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McCain's (Borrowed) 3 A.M. Ad

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On Wednesday, Hillary released round two of her 3 A.M. ad (see the original) in Pennsylvania. It uses the same opening footage, the same opening line, and it’s the same 3 A.M. phone-is-ringing scenario. Yep, it’s a recycled ad. The differences in round two: the crisis is not a military one but an economic one (3 A.M. seems to be a busy time of day for a president) and she’s attacking McCain’s economic policies rather than Obama’s.

McCain’s response? Today he is releasing on national cable his own ad. Although his ad looks like her ad. But it’s attacking her so it’s not her ad. Wait, did he re-release her ad? This is too confusing! The ad McCain’s campaign is releasing is the exact footage of Hillary’s ad (her picture being replaced with his, of course) with the narrative of McCain’s campaign.