Republican Representative Michele Bachmann paints Democratic challenger Jim Graves as a big spender in her first TV ad of the year in Minnesota's 6th District.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Republican Representative Michele Bachmann paints Democratic challenger Jim Graves as a big spender in her first TV ad of the year in Minnesota's 6th District.
The ad from the former presidential candidate started running Thursday, dubbing Graves ``Big Spendin' Jim.''
It ties Graves to Democratic-backed policies enacted more than two years ago _ the Wall Street bailout of 2008, the economic stimulus of 2009 and the federal health care overhaul of 2010.
The ad concludes by saying, ``We can't afford Big Spendin' Jim in Congress.''
Graves is turning the spending attack back on Bachmann, saying her claims about him are ``falsehoods'' and she has a record of ``reckless spending'' in Congress.
Bachmann is seeking a fourth term representing the northern Twin Cities suburbs and St. Cloud area in the House.
She had a failed bid for the GOP presidential nomination last year.
Political files from the four major Twin Cities networks showed her spending more than $270,000 to air the ad for nearly two weeks.