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.). Conservative advocacy group Crossroads GPS recently launched a radio attack ad saying Kerrey is an "embarrassment" to Nebraska. The $80,000 ad buy berates the candidate for cutting a deal with Reid that's "so secret Kerrey won't talk about what promises were made."

Despite the negativity of the Crossroads ad, Kerrey appears to have chosen to keep things positive. In his second ad, "Step Up," Kerrey speaks to the camera about what he sees as the problems with Washington.

"We need leaders willing to lead, willing to make the tough decisions, willing to work with both parties," Kerrey said. "And I'm ready to do just that."

The week-long ad buy will cost the Kerrey campaign $104,794 through next Monday, according to Politico.

Democrat Chuck Hassebrook, who left his position as Regent at the University of Nebraska to run for the seat, backed out of the Democratic primary race last week to endorse Kerrey.

Watch the ads:

CORRECTION: A previous version of this article stated that Chuck Hassebrook was running against Kerrey in the Democratic primary. Hassebrook dropped out last week and Kerrey is now running unopposed.

Around the Web

Political Bites: Bob Kerrey vs. Karl Rove

Bob Kerrey changes his mind, will run for Senate, source says

Bob Kerrey bid causes left to lash out

Can't quit the place, senators back for second act

Bob Graham and Bob Kerrey on a Saudi Link to 9/11

Harry Reid Hits the Trifecta: Hello, Bob Kerrey; Farewell, Olympia Snowe ...

Neb. US Senate candidate Bob Kerrey says Rush Limbaugh's comments about ...

 
  Obama Romney
Obama Romney
332 206
Obama leading
Obama won
Romney leading
Romney won
Popular Vote
33 out of 100 seats are up for election. 51 are needed for a majority.
Democrat leading
Democrat won
Holdover
Republican leading
Republican won
Democrats* Republicans
Current Senate 53 47
Seats gained or lost +2 -2
New Total 55 45
* Includes two independent senators expected to caucus with the Democrats: Angus King (Maine) and Sen. Bernie Sanders (Vt.).
All 435 seats are up for election. 218 are needed for a majority.
Democrat leading
Democrat won
Republican leading
Republican won
Democrats Republicans
Seats won 201 234
Click for Full Results