Lamar Alexander ad features tea party favorite Rand Paul

Lamar Alexander ad features tea party favorite Rand Paul

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NASHVILLE (AP) - Lamar Alexander's first ads of his re-election campaign feature fellow Republican U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, a tea party favorite from neighboring Kentucky.

The Alexander campaign announced Friday it has bought $180,000 worth of ads to run over two weeks on broadcast and cable television and on the radio.

The ads highlight Alexander's successful effort to place a moratorium on an Army Corps of Engineers plan to erect barriers to prevent people from fishing below dams on the Cumberland River.

The spot includes video of Paul saying: "Nobody wants to say no to Lamar Alexander."

Alexander's campaign had $1.8 million on hand through the first quarter of the year. While some tea party groups have grumbled about a third term for Alexander, no Republican challenger has emerged so far.

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