The National Rifle Association’s Institute for Legislative Action (NRA-ILA) has launched an ambitious, seven-figure ad campaign in several markets across the country, including Alabama, to urge the confirmation of President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh.
Beginning on Tuesday, markets throughout the state will air an ad beckoning voters to demand that Sen. Doug Jones confirm Kavanaugh.
“Four liberal justices oppose your right to self-defense,” the ad states. “Four justices support your right to self-defense. President Trump chose Brett Kavanaugh to break the tie.”
“Tell Senator Jones, ‘Defend our right to self-defense. Confirm Judge Kavanaugh,'” the ad concludes.
Sen. Richard Shelby met with Kavanaugh in July and spoke in favor of his confirmation to the court.
“Confirming Judge Kavanaugh is one of the most important things we will do during this Congress,” Shelby said in a statement following the meeting. “I look forward to supporting his nomination to serve on our nation’s highest court, and I urge my colleagues to do the same.”
A recent poll conducted by North Star Opinion Research found that 54 percent of registered voters support Kavanaugh’s nomination, while 30 do not.
“The majority of Alabamians support Judge Kavanaugh’s confirmation and will be watching to see if Senator Jones votes to confirm Kavanaugh, or if he follows Sen. Chuck Schumer and the gun control lobby,” Chris W. Cox, executive director of the NRA-ILA.
Similar ads will be aired in North Dakota, Indiana, and West Virginia.
Trump won each of those states in the 2016 presidential election, and each has an incumbent Democratic senator – Heidi Heitkamp, Joe Donnelly, and Joe Manchin, respectively – who voted in favor of Justice Neil Gorsuch’s confirmation to the court.
The ad campaign will also air in Alaska.
Sen. Jones told reporters in late July that he is keeping an “open mind” on the subject of Kavanaugh’s nomination, though many of his Democratic colleagues in the Senate have come out firmly against the Kavanaugh’s placement on the court.
Jones also recently told Todd Stacy, publisher of Alabama Daily News, that he is seeking to meet with Kavanaugh following his hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee.