GOP group's ad calls on Graham to push for election security: 'Are you still trying?'
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A GOP group came out with a new ad this week calling on Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamGraham expects Horowitz investigation to show evidence was manipulated, withheld Trump's exceptionalism: No president has so disrespected our exceptional institutions Trump, GOP shift focus from alleged surveillance abuse to Durham Russia probe MORE (R-S.C.) to push for election security legislation by highlighting the lawmaker’s previous comments on the topic.

The ad, released Wednesday by the group Republicans for the Rule of Law, shows Graham on the Senate floor in July 2018 as he speaks in favor of fighting for election security in light of Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.


"I’m 1,000 percent convinced that the Russians meddled in our election," he said. "I’m hoping that the president will call the Congress together to secure our election the best we can."

"I don’t know how any of us can go to our constituents if we do nothing," he continued. "The one thing I cannot live with is not trying."

After the clip ends, the ad displays a message. "Senator Graham," it says. "Are you still trying?" It then calls on constituents to call Graham’s office and "tell him to secure our elections."

Fox News will air the clip in South Carolina over the weekend, HuffPost reported.

The GOP group has made similar ads directed at other Republican lawmakers such as Sens. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioHere are the Senate Republicans who could vote to convict Trump TikTok's leader to meet with lawmakers next week GOP senators unveil bill to expand 'opportunity zone' reporting requirements MORE (Fla.), James LankfordJames Paul LankfordTrump's legal team huddles with Senate Republicans Israeli, Palestinian business leaders seek Trump boost for investment project The Hill's Morning Report — Schiff: Clear evidence of a quid pro quo MORE (Okla.) and Roy BluntRoy Dean BluntTrump's legal team huddles with Senate Republicans Overnight Defense: Trump cancels presser, cuts short NATO trip | Viral video catches leaders appearing to gossip about Trump | Dem witnesses say Trump committed impeachable offenses | Trump reportedly mulling more troops in Middle East Trump legal team gears up for Senate impeachment trial in meeting with GOP senators MORE (Mo.).

It is unclear how much was spent on the campaign. Republicans for the Rule of Law did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The Hill.

The ads come after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellKey House and Senate health leaders reach deal to stop surprise medical bills Biden: 'No party should have too much power' Overnight Energy: Pelosi vows bold action to counter 'existential' climate threat | Trump jokes new light bulbs don't make him look as good | 'Forever chemicals' measure pulled from defense bill MORE (R-Ky.) blocked two election security measures in July, arguing Democrats are trying to give themselves a "political benefit."

Former special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerTrump says he'll release financial records before election, knocks Dems' efforts House impeachment hearings: The witch hunt continues Speier says impeachment inquiry shows 'very strong case of bribery' by Trump MORE had previously warned that Russia was likely to meddle in the 2020 election.