Kentuckians have been dizzied by campaign ads from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes this election season, as the two candidates battle in a tough race that may decide the Senate. But in his latest ad, McConnell neither touts his accomplishments nor attacks Grimes -- instead, he gives voters a lot of bloodhounds to look at.
The cheerful ad, which you can view below, is a nod to McConnell’s first race in 1984, when a campaign spot titled “Bloodhounds,” featuring a man with a pack of dogs trying to find McConnell’s opponent, Dee Huddleston, was aired. That ad, created by Roger Ailes, claimed Huddleston missed important votes for Kentucky in the Senate, and was credited with helping McConnell win the election, according to Politico. The website reported that the new ad will air in the final week of the election, which is rated a tossup by Real Clear Politics.
In the 2014 version, titled “Commercials,” McConnell seeks advice from campaign consultants on his next ad. “We see you between two trucks,” the consultants say. “That sounds dangerous,” McConnell replies before a shot of the senator wearing a denim shirt and leather fingerless gloves and standing between two trucks.
“Hey, Mitch. What about using a talking baby?” another off-camera consultant asks, but McConnell shoots down the suggestion, saying “that’s been done before,” a reference to the E-Trade commercials.
Then a man that who is wearing a “Famous Director” trucker hat and closely resembles director Steven Spielberg lays out his vision for McConnell’s next ad: “We’ll end with you and bloodhounds,” he says.
“That’s not going to work,” an off-camera voice says. “Maybe it’s enough to say, ‘Mitch fights for Kentucky.’”
But McConnell warms up to the director’s suggestion. The next shot shows the senator seated in a chair as eight bloodhounds surround him.
“You know, maybe this isn’t such a bad idea,” he says, before laughing through his next line: “I’m Mitch McConnell, and I approve this message.”
Check out “Commercials” below, and see how it compares with the 1984 “Bloodhounds” spot: