RNC Launches ‘Daisy’ Web Ad

By MichaelJames

May 21, 2009 9:34pm

ABC News’ Rick Klein reports: Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele this week promised an aggressive new approach to opposing President Obama.

That starts now.

The RNC is launching a Web ad on Friday highlighting Democrats’ divisions over the future of Guantanamo Bay, ABC News has learned.

The ad intersperses video from one of the most famous and controversial political ads of all time — Lyndon Johnson’s “Daisy” ad from the 1964 presidential campaign against Barry Goldwater.

“To close it? To close it not?” a voice asks several times, with video playing of the little girl from the LBJ ad.

The ad shows several clips of Democrats — including Obama, Sen. Jim Webb, D-Va., and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev. — contradicting each other over what the fate of Guantanamo should be.

The Web ad fades with a single word on the screen: “Really?”

It does not include the famous mushroom cloud ending.

The ad — like most Web ads, designed primarily to get media attention — comes just days after Steele told RNC members that Obama’s “honeymoon is over” when it comes to the Republican opposition, labeling his tenure so far as the “reign of error.”

“The era of Republican navel-gazing? Done,” Steele declared Tuesday at a meeting with state party chairmen.

Here is the ad. The script follows.

SCRIPT

Girl: “To close it? To close it not?”

President Obama: “Guantanamo? That’s easy. … Close down Guantanamo.”

Girl: “To close it? To close it not?”

Sen. Jim Webb: “I don’t believe they should come to the United States.”

Chyron: “I don’t believe they should come to the United States.”

Sen. Harry Reid: “We will never allow terrorists released into the United States.”

Girl: “To close it? To close it not?”

White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs: “We have made some hasty decisions that are now going to take some time to unwind. And closing Guantanamo Bay obviously is one of those decisions.”

President Lyndon Johnson: “These are the stakes…”

Barack Obama: “Guantanamo? That’s easy. … Close down Guantanamo.”

Chyron: Really?

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