The commercial aired only once – more than 50 years ago – but is nonetheless still one of the most recognizable political advertisements in American history. Often regarded as the first televised attack ad, the Daisy spot has been credited by some with securing Democrat Lyndon Johnson’s 1964 victory over Republican challenger Barry Goldwater.
The ad shows a young girl counting the petals on a flower and, upon reaching 10, fading into an atomic explosion.
While the original ad evoked images of a nuclear war under a Goldwater administration, Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee is repurposing it to warn of a similar fate in America’s showdown with Iran. The latest ad, Iran Daisy, depicts the same black-and-white footage followed by a different message.
“A threat to Israel is a threat to America,” the first caption states.
Huckabee encourages viewers to “stand with Israel” by rejecting a proposed nuclear deal between the U.S. and Iran.
His is far from the only voice of opposition regarding the deal, details of which have been criticized as unspecific and misleading. In an address earlier this year before U.S. Congress members, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu challenged the Obama administration’s contention that the agreement would restrict Iranian access to nuclear material.
“Such a deal does not block Iran’s path to the bomb,” Netanyahu said. “Such a deal paves Iran’s path to the bomb … and would greatly increase the risks of terrible war.”
Huckabee’s latest video builds on stark imagery from a bygone era in warning this generation of the potentially dangerous enemy we now face. The ad was released Friday to coincide with the latest deadline for an agreement in that process.
He also encouraged those who share his concern to add their names to a letter he will send to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.
The letter states:
I join with Americans and Israelis to call on you to reject a deal with Iran that will spark a nuclear arms race in the Middle East, threaten Israel’s existence and unleash a wave of terrorism around the world. A threat to Israel is a threat to America. You should be ashamed of yourself for boycotting Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu’s address to Congress this year but never missing an opportunity to visit with Iranian leaders. Prime Minister Netanyahu is a Churchill in a world full of Chamberlains. Israel is our strongest ally in the Middle East and Iran is the world’s largest sponsor of terrorism. I urge you to stand with Israel and reject a deal with Iran that threatens us all.
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