Peters Airs 1st Ad In Michigan U.S. Senate Race; It Touts Military Creds

Feb 9, 2020

FILE - In this combination of 2018 and 2019 file photos are, from left, Democratic U.S. Sen. Gary Peters, D-Mich., and Republican U.S. Senate candidate John James. James raised $3.5 million in the last quarter, $1 million more than Peters.
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Days after voting to convict President Donald Trump in his impeachment trial, Democratic Sen. Gary Peters is launching his first TV ad in what could be a tough re-election fight — highlighting his military service and work to help veterans.

The ad debuted during the Michigan-Michigan State basketball game Saturday, nine months before the first-term senator's expected general election showdown with Republican challenger John James. James, a Detroit-based businessman, who has touted his combat experience as a helicopter pilot in Iraq.

Peters' ad is the first by either candidate in a race that's expected to attract vast amounts of outside spending.