Franken touts small business work in first ad

Sen. Al FrankenAl FrankenSenators challenge status quo on Saudi arms sales Overnight Defense: Senate rejects effort to block Saudi arms sale | ISIS may have fired chemical agent in Iraq | Trump, Gary Johnson tied among military voters Human rights groups cheer Saudi arms sale vote despite failure MORE (D-Minn.) is out with the first ad of his reelection campaign, a spot featuring a small business owner talking up Franken's work to help her company and others like it.

"We've run this business for over 25 years, but today, we’re having a hard time finding skilled workers. Al Franken understands that a lot of businesses have the same problem. He's working to connect community colleges with manufacturers, to help businesses fill the high-skill jobs that are open, right now," Top Tool owner Elizabeth Abraham says in the ad. "What impressed me the most is that Al Franken listened to what we had to say. I've never seen anyone work so hard to help small businesses like ours succeed."

Franken is favored in his first bid for reelection, though some national Republicans have been hopeful that businessman Mike McFadden (R) could make it a competitive race, should he win the primary.

The freshman senator is taking no chances, however, as the early ad shows. Franken's campaign says the ad is running statewide, though the size of the ad buy isn't disclosed.