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Ad of the Day: Candidate's kids take on the national debt

Republican Congressional candidate Joel Demos is running an uphill-battle race against Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.), but his most recent ad has been making the rounds on YouTube.

"Honey, I can't believe this. Every American owes $43,000 to the national debt," says Demos in the ad. His wife, sitting on the couch beside him replies, "Somebody's going to have to pay for that." Cut to Demos' daughter in a supermarket checkout line tossing (and we do mean tossing) a crate of eggs into a shopping bag. The children steal the show from there, taking on various "jobs," including pizza street vendor, door-to-door vacuum salesman, and car salesman (read: babies in suits).

Demos is not likely to win against Ellison, who holds a relatively substantial fundraising lead, but the ad is a funny take on what many voters consider to be a serious issue.

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By Emi Kolawole  | September 24, 2010; 1:48 PM ET
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How about the kids asking, "Daddy, if you're going to cut the deficit at the same time you cut taxes, what programs are you going to cut? Will we have to sacrifice anything, or will just other people have to feelthe pain?" Just saying cutting debt is easy. This candidate won't say that cutting one's income increases debt. And he certainly won't tell the voters they will have to feel any pain when programs are cut.

Posted by: Sutter | September 25, 2010 9:43 AM | Report abuse

Wow, maybe I should hold my grandparents and parents responsible for the national debt that I currently must pay. The nation was in debt prior to my birth, who can I blame?

Posted by: 12345leavemealone | September 25, 2010 6:07 AM | Report abuse

"...but the ad is is a funny take on what many voters consider to be a serious issue."

Hey, take a gamble and simply state that it is a serious issue.

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Posted by: shoestrade28 | September 24, 2010 10:29 PM | Report abuse

Let's get real here people:

Joel's trying to have it both ways. He supports extending ALL Bush tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans, which would add $700 billion to our debt.

Why didn't Joel speak out when Bush and the GOP waged two wars that were not paid for?

Why didn't Joel speak out when Bush added hundreds of billions to the debt when he extended unpaid for tax cuts to the wealthiest 1 percent of Americans?

Why didn't Joel speak out when Bush and the GOP added hundreds of billions to the debt when they created an unpaid for Medicare program?

Why didn't Joel speak out when Bush and the GOP let PAYGO rules expire in 2002?

Joel is a hypocrite, plain and simple. He's trying to have it both ways.

Posted by: tomsteinlitz | September 24, 2010 5:06 PM | Report abuse

"Demos is not likely to win against Ellison, who holds a relatively substantial fundraising lead"

A substantial fundraising lead that could be wiped out in a day if everybody who agrees with this ad donates to Joel Demos' campaign.

Posted by: jacktomczak | September 24, 2010 4:06 PM | Report abuse

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