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In new ad, Abrams touts plans for Medicaid, jobs and schools

Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Stacey Abrams is on the air with a new television ad, promising that she’ll work to expand Medicaid, create good-paying jobs and ensure equal access to quality education for all children.

The 30-second ad began airing Thursday in metro Atlanta. It was purchased by the Democratic Party of Georgia for Abrams, who is in a neck-and-neck battle with Republican Secretary of State Brian Kemp to succeed two-term Gov. Nathan Deal.

The plot

The ad opens with a smiling Abrams telling viewers “a lot has been said about me during this campaign.”

“But this election isn’t about me,” she says. “It’s about you and the future of Georgia. It’s about where we’re going — together.”

Abrams then pledges to expand Medicaid, making “health care more affordable and accessible.”

She promises to create more good-paying jobs across Georgia and “keep money in your pockets.” The latter is likely meant to counter Kemp’s claims that her initiatives will result in a $13,000 tax increase for all Georgians.

Lastly, she pledges a quality education for all Georgia children, regardless of their ZIP code.

The ad closes with Abrams promising: “If you trust me with your vote … I’ll work hard every day to make Georgia proud.”

The context

Abrams has made Medicaid expansion a cornerstone of her campaign. She says Medicaid expansion, something Deal has opposed, will provide 500,000 Georgians access to health care and add 50,000 jobs across the state. She’s called it a “moral and economic imperative.”

On job growth, she is promising an investment of $10 million in small-business financing programs, investments in job-creating infrastructure work and a program to produce 22,000 new job apprentices by 2022.

On her website, Abrams promises to keep money in the pockets of working families through the Georgia Earned Income Tax Credit and the Cradle to Career Savings Program.

Her platform on education calls for fully funding public schools and protecting them from privatization. It also advocates the strengthening of pathways to debt-free graduation at every skill level by expanding the popular lottery-funded HOPE scholarship program, creating tuition-free technical college and other programs.

Watch the ad

Take a look at other ads from this hotly contested race.

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