Catholic group launches $2M ad campaign targeting Democrats on parental rights

A Catholic political advocacy organization has launched a $2 million ad campaign aimed at boosting turnout among Catholic voters by targeting a number of vulnerable Democrats on parental rights issues.

The group, Catholic Vote, announced its new ad campaign less than two weeks before Election Day hammering Democrats in competitive races for supporting social gender transitions in schools without parent approval and neglecting parental rights. The ad campaign will target voters in Pennsylvania, Iowa, Michigan, Ohio, Arizona, Texas, and Nevada.

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Through printed mailers and television, radio, and digital ads, the campaign aims to reach more than 1 million Catholic voters over the last two weeks of the midterm election campaign. The centerpiece of the campaign is a 30-second television spot asking voters if they can trust candidates that “seek to block the role of parents in children’s decisions over gender and abortion.”

Catholic Vote said that its primary targets are Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV), Sen. Mark Kelly (D-AZ), and Senate candidate Rep. Tim Ryan (D-OH), all of whom identify as Catholic, a claim that Catholic Vote took issue with.

“Catholic voters have the right to know where candidates stand on the issue of parental rights. Democratic candidates including Kelly, Cortez Masto, and Ryan are actively working to exclude parents from some of the most important decisions affecting their children,” the organization’s president, Brian Burch, said. “They label themselves Catholic but support policies contrary to parents’ wishes, good medicine, and their own church’s teaching. The fact that these so-called Catholic politicians want to ban parents from having a say in these difficult decisions is disgraceful.”

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A recent EWTN/RealClearOpinion poll found that all three Democratic candidates in swing state Senate races were substantially underwater with Catholic voters.

The poll found that, among Catholic voters in Arizona, Kelly trailed his Republican opponent Blake Masters 51%-46%. In Nevada, Cortez Masto trailed Republican nominee Adam Laxalt among Catholic voters 57%-36%. And in Ohio, Ryan trailed his Republican opponent J.D. Vance 56%-41%.

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