Obama appears in Senate Campaign TV Ad for U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy

U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy
Posted at 8:13 AM, Jul 20, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-20 04:18:45-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy of Florida will begin airing his first Senate campaign television ad, a 30-second spot featuring President Barack Obama.

The ad will begin airing statewide on Wednesday, and it features the president speaking directly to the camera.

Obama says Murphy is a strong progressive who stands up to the gun lobby and supports social security and protecting women's right to an abortion.

Obama also acknowledges Murphy is targeted by opponents and tells viewers not to believe the negative attacks.

He ends the ad by saying, "I count on Patrick Murphy. You can too."

Murphy is facing U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson in the Democratic primary Aug. 30. The winner will either take on Republican Sen. Marco Rubio or developer Carlos Beruff.