New campaign ad goes after Sanders by mentioning heart attack

New campaign ad goes after Sanders by mentioning heart attack
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A Democratic super PAC is expected to release a new ad campaign Wednesday that targets Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersHillicon Valley: Apple rolls out coronavirus screening app, website | Pompeo urged to crack down on coronavirus misinformation from China | Senators push FTC on price gouging | Instacart workers threaten strike Overnight Energy: Court upholds Trump repeal of Obama fracking rule | Oil price drop threatens fracking boom | EPA eases rules on gasoline sales amid coronavirus The Hill's Campaign Report: Sanders pushes on in 2020 race MORE (I-Vt.) and the heart attack that he suffered late last year.

The ad from Democratic Majority for Israel features six Iowa voters and argues Sanders would be unable to beat President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump orders US troops back to active duty for coronavirus response Trump asserts power to decide info inspector general for stimulus gives Congress Fighting a virus with the wrong tools MORE in November, The New York Times reported.

“I like Bernie, I think he has great ideas, but in Michigan, Pennsylvania, Iowa, they’re just not going to vote for a socialist,” a male voter says in the ad, according to the Times. “I just don’t think Bernie can beat Trump.”

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Another voter highlights the heart attack that Sanders, 78, suffered while on the campaign trail in Las Vegas at the beginning of October.

“I do have some concerns about Bernie Sanders’s health considering the fact that he did have a heart attack," another person says, according to the newspaper.

PAC president Mark Mellman, an opinion columnist for The Hill, told the publication that the goal of the ad is to highlight concerns that some Democratic voters have about Sanders's electability, asserting the senator was in a "uniquely bad position" to defeat Trump.

“For many months people were saying he really didn’t have much of a chance, but you have to look at the data now and say he does have a realistic chance of winning Iowa and potentially the nomination,” he said. “This is the point at which there could be room for someone else to make their case and have a better candidate emerge.”

Democratic Majority for Israel has spent nearly $700,000 on the ad buy, Politico reported, citing Advertising Analytics.

The Hill reached out to Democratic Majority for Israel for comment.