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New super PAC ad defends Thom Tillis’ values

Republican Thom Tillis is using a television ad to respond to Democratic attack ads about a scandal in his legislative office and now a super PAC backing his campaign is doing the same.

American Crossroads debuted a new ad Tuesday that touts the House speaker’s record, conservative bearings and his values. (See ad below.)

“Thom Tillis proven conservative values,” the 30-second spot starts.

The ad from the Karl Rove-affiliated political group shows darkened images of Sen. Kay Hagan and President Barack Obama with a headline from a newspaper saying “Democrats are meddling in North Carolina Republican primary.” It alludes to a TV commercial from the Senate Majority PAC and a radio ad from Hagan that criticizes Tillis for giving a combined $20,000 severance to two legislative staffers who resigned after admitting to romantic relationships with lobbyists.

“Now Washington liberals are attacking Tillis,” the Crossroads ad says. “So desperate they say anything to stop this proven conservative.”

Crossroads also says Tillis would “fight to repeal Obamacare,” a shortened version of different language from the two previous ads ( here and here) the group aired on Tillis’ behalf. All three are part of a $1 million ad buy in North Carolina designed to boost his campaign ahead of the May 6 primary.