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Pro-Kasich ad hints Trump, Cruz are 'crazy'

ALEX ISENSTADT
Politico
APRIL 8, 2016


Ohio Gov. John Kasich is hoping to pick up delegates in New York's upcoming Republican presidential primary

A pro-John Kasich super PAC released an ad Friday that suggests Ted Cruz and Donald Trump are mentally unfit to be president.

The commercial — which is from the group New Day for America and is titled "Crazy" — is set to Patsy Cline's 1961 country song "Crazy."

It begins by noting that Cruz was once told by his father, Rafael Cruz, that he was anointed by God to serve in a powerful position.

The ad then turns to Trump, highlighting his support for creating a database of Muslims living in the U.S. and his openness to using nuclear weapons against Europe. It also points to Trump's remarks that, if abortion were to be outlawed, women who receive the procedure should be punished. (Trump later recanted the abortion remarks.)

"Is that the best we can do? No, it's not," a voiceover says, before cutting to an image of Kasich, who is described as "stable" and "presidential."

The ad pivots to Kasich's message that he's the most electable remaining GOP candidate, pointing to polling indicating that while Cruz and Trump would struggle against Hillary Clinton, Kasich would fare better.

The commercial is scheduled to run in New York and Pennsylvania as part of a more than $1 million ad buy. The two upcoming primary states are rich with delegates. Kasich, who is trailing in the GOP contest, is making an aggressive push in both states, believing that they fit his moderate approach.

The Kasich super PAC has aired a number of tough ads, including one recently that labeled Cruz "lyin' Ted." Kasich distanced himself from the commercial, asking for the super PAC to remove it.

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