Michael Bloomberg's Mayors Against Illegal Guns is back with a new, upbeat spot in the state sending good vibes Pat Toomey's way, with reports the Republican is in talks to forward a bipartisan proposal on background checks for gun purchases in the Senate. President Obama is also pushing for a deal.
Here's the ad text:
NARRATOR: On gun safety, Pennsylvania has a strong background check system. But guns don't respect state borders. Now, the US Senate can pass comprehensive background check legislation that will stop criminals and the dangerously mentally ill from using loopholes to get guns. Senator Toomey understands how important that change is:
TOOMEY: "I'm in favor of making changes to a background system."
NARRATOR: In Pennsylvania, almost 90 percent of us support comprehensive background checks. Call Senator Toomey. Tell him it's time to take Pennsylvania solutions to Washington.
The commercial follows another that ran in Pittsburgh and elsewhere featuring a hunter/Second Amendment supporter who backs the background checks.
UPDATE: Politico reports Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has given Toomey and Joe Manchin until 5 p.m. today to hatch a plan.