With 18 days to go before the election, Democratic Congressman Jim Langevin is taking to the airwaves to boost his bid for another term in the U.S. House.
Langevin’s campaign announced Friday morning he’s going on the air with his first TV commercial of the 2012 cycle, “Fighting for Us,” which attacks his Republican opponent Michael Riley while burnishing the incumbent’s own image.
Langevin’s ad arrives after Riley pummeled him for weeks with negative spots portraying the incumbent as someone who’s profited from his time in Congress. The latest WPRI 12 poll showed Langevin leading Riley 53% to 29% among likely voters in the 2nd Congressional District, though Langevin’s approval rating was only 39%.
Langevin has a significant financial advantage over Riley, who’s poured $632,200 of his own money into his campaign so far. Langevin had $412,692 on hand as of Sept. 30, while Riley had $54,807. Riley criticized Langevin on Thursday for declining to debate him on WPRO. The pair debated on WPRI 12 last week.