A Democratic super PAC is expected to release a new ad campaign Wednesday that targets Sen. 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.) and the heart attack that he suffered late last year.
The ad from Democratic Majority for Israel features six Iowa voters and argues Sanders would be unable to beat President TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote Warren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases Esper orders ‘After Action Review’ of National Guard’s role in protests MORE in November, The New York Times reported.
“I like Bernie, I think he has great ideas, but in Michigan, Pennsylvania, Iowa, they’re just not going to vote for a socialist,” a male voter says in the ad, according to the Times. “I just don’t think Bernie can beat Trump.”
Another voter highlights the heart attack that Sanders, 78, suffered while on the campaign trail in Las Vegas at the beginning of October.
“I do have some concerns about Bernie Sanders’s health considering the fact that he did have a heart attack,” another person says, according to the newspaper.
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PAC president Mark Mellman, an opinion columnist for The Hill, told the publication that the goal of the ad is to highlight concerns that some Democratic voters have about Sanders’s electability, asserting the senator was in a “uniquely bad position” to defeat Trump.
“For many months people were saying he really didn’t have much of a chance, but you have to look at the data now and say he does have a realistic chance of winning Iowa and potentially the nomination,” he said. “This is the point at which there could be room for someone else to make their case and have a better candidate emerge.”
Democratic Majority for Israel has spent nearly $700,000 on the ad buy, Politico reported, citing Advertising Analytics.
The Hill reached out to Democratic Majority for Israel for comment.