Joe Sestak's newest television ad reprises his attack on Republican Pat Toomey, by using the former Club for Growth president's assertion on CNBC in 2007 that: "The solution is to eliminate corporate taxes altogether." Speaking directly to the camera, the Democrat Sestak says Toomey's attack ads are funded by the big businesses he's trying to protect and he closes with "I'm Joe Sestak and I authorize this message because I support cutting taxes for the middle class -- not the oil companies, not the big banks. That's the difference."
The Toomey camp has clarified the Republican's position by saying to abolish corporate taxes is "more an intellectual position than anything else" and said if he reaches the Senate, Toomey will work to lower corporate taxes, as a complete elimination of the levies wouldn't get through Congress. The Sestak camp clearly thinks it's found its key message -- or at least their key damning interview clip -- and you can expect more class warfare in the final five-week sprint.
The ad, first unearthed by the intrepid Colby Itkowitz at the (Allentown) Morning Call, is below. No word yet on the size or reach of the buy.
UPDATE 1:03 p.m. The ad debuted today in every Pennsylvania television market except Philadelphia. You may recall Toomey avoiding Philly with his ad last week, but the southeast is where turnout and motivation is most crucial for Team Sestak. They probably just want to save their money.