Flake up with first TV commercial of the general election

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By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman

PHOENIX -- With voters getting ready to cast early ballots in a few weeks, Republican candidate for U.S. Senate Jeff Flake released his first television ad of the general election on Tuesday.

The 30-second spot attacked his Democratic opponent Richard Carmona for supporting President Barack Obama's healthcare overhaul.

The commercial also links Carmona to the Democratic president, whom polls show is an unpopular political figure in Arizona.

Titled "Some Decisions Are Just Easier Than Others," the ad begins with the  narrator saying, "Richard Carmona was recruited by Barack Obama."

It then pivots to show that Flake is supported by Republican Arizona Sens. John McCain and Jon Kyl, who announced last year that he was retiring after his current term ends this year.

Andy Barr, who is a spokesman for the Carmona campaign, said the Democrats' view on Obama's healthcare law is nuanced.

While Carmona opposes certain provisions in the Affordable Healthcare Act for America (or as critics call it "Obamacare"), he supports certain key elements such as protections for children with pre-existing conditions.

Carmona also favors provisions in the law that allow parents to keep their kids on their healthcare insurance until they are 26 years old.  

Flake has been an outspoken critic of the healthcare law and says he'd voted repeal it. Flake is a six-term congressman. His ad comes less than a month before voters begin casting early ballots on Oct. 11. Carmona, on the other hand, has been running non-stop television commercials for weeks.