Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s (R-KY) re-election campaign has released a new online ad attempting to tie President Barack Obama to controversy surrounding the IRS, and comparing him to former president Richard Nixon.
The ad, titled “Demand Answers,” suggests that Obama is responsible for the IRS’ targeting of Tea Party groups due to the supposed “culture of intimidation” surrounding the White House. The video juxtaposes audio of McConnell criticizing the president with images of IRS officials testifying, dogs barking, Obama looking sinister, and more — all set to a score more befitting a disaster movie than a political ad.
Most controversially, it includes the famed clip of Richard Nixon saying “if the president does it, that means it’s not illegal.”
The ad arrives one day after a Public Policy Polling survey found that McConnell is deeply vulnerable in his 2014 re-election campaign. According to the poll, McConnell’s approval rating is underwater, and he would be deadlocked at 45 percent in a hypothetical matchup with Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes.