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Udall hits Gardner on veterans in new Spanish language TV ad

A new TV ad from Sen. Mark Udall's campaign appeals to Hispanic voters and criticizes GOP Congressman Cory Gardner's vote for spending cuts that would have reduced services for veterans.

A new TV ad from Sen. Mark Udall's campaign appeals to Hispanic voters and criticizes GOP Congressman Cory Gardner's vote for spending cuts that would have reduced services for veterans.

DENVER — Democratic Sen. Mark Udall’s campaign released the first Spanish language TV ad of Colorado’s competitive U.S. Senate battle, a 30-second spot hitting GOP Congressman Cory Gardner on veterans issues.

“We respect their service. And believe our veterans deserve the same respect when they return home,” the ad’s narrator says in Spanish.

“But Congressman Cory Gardner and Washington Republicans supported a budget that cut housing vouchers for eleven thousand homeless veterans.”

The ad, also underwritten in part by the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, is referring to a 2011 vote by Gardner in favor of a GOP budget proposal that sought to reduce funding for vouchers for homeless veterans by $75 million.

The ad will run on Univision and Telemundo in Denver and Colorado Springs from now through Election Day in November.

Udall’s campaign said it decided to focus on veterans issues in its first ad aimed at Latino voters in part because they believe Gardner’s position in a House GOP caucus that blocked comprehensive immigration reform is already widely known.

“Hispanics aren’t single issue voters,” said Kristin Lynch, Udall’s press secretary. “They care about lots of issues: the economy, immigration, veterans.”

Gardner’s campaign fired back at Udall, pointing to his own votes on veterans issues.

“Senator Udall’s lies know no bounds–the Obama Administration informed Congress that there were unused housing vouchers from the previous year and no veterans would be left in the cold,” said Gardner’s campaign spokesman, Alex Siciliano.

“For someone allegedly concerned with veterans’ issues, Senator Udall has a miserable record supporting them: he voted five separate times against funding the Veterans Affairs Administration, he voted to prioritize antarctic research over reducing the VA claims backlog, he chose United Nations funding over helping caregivers of disabled veterans, and he opposed an increase in VA medical and prosthetics research funding. In addition, Senator Udall voted to cut veterans’ pensions by $6.3 billion and then misled voters about his support for the cuts after he voted against a last-minute effort to restore them.”

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