New Bevin ad mocks McConnell ad flub, says Kentuckians have 'real choice'

New Bevin ad mocks McConnell ad flub, says Kentuckians have 'real choice'

New Bevin ad mocks McConnell ad flub, says Kentuckians have 'real choice'

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by Joe Arnold

WHAS11.com

Posted on March 27, 2014 at 1:23 PM

Updated Thursday, Mar 27 at 2:28 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- A television commercial to air during Friday night's Louisville vs. Kentucky NCAA basketball game will remind viewers in Kentucky's two largest media markets of a mistake in Mitch McConnell's latest campaign video.
 
Republican Senate candidate Matt Bevin depicts McConnell as wearing a uniform of the Duke Blue Devils, a historic rival of the University of Kentucky. 
 

"March Madness in Kentucky.  Commitment, courage, you got to love it," Bevin says in the ad.  "Even if your team is already out of the tournament."
 
Bevin gestures to an altered photo of McConnell wearing Duke jersey number 32.
 
Near the end of the McConnell video released earlier this week, a clip from the University of Louisville's 2013 NCAA champion team was followed not by the University of Kentucky’s 2012 championship but arch-rival Duke celebrating its win in 2010.
The McConnell campaign said it was "horrified" by the mistake, and later had to pull a second version of the video after receiving a "cease and desist" letter from the University of Kentucky for the use of a photo of current Wildcat, Julius Randle.

Neither McConnell or Bevin provided their NCAA bracket predictions to WHAS11 last week, but Democratic candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes, did. She had Kentucky losing in the second round and Louisville losing to Florida in the championship game.

In an emailed response to WHAS11's Joe Arnold, the McConnell campaign released the following statement: "Given Bailout Bevin's undying commitment to a fictional account of himself and Senator McConnell, we actually expected this ad to be about the time he won a national championship back in the 80s as a point guard for the MIT Engineers. Matt Bailout Bevin is not who he says he is, and he's certainly not a Kentucky conservative."

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