First Presidential ad to air during the Pro Bowl

By Sam Foster

David Axelrod might be waiting until March or April before gearing up Obama’s reelection campaign, but the Students for Daniels PAC are vying to get their choice candidate coverage during this week’s Pro Bowl.

According to the group the ad below is the first one of the 2012 presidential election season and is scheduled to air on KDSM-FOX 17 in Des Moines during the Pro Bowl. They’ve also purchased air time in New Hampshire, and Indiana.

Mitch Daniels has yet to announce his bid for a presidential run, but he is considered among many pundits, a likely contender. Recent polling has him trailing a pack of contenders, but his numbers have risen as he gets more exposure.

The ad is part of a concerted effort by the group Student Initiative to Draft Daniels.

Below is the transcript for their press release:

Students for Daniels release first TV ad of 2012 election cycle

Students for Daniels PAC has purchased TV time in Iowa, New Hampshire, and Indiana. The ad,written by Political Director Michael Knowles and starring Courtney Pannell, will premiere during the Pro Bowl this Sunday on KDSM-FOX 17 in the Des Moines media market.This will mark the first televised ad of the 2012 election cycle.

In the State of the Union President Obama made clear that his solution to our nation’s unprecedented deficit spending is to rename it “investment.” Our generation is going to be burdened with the debt that he has created, and smooth talk is little consolation. Like the beautiful blonde in this ad, we’re over him.

It’s time for a no-nonsense man who has the guts to say what the problem is and the will to solve it. It’s time to Draft Daniels.

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WSJ got a reaction to the ad spot from Mitch Daniels:

On the road in northern Indiana, Mr. Daniels, former director of the White House Office of Management and Budget under President George W. Bush, laughed when told of the spot. “That sounds pretty cute, actually,” he said. But he doubted the ad would grab many eyes.

“I bet it will run on some tiny cable stations in the middle of the night,” he said. “I mean, how much money could these kids possibly have?”


  1. I don't care at this time if he wins, but I like the negative "exposure" it gives our opposition!
    It occurred to me that we need our young voters to be really educated about what is at stake for the future of our nation. Glad to see some are on the side of the Republic!

  2. @ RightKlik - I'd be willing to consider it for complete income tax reform as Paul Ryan proposes.

    It's not optimal, but a VAT is streamlined and also less suseptible to congressional jiggering like income taxes have become.

  3. @conservative generation

    A VAT tax is hidden. Pols can play around with it without Joe Q. Public noticing it as easily.

    Complete income tax reform is too easily reversed.

    NO NEW TAXES! We're taxed enough already.

  4. @ RightKlik - So we go on with our current income tax system?

    I'm not looking for a new tax, I want tax reform.

    Look, there is no tax on this planet that is good and yet, while we need to pair down government, we do still need to fund government in some way.

    You are absolutely correct on your premise of the VAT tax, but think to yourself, is the income tax better?

    I can make as many arguments that it is not. In fact, it is a large reason why our economy is in shambles.

    All taxes are evil and some evils are more evil than others.

  5. @conservative generation

    I absolutely agree that no tax is perfect. I just question Mitch Daniels' "fiscally conservative" credentials for failing to acknowledge the giant power grab that the VAT represents. The lack of transparency that comes with any form of VAT is also a problem.

    Our current tax scheme is unacceptable, but we needn't make it worse by creating new taxes.

    Any vast new form of taxation should come with a repeal of the 16th Amendment. Generally, I approve of much of what the FairTax would offer, but without repealing the 16th, it too would be an unacceptable plan.


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