Beto O'RourkeBeto O'RourkeSupport for governors sliding in states without vaccine mandates: survey Abbott bans vaccine mandates from any 'entity in Texas' Abbott disapproval rating up 8 points to 59 percent in San Antonio area: poll MORE came to the defense of fellow Democratic presidential candidate Joe BidenJoe Biden White House: US has donated 200 million COVID-19 vaccines around the world Police recommend charges against four over Sinema bathroom protest K Street revenues boom MORE on Friday, blasting the Trump campaign's new TV ad accusing the former vice president of misconduct over his dealings with Ukraine.
“Trump’s ad about Joe Biden is a disgrace," the former Texas congressman and 2020 Democratic presidential hopeful tweeted. “Every one of us needs to call this exactly what it is: propaganda. Doing anything less is playing right into his hands.”
Trump’s ad about Joe Biden is a disgrace. Every one of us needs to call this exactly what it is: propaganda. Doing anything less is playing right into his hands.— Beto O'Rourke (@BetoORourke) September 27, 2019
President Trump’s reelection campaign launched the new TV and digital ad against Biden earlier Friday in an effort to go on the offensive against the Democratic presidential frontrunner as Trump faces mounting scrutiny over his own contacts with Ukraine.
The advertisement focuses on Biden’s efforts as vice president to have Ukraine dismiss a top prosecutor in 2016. At the time, the prosecutor was investigating a natural gas company on whose board his son, Hunter Biden, sat.
“Joe Biden promised Ukraine $1 billion if they fired the prosecutor investigating his son’s company,” a narrator says in the ad. “But when President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump announces new social media network called 'TRUTH Social' Virginia State Police investigating death threat against McAuliffe Meadows hires former deputy AG to represent him in Jan. 6 probe: report MORE asks Ukraine to investigate corruption, the Democrats want to impeach him.”
No evidence has emerged to suggest the former vice president was acting with his son’s interests in mind, and Joe Biden has said he pushed for the prosecutor's firing over what he says were insufficient efforts to tackle corruption in Ukraine.
The ad also comes as Republicans play defense after Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiOvernight Defense & National Security — Presented by Raytheon Technologies — Navy probe reveals disastrous ship fire response GOP rep leaves committee assignments after indictment Under pressure, Democrats cut back spending MORE (D-Calif.) on Tuesday announced that the House would launch a formal impeachment inquiry amid reports that Trump urged Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to probe Biden.
O'Rourke has been polling in the single digits in national surveys of the crowded Democratic primary race, well behind Biden and several other leading contenders.