Never one to shy away from controversy, the former US Senator from Massachusetts who is running for that same office in New Hampshire has weighed in on the national topic du jour.
Via a campaign advertisement, of course.
The ad, entitled “Secure Borders,” lasts for just 30 seconds, but that’s apparently all the time that Brown needed to take his latest pot shot at his Senate race rival, incumbent US Senator Jeanne Shaheen.
In a dramatic scene at an airport with an even more dramatic piano riff playing in the background, Brown compares the “folks who come here illegally” to passengers boarding a plane without going through security: “But folks who come here illegally, they just walk across the border. That’s wrong,” Brown says.
Brown’s commercial was reportedly shot using a “green screen” in an effort to make it appear that Brown was standing near an airport security line.
Brown goes on to blame “the pro-amnesty policies of President Obama and Senator Shaheen” for the “immigration crisis on our hands.”
“We respond with compassion,” Brown says in a reference to the US offering shelter to unaccompanied minors crossing the border, before ending with a plea for voters to “tell people who try to come here illegally that we intend to enforce the law.”
The TV ad follows below.
“Scott Brown is failing to connect with New Hampshire voters, his campaign is struggling, and this negative ad reeks of desperation,” said New Hampshire Democratic Party Communications Director Julie McClain.
Brown also released a radio ad that echoes the TV spot.
Fellow Republican, former presidential candidate and current Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who has been extremely vocal in his opposition to how the US borders are secured, is expected to be in New Hampshire on Tuesday to voice the same criticism of Sen. Shaheen and President Obama.
Gov. Perry’s stance very well could be the boost that Brown needs to be more competitive in some polls that indicate Shaheen as being the front-runner in the Granite State’s US Senate race.
The new ad starts running in New Hampshire today.