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Super PAC ad criticizes Patrick Murphy for supporting Iran deal



A conservative super PAC with ties to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is launching a new ad Tuesday to highlight Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Patrick Murphy's support for the Iran nuclear deal.

The 30-second spot from the Senate Leadership Fund is the second wave of advertising as part of the group's $10.8 million planned spending this fall in Florida.

The new ad will run in Orlando, Tampa and West Palm Beach on cable and broadcast TV.

Criticizing Murphy for backing the Iran nuclear deal, the ad characterizes Iran as a place where "they still chant death to America, help kill our troops, (and) sponsor terrorism."

"Patrick Murphy isn't just untrustworthy, he's also dangerous," Senate Leadership Fund spokesman Ian Prior said in a statement. "His blind support of the Iran nuclear deal puts our national security at risk and is yet another reason why Murphy has no business in the Senate."

In August 2015, Murphy -- a two-term congressman representing northern Palm Beach County and the Treasure Coast -- announced his support for the Obama administration's nuclear deal with Iran. At the time, Murphy called it "flawed" but also "the best available option to stop Iran from developing a nuclear weapon."

In response to the Senate Leadership Fund's ad, Murphy's campaign noted that Republican incumbent Marco Rubio -- whom the super PAC supports -- has missed "nearly half" of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee's hearings on Iran.

"What’s ‘dangerous' is Florida not having a voice on critical national security issues facing our country," Murphy spokeswoman Galia Slayen said. "Rubio’s special interest allies can keep pouring money into misleading attacks, but it won’t change the fact that Marco Rubio not only trusts dangerous Donald Trump with our national security, but that Rubio skipped work even when it came to our country's safety."

Here's the Senate Leadership Fund's new ad:

*This post has been updated with comment from Murphy's campaign.

[Last modified: Tuesday, September 27, 2016 10:28am]


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