Republican candidate John Archer has launched his second television commercial across Iowa’s new Congressional district. Follow me after the jump for the video and transcript.
Archer’s first television commercial ran for one night only on January 3. Last month his campaign ran a radio ad district-wide with a focus on gasoline prices and energy policy. Dan Dolan, the other Republican candidate in IA-02, has not placed any radio or television commercials but has spent a considerable amount on direct mail.
Archer’s campaign posted the following video on Facebook and YouTube on April 22, along with this appeal:
Please consider sponsorsing Johns’ new tv ad that is running on Fox News across the district. Your $45 contribution pays for one day in Iowa City, $64 pays for a day in Clinton and $92 covers a day in Newton.
Archer speaks to the camera against a plain, white backdrop as patriotic music plays in the background. The Archer for Congress campaign logo is on screen for most of the 30-second ad.
Archer: Some people act like you need a Phd from Harvard to run our government. Everything I need to know is in the United States Constitution. [holds up a pocket-sized book]
Hi, I’m John Archer. [Close-up view of book fills screen. Cover reads “The Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States of America”]
Respect life, preserve the second amendment, and restore power to the states, so that we, the people can govern ourselves. [Archer stands on right side of screen. On left side, words “RESPECT LIFE,” “SECOND AMENDMENT,” and “RESTORE POWER TO STATES” appear above his campaign logo]
And you know what’s not in here? That’s right, government-run health care. [Just Archer speaking to camera against white backdrop.]
[view shifts to Archer sitting outdoors, reading his pocket-sized Constitution] His voice continues: I’m John Archer, and I approved this message, because we need the values of this old document to be the values of the Congress again. [Archer campaign logo and www.ArcherForCongress.com fills most of screen for the last few seconds of the commercial]
Is it just me, or is that slap at Harvard an attempt by Archer to distance himself from Mitt Romney as well as from Barack Obama? Archer did not endorse a presidential candidate before the Iowa caucuses. Romney carried four counties in IA-02 on January 3, including Scott and Johnson, which have the largest populations. On the other hand, Republican delegates to the IA-02 district convention didn’t elect any Romney supporters to the Iowa GOP’s State Central Committee over the weekend.
Back to Archer’s spot: this simple, straightforward message will probably resonate with Republican primary voters. Slamming “Obamacare” as government-run health care has become a standard conservative talking point, despite all evidence to the contrary.
In contrast, Medicare and Medicaid are government-run health care programs. If Archer wins the nomination, I think Democratic incumbent Dave Loebsack will relish the chance to run against him as the defender of Medicare. Loebsack has repeatedly voted against Republican budget bills that would transform Medicare into a voucher-based system for future retirees, and he has emphasized Medicare and Social Security in public appearances around the district. House Democratic staff have estimated that thanks to the 2010 health insurance reform law, 74,000 senior citizens in IA-02 have received Medicare preventive services without co-pays or deductibles, and 7,300 seniors have received prescription drug discounts averaging $590 per person.
House Democratic staff have also calculated that GOP-backed cuts to Medicaid would adversely affect tens of thousands of people in IA-02, but I don’t think Loebsack or other Democratic incumbents will go out of their way to talk about Medicaid during this year’s campaign.
Any comments about the race in Iowa’s second district are welcome in this thread. Loebsack has a big cash on hand advantage over Archer and Dolan. It’s unclear how much he will need to spend to fend off a Democratic primary challenge from State Senator Joe Seng.
P.S.- Some YouTube user called “IA02RawFootage” has helpfully uploaded a bunch of videos featuring Archer and Dolan on the campaign trail.