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Dems to Branstad: Indiana governor wants his ad back
Former Gov. Terry Branstad’s new TV ad, entitled “The Change we Need Now,” is remarkably similar to an ad Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels ran during his 2008 campaign called “Change That’s Working.” And the similarities are already drawing criticism from national Democrats.
“We already thought Terry Branstad was a throwback, but apparently so are his ideas,” said Brannon Jordan, deputy communications director for the Democratic Governors Association (DGA).
Branstad is one of three Republicans competing in the GOP primary for the chance to take on incumbent Democratic Gov. Chet Culver. The DGA’s line of attack, that Branstad represents the past and Culver represents the future, is becoming a regular talking point for Democrats as Culver’s re-election campaign formally kicks off across the state this week.
“The DGA is desperate to deflect attention from the facts contained within the ad, and that is that Chet Culver’s reckless and irresponsible spending put this state into a budget mess,” said Tim Albrecht, a spokesman for Branstad. “Their release underscores the fact that Terry Branstad is the individual they most fear in this November’s election.”
Albrecht said the Branstad ad was produced by Alfano Communications. According to the company’s website, they also produced the Daniels ad.
Here is Branstad’s ad:
And here is the Mitch Daniels ad from 2008: