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Republicans slam Patrick Murphy for supporting Iran Deal

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August

The National Republican Senatorial Committee has released a new attack ad against Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Patrick Murphy -- criticizing him for supporting the Iran Deal and being "just another rubber-stamp for the Obama-Clinton agenda."

Using a dramatic voice-over and background music, the web ad accuses "Democrats like Patrick Murphy" of "failing to keep us safe" from an "out-of-control" Iran.

The ad claims the Iran Deal allows the Middle East country to now have "a path to build a nuclear bomb" and says the U.S. has given them "billions of dollars in the process."

The ad also references a $400 million payment the U.S. made to Iran this year, which Republicans have called a "ransom" payment since it coincided with the release of four Americans held by Iran. (The Obama administration rejects that assertion and says the money was part of an overdue settlement owed to Iran.)

"The video holds Patrick Murphy accountable for recklessly supporting the Obama-Clinton appeasement of the world's leading state sponsor of terrorism," the NRSC said in a statement. "Back when he decided to defy the will of the American people, Murphy offered his full support for the Iran nuclear deal."

The NRSC is supporting incumbent Republican Sen. Marco Rubio in Florida's Senate race. Polls have Murphy leading in the Democratic field, which is why he's been the Republicans' major target.

In response to the ad, Murphy spokeswoman Galia Slayen tried to turn the tables, saying: "It's Marco Rubio who will be the rubber stamp for Donald Trump's dangerous national security agenda."

"Marco Rubio is trusting 'con man' Donald Trump with our nation's nuclear codes and rarely attended important classified Intelligence meetings," Slayen said, repeating the Murphy campaign's line of attack against Rubio over his poor attendance in the Senate.

Watch the NRSC's ad below.

[Last modified: Thursday, August 18, 2016 11:50am]

    

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