Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump began airing his first TV ad in North Carolina Friday, two months after Democrat Hillary Clinton aired her first in the state.
Trump’s ad focused on border security, a central theme of his campaign. It’s part of a reported $5 million buy in Florida, Ohio and Pennsylvania as well as North Carolina. The campaign is spending $100,000 to air the ad on Charlotte’s WSOC-TV alone.
Clinton, meanwhile, released her latest ad in the state, one aimed at Latino families.
The ad touts Clinton plans for debt-free college, equal pay for women and child care. “Standing up for families and children has been her life’s work,” a narrator says.
Trump’s ad features a different view of Clinton. In “Hillary Clinton’s America,” it says, “the system stays rigged against Americans.”
It shows pictures of Middle Eastern refugees and people purported to be illegal immigrants. In Trump’s America, the ad says, borders would be secure and Americans safe.
Clinton’s campaign called the ad misleading. It said refugees are vetted before coming to the U.S. and Clinton supports deportation of violent immigrants.
Trump’s first ad comes after the Clinton campaign already has spent $61 million on TV ads, according to NBC News.
In North Carolina, NBC said, Clinton and her allies have spent almost $9 million. Trump and his allies – mainly the National Rife Association – have spent $976,000.
Staff writer Mark Washburn contributed.