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Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Jason Carter unveils first TV ads of his gubernatorial campaign

With roughly five months left in Georgia's 2014 gubernatorial race, Jason Carter has rolled out his first two TV ads in his quest to unseat Gov. Nathan Deal.

The first ad touts the Democratic state senator's legislative experience as both a "fiscal conservative," who one has never voted for a tax increase, and a "bipartisan leader" with a track record of working across the aisle. It also highlights his plans to create an "education first" budget, establish an independent ethics commission, and support small businesses over corporations if elected. And the commercial takes a direct jab at the governor.

"Nathan Deal may be satisfied with where Georgia is today," the ad's narrator says. "Jason Carter isn't."

The second video, which is titled "10th Generation," highlights Carter's two boys, plus the children of other hard-working Georgians, and paints a rosy picture of what the state could look like under his leadership.

"Every kid in Georgia deserves to live in a state where they know they're get a good education, where they know if they work hard, they can get ahead, they're going to be able to compete in a global economy," he says in the commercial. "Right now, we're not on the right path. We have to recommit ourselves to an education system that's going to work for my kids, for your kids. We have to commit ourselves to an economy that works for the middle class, not just for the people who've got lobbyists in Atlanta."

Both TV spots follow a wave of attack ads from the Republican Governor's Association criticizing Carter's support for Medicaid expansion. Those ads, the AJC reports, cost more than $500,000, which is around five times as much as what Carter's campaign spent on both of these ads.

Recent polls have shown that Carter remains tied or slightly ahead of Deal over much of the past month.

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