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GOP-leaning group hits Hagel with new TV ads

Americans for a Strong Defense, a Republican-leaning group that opposes former GOP Sen. Chuck Hagel's nomination to be defense secretary, is airing new TV ads hitting Hagel in four states where Democratic senators are up for re-election in 2014.

The four states: Alaska (where Sen. Mark Begich is up for re-election next year), Arkansas (Sen. Mark Pryor), Colorado (Sen. Mark Udall), and Louisiana (Sen. Mary Landrieu).

"Barack Obama’s nominee for secretary of defense wants America to back down," one of these ads goes. "An end to our nuclear program. Devastating defense cuts. A weaker country. Call Mark Begich and tell him to say no to Chuck Hagel –- before it’s too late."

A spokesman for Americans for a Strong Defense says the ad buy is "significant," and the advertisements will air on broadcast and cable in these four states.