After the release of the Republican National Committee campaign ad called “The Stakes,” which features al Qaeda leaders threatening attacks on the United States, the GOP has released a follow-up ad that has Democrats criticizing the Republicans for their “exploitation of American’s fear of being attacked by a stingray.”
“These Are the Stingrays” shows quotes from wildlife expert Jack Hanna, a police officer in Florida, and Dive Magazine, with only the sound of a ticking clock in the background. “Just like in the war on terrorism, the reality is that our nation’s coastal states are at risk, we are not at war with a country, we are also at war with a species,” said Republican National Committee spokeswoman Tracey Schmitt.
The ad, which is scheduled to run on national news networks in all states with beaches, is seen by Democrats as, “a desperate attempt to exploit the death of the Crocodile Hunter, Steve Irwin, and the latest stingray attack on a Florida man last week. It’s aimed at scaring voters who go to the beach,” Democratic National Committee Communications Director Karen Finney said in a statement.
“These Are the Stingrays” is reminiscent of the Gerald Ford “shark attack” campaign ad that ran in 1976 as part of Ford’s efforts to beat Jimmy Carter. At the time, Democrats criticized Republicans for using the popularity of the Steven Spielberg movie, Jaws, to get votes.
In the “shark attack” ad, a small girl builds a sand castle at the beach, telling her mother how many children she’s going to have and what kind of house she’s going to live in. She runs into the water with a bucket and a shark fin appears in front of her, as an ominous voice tells the viewer, “Democrats want to use your tax dollars to protect wildlife, but which party will protect your children from that wildlife?”
The GOP ad, “The Stakes,” which preceded “These Are the Stingrays.”
”These Are the Stingrays” is the latest campaign ad from the Republicans who are being criticized for exploiting fear.