Finally: First ad of 2012 presidential campaign now airing

posted at 4:30 pm on April 9, 2009 by Allahpundit

Dave Weigel calls this a national ad, which is false in the technical sense — it’s only airing in South Carolina — but true in the larger one. Sanford’s barred from running again by term limits and the state’s Republican establishment has been careful to distance itself from him on the stimulus, so there’s only one reason he’d go to the trouble of defending himself this way. In fact, I suspect it’s precisely because there’s no political cost to him in doing so that explains why no other GOP governor beat him to it. A YouTube communique from Sarahcuda detailing why she wants to turn down some of the money in the name of fiscal responsibility would be an out-of-body experience for the conservative base but rich attack ad material for whichever Democrat challenges her next year. For the moment, Sanford has the field to himself. Smart guy to take advantage.

Worth noting: He was the very first Republican named yesterday by Rush when Cavuto asked him who currently best embodies Reaganism. Stay tuned.


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Bob dole 2.0

nice343 on April 9, 2009 at 4:34 PM

Very interesting!. I will have to keep an eye and ear open-

hawkman on April 9, 2009 at 4:34 PM

Glad it is finally getting started. Only 3 years and 8 months away. Who has announced for 2028?

Vashta.Nerada on April 9, 2009 at 4:35 PM

“Smart guy to take advantage.”

………. I feel a ‘tingle’ in my leg!

Seven Percent Solution on April 9, 2009 at 4:36 PM

Sweet.

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on April 9, 2009 at 4:36 PM

Common Sense. Frugality. What’s so hard to understand? I just wish it wasn’t a minority of Americans that understood.

kirkill on April 9, 2009 at 4:37 PM

First debate is only 3 years 8 months away!

lorien1973 on April 9, 2009 at 4:37 PM

You do know he’s a Christian and very Conservative right?

Canerican on April 9, 2009 at 4:38 PM

Bob dole 2.0

nice343 on April 9, 2009 at 4:34 PM

Oh so original.

So what do you really think about the Democrat’s Spend-o-rama?

kirkill on April 9, 2009 at 4:39 PM

So when do we get the first Hillary Clinton 2012 ad?

Mark1971 on April 9, 2009 at 4:40 PM

You do know he’s a Christian and very Conservative right?

Canerican on April 9, 2009 at 4:38 PM

Oh my, you mean he really believes in God?! He’s too weird for Washington then.

kirkill on April 9, 2009 at 4:40 PM

but allah rush doesnt admire Sanford. Rush said he has always REALLY admired governor Palin. haha we can play this game all day long.

ousoonerfan15 on April 9, 2009 at 4:40 PM

He was the very first Republican named yesterday by Rush when Cavuto asked him who currently best embodies Reaganism.

Yes, & I was disappointed that he didn’t mention Bobby, who is more consistently conservative than Sarah (who was mentioned).

jgapinoy on April 9, 2009 at 4:40 PM

So when do we get the first Hillary Clinton 2012 ad?

Mark1971 on April 9, 2009 at 4:40 PM

Blasphemer!

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on April 9, 2009 at 4:41 PM

The easy thing isn’t alway the right thing…

Wow, talking about right and (by definition) wrong. This guy is gonna be Borked something awful. Looks like Katie Couric is gonna get another award.

Tommy_G on April 9, 2009 at 4:41 PM

So when do we get the first Hillary Clinton 2012 ad?

Chaos 2012!

jgapinoy on April 9, 2009 at 4:41 PM

Correction: This is the first Republican ad. Obama and the democrats have been campaigning since the election.

Christian Conservative on April 9, 2009 at 4:41 PM

So when do we get the first Hillary Clinton 2012 ad?

Mark1971 on April 9, 2009 at 4:40 PM

For the record, that would be Teh Awesome.

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on April 9, 2009 at 4:41 PM

First debate is only 3 years 8 months away!

lorien1973 on April 9, 2009 at 4:37 PM

The primary debates will start a year earlier.

jgapinoy on April 9, 2009 at 4:42 PM

Controlling the means of production. The command economy going into full gear, now!

lorien1973 on April 9, 2009 at 4:43 PM

Romney-Sanford 2012!

joncoltonis on April 9, 2009 at 4:44 PM

Timing is everything, and I fear that this is too early. I’m hoping it’s just a test run. Start really marketing the conservative alternative message in late ’09.

For now, just give the libs enough rope to hang themselves.

connertown on April 9, 2009 at 4:44 PM

OMG.. I don’t know about all of you, but this is becoming hard on me. I am beginning to miss commericals. All I see are freaking election Adds.. Vote for ME, Vote for ME!

Is there any way possible that we don’t have to see these until a year before hand?

upinak on April 9, 2009 at 4:45 PM

jgapinoy on April 9, 2009 at 4:42 PM

Oh hell. Only 2 years 8 months until every day is the end of the world again. :(

lorien1973 on April 9, 2009 at 4:45 PM

ZZZZZZZZZZZZZ……

Time for more of that Sanford LUVVV, eh Allah?

There is no way this guy has the charisma to become POTUS, no matter how much conservative rhetoric comes out of his mouth. I have nothing against the guy personally, but I just don’t see it happening. There’s also that little issue of his state being in debt and his mostly grandstanding when it comes to the stimulus.

And I wouldn’t put any stock in names Rush listed yesterday, he has named all of these potential candidates at different times and in different orders before. He did the same thing with Jindal a few months ago.

As for some Cuda webcasts, they’ll be coming among other communiques. Hopefully, it will start FINALLY after next week when she is free from the ankle biters in AK. Don’t worry, you’ll get plenty of Cuda in short order.

davek70 on April 9, 2009 at 4:46 PM

Is there any way possible that we don’t have to see these until a year before hand?

upinak on April 9, 2009 at 4:45 PM

Only if you adopt the AoSHQ lifestyle of a steady diet of Valu-Rite vodka and hobo k!llin. Either that…..or pr0n. (I guess all those ads are political pr0n so we lose either way.)

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on April 9, 2009 at 4:47 PM

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on April 9, 2009 at 4:47 PM

Vodka and porn? Yeah, I’ll be at upinak’s for the next few years ;)

lorien1973 on April 9, 2009 at 4:48 PM

Only if you adopt the AoSHQ lifestyle of a steady diet of Valu-Rite vodka and hobo k!llin. Either that…..or pr0n. (I guess all those ads are political pr0n so we lose either way.)

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on April 9, 2009 at 4:47 PM

no thanks. But the Obama “commercials” still circulating about card check, unions, etc are getting old too. I just turn the channel anymore.

upinak on April 9, 2009 at 4:50 PM

Is there any way possible that we don’t have to see these until a year before hand?

upinak on April 9, 2009 at 4:45 PM

My brother Joey_G (the only liberal I actually talk to, mom says I have to) came up with the best idea I ever heard on the subject. His idea was to have all the presidential primaries on the same day. The day he thought would be perfect: February 29th.

Tommy_G on April 9, 2009 at 4:50 PM

Tommy_G on April 9, 2009 at 4:50 PM

WHOA and Wow, give your bro a thumbs up on that idea!

upinak on April 9, 2009 at 4:52 PM

Worth noting: He was the very first Republican named yesterday by Rush when Cavuto asked him who currently best embodies Reaganism. Stay tuned.

I like Sanford.

But Reagan could hold an audience longer than 2 minutes

joey24007 on April 9, 2009 at 4:53 PM

davek70 on April 9, 2009 at 4:46 PM

If the nomineee in 2012 isn’t Romney, it will be Sanford; which means Obama wins with 400+ electoral votes.

Palin/whoever 2016.

ddrintn on April 9, 2009 at 4:53 PM

Whew! Finally! Not a minute too soon, either.

long_cat on April 9, 2009 at 4:54 PM

I like Sanford.

But Reagan could hold an audience longer than 2 minutes

joey24007 on April 9, 2009 at 4:53 PM

Sanford isn’t a bad guy. But the monotone voice like Ben Stines saying Bueller, Bueller… well ZZZzzzzzz.

upinak on April 9, 2009 at 4:55 PM

there is good and bad to starting a run now. If you play your cards right you can keep the Obama presidency on a constant defensive and you can hit democrats in the house and Senate along the way.
The bad is that Obama might hit the campaign trail too and who knows what will get passed and who will support his stupid crap.

theguardianii on April 9, 2009 at 4:55 PM

no thanks. But the Obama “commercials” still circulating about card check, unions, etc are getting old too. I just turn the channel anymore.

upinak on April 9, 2009 at 4:50 PM

You have Teh One’s commercials in AK? I haven’t seen any in Indiana. Hmmmmm……..

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on April 9, 2009 at 4:55 PM

Bob dole 2.0

nice343 on April 9, 2009 at 4:34 PM

By 2012, I suspect you’d be able to grab a random mummy from the British Museum and run it successfully against Obama.

ElectricPhase on April 9, 2009 at 4:56 PM

Correction: This is the first Republican ad. Obama and the democrats have been campaigning since the election.

Christian Conservative on April 9, 2009 at 4:41 PM

Yes, every word, every action is carefully coordinated and geared toward reelection. In my mind, I welcome hearing this ad, it gives me hope that someday we will be rid of this administration from hell.

msmveritas on April 9, 2009 at 4:57 PM

Is there any way possible that we don’t have to see these until a year before hand?

upinak on April 9, 2009 at 4:45 PM

That would require campaign finance reform that forbids advertising UNTIL one year before an election.

It makes too much sense to get democrat votes in congress.

Right_of_Attila on April 9, 2009 at 5:00 PM

Me likey what he say. But he needs to cut back on the hand motions.

Brat on April 9, 2009 at 5:01 PM

Good Video. Great to hear conservatism again. Let’s have a deep bench to draw from in 2012.

portlandon on April 9, 2009 at 5:04 PM

Good ad.

I love how the Palintologists have labeled in Bob Dole 2.0.

I suppose if had said you betcha and winked at them and was a semi-attractive woman, they wouldve started a new cult.

The Wall on April 9, 2009 at 5:06 PM

Lord knows I cherish Sanford, but has anyone noticed that he looks like the result of a George W/Prince Charles liaison? I cast no aspersions on him in any way, but I cannot help making that connection lately. However, he is a tremendous leader, by all appearances.

Flyover Country on April 9, 2009 at 5:09 PM

Any cowboy worth his salt…knows that you gotta “head ‘em off at the pass.”

JoeySlippers on April 9, 2009 at 5:13 PM

…a George W/Prince Charles liaison…

Flyover Country on April 9, 2009 at 5:09 PM

That image will be impossible to overcome. Thanks a lot. ;)

ddrintn on April 9, 2009 at 5:14 PM

I love how the Palintologists have labeled in Bob Dole 2.0.

The Wall on April 9, 2009 at 5:06 PM

No, that was the O-bot. Gotta have your scorecard.

ddrintn on April 9, 2009 at 5:15 PM

Something about this guy… I like him.

Free Constitution on April 9, 2009 at 5:16 PM

I’m sorry. That was not very interesting and his hand movements were weird. I liked that LA governer better but I can never remember his name… which is a problem.

It is really impossible for our side to come up with someone who is exciting and smart? I guess Palin is pretty close but… she has been so damaged, not her fault but still true.

That was not a very effective ad. I skipped to read comments before it was very far into it and I’m pretty sure I agree on his points. It was the delivery.

I suppose if had said you betcha and winked at them and was a semi-attractive woman, they wouldve started a new cult.

The Wall on April 9, 2009 at 5:06 PM

Better than boring.

petunia on April 9, 2009 at 5:16 PM

But the O-bot had a point. Romney or Sanford in 2012 means landslide Obama victory.

ddrintn on April 9, 2009 at 5:17 PM

Bob dole 2.0

nice343 on April 9, 2009 at 4:34 PM

Nope, that was McCain. Try again, and Sanford’s not 3.0, either.

Now Romney OTOH, he’s the Republican Al Gore 2000.

JeffWeimer on April 9, 2009 at 5:17 PM

By 2012, I suspect you’d be able to grab a random mummy from the British Museum and run it successfully against Obama.

ElectricPhase on April 9, 2009 at 4:56 PM

Maybe I’m being too picky wanting to feel some excitment. I’ll certainly be ready to vote for change of almost any kind by 2012.

petunia on April 9, 2009 at 5:19 PM

I appreciate his conservatism, but he’s got about as much charisma as a cement block.

CP on April 9, 2009 at 5:21 PM

Wow, 50 comments and no one else thinks this reminds them of Jindal’s SotU response in its tone?

…which is too bad, because their messages are good.

Snowed In on April 9, 2009 at 5:21 PM

If he is our nominee, we’ll lose re-election. He has no personality and is a bore. Plus, he’s taking all the money anyway.
PALIN/RUSH 2012!!

jencab on April 9, 2009 at 5:21 PM

Good ad.

I love how the Palintologists have labeled in Bob Dole 2.0.

I suppose if had said you betcha and winked at them and was a semi-attractive woman, they wouldve started a new cult.

The Wall on April 9, 2009 at 5:06 PM

Okay, instead of Dole 2.0 how about Romney 2.0 complete with the flip-flopping and plastic?

Better?

Romney-Sanford 2012! Obama landslide

joncoltonis on April 9, 2009 at 4:44 PM

You Betcha!!

davek70 on April 9, 2009 at 5:23 PM

Well, he may be a little boring, but after 4 years of economic meltdown, out of control government spending, socialization of the health system, never ending tax increases, non-stop scandals and corruption in Washington, foreign policy crisis after crises, maybe people will be in the mood for some boring conservatism when the 2011 election cycle starts to really pickup…

AUINSC on April 9, 2009 at 5:24 PM

I suppose if had said you betcha and winked at them and was a semi-attractive woman, they wouldve started a new cult.

The Wall on April 9, 2009 at 5:06 PM

Palin is obviously far more substantial than you want to believe. But yep, style means a lot. Obama has a sycophantic media, and he’s pretty good in front of the cameras and with a teleprompter. Running yet another boring guy (which will probably happen in 2012) just means that another boring guy is going to get pummeled, I don’t care how many degrees he has after his name.

ddrintn on April 9, 2009 at 5:27 PM

I always hoped that if we looked for strong conservative ideals in a leader, that we wouldn’t be shallow to also require that leader to be some flashy performer. Our current president was elected largely on the basis of such reasons and we balk at all his show and no substance. We need someone who can inspire, but not reduce the office of president by placing an exphasis on ones showmanship. Give me someone who can articulate good, conservative solutions, an unflappable nature and a strong understanding of history and foreign relations.

Sounds like Newt.

pjean on April 9, 2009 at 5:27 PM

No, the first ad of the 2012 campaign aired on January 20.

Jim Treacher on April 9, 2009 at 5:34 PM

I’m more interested in the message than how it’s delivered. It’s a good message. It’s one every Republican in the country should be saying.

Hog Wild on April 9, 2009 at 5:35 PM

I always hoped that if we looked for strong conservative ideals in a leader, that we wouldn’t be shallow to also require that leader to be some flashy performer. Our current president was elected largely on the basis of such reasons and we balk at all his show and no substance. We need someone who can inspire, but not reduce the office of president by placing an exphasis on ones showmanship. Give me someone who can articulate good, conservative solutions, an unflappable nature and a strong understanding of history and foreign relations.

Sounds like Newt.

pjean on April 9, 2009 at 5:27 PM

Newt is history. But lots of people say we need substance over style. The thing is, we can have someone who has both; but the ther MSM attack becomes so savage because such a person would inspire such fear, loads of conservatives would buckle under the pressure and join in the pile on. Not only Palin, but any conservative who “clicks” and has a shot at winning.

ddrintn on April 9, 2009 at 5:35 PM

He did add to cover for the heat he is getting form his state for not taking all the stimulus money.

KBird on April 9, 2009 at 5:41 PM

A fine ad. Good to to take advantage of an opening while there is one.

myrenovations on April 9, 2009 at 5:43 PM

Romney-Sanford 2012!

joncoltonis on April 9, 2009 at 4:44 PM

This is a ticket that is really appealing to me right now.

KickandSwimMom on April 9, 2009 at 5:47 PM

Picking a Southerner should lock down the South next time. We can’t win if we don’t own the South.

Speedwagon82 on April 9, 2009 at 5:56 PM

Good Video. Great to hear conservatism again. Let’s have a deep bench to draw from in 2012.

portlandon on April 9, 2009 at 5:04 PM

Couldn’t agree more. At this point, we need conservatism articulated. This to me isn’t a campaign ad. Americans aren’t interested in the next elections at this point. They would like to hear an alternative to the crap coming from D.C.

NebCon on April 9, 2009 at 6:09 PM

Yawn…

Closing in on 2 hours since this was posted, and barely cracking 60 comments. No interest.

Norwegian on April 9, 2009 at 6:09 PM

How was the ad? I couldn’t stay awake till the end…

howIroll on April 9, 2009 at 6:19 PM

There is no way this guy has the charisma to become POTUS, no matter how much conservative rhetoric comes out of his mouth.
davek70 on April 9, 2009 at 4:46 PM

I am literally out of my seat, I am so pissed at this idiotic comment.

Not to pick on just you, of course, because there is no shortage of these on this thread.

In case you didn’t notice, we elected the last guy based on “charisma.”

At some point SOME ONE is going to have to be the grown ups in the nation and start electing quality and not mere cosmetics. If you couldn’t make it to the end of this message…if you were YAWNING…then I fear more for this nation than ever before. The left and the right are capable of electing the MOST inexperienced and dangerous characters due to our worship of sound bite and image.

For the record, that message completely resonated with me and I felt like I was listening to someone with sound judgement and solid ideas. Now THAT is an “image” we actually, desperately need right now.

I really am disgusted.

Mommypundit on April 9, 2009 at 7:47 PM

He sounds like John Piper.

Mommypundit on April 9, 2009 at 7:49 PM

My brother Joey_G (the only liberal I actually talk to, mom says I have to) came up with the best idea I ever heard on the subject. His idea was to have all the presidential primaries on the same day. The day he thought would be perfect: February 29th.

Tommy_G on April 9, 2009 at 4:50 PM

Well, yeah. I’ve said that for years. I live in Indiana and historically our primary votes don’t count at all. It’s quite disheartening. I’d love a national primary day. I have no idea why we don’t do that. That would make things MUCH more simple. There’d be no more Operation Chaos because folks would be too busy voting for their OWN best candidate. I think it would be more truthful and less stratetgic.

Regarding Sanford’s delivery – folks… let’s NOT pick on the messenger. Let’s focus on the message. I am NOT going to get locked into a particular candidate too early. I’m not choosing sides yet. We all need to hang loose and let’s try to stay away from in-fighting within the party.

Oink on April 9, 2009 at 7:51 PM

Mommypundit on April 9, 2009 at 7:47 PM

I’m with you Mommy…

Oink on April 9, 2009 at 7:53 PM

He sounds like John Piper.

Mommypundit on April 9, 2009 at 7:49 PM

heh, you’re right

jp on April 9, 2009 at 8:11 PM

I’m not sure he can get elected nationally either, due to charisma. Just the way it is, you will need a major Obama backlash by 2012 for him to have a chance.

jp on April 9, 2009 at 8:12 PM

Mark Sanford

Age: 48

Religion:
- Episcopalian

Education:
- B.A. Business, Furman University, 1983
- M.B.A. University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business, 1988

Political Experience:
- U.S. Representative from South Carolina, 1995-2001
- Governor of South Carolina, 2003-Present (6 years)

Committees:
- Member, International Relations Committee
- Member, Government Reform and Oversight Committee
- Member, Joint Economic and the Science Committee
- Member, Africa and Western Hemisphere Subcommittee

Professional Experience:
- Associate, Coldwell Banker, 1983
- Project Manager, Beachside Real Estate, 1984-1986
- Associate, Goldman Sachs, 1987
- Financial Analyst, Chemical Realty Corporation, 1988-1990
- Real Estate Broker, Brumley Company, 1990-1991
- Owner, Norton and Sanford Real Estate Investment, 1992-Present

Poptech on April 9, 2009 at 8:14 PM

Honestly, he sounded really good. Sanity. Somebody speaking sanity.

JellyToast on April 9, 2009 at 8:14 PM

GREAT point treacher

ousoonerfan15 on April 9, 2009 at 8:37 PM

I’m not sure what the big deal with sanford is. I like him..don’t get me wrong. But its pretty..i don’t know…there doesn’t seem to be any punch there.

Now I think if it was a Romney Sanford ticket..that might have some wow factor..Or a Romney Jindal ticket.
I still like Romney at the top though. I think he would bring some seriousness to it as well as some ‘CHARASMA’.
But we’ll see…

Handel on April 9, 2009 at 10:41 PM

This country almost elected King Boring in 2000 so its not like that is a deal killer.

Speedwagon82 on April 10, 2009 at 12:50 AM

Sanford is THE MAN!!!

MechEng5by5 on April 10, 2009 at 10:39 AM