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PoliGRAPH: Loretta Sanchez plays to her strengths in TV spot

Rep. Loretta Sanchez, who upended Orange County politics by ousting Republican Bob Dornan from Congress in 1996, has a new TV ad in her 2016 bid for the U.S. Senate.
Rep. Loretta Sanchez, who upended Orange County politics by ousting Republican Bob Dornan from Congress in 1996, has a new TV ad in her 2016 bid for the U.S. Senate. Los Angeles Times file

Democrat Loretta Sanchez, a veteran congresswoman from Orange County, recently debuted four television ads for her U.S. Senate run in California.

One of the ads, titled “Only,” highlights her being named as one of Congress’ most influential women, as well as her committee service, votes in Congress and distinction as the only candidate in the race with national security experience.

Following is text of the ad and an analysis.

Script: Named one of the most influential women in Congress, Loretta Sanchez is a senior member of the Armed Services and Homeland Security committees.

Loretta Sanchez courageously voted against the Iraq War and the Wall Street bailout. Loretta Sanchez is the only candidate with national security experience.

Sanchez: I want to create jobs, expand educational opportunity and health care and pass immigration reform.

I am Loretta Sanchez and I approve this message because I am running to meet our challenges at home and abroad.

Analysis: Sanchez’s reference to her influence comes from the book “Powerful Women: The 25 Most Influential Women in Congress” by Emily Ethridge and the CQ Roll Call newsroom. Sanchez, alongside Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Oakland, and others, is featured under the category “Debate shapers and swing votes.” In 2015, there were 104 women in Congress, comprising nearly 20 percent of the 535 members, according to the Center for American Women and Politics.

Sanchez is a senior member of the House’s Armed Services and Homeland Security committees, however, her spotty committee attendance as she campaigned for the Senate has been questioned by opponents. Sanchez and colleagues point to her overall attendance figures and work product over the years to bolster assertions that the last year-plus has been an aberration.

Sanchez did oppose the Iraq War and the bailout. Her federal experience and familiarly with Capitol Hill are among the pillars of her Senate campaign.

PoliGRAPH is The Bee’s political fact checker, rating campaign advertisements and candidate claims as True, Iffy or False.

Christopher Cadelago: 916-326-5538, @ccadelago

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