Jacky Rosen hits Dean Heller over health care in first negative ad

Rep. Jacky RosenJacklyn (Jacky) Sheryl RosenElection Countdown: Latest on the 2018 Senate money race | Red-state Dems feeling the heat over Kavanaugh | Dem doubts about Warren | Ocasio-Cortez to visit Capitol Hill | Why Puerto Ricans in Florida could swing Senate race Democrats break with left on ICE McConnell-linked super PAC reserves M in fall TV ads MORE’s (D-Nev.) campaign is out with its first negative ad of the cycle, hitting Sen. Dean HellerDean Arthur HellerGOP senators introduce resolution endorsing ICE Election Countdown: Latest on the 2018 Senate money race | Red-state Dems feeling the heat over Kavanaugh | Dem doubts about Warren | Ocasio-Cortez to visit Capitol Hill | Why Puerto Ricans in Florida could swing Senate race What to expect during Kavanaugh’s confirmation battle MORE (R-Nev.) for backing the GOP’s ObamaCare repeal efforts last year.

The 60-second TV ad, which was shared first with The Hill, criticizes Heller for initially saying he wouldn’t support an ObamaCare repeal. It features a clip from his 2017 press conference with Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval (R) when he said he couldn’t support that legislation.

The ad accuses Heller of caving to political pressure from President TrumpDonald John TrumpGiuliani: Trump interview with Mueller ‘further away’ ACLU calls for Trump officials to hand over info on immigrant children Kushner to join Pompeo for meetings with Mexican leaders MORE and voting to repeal ObamaCare. Heller has defended his vote for a “skinny” repeal bill since it would not have touched Nevada’s expansion of Medicaid. The Senate ultimately rejected the measure.

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Heller is the only GOP senator up for reelection this cycle in a state that Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonGiuliani: Trump interview with Mueller ‘further away’ 5 takeaways from wild hearing with controversial FBI agent Zealous Dems fail to hear out Trump’s constitutional rights MORE won in 2016.

Friday’s ad will also run on digital, in addition to appearing on a new microsite released by the campaign. Rosen’s campaign has aired six other TV ads since April — all positive spots about the Nevada Democrat.

“Nevadans deserve a senator with the backbone to fight for their health care, not a spineless partisan politician who bends with the political winds and only looks out for himself,” said Rosen campaign manager Danny Kazin. “Sen. Heller has lost his way in Washington, he can’t be trusted to keep his promises or stand by his convictions, and Nevadans are going to hold him accountable.”

Heller and Rosen are locked in one of the most competitive Senate races of the cycle, which could determine which party controls the upper chamber next year.

Democrats are largely playing defense in the Senate, with 10 incumbents up for reelection in states that Trump won. The party has a few opportunities to flip a seat, with Nevada seen as Democrats’ best chance to take back a seat.

Rosen again outpaced Heller in second-quarter fundraising. She raised more than $3.5 million, compared to Heller’s $2.38 million. But he still has a cash advantage of $2 million.

Heller’s campaign released its own digital ad earlier this week that targets Rosen over her software consulting business. The ad comes after the Reno Gazette Journal reviewed public records and didn’t find a state or local business license for Rosen’s company.

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