Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s campaign released its first television ad of the general election on Friday.
According to a press release from the campaign, it will spend $4.8 million to air the ad over the next 10 days in four battleground states: Ohio, Pennsylvania, North Carolina and Florida.
The ad seeks to draw contrast between Trump and his rival Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton on the issues of national security and illegal immigration. It contends that, “in Hillary Clinton’s America” Syrian refugees “flood in” and immigrants in the country illegally “convicted of committing crimes get to stay.” The ad then claims that “Donald Trump’s America is secure” because “terrorists and dangerous criminals” will be “kept out.”
The ad’s release followed Trump’s admission that he regrets some of the statements he has made on the campaign trail.
“Sometimes, in the heat of the debate and speaking on a multitude of issues, you don’t choose the right words or you say the wrong thing,” Trump said Thursday night during remarks in Charlotte, North Carolina. “I have done that, and I regret it, particularly where it may have caused personal pain.”
Brian Fallon, Clinton's press secretary, tweeted that the ad calls into question Trump’s admission.
In case you thought for a split-second Trump was genuine about feeling regret, he is back to demonizing immigrants again in his new ad today— Brian Fallon (@brianefallon) August 19, 2016
Also, new ad by Donald "I will never lie to you" Trump repeats oft-debunked lie that Clinton supports "open borders"https://t.co/ToypClCshO— Brian Fallon (@brianefallon) August 19, 2016
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