HILLARY Clinton has unveiled a new ad appealing to military veterans, aiming to undercut Donald Trump’s message on defence.
The ad, called “Sacrifice,” shows military veterans watching clips of provocative statements by Trump, including his claim to know more about the Islamic State group than military generals and his criticism of Arizona Senator John McCain, a former prisoner of war.
Trump has said that Sen McCain wasn’t a war hero because he was captured.
“I like people that weren’t captured OK,” he said.
It also shows Trump saying he had sacrificed a lot in comparison to families who have lost loved ones in conflict.
His poll numbers took a massive hit when he criticised Khizr and Ghazala Khan, whose son US Army Capt. Humayun Khan, was killed in Iraq. The Khan’s, a gold star family, appeared in the Democratic National Convention and had a go at Trump.
Mr Khan’s assertion that Trump had “sacrificed nothing and no one” prompted the Republican presidential nominee to state, “I think I’ve made a lot of sacrifices. I work very, very hard.”
Trump was also attacked after a Purple Heart recipient gave the businessman his medal, awarded for service members who are wounded in battle.
“I always wanted to get the Purple Heart. This was much easier,” Trump said at the time.
The ad is airing in key states including Ohio, Florida, Iowa, Nevada and Pennsylvania.
The issue of vets has hurt Trump in the polls, something that Clinton is obviously wanted to exploit with her new ad.
It comes as a new poll shows that Trump has rebounded from his low poll numbers in July and August and is leading Clinton again.
Trump is beating the Democratic nominee 45 per cent to 43 per cent in a four-way race, the latest CNN/ORC poll showed.
Libertarian Party nominee Gary Johnson got 7 per cent support, while Green Party nominee Jill Stein got 2 per cent in the poll.