Business executive credits McConnell with helping save jobs in new campaign ad

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LOUISVILLE, Kentucky — Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is getting credit for protecting aluminum factory jobs in a TV ad released by his campaign.

The ad debuting Wednesday across Kentucky focuses on McConnell's efforts to pass fair trade legislation.

In the commercial, Cardinal Aluminum CEO Chip Edwards says illegal trade practices by Chinese companies threatened more than 400 jobs at his Louisville plant. He says McConnell took action to hold the Chinese companies "accountable" and helped save the jobs in his hometown.

The ad stems from legislation pushed by McConnell allowing the U.S. Commerce Department to continue imposing duties on imports from several countries, including China.

The commercial comes one day after his challenger in November, Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes, released an ad featuring a coal miner questioning McConnell's commitment to job growth.

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