Walz unveils first TV ad of the campaign
DFL Congressman Tim Walz came to Rochester today to tout the release of his first TV ad of the campaign. Walz chose to emphasis his commitment to veterans for his first ad, making the announcement surrounded by Vietnam veterans. The focus of the ad is Walz's efforts to help veterans diagnosed with Parkinson's disease after being exposed to Agent Orange in Vietnam get disability benefits. Here is a link to the ad.
The TV ad features Wabasha Vietnam veteran Mike Trok talking about his struggle to get VA benefits. I recently did a story on these veterans and their fight to get the VA to recognize the link between Agent Orange and Parkinson's disease. These veterans expect to start receiving benefits beginning in early November unless Congress takes action to stop it.
The campaign did not disclose how much it is spending on these TV ads saying it will vary depending how long they decide to air them. They are slated to run on TV stations in Rochester and Mankato beginning today. The ad will run during tomorrow night's Minnesota Vikings game.
During the press conference, Walz said the campaign wanted to run a positive ad that focused on his record.
"We told folks why we wanted to represent the people of southern Minnesota. We were given the privilege and honor of doing so, and I think its important to come back to them and say this is what your vote did, this is what putting us in office did and we'll continue to unveil this type of ad on accomplishments," he said.
While Walz did say he wants to keep the ads positive, he did leave open the possibility of releasing negative ads if "I need to contrast a record, if I need to set the record straight."
Walz is running against Republican Randy Demmer, IP candidate Steven Wilson and independent candidate Lars Johnson.