“Patty Murray has spent millions to paint me as an extremist,” said Smiley. “I’m pro-life, but I oppose a federal abortion ban.”
“Patty Murray wants to scare you,” added Smiley at the end of the ad. “I want to serve you.”
Some Republican candidates have tried to avoid the issue, focusing instead on appealing to Americans upset with rising consumer costs and crime. But Smiley and some other Republican candidates have taken a different tack by also trying to diminish a potentially powerful motivating issue for Democrats.
Months before Washington’s August 2 primary, Smiley signaled her support for Texas’ near-total ban on abortion, and said it’d be “awesome” to have former President Donald Trump’s support.
“She shows you this picture of me and Trump, but doesn’t show you this one,” said Smiley.
“This ad reflects what this campaign will be about: The vision of a veterans advocate and nurse vs. the record of a career partisan politician,” said Smiley spokesperson Elisa Carlson.