Paul Releases Ad in Kentucky With 9/11 Imagery

Posted March 30, 2010 at 9:42am

After having his national security credentials questioned in recent days, Kentucky Senate candidate Rand Paul (R) released a new television ad on Tuesday that uses images from the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks to hit back at Kentucky Secretary of State Trey Grayson (R).

The ad incorporates images of the burning World Trade Center and damaged Pentagon as Paul, the son of Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas), talks about where he was on 9/11 and his outrage at the attacks. Paul then rebukes Grayson for using a recent ad to question whether he would have the fortitude to stand up to terrorists as a Senator.

“Now a desperate Trey Grayson is using Sept. 11 to attack my integrity and my patriotism,” Paul says in the ad. “Trey Grayson, your shameful TV ad is a lie and it dishonors you.”

Paul’s camp did not specify the size of the ad buy but said it is being released statewide.

“We hope to run this as little as possible but are prepared to run it as much as necessary,” Paul campaign manager David Adams said Tuesday. “As soon as Grayson stops the false attacks, we won’t mention his name again.”

Incorporating Sept. 11 imagery into a political ad is always a risky move because of the sensitivity of the issue, but Paul’s camp seems to be willing to take the risk after Grayson has made national security a main theme in the primary recently.

Last week, Grayson rolled out an endorsement from former Vice President Dick Cheney, who touted Grayson as a candidate who will “stay on offense in the fight against terrorism.”

The eventual GOP nominee will face the winner of the Democratic primary that features Lt. Gov. Daniel Mongiardo and Attorney General Jack Conway.