Loeffler releases new ad targeting Sanders's 'socialism'

Loeffler releases new ad targeting Sanders's 'socialism'
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Sen. Kelly LoefflerKelly LoefflerGeorgia makes it easier to get mail-in ballots after delaying primary House bill would ban stock trading by members of Congress Loeffler under fire for stock trades amid coronavirus outbreak MORE (R-Ga.) is targeting Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersWith VP pick, Biden can't play small ball in a long ball world Poll: Trump, Biden in dead heat in 2020 matchup Sunday shows preview: Lawmakers, state governors talk coronavirus, stimulus package and resources as pandemic rages on MORE (I-Vt.) over his “socialism” in a new ad for her senate campaign. 

The ad starts by illustrating the Georgia Republican is achieving the “American dream” by breaking glass ceilings and becoming “one of America’s leading businesswomen.” 

Loeffler then directly swipes at Sanders, ending the ad saying that she approves this message because “I believe in America, that Bernie Sanders’s radical ideas are dangerous and that socialism risks everything that makes us great.” 

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The 30-second TV ad was first reported by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Loeffler was appointed to the seat last year to fill the position vacated by former Sen. Johnny IsaksonJohnny IsaksonLoeffler under fire for stock trades amid coronavirus outbreak The Hill's Campaign Report: Biden riding wave of momentum after stunning Super Tuesday Nikki Haley expected to endorse Loeffler in Senate race MORE (R-Ga.). 

She’s facing a primary challenge from vocal President TrumpDonald John TrumpWith VP pick, Biden can't play small ball in a long ball world Coronavirus hits defense contractor jobs Wake up America, your country doesn't value your life MORE defender Rep. Doug CollinsDouglas (Doug) Allen CollinsGeorgia makes it easier to get mail-in ballots after delaying primary Overnight Energy: House stimulus aims to stem airline pollution | Environmental measures become sticking point in Senate talks | Progressives propose T 'green stimulus' House bill would ban stock trading by members of Congress MORE (R-Ga.). Several Democrats have also launched campaigns to fill the seat. 

Loeffler is not the only Republican candidate looking to hit Sanders during the campaign; Sen. Martha McSallyMartha Elizabeth McSallyNew bill would withhold pay from Senate until coronavirus stimulus package passes Senate GOP super PAC books more than million in fall ads Politics and the pandemic — Republicans are rightly worried MORE (R-Ariz.) recently released an ad trying to tie her Democratic opponent Mark Kelly to the divisive presidential candidate. 

Republicans have been quick to cast doubt on Sanders, who identifies as a democratic socialist, as he surges in polls and leads the primary field after wins in Nevada and New Hampshire. 

He faced an onslaught of criticism Monday, even from members of his own party, after comments he made about Fidel Castro’s Cuba during a “60 Minutes” interview. He said “it’s unfair to simply say everything is bad” under the late Cuban leader’s rule. 

The Sanders campaign defended his comments, claiming he echoed remarks former President Obama has made.