Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Tancredo's Explosive New Ad Bombs

Republican presidential candidate Tom Tancredo has released a new television ad entitled "Tough on Terror."

The ad links lax border security to future terrorist attacks and depicts a hooded figure who plants a backpack loaded with explosives in a crowded shopping center. Images from terror attacks in London, Spain and Russia flash across the screen as a timer counts down to an explosion.

Dennis Goldford, a professor of politics at Drake University in Des Moines, said the ad is a fear-based advertisement reminiscent of the President Johnson's famous 1964 "Daisy Girl" ad that featured a little girl plucking petals from a daisy and a mushroom cloud to suggest that Arizona Senator Barry Goldwater, the Republican presidential candidate, would set off a nuclear war.

Tancredo's ad is not nearly as powerful as Johnson's "Daisy Girl" ad.

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