October 23, 2004
FIDEL HAS FALLEN AND CABANA BOY CAN'T GET UP:
New Ads Use Animal Theme (Edwin Chen and Nick Anderson, October 23, 2004, LA Times)
The Bush campaign also aired another new ad in Miami that accused Kerry of backing the interests of Cuban President Fidel Castro.
The 30-second spot, in Spanish, shows images of Castro and of Kerry as a narrator condemns the Massachusetts senator's vote against a 1996 law, the Helms-Burton Act, which tightened economic sanctions against the island nation at a time of heightened diplomatic tensions between Havana and Washington.
Kerry and the "liberals in Congress," the narrator charges, "don't understand what a dictator is." The spot, first seen Thursday, sought to tarnish Kerry's standing with the Cuban American community, a key voting bloc in Florida. Kerry was among 22 senators, including four Republicans, who opposed the legislation in March 1996.
In politics it's never a good idea to be on the 20% end of an issue.
Posted by Orrin Judd at October 23, 2004 1:42 PM