by Trond Jacobsen, Sat Sep 06, 2008 at 02:39:15 PM EDT
Freedom's Defense Fund has produced an ad linking Obama and Kilpatrick. In the ad Sen. Obama is speaking about all the great things Mayor Kilpatrick is and will do and that he is glad to call Kilpatrick a friend. The video comes from Obama's speech at the Detroit Economic Club in May 2007. FDF's press release says the ad is already running in Macomb.
The ad starts with Obama speaking and proceeds to a still photo of the two side by side and then rolls Obama's speech as a voice over while the Kilpatrick's rap sheet scrolls over the mayor's mug shot before returning to the two side-by-side and the kicker: "Do you know who Barack Obama's friends are?"
According to Todd Zirkle, Executive Director for FDF, the ad is set for a "saturated one-week schedule on cable news networks in Macomb County, Michigan."
Zinkle explains their startegy, as if it was not obvious:
"We chose Macomb County for very strategic reasons," explained Zirkle. "We believe it is difficult for liberal Democrats to win Michigan without Macomb County and we know it is extremely difficult for a Democrat to win the White House without carrying Michigan. We plan to extend this buy as resources and donations permit."
The press release:
Sorry I did not do the video embed trick.