Daisy in the 21st Century


In an attack reminiscent of Lyndon Johnson’s Daisy ad, Foundation for American Security and Freedom headed by former United Nations Ambassador John Bolton is joining the attack against Rand Paul over his past support of negotiations with Iran.

The 30-second ad puts the fear of a nuclear attack on the United States in a young family’s kitchen.

This is not the first ad of the 2016 cycle so far to attack Paul over his controversial stance in regards to Iran. A shadowy political group – the Foundation for a Secure and Prosperous America – has devoted itself to attacking Paul as well.

Daisy Ad Repurposed

More than 50 years after the “Daisy ad,” many politicians and organizations are still using the threat of nuclear war to sway voters.

Although he didn’t choose to attack Rand Paul’s stance, Mike Huckabee recycled the original Daisy ad to persuade people into signing a petition against the Iran deal.

The Secure America Now PAC even made a sequel to the original “Daisy ad” to fit the issue into the current political climate.

Some ad makers go a different route – like when the American Security Initiative went “Sum of All Fears” style, portraying what a nuclear weapon would do if driven into an American city.

But hey, it’s the 21st century – we have CGI now. Why not use it to make some disaster movie-style political ads?

This article originally appeared at I Agree to See.


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