"Now Dan faces political attacks because he wanted his family by his side. Remember that serving our country required some time in our capital," Rice says in the commercial.
Rice has maintained a relatively low profile since leaving the State Department at the end of the Bush administration. But she is stepping out into the political world more with the midterm elections on the horizon. Rice is scheduled to headline a House GOP fundraiser later this week.
The ad war is heating up in Alaska, where airtime is relatively inexpensive, and Democrats are vowing not to be outspent by Republicans. Sen. Mark Begich (D) went up with a positive ad featuring footage of his late father, who served in Congress.
Crossroads is spending about $170,000 to air the new ad, according to a filing with the Federal Election Commission.