Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has put out a campaign web video comparing President Barack Obama's handling of the Internal Revenue Service to former President Richard Nixon's conduct.
"We've seen again and again [that the Obama administration] has little regard for those who dissent," McConnell says in the video. "No president from either party is more powerful than the Constitution of the U.S."
The video — entitled "Demand Answers" — courses through the history of the IRS scandal and then toward the end shows a clip from Nixon’s historic TV interview with David Frost, in which the former president says, "If the president does it, that means that it is not illegal."
The message of the ad is that Democrat Obama is going after his political opponents through the IRS just as Republican Nixon did 30 years earlier.
"I think that the leader of the free world and his advisers have better things to do than to dig through other people’s tax returns," McConnell says in the ad.
McConnell is up for re-election in Kentucky next year. He was tied at 45 percent with potential Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes, in a survey conducted by Public Policy Polling released Tuesday.
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