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Ad of the Day: Brown goes after Whitman Daily Show-style (Updated)

Update 5:31 p.m. : The Sharron Angle campaign ad called "Supermodels" has been removed from YouTube due to a copyright claim by Zuffa LLC, the Los Vegas-based parent company of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. According to CNN, it is not clear what part of the ad the company objects to. Neither Angle's campaign nor Zuffa LLC has released a statement.

Also, Slate's Dave Weigel has a breakdown of the ad's edited photo of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid with First Lady Michelle Obama.

An ad from California gubernatorial candidate Jerry Brown (D) goes after former eBay CEO Meg Whitman (R) using a familiar tactic: take old footage of your opponent saying one thing, play it alongside footage of unpopular lawmaker saying the same thing, rinse and repeat.

The ad, which features footage of Whitman and Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, leaves no facts to be checked and could pretty easily be dropped into a Daily Show segment. Both Brown and Whitman have weathered serious campaign controversies in the last few weeks. In September, Whitman's former housekeeper, Nicky Diaz Santillan, announced that she was an undocumented immigrant and claimed Whitman and her husband knew, kept her on the payroll anyway and paid her unfairly to boot. Whitman denies the claim, but has had to play her hand delicately to avoid alienating Hispanic voters. Meanwhile, a voicemail message surfaced in early October featuring Brown and members of his campaign discussing the possibility of portraying Whitman as a "whore." Brown's camp quickly apologized, but the flap meant Brown could risk alienating women voters. Both candidates are locked in a tight race and it is yet to be seen whether this ad, which has been going viral, could make the difference.

In other ad news:

- in Nevada, Republican Senate candidate Sharron Angle has a new ad out in Nevada that shows Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) photographed with a supermodel and an edited picture of Reid with First Lady Michelle Obama. Angle appears at the top of the ad with her approval message, but the body of the ad uses an unidentified woman on screen to make the claims. The ad claims Reid has been "hanging out with supermodels" and is "more likely to be in a conga line" than the unemployment line. (h/t Huffington Post)

- Alaska Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ethan Berkowitz is out with a new ad going after his Republican opponent Sean Parnell with a backhoe -- well, it goes after a TV with Parnell's image on it. In the ad Berkowitz claims that Parnell "has given TransCanada and Exxon $500 million to build a gas pipeline, but didn't require them to build it." The Anchorage Daily News reported Monday that TransCanada is ready to begin construction, but that federal approval for the pipeline, once thought to be on the fast-track, has been delayed. But the real highlight of Berkowitz's ad is not the claims, but the outtake -- yes, outtake -- that comes at the tail end of the YouTube video. Let's just say the backhoe misses its mark. (h/t Ben Smith).

- A new ad from Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) goes after Democratic challenger Rodney Glassman with video of Glassman singing opera. The ad splices video of the Democrats' high notes with video of President Obama and Vice President Biden applauding. (h/t Hot Air)

By Emi Kolawole  | October 20, 2010; 5:31 PM ET
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Geez, first Angle challenges Reid to "Man Up" and when he does so, it is used against him!

Methinks Angle does not like Reid.

This is crazy. A crazy angle on campaigning. And a crazy Angle.

Posted by: kishorgala | October 20, 2010 7:16 PM | Report abuse

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