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 GrahamDespite veto threat, Congress presses ahead on defense bill GOP urges Trump not to tank defense bill over tech fight Republican frustration builds over Cabinet picks 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 RubioGOP urges Trump not to tank defense bill over tech fight Pressure builds for coronavirus relief with no clear path to deal The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Mastercard - Coast-to-coast fears about post-holiday COVID-19 spread MORE (Fla.), James LankfordJames Paul LankfordEthics experts ask Senate to investigate Graham's probe of mail-in voting The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Capital One - Pfizer unveils detailed analysis of COVID-19 vaccine & next steps GOP senators congratulate Harris on Senate floor MORE (Okla.) and Roy BluntRoy Dean BluntThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Mastercard - Barr splits with Trump on election; pardon controversy Lobbying world Top GOP senator warns government funding deal unlikely this week 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 McConnellHillicon Valley: GOP chairman says defense bill leaves out Section 230 repeal | Senate panel advances FCC nominee | Krebs says threats to election officials 'undermining democracy' On The Money: Funding bill hits snag as shutdown deadline looms | Pelosi, Schumer endorse 8 billion plan as basis for stimulus talks | Poll: Most Americans support raising taxes on those making at least 0K Nearly one-third of US adults expect to lose employment income: Census Bureau 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) MuellerBarr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel CNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump CNN anchor rips Trump over Stone while evoking Clinton-Lynch tarmac meeting MORE had previously warned that Russia was likely to meddle in the 2020 election.