Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) announced Wednesday that he will unveil a plan to expand Senate advertising during the lame duck session.
Schumer said he will introduce legislation to make ads that target “national security, foreign policy and foreign policy experts,” a term that was used by Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) during his unsuccessful 2008 presidential bid.
The move would also expand Senate ads on topics like health care and the economy, including a push for candidates to talk about the “real dangers of climate change.”
In an interview with Politico, Schumer said that his Senate ads are a way to highlight issues that have received a “poor response” from voters in the past.
“I think that a lot of the public has been really disappointed with the way that we have been able to respond to these kinds of things and the ways that we are spending our time in the Senate,” Schumer said.
Schumer also called for a public information campaign on climate change. “
“I don’t think you can blame people for not knowing what the real threats are, what the true dangers are in the world right now, or that we’re just sitting around waiting for things to get better,” he added.
Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin (D. “
The more the American people hear the threats of climate chaos, the more they’ll understand why we have to take action,” he said.
Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin (D.
Ill.) called Schumer’s campaign announcement “a bold new way to engage with voters.”
“It is a first step toward getting the Senate back to the grind of Washington, D.C.,” he said in a statement.
“This effort will also ensure that voters know that Senators are not only watching their colleagues but that Senators in their states are listening to them, too.”