Sanders' Ad Most Important Since Reagan's 'Morning' Spot?

One blogger thinks so of the buzzy 'America' spot
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 22, 2016 9:50 AM CST

The Bernie Sanders campaign has launched the most talked-about ad of the 2016 election season to date—"America," set to the tune of Simon and Garfunkel's song of the same name. A roundup of coverage:

  • Is it really "the most important campaign ad since President Reagan's 'Morning in America' ad?" This blogger makes the case for the spot at the Hill because of its mixture of "romance" and substance.
  • The Observer suggests that the real meaning of this "bittersweet" protest tune might not be what the Sanders campaign thinks it is.
  • The spot illustrates a contrast in campaigns: Sanders is "pushing inspiration," while Hillary Clinton is "talking in more practical terms." The Christian Science Monitor digs in.

  • This blogger at Gateway Pundit hates it: The first glimpse of a minority comes in the 18th scene.
  • Clinton ally David Brock picks up on that theme, as reported in this AP story. "It seems black lives don't matter much to Bernie Sanders."
  • AdWeek is a fan, especially because of the ad's lack of words, but wonders whether the 1968 song might date the 74-year-old Sanders.
  • As an Iowa resident deluged with ads, Josh Voorhees at Slate is pretty happy with this one, "a welcome break from the usual campaign promises and stale warnings."
  • What do Simon and Garfunkel think? The latter gave his approval, while Simon hasn't commented, reports Variety. The Sanders campaign says the song's use—all properly legal—isn't meant to signal an endorsement from the pair.
(More Bernie Sanders 2016 stories.)

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