Mitch McConnell praised for first re-election campaign ad. It guest stars Donald Trump.

(File Photo: screenshot)

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell officially launched his reelection campaign for 2020 with an ad touting some of his memorable moments and accomplishments.

The video, which runs just over three minutes, begins with a highlight of the Kentucky Republican blocking Merrick Garland’s 2016 nomination to the Supreme Court and goes on to include the confirmation of Justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh as well as the passage of key measures while he has served as Majority Leader.

(Video: YouTube/Mitch McConnell For Senate)

Former President Barack Obama leads off the video asking a “simple request” of Senate Republicans to consider Garland – just months before the 2016 election – as his pick to replace the late Supreme Court Justic Antonin Scalia. McConnell’s role in blocking the nomination in hopes that President Trump would be elected and choose a more conservative judge still raises the ire of Democrats.

McConnell’s campaign’s website continued the Supreme Court accomplishments with another dig at Democrats, featuring a 404 error page over a photo of Garland with Obama and former Vice President Joe Biden.

(Image: screenshot

“Oops, this page doesn’t exist. But just in case, go donate and make sure it doesn’t come back,” the page reads.

The campaign video ad featured moments from Trump’s 2016 election victory and moved on to the nominations and confirmations of Gorsuch and Kavanaugh, noting the speed of appointing more than two dozen circuit court judges.  McConnell’s part in passing the farm bill and the passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act were also highlighted.

Trump’s words of praise for the Republican, who has been in the Senate since 1985 and the majority leader since 2015, are also featured in the video, with Trump referring to the lawmaker as “Kentucky tough.”

(File Photo: screenshot)

“Mitch McConnell has led the fight for our conservative values in the Senate. Confirming two Supreme Court Justices, cutting government regulations, passing historic middle-class tax cuts, Mitch has delivered on President Trump’s promise to Make America Great Again,” McConnell’s campaign website read.

“Left-wing billionaires, progressive activists, and Hollywood liberals will fund our opponent. They will raise millions to flood the airwaves with attack ads and baseless smears,” the website added.

The longtime senator faced a tough battle against Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes in 2014 but still walked away with the win with 56 percent of the vote. Currently no Democrats have announced they will be taking on McConnell in a challenge for his Senate seat, but Amy McGrath – who lost a 2018 House race in the state – and Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer could be potential contenders, according to CBS News.

McConnell’s campaign team tweeted out the video Friday with an additional message noting that they tried to offer a shorter video but the senator had accomplished a lot  of “great stuff.”

Twitter users weighed in on the ad and the senator’s reelection bid.

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