New Ad Praises Mitch McConnell for Staunch Defense of Free Speech

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American Commitment is launching an online ad campaign today in Kentucky aimed at supporting Senator Mitch McConnell and his steadfast defense of free speech both before and after revelations surfaced that the IRS targeted conservative Americans and tea party organizations.

The 60-second ad, titled “First Freedom,” praises the Senate Minority Leader for his leadership in defending the First Amendment from the Obama Administration’s attacks and all other threats to free speech.

“The systematic targeting of Americans exercising their right to free speech by the IRS under the Obama Administration is shameful—and Senator McConnell deserves enthusiastic applause for his staunch defense of the First Amendment,” said Phil Kerpen, president of American Commitment.  “Senator McConnell has proven himself completely committed to defending the Constitution and free speech rights of all Americans.”

The ad begins with Mitch McConnell delivering a recent speech, “Last June I stood here and warned of a grave and growing threat to the First Amendment.  That threat has not let up at all.”

The ad transitions to a newsreel with a series of television segments covering the IRS scandal and government admissions that the IRS targeted conservative and tea party groups.  The ad then cuts back to Senator McConnell’s remarks.

McConnell: “This Administration has institutionalized the practice of pitting bureaucrats against the very people they’re supposed to be serving.  And it needs to stop.”

McConnell: “What matters here was the atmosphere.  The culture of intimidation that this President and his allies created around any person or group that spoke up for conservatism.  And whether you’re a pro-Israel group or a tea party group, they could force you off the political playing field.  They could make your life miserable.”

McConnell: “Never give an inch when it comes to free speech.”

The ad concludes by urging citizens to: “Thank Senator Mitch McConnell for standing up for free speech.” 

The ad can be viewed online here.