GOP's Joni Ernst portrayed as gun-firing sniper in Democratic challenger's campaign ad
Added 12-06-19 02:29:02am EST - “A Democrat candidate challenging Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, for her U.S. Senate seat in 2020 released a six-figure campaign ad Thursday edited to make it seem like Ernst is firing a gun at him while he promises to take on gun control,…” - Foxnews.com
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The campaign of U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, blasted as "outrageous and offensive" a new campaign ad posted by her 2020 Democratic challenger Thursday that depicts Ernst as firing gunshots at him while he talks about gun control, climate change, health care and taking on President Trump.
In the ad, candidate Eddie Mauro, a businessman and congressional candidate in 2018, introduces himself as a "progressive Democrat" before telling viewers he decided to run for Ernst's Senate seat in part because “our current senator, Joni Ernst, she thinks it's OK to run ads glorifying guns."
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As Mauro speaks, the video repeatedly cuts to footage from a 2014 campaign ad for Ernst showing her shooting a gun at an indoor range. Then the ad cuts back and forth to Mauro as he walks through a field with bullets whizzing by, narrowly missing him before striking a fence post, the grass, barrels and other objects. The edits make it appear as though Ernst is firing the shots at him.
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