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February 19, 2014

ELECTION 2014: Bill Connor announces first TV ad in bid to unseat Lindsey Graham

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COLUMBIA -- Orangeburg attorney Bill Connor released his first television ad in his campaign to unseat U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham.

One of five Republicans challenging Graham in June's GOP primary, Connor's ad will run for two weeks, airing tonight for the first time. The spot cost the campaign $7,500. His plans are to continue the ads until the primary.

Watch the ad here: (Can't see the video? Click here. )

The ad begins with video of Graham praising then-Democratic Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at a May 2012 Chicago Council on Global Affairs symposium:

"She's dedicated to her job, she loves her country, I think she is a good role model, one of the most effective Secretary of States, greatest ambassadors for the American people that I've known in my lifetime."

The voice over asks, "isn't 20 years of Lindsey Graham in Washington enough?"

The ad also focuses on Connor's military background as a U.S. Army reserves lieutenant colonel, an Afghanistan combat veteran and 23-year U.S. Airborne Ranger infantry officer.

"Bill Connor is a committed conservative and proven leader who can win," the ad says.

In a news release about the video, Connor criticizes Graham for claiming to lead a fight for answers about the September 2012 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, "while not disclaiming his praise" of former Secretary Clinton.

Graham has since been critical of Clinton for her handling of Benghazi, saying in January during a Fox News interview that "Hillary Clinton got away with murder in my view."

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