Tillis launches first TV ad of general election

A screencap from Sen. Thom Tillis' new TV ad in the 2020 general election. Photo via Tillis for Senate

CHARLOTTE – Senator Thom Tillis has launched a new TV ad highlighting his “blue-collar upbringing” as campaigns pick up from where they left off as the coronavirus pandemic upended the campaign trail. Tillis’ campaign is spending $750,000 in Raleigh, Charlotte, Greensboro, Greenville, and Wilmington television markets.

“There is only one candidate in this race who can empathize with the financial hardships facing so many North Carolinians right now, and that’s Senator Tillis,” said Tillis campaign manager Luke Blanchat. “When it comes to who they want in Washington working to save their jobs and revive the economy, the people of North Carolina are tired of the career-politician lawyers who always let them down, and instead want a Senator who knows what they are going through and has a plan to fix it.”

In the ad, Tillis talks of moving seven times before he was sixteen, as his family lived paycheck to paycheck. “I take a little humility to the U.S. Senate, where it’s in short supply” says Tillis in the ad. Tillis says his upbringing uniquely prepares him to fight for the jobs of hardworking North Carolinians.

Tillis faces Democrat Cal Cunningham, who served one term in the N.C. Senate and previously ran for U.S. Senate in 2010.

Watch the ad here.