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1/5/2016

Two New Campaign Ads Released By Leading Republican Candidates

Filed under: General — Dana @ 11:09 am



[guest post by Dana]

I wanted to post two new campaign ads released this week by the two front running Republican candidates, Donald Trump and Ted Cruz.

While Trump still holds a solid lead in the RCP average of national polls with Cruz in second place, Cruz currently leads in Iowa. I won’t say much about the ads as they speak for themselves and you can make your own assessment of effectiveness.

Here is Trump’s first television ad which began airing this week in the early voting states of Iowa and New Hampshire. It’s exactly the sort of ad I would expect from him:

Here is Cruz’s ad which began airing in New Hampshire today. You will recognize Cruz’s own comments from the last Republican GOP debate being used in this clever ad:

What’s your take?

–Dana

50 Responses to “Two New Campaign Ads Released By Leading Republican Candidates”

  1. Hello.

    Dana (86e864)

  2. While I appreciate the Cruz ad, I don’t think it’s directed at the average voter angry at the lack of will Republicans and Democrats have shown regarding our Southern border. It’s going to speak to a narrow number of people who are looking at the bigger picture of the consequences of a porous border, and who exactly is impacted and why. Given Trump’s ad is straight-forward, blunt and declarative in tone, I think it will speak to more people.

    IOW, Cruz’s ad wants the voter to think – which has been a signature part of his campaign. He wants to educate voters, he wants them to think. By contrast, Trump’s ad sparks a strong emotional reaction, and as such, I can see where it would reach more voters. It asks little of them other than to emotionally react. And which of us aren’t furious about the impact of porous borders? I think his ad will have a bigger impact on the average voter.

    Dana (86e864)

  3. I’m not fond of campaign ads, Dana. They are supposed to be manipulative, in my opinion (poor Barry Goldwater).

    I guess we will continue down the road of becoming bumper stickers slapped on political clown cars.

    It’s always been that way, I guess, but it seems especially bad these days.

    Thanks as always for your posts and thoughts.

    Simon Jester (57277b)

  4. OT,
    I did see an interesting bumper sticker yesterday,
    “Are you following Jesus this close?”

    MD in Philly (not in Philly at the moment) (deca84)

  5. Ted’s is better. Much better. Enjoyable. People turn off ugly, which Trump’s is.

    nk (dbc370)

  6. The left is ecstatic that they have discovered the border crossing video was not the Mexican border.

    The Cruz ad is pretty good. Maybe aimed at a more sophisticated audience.

    Why is Rubio involved in another leftist assault on male college students ?

    Does he have this thing about joining Democrats in dubious campaigns ?

    One might have expected an aggressive response by House Republicans to such gross abuses of power — including subpoenas, tough oversight hearings, and corrective legislation. Instead, most of them have been mute. In the Senate, meanwhile, presidential candidate Marco Rubio of Florida, Judiciary Committee chairman Charles Grassley of Iowa, and rising star Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire have teamed with Democratic demagogues Kirsten Gillibrand of New York and Claire McCaskill of Missouri in co-sponsoring a bill that would make matters even worse.

    What is it with Rubio?

    Mike K (90dfdc)

  7. @ Dana,

    I see your point, regarding average voters, however, the production values in the Cruz commercial were superior by far. It captures the attention and the imagination. Additionally, I thought the Trump ad was derived and formulaic. If you watched any of the debates then you’ve already heard it. I often think that Americans are underestimated. The Cruz ad was superior plain and simple.

    Jack (ff1ca8)

  8. Cruz’s ad is pure protectionism. I’m all for controlling the border to keep out dangerous people; terrorists, criminals, carriers of easily communicable diseases. But keeping out people who want only to work and live peacefully, out of a desire to inflate the price of labor by restricting the supply, is just as wrong as keeping out steel or sugar for the same reason. And that applies whether they’re fruit pickers, lawyers, journalists, or anyone else.

    Milhouse (8489b1)

  9. For me, Cruz’s ad is pretty good — better than his recent ones, too (a lot less inside-baseball). I think it will be effective among people who are paying attention.

    Trump doesn’t play well for me, but then it wasn’t intended to. It was intended for people whose politics are superficial. Sadly, that’s most everyone, it seems.

    I’m reminded of Julius Caesar, where Marcus Brutus talks to the mob on the basis of law and tradition, and Mark Antony whips up their emotions and base instincts. Guess who won that debate?

    Kevin M (25bbee)

  10. Milhouse–

    There are real problems with unfettered immigration, as opposed to imports of goods. It is one thing to say to a manufacturer that you have to be more efficient. It is another to tell someone who grew up in the first world that to compete they have to live 6 to a room and ride to work in the back of a pickup.

    If lawyers were coming in and working for $20/hour you’d get the point, which you apparently missed here.

    Kevin M (25bbee)

  11. We do not tell manufacturers that they must be more efficient. We tell them that if they can’t provide what we want cheaper than anyone else then we won’t buy from them, and we don’t care why they can’t match the competition’s price. They have no right to be in business. If they can’t make a living that is not our problem.

    I’m amused that you think I’m a lawyer, and deeply insulted that you think I would change my opinion just because I was affected. Right and wrong do not depend on whose ox is gored, and anyone who tailors his opinions on such a basis is despicable.

    Milhouse (8489b1)

  12. Cruz’s ad is pure protectionism.

    Once again, the way you dole out the benefit of the doubt, doing back flips (or variations thereof) for the left or liberals (eg, being so magnanimous towards What’s-His-Name’s gun-control policymaking formally announced today—with crocodile tears and all), doing the opposite for the right or conservatives, is why you of all people should finally realize that, yea, you do have and listen to your (common-sense-squelching) left-leaning biases. See that in yourself, admit that about yourself, and the truth will set you free.

    Mark (ef02a3)

  13. Mark,

    Milhouse isn’t trying to ascribe to your ideology. He’s pointing out that you don’t actually have one.

    Leviticus (efada1)

  14. “Keeping out people who want only to work and live peacefully, out of a desire to inflate the price of labor by restricting the supply, is just as wrong as keeping out steel or sugar for the same reason. And that applies whether they’re fruit pickers, lawyers, journalists, or anyone else.”

    – Milhouse

    I’ve made the same point on this site on several occasions. I see the border issue as something of a litmus test for the American Right – will it decide to be nationalist or capitalist when it realizes it can’t really be both in a globalized economy?

    Leviticus (efada1)

  15. He’s pointing out that you don’t actually have one.

    Leviticus, which is a perfect illustration of why he’s corrupted by left-leaning bias. Liberals are notorious for not understanding or refusing to understand the people/society around them, for defining things incorrectly (eg, one has to be a fool about ideology — and figuring out its quirks — to not easily see I lean right), for having a habit of misjudging both people and situations.

    Mark (ef02a3)

  16. will it decide to be nationalist or capitalist when it realizes it can’t really be both in a globalized economy?

    As for the American Left, will it decide to be a do-gooder (a meaningful one, at least) or a “let them eat cake” when it realizes that having a huge underclass changes the economics and culture of this society.

    I can see a whole slew of — and interesting mix of — limousine liberals and country-club conservatives smirking at or saying “c’est la vie!” to all those Americans caught in the middle.

    Mark (ef02a3)

  17. Would that the illegals follow your script and engage in work, Milhouse. But we’ve turned the U. S. into a very attractive destination for all sorts of critters, like a garbage dump in bear country.

    And even if everyone who streamed into our country declined to accept welfare benefits, what is your prescription for those citizens who have been, and will continue to be, displaced from the work force? We have about 122 million employed fulltime, another 27 million part time, and 95 million no longer actively looking for work. And this supports about 60 million receiving social security benefits of various sorts. Bread and circuses?

    The tragic thing about the elitist support of this wave of immigration is that while it is so transparently self-serving, the LHMFM never mentions the benefits that the underground economy bestows on those elitists. We recently remodeled, and we retained a small coat closet in the entry hall. Come to find out, this makes our entry hall a bedroom by progressive standards, requiring some special circuit breakers to protect the inhabitants while they sleep. Why, you might ask would someone sleep in a small entry hall? Well, all these illegals have to live somewhere while they mow your lawns, provide maid service, and housecleaning, to name some legitimate activities. And how can they do this in a place like New York, Chicago, San Francisco, and now Seattle where very modest houses command sky high prices? The answer is that they rent rooms from more prosperous illegals (and perhaps a few enterprising elitists) and many houses are now so full of illegals that even the entry hall is rented. Can you imagine sleeping on your cot while ten or fifteen housemates stumble into the house late at night? Or perhaps trying get another half hour of sleep while the construction workers stream out at 5 am?

    This is your Amerika, Milhouse. Congratulations.

    BobStewartatHome (a52abe)

  18. Would that the illegals follow your script and engage in work, Milhouse.

    WTH are you talking about? The topic here is only those who are working. Cruz’s ad is about those and only about those. I’m all for closing the border, the sooner the better, but not because of them; if there were some way to open it only to them, while closing it to criminals, riffraff, and terrorists, then we should do so. That closing the border means excluding them is a bad thing, not a good one; it’s a price we have to pay for security, not something we should desire.

    what is your prescription for those citizens who have been, and will continue to be, displaced from the work force?

    Exactly the same as it is for those displaced by imported steel or textiles or sugar. You are not entitled to a job at the expense of the consumer. Go look for a different job, doing something at which you are competitive, or lower your expectations. Protectionism is protectionism and we are supposed to be the party of free trade.

    Milhouse (8489b1)

  19. And the bears in the garbage dump?

    Do you support common core and other forms of centralized education? Given that our kids are forced to undergo indoctrination in these “schools”, and receive very little of what constitutes an education, do you foresee any problems in the future given that so many of these kids will be unemployable?

    Are you comfortable with literacy rates in our “great” cities that compare with many third world countries? With equivalent third world job opportunities, or the black market, as the focus of their prospective careers?

    Bread and circuses?

    BobStewartatHome (a52abe)

  20. Education is not a proper area for government involvement. At all.

    Milhouse (8489b1)

  21. The Cruz ad is pretty good. Maybe aimed at a more sophisticated audience.

    This. And someone mentioned inside-baseball. That’s the difference between the Cruz ad and the Trump ad. Again, Trump plays to the rightful anger and frustration of the voters, the ones who don’t care about production value, but care everything about what they have lost and see losing in the future because of our open borders. The Cruz ad is smart and clever. Smart and clever takes a bit longer to think about and understand. Two different ads from two very different candidates.

    Dana (86e864)

  22. We agree on that.

    It strikes me that there might be a fundamental distinction between Milhouse and me. Do you have any kids or grandkids Milhouse? I have both, thankfully, and a lot of my issues are based on concern over their welfare in the future. When I see our “compassionate”, union controlled, Democratic machines intentionally destroying the future of millions of kids, it makes me furious. These kids will grow up, and they will play a role, perhaps as cannon fodder for some ambitious community agitator, in determining what kind of country we have. I recognize that there are other points of view. There’s always a one way ticket to New Zealand, for example.

    But it strikes me that our odds of fixing what ails this country are a little better than flying to some mythical utopia only to belatedly discover that they too have managed to screw up everything.

    BobStewartatHome (a52abe)

  23. this is what nic cage would look like as a kiki fuff

    happyfeet (a037ad)

  24. Dana … Two different ads from two very different candidates. But both ads are issue oriented and forward looking, which makes them a refreshing change from the personal attack ads. I see a lot the lesser candidates collapsing given this focus, since they haven’t staked out any compelling philosophy. Bush, for example, wouldn’t do well with an ad focused on returning to “compassionate conservatism”, nor Kasich with an ad promising to “manage the decline.”

    BobStewartatHome (a52abe)

  25. I have no problem with these.
    The republicans need a Daisy Girl Ad.

    mg (31009b)

  26. Dana … Two different ads from two very different candidates. But both ads are issue oriented and forward looking, which makes them a refreshing change from the personal attack ads. I see a lot the lesser candidates collapsing given this focus, since they haven’t staked out any compelling philosophy. Bush, for example, wouldn’t do well with an ad focused on returning to “compassionate conservatism”, nor Kasich with an ad promising to “manage the decline.”

    BobStewartatHome,

    I agree with you for the most part, however I am hard-pressed to understand exactly what Trump’s “compelling philosophy” is apart from his stand on immigration. It’s resembles a smorgasbord of mix and match, willy nilly…that changes it’s menu on a semi-regular basis.

    Both ads reach the frustrated grass roots. One requires more critical thought.

    Dana (99c3b7)

  27. Is it a bad thing trump is delivering low info voters to team stupid?

    mg (31009b)

  28. Millhouse

    “WTH are you talking about? The topic here is only those who are working. ”

    You cannot separate the ones who come here to work from the ones who come here to participate in our many socialist style benefit programs. A significant percentage of those workers either bring their dependents with them or make new ones after they arrive. School, Aid to women and infants, medical care, etc., etc., etc.

    The only way to separate them would be to eliminate all the social support programs and make each person pay for what he uses. Police protection? Pay this much annually. School for the kids? Pick your school or teacher and negotiate a rate, either money or barter. Need to see a doctor? See above.

    You give me pure capitalism and give up all the social engineering programs and we would be in agreement. But when this occurs, we will find that roughly 1/3 of our population has no skills sufficient to feed themselves, let alone prosper. That would lead to chaos like most cannot even imagine.

    I think that Ted’s ad will strike a cord with many of the blue collar workers who are tired of the political elites pushing open borders at the expense of our families futures. In the country we find our selves and under the laws that we live under, I find this to be a potent message. In a theoretical country that none of us live in and never will, maybe not what I would want to see.

    Easy Target (6ce5ae)

  29. i’m vastly more comfortable with Mr. The Donald than i am with señor cruz, who seems very strange to me, being a one term harvard trash senator with a hoity toity goldman sachs hooch

    i bet he drives a really nice car

    like a high-end mazda maybe where you can just look at a screen and see everything behind you

    happyfeet (831175)

  30. Happyfeet,

    The term is wife, not “hooch”. Why is it a bad thing that she works for Goldmans? One term Harvard trash senator. My gosh, you sound like a snob.

    Dana (86e864)

  31. he regards every woman I can recall that way, dana,

    narciso (732bc0)

  32. i disagree vehemently with both of you

    happyfeet (831175)

  33. When I see our “compassionate”, union controlled, Democratic machines intentionally destroying the future of millions of kids, it makes me furious.

    The left is despicable, best illustrated by all the public-school teachers (a very high percentage of them of the left), or folks like What’s-His-Name and his wife Michelle, who dislike vouchers, who wax poetic about public schools, who wear their supposed love and caring on their foreheads, yet who send their own precious children to private schools, parochial schools or certainly places of learning where the student body is not open to all but rather heavily filtered.

    Liberalism is a form of mental illness, certainly if rabid dishonesty is a manifestation of that illness.

    Mark (f713e4)

  34. You cannot separate the ones who come here to work from the ones who come here to participate in our many socialist style benefit programs

    Of course you can. Cruz’s ad was specifically about the influx of workers, whom he calls an “economic catastrophe”. That is blatant protectionism, no different from saying the same about an influx of foreign steel.

    A significant percentage of those workers either bring their dependents with them or make new ones after they arrive. School, Aid to women and infants, medical care, etc., etc., etc.

    And why shouldn’t they? If we’re stupid enough to have these programs in the first place, why are these taxpayers less entitled to them than any other taxpayers? If you don’t like it, then campaign to cut or eliminate the programs.

    Milhouse (8489b1)

  35. whatever you call her she’s a stanky albatross what hangs around his neck like a decomposing and ethically-challenged dead seabird

    you can smell it from here even especially when the wind’s from the north

    happyfeet (831175)

  36. Here we go again. I’m sorry, Dana, that you have to deal with this.

    Simon Jester (82d8bd)

  37. He reminds of Stephen moffat, of the dreadful Sherlock episode.

    narciso (732bc0)

  38. belieber me now or belieber me later

    she no secret weapon unless maybe she’s a claymore he accidentally stepped

    she’s goldy

    she’s sacky

    she’s gauche

    she’s tacky

    that’s our heidi-cakes

    happyfeet (831175)

  39. stepped *on* i mean

    happyfeet (831175)

  40. Seek help.

    Simon Jester (82d8bd)

  41. don’t make everything personal it’s creepy

    happyfeet (831175)

  42. Ha! YOU accuse someone else of being creepy?

    You truly are a troll. And that isn’t just my opinion.

    How many times have you been told to knock it off (and not by me?). Connect the dots.

    Get help. There is something wrong with you…particularly where women are concerned.

    Simon Jester (82d8bd)

  43. oh my gosh you’re so vicious

    happyfeet (831175)

  44. it’s very disturbing how you seek to establish an enforce these speech codes what reflect your own delicate sensibilities

    i prefer to express myself using hyperboles and vituperation

    that’s me

    you have your own way what you like to express yourself

    with both we have diversity plus this way there’s more point of views what get expressed

    happyfeet (831175)

  45. establish *and* enforce i mean

    is very busy morning here i’m a hit one of them n number of hours of energy bottles

    happyfeet (831175)

  46. Cruz needs to make an ad of bill’s wife’s voice shrieking like nails on a chalkboard for 30 incoherent seconds, You want 4 years of this?

    mg (31009b)

  47. You cannot separate the ones who come here to work from the ones who come here to participate in our many socialist style benefit programs

    Of course you can. Cruz’s ad was specifically about the influx of workers, whom he calls an “economic catastrophe”. That is blatant protectionism, no different from saying the same about an influx of foreign steel.

    A significant percentage of those workers either bring their dependents with them or make new ones after they arrive. School, Aid to women and infants, medical care, etc., etc., etc.

    And why shouldn’t they? If we’re stupid enough to have these programs in the first place, why are these taxpayers less entitled to them than any other taxpayers? If you don’t like it, then campaign to cut or eliminate the programs.
    Milhouse (8489b1) — 1/5/2016 @ 11:48 pm

    If you don’t understand how the foreign workers and the abuses of our social systems are an economic catastrophe, then there really is no point in trying to discuss it with you. If it was only the foreign workers coming to this country and they were not seriously abusing the social systems here, then you would have a point about foreign workers being a benefit to the U.S. As it is, the foreign workers are a net drain on resources that are scarce enough to begin with.

    BTW, the imported steel doesn’t sign his little ingots up for monthly cash payments which would ultimately make that same steel to costly to purchase. Apples to oranges comparison resulting in a null argument.

    Easy Target (6ce5ae)

  48. Happyfeet appears to operate like a friendly numbers troll. He jumps in to push the commenting when commenting slows down.

    Davod (f3a711)

  49. When US born engineering graduates cannot find jobs that pay what engineers got paid 10 years ago, or when mid-career engineers and other professionals find their jobs handed over to foreign indentured servants for 50-60% of their pay, but then find that they have to pay a tax for not being able to afford health insurance, and then when they take a lower paid job they find that they are paying taxes to subsidize the person who took their old job, then you are telling middle class Americans that there is no more room in the US for them.

    A war against the middle class is the hallmark of Marxism. So please, no capitalist arguments in favor of unlimited H1B visas.

    Smarty (372abe)

  50. Smarty@11:07 – +++this+++
    I am one of those engineers who got “resourced” in ’08. I finally got a job with an India-based company who body-shopped me back into my old company at the same wage as I had in ’08, only with no benefits: No health care, no paid vacation, no retirement, no overtime and forced furlough at the client discretion whenever they need to show “cost control” which is about 240 hrs per year. No raises, either. But to keep my job (25yr engineering professional) I had to outsource myself. The company isn’t saving any money, as they pay 30%-40% over what I gross to the body shop. So all those H1B folks who do nothing other than process my expense report (they outsource payroll to a US company!) are making their entire living by interposing themselves between me and my old job. Qui bono?

    Jimmy don\'t play that (69f12d)


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