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Jason Kander pops up his first ad


First ads of any campaign often highlight a candidate’s best argument for why he or she should be elected to the office they’re seeking.

The ad, in other words, puts their best foot forward.

On Tuesday, Democratic Missouri Senate candidate Jason Kander unsheathed his first statewide broadcast spot, which highlights his experience as an Army intelligence officer in Afghanistan as well as his work on ethics reform in the Missouri Statehouse.

Kander, who faces incumbent Republican Roy Blunt, almost certainly believes that his military experience gives him an edge over Blunt, who received three draft deferments while he was in college in the last 1960s.

Also, Kander is seeking to portray himself as a clean government guy and has criticized Blunt as beholden to D.C. special interests.