Keep the Promise I just posted a stinging video that’s sure to start some pro-Cruz and anti-Trump buzz. Suffice it to say that it isn’t a flattering portrait of Mr. Trump’s socialist proclivities. The ad, which was paid for by Keep the Promise I, a super PAC supporting Ted Cruz, starts off with a narrator saying “First, there was HillaryCare. Then there was Obamacare. We can’t afford TrumpCare.” Intermixed with with the narrator’s words are mini-video clips of Mrs. Clinton and President talking about the need for universal health care.
After starting with the Democrats’ calls for universal health care, the ad quickly switches to video of Mr. Trump’s interview with CBS Evening News anchor Scott Pelley saying “Everybody has to be covered. This is a very un-Republican thing for me to say.” Then Mr. Pelley asks the question “Universal health care?” Without hesitation, Mr. Trump responds, saying “I’m gonna take care of everybody.” Startled, Pelley asked Mr. Trump “Who’s going to pay for it?” Again, without hesitation, Mr. Trump replies “The government’s gonna pay for it.”
On the issue that Republicans have fought against literally for decades, Mr. Trump, in his own words, sounds exactly like Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama. Policy-wise, there isn’t a dime’s worth of difference between Trump, Obama and Clinton.
According to National Review’s article, the TrumpCare ad “is part of its recently-announced $2.5 million buy in Iowa and South Carolina. The 30-second spot will air through the Iowa caucuses next Monday, and then begin running in South Carolina.”
The next step for this super PAC is to stop saying Trump isn’t a conservative. While it’s true that Mr. Trump isn’t a conservative, that doesn’t hit Mr. Trump hard enough or explicitly enough. What’s needed is another ad saying explicitly that Mr. Trump is just another New York liberal who’s just saying whatever he needs to say to win the GOP presidential nomination.
Saying that Trump isn’t a conservative isn’t sharp enough. Explicitly stating that Trump is a die-hard liberal paints him into a corner. While there’s no doubt that Trump would go on one of his characteristic diatribes about anything other than being a liberal, that doesn’t mean KtP couldn’t keep the pressure on by throwing Mr. Trump’s words back in his face.
Trump just gave KtP the ammunition for the ad when he told MSNBC’s Morning Joe that he has “a great relationship with Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid and Chuck Schumer.” That, coupled with Mr. Trump’s passionate embrace for universal health care, should put a sour taste in South Carolinians’ mouths. South Carolina is one of the most reliably red states in the nation.