Patty Murray and Kim Schrier
Patty Murray and Kim Schrier (TV spot stills)

Unit­ed States Sen­a­tor Pat­ty Mur­ray and Unit­ed States Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Kim Schri­er announced this after­noon that their reelec­tion cam­paigns have begun air­ing new tele­vi­sion spots that respond to the Ali­to court’s hor­rif­ic and appalling deci­sion over­turn­ing Roe v. Wade and Planned Par­ent­hood v. Casey.

In the spots, Mur­ray and Schri­er speak direct­ly to vot­ers in a sin­gle take, empha­siz­ing that they are unequiv­o­cal­ly com­mit­ted to repro­duc­tive rights, while not­ing that their oppo­nents are not. Here’s Mur­ray’s “Won’t Back Down” ad:

Mur­ray: “It is a hor­ri­fy­ing real­i­ty – extreme politi­cians across our coun­try, now in charge of the most pri­vate health­care deci­sions. The Supreme Court may have ruled. But it’s up to us to make sure they don’t get the final word. I won’t stop fight­ing until we guar­an­tee repro­duc­tive free­dom for every Amer­i­can. We will not be still. We will not be silent. We will not back down.”

And here’s Schri­er’s “Oath” ad:

Schri­er: As a doc­tor, my oath is to pro­tect patients. As your con­gress­woman, my oath is to pro­tect your rights. Now that the Court has over­turned Roe, Con­gress must pro­tect a wom­an’s right to choose. We should trust women to make these deci­sions, espe­cial­ly if a moth­er’s life is at risk, or in cas­es of rape or incest. I’m Kim Schri­er and I am the only can­di­date in this race who will pro­tect a wom­an’s right to choose. I approve this mes­sage because I’ll nev­er break my oath to you.

One of Schri­er’s Repub­li­can oppo­nents, King Coun­ty Coun­cilmem­ber Rea­gan Dunn, went up on cable yes­ter­day with this ad that tries to simul­ta­ne­ous­ly pitch his can­di­da­cy while serv­ing up crit­i­cism of Schri­er and Pres­i­dent Joe Biden. The ad makes no men­tion of repro­duc­tive rights, a cause Dunn has pre­vi­ous­ly bro­ken with his par­ty on (as his moth­er did before him), but now oppos­es.

Mur­ray’s cam­paign also has a sec­ond ad, “Abor­tion Ban,” that draws a clear con­trast between her posi­tion and that of Repub­li­can Tiffany Smiley’s.

Dr. Judy Kimel­man, MD: “Now that the Supreme Court has over­turned Roe v. Wade and states across the nation are ban­ning abor­tion. You think women’s repro­duc­tive health care is safe here in Wash­ing­ton? Not with Mitch McConnell’s hand­picked can­di­date Tiffany Smi­ley in the Senate.”

Audio of Tiffany Smi­ley plays where Smi­ley states: “I’m 100% pro-life.”

“Tiffany Smiley’s first vote will be to make Mitch McConnell major­i­ty leader and they will work togeth­er to ban abor­tions nation­wide. Don’t take my word. Believe Tiffany Smiley.”

Audio of Tiffany Smi­ley plays where Smi­ley states: “I’m 100% pro-life.”

NPI’s most recent statewide sur­vey found Mur­ray with an eleven point lead over Smi­ley. Mur­ray has won five con­sec­u­tive cam­paigns for the Unit­ed States Sen­ate, dat­ing back to 1992, when she was first elect­ed. Schri­er, mean­while, has won two con­sec­u­tive cam­paigns in the state’s 8th Con­gres­sion­al Dis­trict, defeat­ing Repub­li­cans Dino Rossi and Jesse Jensen. Jensen is run­ning against Schri­er this year along with Dunn and failed attor­ney gen­er­al can­di­date Matt Larkin.

Vot­ers across Wash­ing­ton will get their Top Two elec­tion bal­lots in less than a month, and will cast votes for U.S. Sen­ate and U.S. House, as well as for Sec­re­tary of State, state leg­isla­tive races, and coun­ty positions.

About the author

Andrew Villeneuve is the founder and executive director of the Northwest Progressive Institute, as well as the founder of NPI's sibling, the Northwest Progressive Foundation. He has worked to advance progressive causes for over two decades as a strategist, speaker, author, and organizer. Andrew is also a cybersecurity expert, a veteran facilitator, a delegate to the Washington State Democratic Central Committee, and a member of the Climate Reality Leadership Corps.

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