NRA Spends $2 Million On Trump Ad With Benghazi Theme

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The National Rifle Association’s political arm is launching its first ad campaign of the 2016 presidential race, with a survivor of the terror attack in Benghazi urging viewers to vote for Donald Trump, reports USA Today. The ad, which the NRA Political Victory Fund is backing with more than $2 million, is the group’s first in the presidential race and one of the larger expenditures by an outside group on behalf of the presumptive Republican nominee. The 30-second spot, “Stop Clinton, Vote Trump,” features Mark Geist, a Marine Corps veteran and security contractor who fought the 2012 assault on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya, in which four Americans died, including Ambassador Chris Stevens.

“A lot of people say they’re not going to vote this November because their candidate didn’t win; Well, I know some people who won’t be voting this year either,” Geist says as he walks through a cemetery. “Hillary as President? No thanks. I served in Benghazi. My friends didn’t make it. They did their part. Do yours.” The NRA and affiliated groups spent $13.6 million in the 2012 presidential race, says the Center for Responsive Politics. They could spend more this year. “The stakes in this election for law-abiding gun owners have never been higher, and the NRA will use all available resources to ensure that voters understand the consequences of a Hillary Clinton presidency on their fundamental right of self-defense,” said Chris Cox of the NRA fund.

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