Guns, Immigration Focus Of New Anti-Landrieu Ads in Louisiana

Eager to pad the Senate majority they won two weeks ago, Republican groups are bombarding the Louisiana senator on the airwaves.
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The Republican pile-on of Senator Mary Landrieu continues.

Two new television ads attacking the vulnerable Louisiana Democrat appeared over the weekend, courtesy of Republican challenger Bill Cassidy and the National Rifle Association. Both ads link Landrieu to–you guessed it–President Barack Obama, who lost the state by 17 percentage points in the 2012 election.

The NRA ad, provided by its Institute for Legislative Action lobbying arm, attacks Landrieu for voting to confirm what a narrator says are Obama's "anti-gun" justices to the Supreme Court. The NRA gives Cassidy an A+ rating and Landrieu a D. The NRA's anti-Landrieu spot began airing Sunday morning in the Monroe market, according to Kantar Media's CMAG. 

In April 2013, Landrieu voted for a plan that would have expanded background checks for firearm purchasers. She bucked most of her party in voting against reinstating a federal ban that expired in 2004 on certain semi-automatic weapons that opponents refer to as "assault weapons." Here's her statement at the time.

Cassidy's newest ad, which launched Saturday, shows footage of Obama saying the day after the election that he would "take whatever lawful actions" to secure the border and deal with millions of undocumented immigrants already in the U.S. It then segues to Cassidy saying that he would oppose any "executive amnesty," then attacks Landrieu for siding with Obama's position 97 percent of the time in 2013. This is a reference to a CQ Roll Call vote study that measures the frequency with which senators vote with the president's announced position, including on dozens of executive nominations that are often approved overwhelmingly.

Landrieu has touted her independence from Obama on issues including energy policy, and is the lead Democratic sponsor of a bill that would force approval of the Keystone XL pipeline. It is scheduled for a Senate vote Tuesday, though supporters are still looking for the 60th vote needed to advance the proposal, Bloomberg's Kathleen Hunter reported today. Obama probably would veto the bill if it reached his desk.

Landrieu began airing an ad last week that criticizes Cassidy's votes on some non-binding budget resolutions. The runoff election is Dec. 6.

The NRA is the fourth group to air TV ads against Landrieu during the runoff, CMAG data show. Anti-Landrieu ads have also been provided by the National Republican Senatorial Committee, the political arm of Republican senators; Ending Spending Action Fund, a super-PAC backed by TD Ameritrade founder Joe Ricketts; and Freedom Partners Action Fund, another Republican super-PAC. 

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