The Senate Republicans' campaign arm is needling Pennsylvania Democratic Senate nominee Katie McGinty for calling her opponent an "a--hole," borrowing from Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonA year into his presidency, Biden is polling at an all-time low The Memo: 2024 chatter reveals Democratic nervousness Second gentleman Emhoff acts as public link to White House MORE's new ad to paint McGinty's rhetoric as disqualifying.
The new spot from the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) uses a Clinton ad in which she jabs Republican presidential nominee Donald TrumpDonald TrumpWendy Sherman takes leading role as Biden's 'hard-nosed' Russia negotiator Senate needs to confirm Deborah Lipstadt as antisemitism envoy — Now Former acting Defense secretary under Trump met with Jan. 6 committee: report MORE for his controversial rhetoric on the trail.
"Our children and grandchildren will look back at this time, at the choices we are about to make ... and we need to make sure that they can be proud of us," Clinton, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, says in a clip of a speech included in the NRSC ad.
The video then jumps to footage of McGinty from a press conference on Monday, when she followed up on remarks from Communication Workers of America President Chris Shelton with an off-color comment.
"I think I might borrow from Chris's speech there in terms of Pat Toomey. He's an a--hole," she said of the Republican senator she's running to replace.
As the audio repeats, the video shows images of young children watching.
It's meant to flip the script on Democrats, who have long accused Trump of setting a bad example for their children. That message was on display as recently as Monday night, when first lady Michelle ObamaMichelle LeVaughn Robinson ObamaThe Memo: 2024 chatter reveals Democratic nervousness Michelle Obama announces push to register 1 million new voters ahead of midterms Michelle Obama to promote When We All Vote during 'black-ish' cameo MORE jabbed at Trump during her Democratic National Convention speech.
"We insist that the hateful language they hear from public figures on TV does not represent the true spirit of this country," she said of her daughters.
"We explain that when someone is cruel or acts like a bully, you don’t stoop to their level. No, our motto is, 'When they go low, we go high.' "
McGinty later apologized to The Philadelphia Inquirer.