Clinton Camp Invades Red State Arizona With Major Ad Buy

The Clinton camp made a six-figure ad buy in the traditionally red state.

ByLIZ KREUTZ
September 01, 2016, 6:00 AM

— -- The Clinton campaign is looking to turn up the heat with an ambitious ad buy in Arizona -- a state that no democratic presidential candidate has won in the past 20 years.

On Friday, the campaign will begin airing negative ads against Donald Trump in the Grand Canyon State, according to a senior campaign official.

Bill Clinton was the last Democrat to carry the state in 1996, when Ross Perot was on the ballot.

The six-figure ad buy will begin with their previously released spot titled, "Role Model" -- which an aide described as their "most effective ad of the summer."

The one-minute ad, currently airing in battleground states, shows young kids watching Donald Trump's comments on women, guns and minorities.

"Our children are watching. What example will we set for them?" text on the screen reads.

The announcement comes the morning after Trump delivered a major immigration speech in Phoenix, AZ where he doubled down on his "extreme vetting" plan, as well as his proposal to have Mexico pay for the wall he wants built along the border.

The Clinton campaign described it as "his darkest speech yet."

It also follows Trump's quick trip to Mexico on Wednesday where he met with Mexican President Pena Nieto.

Arizona is the first traditionally Red state where the Clinton campaign will run ads.

A Clinton campaign official said their focus there is due to polls indicating it could be a competitive race this year.

"Backlash against Trump's divisive rhetoric and dangerous campaign, including his embrace of a deportation force and the alt-right hate movement, have increased the opportunities in the state," the official said.

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