You can expect to see a lot more ads like this one from Democrats for the next two months. Rob Miller, running against Joe Wilson (R) of “You lie!” fame in South Carolina’s 2nd Congressional district, today is going on television with this ad spotlighting voters worried about losing their jobs thanks to companies outsourcing to other countries.
TPM exclusively obtained an early copy of the ad, which is Miller’s second of the cycle. Miller, who attracted national attention from eager Democrats after Wilson shouted at President Obama during his address to Congress in fall 2009, isn’t hitting that controversy with this spot.
Instead, Miller slams Wilson for supporting the Central American Free Trade Agreement, saying that his rival voted for “an unfair trade deal that sent thousands of South Carolina jobs overseas.” Workers from the 2nd district (where unemployment is 11.2 percent) each chime in, telling Wilson: “You lost touch with people here. Congressman Wilson: You ought to be ashamed of yourself.”
A Democratic source said it’s the perfect answer to Republicans who are asking the “Where are the jobs?” in campaign talking points. Democrats believe it shows economic contrast and will work this fall.
Similar themes could pop up in competitive House races in the Rust Belt and the south.
TPM reported this summer that Democrats wanted to make outsourcing a big issue. A constant drum beat from party and labor officials is that the general election testing ground of PA-12 went to Democrat Mark Critz because he hammered his rival on jobs going overseas.
Here’s Miller’s ad: