In the final week of his campaign, Ed Gillespie is not talking about job creation, the economy, Ebola, or national security. He's making a final pitch to voters by promising them that if elected to the Senate, he won't vote to change the Washington Redskins controversial name.
There has been movement on Capitol Hill to revoke the Redskins tax-exempt status in an effort to pressure Redskins owner Dan Snyder to change the team's name, and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has said that Snyder is on "the losing side of history."
"Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has a bill to force the Redskins to change their name. Mark Warner refused to answer if he supports the bill or not. Why won't Warner fight the anti-Redskins bill? Why won't he answer the question?" a narrator says in the new ad.
The camera then switches to a direct address from Gillespie.
"I'll answer the question," Gillespie says at a kitchen table, almost in a chuckle. "I'll oppose the anti-Redskins bill. Let's focus on creating jobs, raising take home pay, and making our nation safer, and let the Redskins handle what to call their team."
Warner's office actually confirmed to The Washington Post in May that the senator did not support congressional efforts to force the Redskins to change its name.