U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan on Thursday released the first television ad of his re-election campaign, touting his "bullishness" about Florida and the United States.
Featuring scenes of Buchanan on Main Street in downtown Sarasota, the congressman is using the ad to call on the federal government to be more responsive to the needs of small business "because they create the jobs in America."
“We’ve got to find a way to work together and do what’s best for Americans and America -- helping people on Main Street be more successful,” Buchanan says in the 30-second commercial.
Buchanan faces Democratic challenger Keith Fitzgerald in the Nov. 6 general election in the newly drawn 16th Congressional District, which is comprised largely of Manatee and Sarasota counties.
Republicans this week released results of a poll showing Buchanan with a 22-percentage-point lead among likely voters surveyed last weekend. Fitzgerald's camp dismissed the poll as "bogus."
Meanwhile, Fitzgerald this week renewed his call for Buchanan to release copies of his income tax returns.
"Representative Buchanan owes his constituents complete honesty and transparency," said Fitzgerald, noting that Rep. Pete Session, R-Texas, chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee, said it was "fair game" for voters to ask about a candidate's tax returns.
As a McClatchy Newspapers story notes, most members of Congress have declined to release their tax returns.
You can watch Buchanan's ad here.