RNC hits Hillary Clinton in prebuttal ad to debate

Story highlights

  • The RNC is attacking Hillary Clinton in a new ad ahead of the first Democratic debate
  • The ad will target Bernie Sanders supporters online

Washington (CNN)Republicans are pre-butting Hillary Clinton ahead of Tuesday night's Democratic debate with a new advertisement that accuses her of misleading the public by using a private email server during her tenure as secretary of state.

The ad, paid for by the Republican National Committee, highlights Clinton's comment that she "did not email classified material to anyone." Hundreds of her emails have been retroactively classified, though, as U.S. agencies have reviewed their contents before their release.
"Hillary Clinton is not telling us the truth ... again," the ad says in text displayed on screen.
    The five-figure ad buy will put the 30-second spot on cable television and online -- where it will be specifically targeted toward supporters of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, Clinton's toughest primary opponent thus far.
    "Hillary Clinton's growing scandals and the multiple investigations into the potential mishandling of classified info is a mess of her own creation. As Democrats debate in Vegas the RNC will continue to remind voters, including Democrats, why the vast majority of Americans find Clinton to be dishonest and untrustworthy," said RNC Chairman Reince Priebus.