New Iowa TV ad praises both Braley and Branstad

 ·  Jennifer Jacobs, Des Moines Register

As new negative advertising hits Iowa today skewering Democrat Bruce Braley for insulting farmers, a positive ad thanking the U.S. Senate candidate also goes up today.

The pro-veterans political organization VoteVets.org is spending $245,000 on broadcast and cable TV ads this week that give a nod to Braley, Republican Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad and the entire Iowa delegation for fighting to protect the Renewable Fuel Standard and biofuels made in Iowa.

The main speaker in the commercial is Jeff Lindeman, a Desert Storm and Afghanistan veteran from Iowa City. He says more renewable fuels made here means “less oil money going to enemies who threaten our troops overseas.” He praises the Iowa delegation for “demanding Washington keep their promise to invest in more renewable fuels like the kind here in Iowa.”

In a news release this morning, VoteVets said: “Although the United States often does not directly buy oil from hostile nations, like Iran, America’s dependence on oil drives up demand, and prices of oil on the world market, which benefits all oil-rich nations. Those oil dollars allowed Iran, for instance, to produce and ship Explosively Formed Penetrators (EFPs) to Iraqi insurgents, who used them to target our troops.”

The organization last week ran a full page ad in The Des Moines Register challenging Republican U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas for opposing the renewable fuel standard. The newpaper ad ran the day Cruz, a possible 2016 presidential candidate, was in Iowa for speaking events.

Braley has been taking heat for comments he made in a video released Tuesday. In the video, shot at a fundraiser in Texas on Jan. 23, Braley warns his audience that if they don’t help elect him, “a farmer from Iowa who never went to law school” will become chairman of an important U.S. Senate committee. Republicans are launching advertising trying to ensure Iowans know about Braley’s comments; GOP U.S. Senate candidate Mark Jacobs is airing a radio ad.

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