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McConnell Campaign Ad Uses IRS Scandal Against Obama

Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call(WASHINGTON) -- Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell is jumping on the scandal at the Internal Revenue Service in a new campaign advertisement, using vintage video footage of Richard Nixon to amplify his criticism of President Obama and his administration.

No opponent has yet emerged to challenge McConnell in Kentucky, so he is biding his time by sharply condemning the Obama administration in the wake of the IRS acknowledging that conservative groups had been unfairly targeted.

It is the clearest sign yet the IRS controversy is likely to play a central role in the midterm elections next year.

The new online ad for McConnell, obtained by ABC News, seeks to draw comparisons between Nixon and Obama. It shows a famous clip from an interview with David Frost, where Nixon declares: “When the president does it, that means it’s not illegal.”

It is the first political ad of the year to show IRS officials on the hot seat at recent Congressional hearings. One employee is shown taking the Fifth Amendment and declining to testify, while two others repeatedly say they were unaware of the targeting underway by the IRS.

The web video also stitches together speeches that McConnell has been delivering for more than a year. It raises questions about government intimidation and the IRS treatment of Tea Party groups and others applying for tax-exempt status.

“I think that the leader of the free world and his advisers have better things to do than to dig through other people’s tax returns,” McConnell says.

While McConnell is one of the top targets of the 2014 election cycle, Democrats have struggled to field a challenger, and talk of a Republican primary race has not materialized, in part because McConnell is building a presidential-size campaign in hopes of being re-elected to a sixth term in the Senate.

The president moved quickly to respond to the IRS scandal after it became public, but the White House has struggled to explain a consistent sequence of events about which administration officials were aware of the investigation inside the IRS.

Jesse Benton, the campaign manager for McConnell, said the IRS controversy speaks to anxieties and concerns voters have about the government.

“He’s going to keep pushing on it,” Benton said in an interview. “There are a great majority of Americans that would agree, regardless of political party, that we need to hold ourselves to a higher standard. Americans of good conscience across the ideological spectrum are going to band together and say this is enough.”

The online ad called “Demand Answers” was produced by Lucas Baiano, a videographer who is known for making iconic video images for Republican candidates. It is the third ad he has made for McConnell.

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Mitt Romney Ad Misquotes President Obama

Richard Ellis/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Mitt Romney’s first TV ad for the 2012 campaign aired Tuesday in New Hampshire just as President Obama traveled to the state, but the ad immediately came under fire from Democrats and fact-checkers for incorrectly quoting Obama.

The White House, the Democratic National Committee and Obama’s re-election campaign accused the Romney campaign Tuesday of unfairly twisting the president’s words.

Politifact, which monitors the accuracy of campaign statements, gave Romney’s ad a “Pants on fire” rating.

The Romney video uses footage from Obama’s trip to New Hampshire in 2008. In the ad, text rolls over the screen reading, “On October 16, 2008, Barack Obama visited New Hampshire. He promised he would fix the economy. He failed.”

As video footage shows vacated business and foreclosed homes, Obama can be heard saying, “If we keep talking about the economy, we’re going to lose.”

But the ad does not make clear that in the speech Obama was actually quoting an aide to his Republican opponent at the time, Sen. John McCain.

The Romney campaign did not deny that it took the president’s words out of context and even provided Obama’s full quote in a press release accompanying the ad: “Senator McCain’s campaign actually said, and I quote, if we keep talking about the economy, we’re going to lose.”

It’s a reference to an anonymous quote by a McCain adviser that appeared in an Oct. 2008 New York Daily News article.

“Now, the tables have turned -- President Obama and his campaign are doing exactly what candidate Obama criticized,” the Romney campaign said in a statement. “President Obama and his team don’t want to talk about the economy and have tried to distract voters from his abysmal economic record.”

Democrats pounced on the ad as misleading.

“I mean, what -- seriously? I mean, an ad in which they deliberately distort what the president said? I mean, it’s a rather remarkable way to start, and an unfortunate way to start,” White House press secretary Jay Carney told reporters during the trip up to New Hampshire.

Romney’s campaign spent less than $150,000 to run the ad in media markets in New Hampshire, but it has already gotten a far wider airing on cable news and on the Internet.

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Herman Cain Web Ad Puts Quirky, Smoking Staffer Front and Center

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(STOCKBRIDGE, Ga.) -- On the campaign trail, presidential candidate Herman Cain touts his 9-9-9 plan, but his top adviser appears to be subtly suggesting a different slogan: "Smoke ‘em if you got ‘em.”

On Monday night, the Cain campaign released a quirky web video, featuring Cain’s chief of staff and campaign manager, Mark Block.

In the ad, Block says, “We need you to get involved, because together we can do this. We can take this country back.” At the end of the spot, Block is shown taking a long drag from a cigarette and blowing smoke into the camera lens as Tea Party singer Krista Branch’s song "I Am America" provides the soundtrack.

[See Hermain Cain's campaign ad featuring Mark Block here]

Block is no ordinary campaign chief.

According to a recent Daily Caller profile, Block was “banned from politics in Wisconsin for three years and forced to pay a $15,000 fine after being accused by the Wisconsin State Elections Board of violating election law in 1997 as campaign manager to state Supreme Court Justice.”

The profile, by the Daily Caller’s Alex Pappas, also notes that Block “settled with the Wisconsin State Elections Board without admitting guilt. Broke and unable to work in politics under the settlement, he stocked shelves at Target.”

Block isn’t the only Cain staffer with an interesting backstory. Cain’s vice president of national field and political operations, Jamie Brazil, once worked for Hillary Clinton and he’s even godfather to Mrs. Clinton’s nephew, Simon Rodham.

It’s not just political staffers, but bodyguards too. One of them, Kristian Otto Herzog, has been seen on the trail with the former Godfather’s Pizza CEO. Herzog served as personal bodyguard to Mel Gibson’s ex-wife Oksana Grigorieva, among other celebrities. According to the celebrity gossip website, TMZ, the convicted felon will no longer be on the trail with Cain.

All of this might be highly unusual in a normal presidential campaign, but take it from Block, who says in the video: “We’ve run a campaign like nobody’s ever seen but then, America’s never seen a candidate like Herman Cain.”

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Rick Perry Punches Back, Releases New Ad Attacking Romney

ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images(MANCHESTER, N.H.) -- Will New Hampshire make Rick Perry the comeback kid?

The Texas governor, whose rapid rise to front-runner status proved fleeting, arrives in this key early primary state this week in the hopes of recapturing some of his early momentum.  And his campaign is already on offense against rival Mitt Romney, who according to a recent poll, is still the favorite candidate in the Granite State.

On Monday, the Perry campaign is unveiling a new ad that hammers Romney on health care and flip-flopping, ABC’s Jonathan Karl reports.  Karl notes that it’s the harshest and best-produced attack ad of the 2012 campaign so far.

The ad opens by calling Obamacare, “America’s most damaging prescription” and then substitutes “Romneycare” for “Obamacare.”  It closes with Romney’s own line from the last debate -- one that the former Massachusetts governor will undoubtedly hear over and over again: "There are plenty of reasons not to vote for me."

[Click here to watch Rick Perry's new ad]

While Perry goes for Romney’s jugular in the new spot, on the campaign trail he’s finally figured out a more effective way to explain his views on immigration policy.

“Are we going to create a class of tax wasters or are we going to create taxpayers?” Perry asked at a campaign event this weekend in Iowa.

Perry characterized his decision to provide illegal immigrants with access to in-state tuition in Texas as one based on economics more than compassion.

“The issue was really driven by economics because of the federal government’s, again, failure to secure that border and us having to deal with it,” Perry told a crowd in Spencer, Iowa on Saturday.

But Perry faces a crucial test this week: After previous stumbles, Tuesday night’s Bloomberg News-Washington Post debate at Dartmouth College is likely to be a pivotal moment.

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Ahead of Florida Swing, Romney Hits Perry on Social Security

Win McNamee/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Ahead of a two-day swing through the battleground state of Florida, the Mitt Romney campaign released a new web video Tuesday morning highlighting how Gov. Rick Perry’s Social Security plan could impact the lives of senior citizens in the Sunshine State.

The video, titled “Two Different Plans,” begins by stating Romney’s plan for Social Security, vowing to “reform and strengthen” the program and Perry’s plan as working to end the program and send it to the states.

Using Florida as an example, the video claims that under Perry’s plan the annual shortfall of $16 billion per year could cause “one in four seniors to lose benefits” or result in every Florida senior’s benefits getting cut by more than $4,000 a year.

The video ends by encouraging viewers to go to Perry’s book, Fed Up, for more information.

Perry’s own assertion about his book closes the video.

“I haven’t backed off anything in my book,” says Perry.  “So read the book again.”

According to the U.S. Census, individuals ages 65 and above make up about 17 percent of Florida’s population.

Later Tuesday afternoon,  Romney will hold a town hall at The Villages, a retirement community that boasts more than 8,000 residents.

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Perry Calls Obama ‘President Zero’ in New Campaign Video

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Texas governor and GOP presidential contender Rick Perry released a new campaign video Wednesday, blasting President Obama for a lack of leadership in creating jobs and pointing to Perry as the leader who could turn the economy around.

The video, called “Rick Perry -- Proven Leadership,” dramatically juxtaposes Obama’s speeches on the economy against statistics and soundbites from news clips, and at one point even calls Obama “President Zero.”

The campaign video then turns to Perry, touting his ability to “get America working again,” and uses a speech in which he says, “We don’t need a president who apologizes for America.  I believe in America.  I believe in her purpose and her promise.  I believe her best days have not yet been led.  I believe her greatest deeds are reserved for the generations to come, and with the help and the courage of the American people, we will get our country working again.”

Text appears on the screen that reads “In 2012 … America will discover … a new name for leadership … an American … who served for freedom … a president … who will lead a nation.”

This is the second video -- which was made by former governor and Republican presidential candidate Tim Pawlenty’s filmmaker Luca Baniano, according to Politico -- from the Perry campaign.  The first video was a biographical sketch that introduced Perry to the American people, released on the day he announced his run.

Perry is set to make a swing through Florida, holding fundraisers in Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach Wednesday.  He’ll also take part in a series of events organized by the Faith and Freedom Coalition, the Conservative Political Action Conference and Presidency 5.

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Pawlenty Runs into Trouble with 'Miracle on Ice' Footage in TV Ad

Scott Olson/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- In his new TV ad "The American Comeback," Tim Pawlenty hoped to position himself as a tenacious underdog by using footage of the famous U.S. hockey victory in the "Miracle on Ice," but so far he's only run into problems.

ABC, which owns the footage, reportedly will send the Pawlenty campaign a cease-and-desist letter, demanding that they stop using the footage.

Pawlenty spokesman Alex Conant says in a statement: "All of our campaign television advertising is carefully reviewed by the campaign's lawyers to ensure compliance with the copyright laws, the federal election laws, and other legal provisions.  The campaign's "Miracle on Ice" advertisement was carefully reviewed for legal compliance and we believe fully complies with the "fair use" doctrine.  We respect ABC's concern and look forward to responding to their inquiry."

According to a statement issued by ESPN: "Neither ABC nor ESPN has asked the Pawlenty campaign to remove any footage from their video, although neither ABC nor ESPN licensed the video to them or authorized its use."

In addition, Pawlenty's ad features the U.S. team's captain Mike Eruzione.  Eruzione, though, doesn't support Pawlenty -- he supports Mitt Romney.

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Rep. Ron Paul Releases First Official TV Campaign Ad

Jason Merritt/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Congressman Ron Paul (R., Texas) has released his first television campaign ad of the 2012 campaign season.

Modeled after a cinematic movie trailer, the one-minute ad dramatically reviews past debt ceiling compromises in the 1980s and 1990s and starkly warns that although tax cuts were promised as part of those deals to increase the debt ceiling, those cuts never materialized.  As a result, the ad says, we are left with $14 trillion in debt, millions unemployed, and the dollar in decline.

Paul has repeatedly said that he opposes any increase of the debt ceiling, and the ad puts pressure on Republican congressional leaders to do the same.

The Congressman has found a voice as of late on the matter.  Starting last weekend and continuing into this week, he has been calling on his supporters to contact their Congressperson and tell them to vote "no" on any deal.  The current TV ad is an intensification of that effort.

Paul has also been on a media binge this past week.  On Wednesday, he launched a $75,000 radio ad buy across Iowa.

His new TV ad will start running this Friday in New Hampshire and Iowa.

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Post-Tucson Tragedy, Sen. Joe Manchin Discusses Use of Gun Imagery in Campaign Ad

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., one of a number of 2010 candidates who used gun imagery in their campaigns, explicitly separated himself on Monday from those who targeted specific candidates and expressed doubts that he would run the same ad again today.

“I've spent my whole career bringing people together, avoiding the rancor of partisan politics, and that will continue to be the focus of my work as U.S. Senator going forward,” Manchin said in a statement Monday.

“The act of a deranged madman who commits a horrific act should not and cannot be confused with a metaphor about a piece of legislation. I have never targeted an individual, and I never would," he added. "This tragedy, I hope, serves as call for common sense, and wake-up call that we should all come together with common purpose to do what is best for our country.”

In his campaign ad below, Manchin -- touting his National Rifle Association endorsement -- shoots a bullet at the "cap and trade bill," as a symbolic rejection of the energy legislation being discussed by Democrats.

Since the shooting spree in Tucson Saturday, Sarah Palin and candidates who used gun references have come under fire from some liberals for provoking violence.

A number of candidates, including Sharron Angle of Nevada, used such imagery although Manchin is the only one who was elected into office.

UPDATE: In a conference call with reporters Monday, the newly minted senator expressed doubts about releasing the ad if he were campaigning.

“I can’t say that we would. I really can’t," Manchin replied, when asked if given what has happened, he would release the same ad again today. "It is a much more sensitive thing that we are dealing with right now. With that I will say -- that was a metaphor. We were talking about a piece of legislation. You’re talking about an act of a crazed, deranged individual. I don’t think the two are related at all. But it would have made anybody more sensitive to that."

He pointed out that his new communications director, Emily Bittner, worked for Rep. Gabrielle Giffords' campaign during her 2008 campaign.

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