The U.S. Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday morning launched a TV ad with former Massachusetts governor and one-time presidential candidate Mitt Romney praising U.S. Senate hopeful Thom Tillis, in advance of Romney’s visit to North Carolina.
“If you want to shake up Washington, then your candidate is Thom Tillis,” Romney says in the ad. “Thom will roll up his sleeves and go right to work on cleaning up the mess of Obamacare, and help our struggling economy create good jobs.”
Appealing to the business community, Romney cites the abbreviated version of Tillis’ resume: paper boy, short-order cook, executive.
Sadie Weiner, Sen. Kay Hagan’s campaign spokeswoman, responded.
“No amount of money or former Presidential candidates can make North Carolinians forget what Speaker Tillis did in the General Assembly, especially because our students, teachers, women and middle class families are dealing with the fallout of his agenda every single day,” Weiner said. “Speaker Tillis cut $500 million from education to give the wealthy a tax cut, he defunded Planned Parenthood, and he rejected health care for 500,000 North Carolinians, and that’s not a record that voters will soon forget.”
The reference to education cuts is to the difference last year between funding for education and what officials said would be needed to keep up with growth.
Romney will attend a rally in North Raleigh in the evening, and then a private fundraiser in Cary hosted by SAS co-founder Jim Goodnight.
This is the fifth Chamber ad in the Senate race. It will air on TV and digital.