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Santorum campaign denies equating ‘sworn enemy’ Ahmadenijad with Obama

By Eric W. Dolan
Sunday, March 25, 2012 11:41 EDT
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A spokesman for Rick Santorum’s presidential campaign has denied that a recent dystopian advertisement subtly equates President Barack Obama and Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

The ominous 60-second ad, “Obamaville,” shows boarded-up buildings and empty playgrounds, suggesting that Obama is destroying the United States.

“Small businesses are struggling and families are worried about their jobs and their future,” the narrator says. “The wait to see a doctor is ever increasing. Gas prices through the roof, and their freedom of religion under attack.”

The ad calls Iran a “sworn American enemy” and then briefly switches between images of Ahmadinejad and Obama.

But campaign spokesman Hogan Gidley said it was “ridiculous” to think that the ad equated the two men.

“He’s the president of the United States, Ahmadenijad is the president of our sworn enemy,” he told Politico. “I’m don’t know that it was ‘interspersing,’ I’m confused by that. Obviously I’m not trying to say anything about Obama and Ahamdenijad.”

John Brabender, who made the video, also denied that it equated Ahmadenijad with Obama.

“The intent was to show that there will be a constant threat back and forth between the United States if they have nuclear capability,” he explained.

Watch video, uploaded to YouTube on March 23, below:

Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan has served as an editor for Raw Story since August 2010, and is based out of Sacramento, California. He grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and received a Bachelor of Science from Bradley University. Eric is also the publisher and editor of PsyPost. You can follow him on Twitter @ewdolan.
 
 
 
 
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