The Democratic Governor’s Association was quick to point out that Branstad’s new ad is similar to the one that Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels ran in his 2008 reelection campaign. While the similarities are obvious, there is one huge difference. The Daniels ad was a positive ad, promoting what he had accomplished in his first team as governor. Branstad’s ad showcases how poor Culver’s record is.
There is no doubt that the DGA is trying to embarrass Branstad for using a similar ad. if the ad wasn’t effective the DGA wouldn’t be complaining. Let’s also not forget that Daniels was overwhelmingly reelected in a Democratic year.
With Branstad’s main opponent still not advertising on TV or radio, he can afford to focus on Culver’s dismal record. Reminding Republican primary voters who the real bad guy is before the primary isn’t bad either.
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