Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) touts Rep. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) for U.S. Senate in Spanish and English-language television ads released by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Wednesday.
The ads are part of a slate of new Chamber ads hitting the airwaves in 11 U.S. House races and two Senate contests. In the Colorado, Rubio pitches Gardner's ability to rein in debt and spending and help create jobs.
"America needs principled leaders like Cory Gardner in the Senate," Rubio says in the English-language ad. "That's how we'll end gridlock."
There are many Hispanic residents in Colorado -- more than one in five, according to the U.S. Census -- which is why Rubio's ad appears in Spanish as well as English.
Gardner is running against Sen. Mark Udall (D) in a race early polls show is very competitive.
The Chamber also released an ad supporting Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) ahead of his May 20 primary against businessman Matt Bevin. Reid Wilson has the rest of the details on the group's new wave of ads in today's Read In:
The Chamber will start running 13 new ads today on behalf of Senate and House Republicans in what spokeswoman Blair Holmes described as a "massive campaign." The chamber on Tuesday dropped almost $660,000 on broadcast and cable ads in the Denver, Colorado Springs and Grand Junction markets on behalf of Senate candidate Cory Gardner. They'll feature a small business owner in a new ad for Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, too.
-- The Chamber is spending on behalf of former Rep. Doug Ose (R-Calif.), Rep. David Valadao (R-Calif.), Rep. Mike Coffman (R-Colo.), Rep. Mike Simpson (R-Idaho), former Rep. Bob Dold (R-Ill.), Rep. Andy Barr (R-Ky.), former Massachusetts state Sen. Richard Tisei (R), Rep. Dan Benishek (R-Mich.), businessman Stuart Mills in Minnesota's 8th District, Rep. Joe Heck (R-Nev.) and Rep. Chris Gibson (R-N.Y.).
-- Total spent on House candidates in this ad flight through the end of May: A little north of $1.1 million. The Chamber has spent about $6.6 million since the beginning of February.