The Freedom and Liberty PAC, a political committee supporting Libertarian nominee Gary Johnson for President, is spending hundreds of thousands of dollars on TV ads promoting Johnson’s campaign. That’s great news, as too often LP nominees never get around to raising the money needed for buying any kind of serious TV time.
Unfortunately, the ad that seems to be popping up regularly on CNN is this train wreck…
Could someone have designed an ad that confused voters and minimized Gary Johnson any more than this spot does? The actors have such strange accents and the actual message is so muddled by the monster movie setting and bizarre mutant reveal that it’s extremely hard to imagine ANY undecided voter seeing this and saying “you know what, Gary Johnson is right.” It’s much more likely, in fact, to imagine senior citizens viewing the ad and then muttering about how “crazy” he is.
Meanwhile, the actual Johnson campaign just released a 60-second web video that could be adapted to make for a fantastic 30-second TV commercial.
Or, perhaps an even better option would be to save up for a single 2-minute TV spot in a high profile time slot. And then run something along the lines of the campaign’s recent “Handyman” web video in front of an audience of millions…
Why focus the bulk of the ad attacking Democrats and Republicans? Take the time to actually introduce Gary Johnson, the candidate, to voters. Just slipping in his name at the end of this novelty ad doesn’t cut it.
Am I crazy? Wouldn’t something more like these above campaign videos have had a lot more of an actual impact than a pair of weird mad scientists building some kind of deformed pig monster?