Johnny Isakson’s second ad focuses on bipartisan work to secure money for Iran hostages

U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson is once again focusing on what he’s been able to accomplish on Capitol Hill by crossing the aisle in his second ad of the election cycle.

The Republican’s new ad highlights his work securing a payout last year for the families of the 52 hostages that were held in Iran for 444 days beginning in 1979. But it also takes a moment to ding President Barack Obama for delivering hundreds of millions of dollars of cash to Iran the same day four Americans were released from detention there, a transaction critics say looks eerily like a ransom payment.

Here’s a transcript:

“In 1979, Americans were taken hostage by a radical Islamic regime.

“For over a year, America prayed.

“When released, the hostages were unable to seek compensation.

“Many forgot. Not Johnny Isakson.

“So, while President Obama was paying ransom to Iran, Senator Isakson ensured that the ayatollahs and their business associates would finally pay back our American hostages, bringing some closure, and proving that America never forgets.

After working on the issue for years, Isakson, working with New York’s two Democratic senators, was able to tuck up to $4.4 million for the families into the year-end government spending bill Congress passed last December.

The ad fits with the bipartisan theme of his first spot of the cycle, which highlighted his work in the Senate to protect Peace Corps volunteers.

It’s in Isakson’s interest to reach out to Democrats, independents and other non-Republicans as he looks to avoid a costly and tiring runoff that would occur if he secures less than 50 percent of the vote this November.

Real Clear Politics puts Isakson ahead of his Democratic challenger Jim Barksdale by an average of 12 percentage points. Libertarian Allen Buckley is also in the race.

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Voncile Chaney Fullwood
Voncile Chaney Fullwood

there are a lot of them that needs to go and this needs a careful study as to what they have done since in office

Lila King
Lila King

thought he would do something about term limits. i guess not until he gets all he wants.

Bob Andrews
Bob Andrews

It is time for Isakson to depart... Consider this quote of Steve Jobs, former Chairman of Apple... "Here's to the crazy ones, the misfits, the rebels, the troublemakers, the round pegs in the square holes... the ones who see things differently -- they're not fond of rules... You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them, but the only thing you can't do is ignore them because they change things... they push the human race forward, and while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius, because the ones who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world, are the ones who do." Steve Jobs US computer engineer & industrialist (1955 - 2011)

Shane Howell
Shane Howell

Old hack needs to be put out to pasture, but will be re-elected a few more times. #walkingdead2016