Soldier says Allen West saved his life in new ad

"Well, this car came flying by and this AK-47 just starts firing. And I got shot. If I hadn't had that body armor, though, I don't think I'd really be here, because where it hit is where my lung was. Lt. Col. Allen West saved my life. It was just the greatest feeling in the world to hold my son for the first time. Col. West gave me his body armor. Because of that, I'm here today."

West is running in a tough swing district. The ad personalizes West and highlights his biggest campaign strength — his military service — in a way that could appeal to independent voters who might otherwise be turned off by his strident conservatism and past controversial statements.