Candidate for governor makes splashy Super Bowl debut

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ATLANTA (AP) – A candidate for Georgia governor made his TV debut Sunday night with a splashy 60-second Super Bowl ad.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports the ad, featuring Republican Clay Tippins, cost $250,000 to air and was shown in the Albany, Columbus and Macon media markets. The ad will air in the pricier Atlanta market starting Monday.

The commercial focuses on Tippins’ background as a collegiate swimmer at Stanford and as a Navy Seal, while showing bumbling caricatures of his opponents in the race for governor including lieutenant governor Casey Cagle.

Tippins stopped by the WRBL Studio and spoke with Teala Stahl Monday afternoon. Here is a few things he said.

“We’ve got an opioid problem.  Metro Atlanta is the number one place in America for sex trafficking.  I feel like my background as a SEAL will allow me to bring a different level of urgency to that and  if you look at my business background, there’s an opportunity to cut 2-3 billion dollars out of the state budget. I’ll give some back as a tax cut and also put a significant portion to 3rd grade reading and the construction of roads,” says Tippins.

Tippins’ Super Bowl commercial is believed to be the first television ad introduced this election cycle by a candidate for Georgia governor.

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