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July 8, 2014

Campaign Notebook: Miller releases first TV ad

Republicans launch first "Victory Office" in Mankato

MANKATO — Republican congressional candidate Aaron Miller released the first TV ad of his campaign Monday ahead of the August primary election.

Miller, a Byron resident who won the Republican endorsement in April, is running against Blue Earth resident Jim Hagedorn in the Republican primary. Both candidates are vying for the chance to challenge Democrat incumbent Rep. Tim Walz for Minnesota's 1st Congressional District seat in the November elections.

In the ad, Miller focuses on criticizing Walz while touting his own military background and campaign positions.

"I'm running for Congress because, frankly, Congressman Tim Walz is failing us," Miller said in the ad. "I'll work to replace Obamacare with real health care reform. I'll clean up the VA and I'll reign in wasteful government spending."

Notably, the ad makes no reference to Hagedorn. The only mention of the upcoming primary occurs at the end with a banner reminding voters about the Republican primary on Aug. 12.

Brad Biers, campaign adviser to the Miller campaign, said the ad launched Monday and will run in its current version until the primary. After that time, the reference to the primary will be stripped out and the ad will continue to run for an unspecified amount of time.

"This is Aaron's television introduction (to voters)," Biers said.

Biers declined to provide details on how much was spent to produce the ad and how much was spent to purchase media spots. However, he said they used Capital Communications, his campaign consulting business, to produce the ad.

He said the ad will run three times per day and will reach approximately 80,000 viewers. He said the main media buy covers the entire district. He said they plan to make purchases in smaller, regionally specific cable markets in the district.

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