Democratic Nevada senatorial candidate Ann Kirkpatrick turned one of John McCain’s 2010 reelection campaign ads into an attack ad – hoping to drive a wedge between McCain and Latino voters.
McCain’s team quickly responded this ad by issuing a copyright violation claim to YouTube to get Kirkpatrick’s version of the ad pulled.
McCain’s copyright claim did not last for long. Since political ads fall under the fair use regulations, Kirkpatrick’s ad was reinstated on Thursday. Watch it here:
“Complete the Danged Fence”
McCain’s 2010 ad, “Complete the Danged Fence,” sounded like an earlier version of Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential announcement (you know, the one where he called Mexicans “rapists” and “murderers”).
The 2010 ad showed McCain walking alongside the U.S.-Mexican border with Pinal Arizona County Sheriff (and 2016 Trump supporter) Paul Babeu – which has since become a routine pilgrimage for politicians trying to look tough on immigration and border security.
John McCain Attacked From Both Sides of The Fence
Meanwhile, John McCain is also fending off attacks from the right, from Tea-Party insurgent candidate Kelli Ward. Ironically enough, Ward is also using the “Complete the Danged Fence” ad to attack McCain – except she is taking the Trumpian mindset, wondering why the “danged” fence hasn’t been completed yet.
At this point, the McCain team has to be asking themselves if one ad is really worth all this trouble.