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Republicans air anti-Clinton ad ahead of Dems first debate

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks during a community forum, Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015, in Davenport, Iowa.
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks during a community forum, Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015, in Davenport, Iowa. AP

Ahead of the first Democratic presidential primary debate, the Republican National Committee is out with a new TV ad, bashing Hillary Clinton for her use of a private email account.

The 30-second ad, titled “Not Telling Us The Truth…Again” is part of the RNC’s overall response effort to the debate. The RNC says the five-figure ad buy will run on national cable and online, with a digital component directly targeting social media supporters of Clinton’s Democratic rival, Bernie Sanders.

“Hillary Clinton’s growing scandals and the multiple investigations into the potential mishandling of classified info is a mess of her own creation,” said RNC chairman Reince Priebus. “As Democrats debate in Vegas, the RNC will continue to remind voters, including Democrats, why the vast majority of Americans find Clinton to be dishonest and untrustworthy.”

The ad comes as Clinton’s poll numbers have dropped and as she has launched her own cable TV ad highlighting House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s claim that her poll numbers plunged because of the Republican-led Benghazi committee’s work.

She and Sanders, along with former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley, former Rhode Island senator and governor Lincoln Chafee and Jim Webb, a former senator from Virginia, will face the nation Tuesday night in the year’s first Democratic presidential debate at the Wynn hotel in Las Vegas.

As she tries to woo Hispanic voters ahead of the 2016 presidential race, Hillary Clinton has shifted—even reversed—her views on immigration. Her statements are sure to be a hot topic at Tuesday night's Democratic debate. Nicole L. Cvetnic / McCla

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