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02/25/2013 06:15 am ET | Updated Feb 25, 2013

Mitch McConnell Hit Over Assault Weapons Stance In New Progressive Change Campaign Committee Ad

The Progressive Change Campaign Committee is airing a new ad beginning Monday that targets Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) over his opposition to gun control. The group is spending at least $25,000 to air the ad in several Kentucky markets and Washington, D.C., for one week.

The ad stars Gary Nutt of Cub Run, Ky., who says, "I am a Vietnam vet and a hunter. I only shot my rifle one time this last season. One shot, one deer. But I'd be a pretty bad hunter if I needed an assault rifle to shoot that buck."

"I support the plan to ban assault weapons and keep 'em out of the wrong hands," he continues. "Because I know these guns. I know what they can do. The NRA and the gun manufacturers have given a ton of money to Senator Mitch McConnell."

"And now he's blocking reform. Senator, whose side are you on?" Run says to close the ad.

The group has now spent more than $100,000 on a campaign against McConnell's gun control stance. It previously released an ad on Feb. 5.

McConnell is trying to take advantage of President Barack Obama's push on gun control to garner support for his 2014 reelection. He launched a robocall in January to Kentuckyians, saying, "President Obama and his team are doing everything in their power to restrict your constitutional right to keep and bear arms." His campaign also sent out a fundraising email last month saying that gun owners are "literally surrounded" by "gun-grabbers in the Senate."

In December, a Public Policy Polling survey found that McConnell was the most unpopular senator in the country, with 55 percent of respondents saying they disapprove of his job and 37 percent saying they approve. McConnell could face a stiff challenge from Actress Ashley Judd, who is showing signs that she will enter the race, and faces dissatisfaction from the right in his party.

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