Liberal PAC Preps Attack Ad Sandwich for Trump Scranton Event

As President Donald Trump makes his first of what is sure to be many appearances in Pennsylvania in 2020 on Thursday evening for a Fox News town hall, a liberal Super PAC is aiming at reaching the audience in several key markets in the state with a new attack ad

American Bridge, which describes itself as “the largest research, video tracking, and rapid response organization in Democratic politics,” will be airing a new ad solely on Fox News before and following the Trump town hall in the Scranton, Harrisburg, Pittsburgh, Johnstown-Altoona, and Erie markets. 

The 30 second spot, “Before,” features a veteran who resides in Wayne County who said he voted for President Donald Trump in 2016, but won’t be supporting his reelection bid in 2020. 

“Growing up, I absolutely knew I was Republican,” Steve says in the ad. “Now I voted for Donald Trump, but my feelings changed because after he became president, he does everything he possibly can to not acknowledge the constitution.”

“I don’t think President Trump is a Republican, I think he only cares about getting reelected,” he continues. “For him, it’s Trump before everything else.” 

“I’m not afraid to vote for Republicans, but I won’t vote for Donald Trump again,” he says at the end of the ad. 

This is five figure TV ad buy, according to Politico, is a part of the group’s $10 million paid media ad campaign labeled the “Trump Voter Project” which aims at flipping over support in Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and Michigan. 

The Pennsylvania Republican Party and the Republican National Committee did not immediately respond for comment on the ad buy. 

In addition to the television ads set to air on Thursday evening, American Bridge also made a banner/graphic ad buy on the Scranton Times-Tribune website for the day of the town hall. This four-figure ad buy, will attack Trump on social security and medicare funding, the president’s opposition to the Affordable Care Act, and more, which will link to a blog post on their website

This is not the first time American Bridge has launched ads in Pennsylvania, although a previous ad resulted in fierce pushback from Republicans when an ad released in December seemingly featured a Trump defector in Erie County, although JET 24 reported that according to county voting records, the individual in the ad didn’t vote in the 2016 election. The Pennsylvania Republican Party called for the ad to be take down after this was made known. 

American Bridge announced last year that it was launching a $50 million effort in four specific states for the 2020 election that included Pennsylvania

A spokesperson for American Bridge told PoliticsPA in September 2019 that the Pennsylvania effort started out with focusing on the three counties that voted for President Obama then flipped to Trump in 2016, but has expanded into including a total of 22 counties in the state that voted for Trump in the previous election, although the group is likely to add more. 

The Pennsylvania counties being targeted in their 2020 effort as of September include: Erie, Luzerne, Northampton, Greene, Fayette, Cambria, Elk, Somerset, Armstrong, Juniata, Clearfield, Jefferson, Bedford, Fulton, Cameron, Indiana, Clinton, Clarion, Huntingdon, Potter, Sullivan, and Northumberland. 

The Hill reported in September that Trump’s approval rating in rural areas of Pennsylvania is 60% according to a Change Research survey released in early September by two Democratic groups.

8 Responses

  1. I’ve just moved from CA to Pittsburgh. I’ve heard a couple of comments about how democrat politics in this city are run by old guard corrupt party members. Can someone elighten me, or sent me some links? Thank you!

  2. A 60 sec ad for veteran Earl Granville who voting Trump Also aired following that townhall. Granville ad was awesome.

  3. This ad is not going to fool any voter who has supported Republican issues in the past. Trump has actually done more than the establishment Republicans of the past. Just look at the key issues:
    1) Conservative Judicial Nominations: Done
    2) Regulatory reform: Done
    3) Personal Income Tax reduction: Done
    Corporate Tax reduction: Bonus
    4) Job creation: Done
    5) Immigration Control: Done to the extent that a Democrat congress and judicial activism will allow.
    6) Military Support: Done
    7) Federal Spending: MEH, not so much.
    From a Republican stand point, Trump is as good as it gets.

    1. The wall wasn’t built, and Hillary wasn’t locked up, which was pretty much his 2016 platform.

  4. Ad shows Repub who got snookered, had, taken, defrauded by Trump in 2006, but has wised up. I see no evidence that other poorly educated deplorables are smart enough to realize the same thing.

  5. What the deal with that a Republican Teddy Daniels and his petitions? Are Cammissas lawyers gonna subpoena the Pa State Dept cameras? That’s the only real
    way to know if Christian Boris was really in that building or there was forgery. Show the tapes.

    1. That kid Cammissa got suckered by Romney RINO Jim Bognet and the Republican establishment. What did they promise him to do this? It’s the whole Bognet establishment crowd behind the challenge to Daniels and the challenge to Marsicano petitions because Bognet needs them both out for a shot at winning.

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