Starting well before each election, candidates produce and air politicial advertisements. Since Citizens United took effect, PACs have produced many campaign ads too.
In modern campaigns, ads might be on TV, but also might be via email, web video, Tweets, or other social media.
Political pundit publications, such as The Hill and Rollcall, analyze campaign advertisements as well as campaign events
(although at OnTheIssues we ignore their relentless coverage of polls; since we consider them irrelevant to normal voters and relevant only to pundits!)
OnTheIssues.org reviews those ads and analyses for relevant issue content, including opponents' responses when available. Sometimes we transcribe the ads from video or audio; sometimes we include commentary; all the time, we urge paying attention to the opponent of each advertiser too, to get the full story!
| OnTheIssues.org excerpts: (click on issues for details)
Tom Cotton: AdWatch: I believe in God; and only God has all the answers.
Bobby Jindal: Offering contraception is dangerous federal overreach.
Karen Handel: Endorsed by Susan B. Anthony List for pro-life women.
John Bohlinger: 2001: Supported Fetal Protection Act & partial-birth ban.
John Bohlinger: Supreme Court decided the issue; state cannot overturn it.
Budget & Economy|
Matt Bevin: AdWatch: Supporting a debt-limit increase is too liberal.
Chad Taylor: Budget cuts threaten basic prosecutorial services.
Alison Grimes: AdWatch: VAWA and equal pay for women.
Mitch McConnell: I co-sponsored VAWA but final version went too far.
Rand Paul: Voter ID laws offend African Americans.
Matt Bevin: Why not define marriage as a parent marrying their child?
Lindsey Graham: AdWatch: Hero of the taxpayer & guardian of small business.
Amanda Curtis: Medical marijuana law is over-restrictive.
Matt Bevin: FactCheck: No, not MIT grad; education is "School of Life".
Energy & Oil|
Joni Ernst: Meeting with Big Oil doesn't make me feel uncomfortable.
Ed Gillespie: Sea levels are rising, but it's debatable what causes it.
Mark Warner: All-of-the-above approach, including pro-coal.
Scott Brown: Keystone XL should be included in energy efficiency bill.
Bill Cassidy: Don't pick winners & losers in energy market.
Rick Weiland: Opposes Keystone XL pipeline.
Michelle Nunn: Preserved 85 acre marshland with conservation easements.
Mike McFadden: Develop our natural resources AND protect the environment.
Brian Schatz: Received perfect score from League of Conservation Voters.
Michelle Nunn: Moving jobs to China & Mexico helps profits but not people.
Michelle Nunn: AdWatch: Michelle helps organizations make changes.
Jeanne Shaheen: People's Pledge: Let's limit outside PAC contributions.
Scott Brown: No pledge to limit outside PAC contributions.
Mark Pryor: Government shutdown is reckless & irresponsible.
Mary Landrieu: Mandatory quarantine for returning Ebola healthcare workers.
Bruce Braley: ObamaCare should be fixed and improved, not repealed.
Scott Brown: ObamaCare's mandate means higher costs and fewer jobs.
Michelle Nunn: ObamaCare would have been better if bipartisan.
Rick Weiland: Push for public option to expand ObamaCare.
Lindsey Graham: Opposed ObamaCare from day one.
Joe Miller: Embrace threat of federal shutdown to defund ObamaCare.
Karen Handel: Embrace threat of federal shutdown to defund ObamaCare.
Mead Treadwell: Repeal ObamaCare by winning back Senate.
Mike Rounds: Shut down ObamaCare but don't shut down government.
Terri Lynn Land: Embrace threat of federal shutdown to defund ObamaCare.
Thom Tillis: Do everything in our power to undo ObamaCare.
Bruce Braley: Yes, missed 75% of Veterans' hearings; but made 97% of votes.
Lindsey Graham: Doing nothing about Benghazi leads to a more dangerous world.
Rand Paul: Deploy missile defense in Eastern Europe but they pay for it.
Ted Cruz: Vital role for deploying military force abroad.
Rob Maness: Send unaccompanied minors back to their country of origin.
Scott Brown: It's wrong that illegals can just walk across the border.
Joe Carr: AdWatch: Border crisis was created by giving amnesty to 11M.
David Perdue: 2005: I spent my career outsourcing; 2014: I'm proud of that.
Joni Ernst: Raising the minimum wage would not improve the economy.
Tom Cotton: Yes on minimum wage of $8.25, but no minimum-wage-economy.
Principles & Values|
Bill Cassidy: No-show at Senate debate.
Chris McDaniel: Runoff recount denied by Mississippi Supreme Court.
Joe Carr: Endorsed by Tea Party Patriots on anti-amnesty grounds.
Lamar Alexander: Declined to debate in Republican primary.
Mark Pryor: AdWatch: I believe in God; and only God has all the answers.
Pat Roberts: Returns home to Kansas "every time I get an opponent".
Bobby Jindal: Washington is waging "silent war" against religious liberty.
Chris McDaniel: Revive America's Christian foundation.
Monica Wehby: AdWatch: Parents trust her as a pediatric neurosurgeon.
David Perdue: Change diapers & politicians frequently: not a D.C. insider.
Jack Kingston: Broaden appeal of GOP by engaging liberal media.
Dan Sullivan: Met Native Alaskan wife while working for Sen. Ted Stevens.
Bill Cassidy: AdWatch: Receives ad money from billionaire Koch brothers.
Thad Cochran: AdWatch: American Conservative Union's lowest-scored Senator.
Brian Schatz: Endorsed by progressive group "Democracy for America".
Tom Cotton: Oppo AdWatch: supports Privatizing social security.
Joni Ernst: Signed Grover Norquist tax pledge: never raise taxes.
War & Peace|
Kay Hagan: Supports Obama's anti-ISIS strategy.
Thom Tillis: Too little is known about Syrian rebels to arm them.
Rick Weiland: No U.S. military intervention in Syria.
Lindsey Graham: Obama "screams loudly & carries no stick," in Russia & Syria.
Newt Gingrich: Obama "screams loudly & carries no stick," in Russia & Syria.