Republicans started airing a new ad to target former Vice President Joe Biden to keep him away from being the Democratic nominee to face President Donald Trump. Interestingly, the ad has some of the words of former President Barack Obama targeting his then Vice President Biden. To fix the mess, Obama is sending a cease-and-desist letter to South Carolina TV stations demanding not to air the Republican ads. The team aired similar ads attacking Joe Biden in Nevada on the issue of immigration. South Carolina is a must-win for Biden. This is the reason the ad is aimed at the majority of the black electorate in South Carolina. The ad misleadingly used Obama’s words from his 1995 book ‘Dreams from My Father.’ The ad suggests that the former President Obama believes that his Vice President Biden supported “plantation politics” that hurt African Americans.
In a written statement, Obama’s communications director, Katie Hill, said - “This hateful ad is directly from the Republican disinformation playbook. It’s clearly intended to suppress the turnout among minority voters in the upcoming primary in South Carolina by using President Obama’s voice out of context and twisting his words to mislead viewers. In the interest of truth in advertising, we are asking all the TV stations to take the ad down and stop confusion among the electorate.” Hill also confirmed that the law firm of Perkins Coie is drafting a letter demanding TV stations to stop and pull out the ad from the official telecast.
With the present ad, it makes it clear that Trump’s campaign and his allies don’t want to face Biden in the 2020 elections. Speaking in accordance with the ad, Trump campaign adviser said - “When the President attacks Biden, it’s personal. But when we attach Bernie, it’s strategic, and we are not interested in doing a lot of that now. Additionally, we think we can beat all of them, but Bernie is easier to defeat because he’s so far left that it is the type of choice we want.” When asked why would you attack Biden who is already weak and wounded as per the previous state performances, campaign adviser replied, “wounded but not dead.”
Ted Harvey, chairman of the Committee to Defend the President who put out the ad said in a statement - “We have a long history of attacking Joe Biden, and it is beyond Nevada and South Carolina.” On the other hand, Hill, Obama’s spokeswoman clarified the President’s stance. She stated - “President Obama has several friends in the race presently and of course his own esteemed Vice President. However, he has no plans to endorse anyone in the primary because he believes that for Democrats to be successful, the voters must choose their nominee themselves.”
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