Published Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2016 | 6:35 p.m.
Updated Thursday, Oct. 6, 2016 | 4:15 p.m.
Democratic congressional candidate Jacky Rosen has released a new television ad couching her opponent, Republican businessman Danny Tarkanian, as a “Tea Party radical.”
The ad features a number of people holding up signs tying Tarkanian to “Tea Party Republicans” in Congress. The ad highlights how Tarkanian has supported privatizing Social Security and suggested raising the retirement age.
“The Tea Party Republicans in Congress want to cut Social Security,” says one of the speakers in the ad.
“And Danny Tarkanian wants to join them,” another says.
Tarkanian’s campaign manager, Jonathan Gormley, called the ad a “misleading attack,” saying Tarkanian will ensure no cuts for retirees or those close to retirement, no cuts to survivor or disability benefits and no increase in Social Security taxes on workers.
“Danny Tarkanian is the only candidate in this race who can work across the aisle to preserve Social Security for current and future generations,” Gormley said in a statement.
Rosen and Tarkanian are in a competitive battle in Nevada’s 3rd Congressional District, which covers Summerlin, Henderson and the southern tip of the state.
Recent internal campaign polls have shown both Tarkanian and Rosen ahead. Republicans and Democrats have about even voter registration numbers in the district.