In his first TV ad of the 2020 campaign, U.S. Rep. Mike Gallagher says when he took an oath to defend the country from enemies foreign and domestic, “I never imagined a virus would be one of them.”

Gallagher’s campaign said it spent $90,000 on the ad through Sept. 15. It is the first in a series of spots through the November election, when the Green Bay Republican and ex-Marine faces state Rep. Amanda Stuck, D-Appleton. It will run in the Green Bay market on broadcast TV, cable and digital.

The ad includes some of the same footage of Gallagher running through the northeastern Wisconsin seat that appeared in a spot four years ago during his first bid for the seat.

The new spot weaves in video of health care workers, first responders and “everyday workers.”

“This crisis has tested our resolve and challenged Northeastern Wisconsin to come together,” Gallagher says. “Like always, we have risen to the challenge. Nurses and doctors, first responders, and every day workers. They never quit, and neither will I.”

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