Maryland rep to run first ad of Democratic presidential primaries

Rep. John DelaneyJohn DelaneyThe Hill’s Coronavirus Report: Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas says country needs to rethink what ‘policing’ means; US cases surpass 2 million with no end to pandemic in sight Minnesota AG Keith Ellison says racism is a bigger problem than police behavior; 21 states see uptick in cases amid efforts to reopen The Hill’s Coronavirus Report: Singapore Minister for Foreign Affairs Vivian Balakrishnan says there will be consequences from fraying US-China relations; WHO walks back claims on asymptomatic spread of virus MORE (D-Md.), the only declared candidate for the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination, is launching the first ad of the 2020 presidential primaries.

The ad, titled “Dirty Word,” is set to air in Iowa on Sunday during the Super Bowl, Delaney’s campaign said Tuesday.

It is intended to cast Delaney as a candidate chasing cooperation across party lines in Washington. The “dirty word” in question: “bipartisanship.”


“It’s true. We openly admit it. John Delaney said a dirty word in Davenport, then repeated it in Des Moines and Sioux City, too,” a narrator says in the video. “In fact, he’s been saying it all across the state.”

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The ad then laces together a series of clips featuring Delaney calling for “bipartisanship” at campaign stops in Iowa.

“It might be a dirty word in Washington, but it seems to be awfully refreshing right here in Iowa,” the narrator says.

The ad buy only cost about $37,000, according to The Washington Post, and covers the Des Moines, Sioux City and Cedar Rapids markets.

But the Maryland Democrat is planning to spend another $1 million on similar ads in the coming weeks, according to the Post.

While Delaney is the only declared presidential hopeful in the Democratic field, there remains a number of rumored candidates, including Sens. Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Hill’s 12:30 Report: Milley apologizes for church photo-op Harris grapples with defund the police movement amid veep talk Biden courts younger voters — who have been a weakness MORE (I-Vt.), Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenWarren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases OVERNIGHT DEFENSE: Joint Chiefs chairman says he regrets participating in Trump photo-op | GOP senators back Joint Chiefs chairman who voiced regret over Trump photo-op | Senate panel approves 0B defense policy bill Trump on collision course with Congress over bases with Confederate names MORE (D-Mass.) and Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisRand Paul introduces bill to end no-knock warrants The Hill’s Campaign Report: Biden campaign goes on offensive against Facebook McEnany says Juneteenth is a very ‘meaningful’ day to Trump MORE (D-Calif.), and former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenHillicon Valley: Biden calls on Facebook to change political speech rules | Dems demand hearings after Georgia election chaos | Microsoft stops selling facial recognition tech to police Trump finalizing executive order calling on police to use ‘force with compassion’ The Hill’s Campaign Report: Biden campaign goes on offensive against Facebook MORE.

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