Ad War Update: Politics Is A Context Sport

The RNC tries to get some mileage out of Obama's 1998 redistribution quote, combining it with the "you didn't built that" line (ad buy size/scope unknown):

Except, well, about that redistribution quote:

[The entire, unedited clip] includes additional comments by Obama that weren't included in the video circulated by Republicans. That omission features additional words of praise for "competition" and the "marketplace" by the then-state senator. In the whole clip, Obama says:

I think the trick is figuring out how do we structure government systems that pool resources and hence facilitate some redistribution because I actually believe in redistribution, at least at a certain level to make sure that everybody's got a shot.  How do we pool resources at the same time as we decentralize delivery systems in ways that both foster competition, can work in the marketplace, and can foster innovation at the local level and can be tailored to particular communities.

To counter such out-of-context ads, the Obama campaign has a bit of fun with some Romney footage:

On a serious note, and leaving the US for a moment, here is an ad made by the US Embassy in Pakistan that is now airing on Pakistani television in an attempt to put distance between the US government and the makers of Innocence Of Muslims:

Ad Age has details:

The ad appeared across Pakistani news channels Thursday evening as over 2,000 protestors clashed with riot police. Friday has been declared a national holiday, dubbed "I love Prophet Muhammad Day," so people can hold peaceful demonstrations.

During today's State Department press briefing, spokeswoman Victoria Nuland confirmed that the ad is running. "In the case of Pakistan, it is common and traditional to have to buy airtime on Pakistani TV for public service announcements," she told reporters when asked if the U.S. was paying for the ads. "So in that environment, it was their recommendation that we buy some airtime to make sure that the Pakistani people would hear the president's messages and the secretary's messages, so we did purchase some time, is my understanding, on Pakistani TV stations, all of the stations."

Back on the homefront, the Florida-focused, Rubio-starring spot we mentioned yesterday is now online (ad buy amount unknown):

And jumps into the ad fray around Romney's fundraiser comments, specifically: "My dad was born in Mexico, and had he been born of Mexican parents, I'd have a better shot at winning this":

A Spanish version of the ad will run in Colorado, Florida and Nevada, though the ad buy amount is not yet known. In more outside spending news, SEIU is spending more than $600K for three ads, one hitting Romney on the radio waves in Florida, and the other two TV ads targeting GOP Congressmen in Michigan and Virginia over their Medicare. Also, a reader writes:

After seeing the poll results you posted on the outside expenditures in the presidential campaign, I became interested in the actual data behind the outside spending. For instance, the post mentioned that Romney was benefitting more, but I was curious to what extent that was true. So I downloaded the FEC data and made the attached pie charts, which break down the outside spending by the candidate who benefits and which phase of the election the money was spent. The charts are sized to reflect the amount of spending (by area), including only those FEC filings tagged with Obama or Romney. (Amusing sidenote: In many FEC’s filings you see Obama’s name filed as "Barak", "Barack", "Barak Hussein", and "Barack Hussein". Unsurprisingly, the large majority filed under "Barak" or "Barak Hussein" is "Oppose" spending.)


Meanwhile, over in the Washington gubernatorial race, five angry men and a wazoo have had it up to here with Democrat Jay Inslee:

Highlighting that ad, Eli Sanders shows how the Invisible Obama meme is affecting more than just the presidential race:

The Inslee campaign is comparing this new ad from the Republican Governors Association to Clint Eastwood's famous harangue at the Republican National Convention. "Much like the McKenna campaign itself, the RGA refuses to let the facts get in the way of an angry rant," says Inslee Press Secretary Jaime Smith. "All that's missing from this ad is an empty chair."

Lastly, Sorkinites everywhere rejoice as the cast of "The West Wing" have reunited to film a political ad for cast member Mary McCormack's sister, Bridget Mary McCormack, a non-partisan candidate for Michigan's Supreme Court:

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