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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]
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.
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.