Sen. Thom Tillis (R-NC) and his family moved seven times by the time he turned 16. Some of those temporary homes included trailer parks in Florida and Tennessee, and rental houses in Louisiana. For years the Tillises lived paycheck-to-paycheck. The senator shared all this to prove that he knows more than most politicians the needs of struggling Americans.
"I'd take a little humility to the U.S. Senate, where it's in short supply," Sen. Tillis says in his new campaign ad.
"Humble" is his first TV ad of the general election.
I grew up living paycheck-to-paycheck, from trailer park to rental house. I know what it’s like for those who are currently struggling to get by, which is why I'll remember who needs it the most when we build back our economy. Because my job is fighting for your job. #ncpol pic.twitter.com/X5yCTqm3xc— Thom Tillis (@ThomTillis) May 26, 2020
“My job is fighting for your job,” the senator adds. “We will build this economy back, and I’ll remember who needs it the most.”
It's a strong, humanizing campaign ad. And one that may make a difference in the competitive race. Tillis is considered one of the most vulnerable senators this campaign season. He faces former Army veteran and former state Sen. Cal Cunningham this November.
And Cunningham's team has chosen to go on the attack.
“Even in the midst of a public health and economic crisis that requires strength and leadership, Tillis has continued to show he is a weak politician who won’t stand up for North Carolinians if it puts him at odds with his party or the corporate special interests in Washington,” Cunningham campaign manager Devan Barber charged.
The RealClearPolitics average shows Cunningham with a razor thin one-point advantage over the incumbent.