"You know what this country really needs is an independent voice for Obama," says a narrator in the ad, a parody of a Judd campaign video. The ad then spotlights clips of Judd praising the president and his policies.
The ad also includes footage of Judd calling Tennessee "home." Judd grew up in Kentucky, but resides in Tennessee. She also represented Tennessee as a delegate at the Democratic National Convention in September.
"Ashley Judd: An Obama-following radical Hollywood liberal, who’s right at home in Tennessee. I mean Kentucky," the ad concludes.
Appearing at several inaugural parties in January, Judd renewed speculation she might run against Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R) in 2014. However, she has not formally launched a bid.
"With all the Daily Courier’s buzz about Ashley Judd’s prospects as a candidate for United States Senate, some have mused that the Courier Journal would actually start a “Super PAC” to support her. Given how competitive the Super PAC space is, American Crossroads today preempted that effort by launching our very own Ashley Judd for Senate advertisement," American Crossroads Communications Director Jonathan Collegio wrote in a press release.
The commercial, which is backed by $10,000 in digital advertising, will run for two weeks in Kentucky, according to the group.
In a December survey from Democratic firm Public Policy Polling, Judd posed the strongest challenge of among Democrats polled against McConnell, getting 43 percent support to McConnell’s 47.
“I am certainly taking a close look at it,” she told Louisville Courier-Journal at the Kentucky Society of Washington’s Bluegrass Ball, where she was honored for her humanitarian work.