Kuster releases first television ad

Last modified: 8/14/2012 12:00:00 AM

Annie Kuster is a Democrat, but she wants you to know that her parents were not, she says in her first television ad, which hits the airwaves today.

''My parents were Republican when we were growing up, and we learned about frugal Yankee values,'' Kuster, who lives in Hopkinton and is challenging U.S. Rep. Charlie Bass for the 2nd District, says in the ad.

Her father, Malcolm McLane, was a mayor of Concord and state executive councilor, and her mother, Susan McLane, was a longtime Republican state lawmaker.

Bass, a Peterborough Republican, defeated Kuster by about 3,500 votes in 2010.

The ad opens with baby pictures of Kuster with folksy guitar music playing in the background.

The ad, which a Kuster spokesman said will air on both WMUR and cable and comes ahead of the 930 30-second spots reserved to air between September and November.

Those reserved ads are tentatively expected to cost $543,000, but the numbers are likely to change because of the way television ads are sold.

Polling done in the spring put the rematch within 1 percentage point, but in her ad, Kuster makes no mention of Bass.

''It's not about Republican or Democrat,'' she says. '


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