TV Ads

Reality Check: Why Are Candidates Allowed To Lie?Candidates and outside groups are spending nearly $4 billion this election cycle, most of it on TV ads.
Franken Pivots To McFadden In Latest AdU.S. Sen. Al Franken's campaign is slowly shifting course by drawing attention to his Republican opponent. Franken calls out businessman Mike McFadden by name for the first time in his latest TV ad, accusing the Republican candidate of attacking Franken and misleading voters.
Franken Buys 2nd TV Ad In Re-Election CampaignSen. Al Franken has released another television ad in his re-election campaign. The 60-second ad begins airing statewide Wednesday. It features a woman from Ham Lake who was infected with meningitis blamed on a steroid produced by the New England Compounding Center.
MNsure Debuts 3 New 'Paul And Babe' TV AdsPaul and Babe are back in new TV ads from Minnesota's health insurance exchange. MNsure, the state portal for delivering federal health insurance changes, has been employing mythical Minnesota icons Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox in a series of spots that playfully describe the state as the "Land of 10,000 Reasons to Get Health Insurance."In one new ad, which starts airing statewide next week, the plaid-shirted Paul finds himself partially submerged in a freezing lake after an ice fishing mishap. Two other Paul and Babe ads that previously only aired online have also started airing on statewide television. Those two ads feature Paul in a pair of disastrous doctor visits.
Gay Marriage Opponents Debuting First 2 TV AdsThe group promoting a constitutional ban on gay marriage in Minnesota is debuting its first two TV ads of a heated campaign on Monday.
Missing From Pro-Gay Marriage TV Ads: Gay PeopleIn one TV ad, a husband and wife talk fondly of a lesbian couple who moved into their neighborhood. In another, a married couple speaks of wanting fair treatment for their lesbian daughter. A third features a pastor talking supportively about gay unions.
GOP Ally's Ads Hit Nolan On Medicare, Mining JobsA Republican ally led by former GOP Sen. Norm Coleman of Minnesota is launching TV attack ads against Democrat Rick Nolan on Medicare and mining in the 8th District.
Nolan Joins Wave Of TV Ads In Minn.'s 8th DistrictDemocratic congressional candidate Rick Nolan is joining a chorus of TV ads in Minnesota's 8th District.
Coming Next Week: TV Ads On Congress, LegislatureTV ads about Republican Rep. Chip Cravaack, Democrat Rick Nolan and the Republican-controlled Minnesota Legislature are expected to start next week.
GOP's Pawlenty To Shift From TV To Turnout In IowaRepublican presidential candidate Tim Pawlenty plans to fade from Iowa's paid airwaves just days from the critical GOP straw poll.
GOP Presidential Candidate Pawlenty On Air In IowaRepublican presidential hopeful Tim Pawlenty plans to run the first television advertisement of the 2012 campaign by a GOP candidate.
Reality Check: The Budget Battle AdsMore budget meetings at the state capitol, but there was very little progress. So groups with an interest in the fight are turning to TV, in an attempt to win the battle of public opinion.