Freaky Friday: Obamacare Edition

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It’s freaky Friday again at Agree to See and we’re showcasing the two spots that freaked us out big time this week! As the federal at state governments prepare to rollout universal health insurance, Republicans in Washington are doing everything they can to stop it – including potentially shutting down the government. And opposition groups are ramping up efforts to further muddy the waters.

What did they try this week? Scare tactics! Take a look at two recently released ads that will target college students – and freak them out. Let us know if you think these ads are effective, offensive or perhaps both?

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It’s not the creature from the Black Lagoon… but it might be close.

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Just in time for Freaky Friday, we have a truly terrifying ad out of Minnesota, forwarded to us from one of our Agree troupe. Meet Jeffrey Alan Wagner.

While we’re grateful to hear he won’t be frequenting strip clubs if elected, we have to say we’re a little disappointed that he hasn’t yet taken a position on ketchup bottles.

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NJ Governor Chris Christie Launches $1.5 Million TV Ad Campaign

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New Jersey Governor Chris Christie launched a $1.5 million television ad campaign today – the first in the general election – that will air in Philadelphia and New York City media markets and statewide cable over the next ten days.

Governor Christie’s first ad of the season is positive, hopeful and glimmers with a mild nostalgia with faux-Instagram film. Through his own lens he’s a man of Jersey. He touts himself as a strong leader willing to work with politicians on both sides of the aisle. The ad ends with a dramatic shots of the New Jersey shore after Hurricane Sandy reminding voters that he was when tragedy struck, he was there “every step of the way.”

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Agree Spotlight: L.A. Mayor’s Race

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New York City isn’t the only big city to elect new leadership this year. Los Angeles already did it. After a fiercely fought campaign, Eric Garcetti became the 42nd Mayor of L.A. He may be a little more than two months into his first term, but that doesn’t mean we can’t take a look back at the political TV ads that helped get him there!

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Agree Spotlight: NYC Mayor’s Race

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Voters in New York City will head to the polls today to decide who takes the next step in the campaign to succeed Mayor Michael Bloomberg. And, for the first time in 20 years, it looks like this historically proud liberal town is ready to put a Democrat back in City Hall.

If one of the Democratic candidates gets 40% of the vote or more, he or she advances right to the run-off and there will be no second round in the primary. Recent polls show that Bill de Blasio is the only one with a shot at reaching 40%. But if he does not reach that 40% threshold, we’ll be set for a two-week runoff campaign – and that’s when the real fun begins! Polls indicate that it is down to a three-way race for the top two spots between Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn and former Comptroller Bill Thomspon.

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He Said/He Said in the New York City Mayor’s Race

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At I Agree to See we loved this ad from Bill de Blasio featuring his son, Dante. We liked it for the unexpected twist, which certainly helped make it memorable from a creative perspective, and for the clearly data-driven appeal to African American voters. And we honestly just like this young man – political consultants start recruiting him right now.

Recent polls have shown de Blasio, the New York City Public Advocate, shooting to a lead, with a large part of his growth attributed to winning support from African American voters. A core part of de Blasio’s message has been his commitment to ending the controversial stop and frisk policy used by the NYPD – and his most recent ad spoke directly about that issue.

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