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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEAugust 31, 2008
NOTING THE FAILURE TO RESPOND TO HURRICANE KATRINA, NEW TV AD TELLS REPUBLICANS “THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES”
Campaign for America's Future Ad Running on Cable and in Delegates’ Hotel Rooms During Republican Convention This Week
ST. PAUL, MINN. – When Republican delegates check-in to their hotel rooms in St. Paul this week, they will receive a “thank you” message on their televisions. An ad called “Thanks For The Memories,” produced by Campaign for America’s Future, will broadcast unforgettable moments from the last eight years that conservatives wish the country would forget.
With Hurricane Gustav on the nation’s mind, the ad reminds viewers of the bungled response to Hurricane Katrina. It also highlights skyrocketing gas prices, soaring home foreclosures, the infamous “mission accomplished" banner and tells conservatives, “You’ve done a heckuva job!”
The ad begins playing this week in 365,000 hotel rooms across the country. The spot is available for viewing at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CBJpXS09Mdo. Text of the Campaign for America’s Future ad follows:
“THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES”
AUDIO: [“Thanks for the memories” music.]
ON-SCREEN: [In old-style cursive script,]
“To the conservatives gathered in St. Paul: …”
“Thanks for the memories...”
[Old film format, dusty, scratchy and flickering.]
AUDIO: [Music lyrics, “…nothing in my purse … the chuckles when the preacher said, for better or for worse …”]
ON-SCREEN: ["Welcome to New Orleans" sign flooded by Hurricane Katrina.
Gas pump meter hitting record prices.
Foreclosure lawn sign in front of people’s homes.
"Mission Accomplished" banner on military ship.]
ON-SCREEN: “You've done a heckuva job!”
ON-SCREEN: [In bold, modern lettering,]
“WE’LL TAKE IT FROM HERE.”
ON-SCREEN: [Photos of people who work for a living – factory worker, doctor with toddler, servicemen, fire fighters, teacher with student … and public goods -- construction of windmills, bridges and homes.]
“PAID FOR BY CAMPAIGN FOR AMERICA’S FUTURE”
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**NOTE: An electronic copy of the ad is available at www.ourfuture.org. Media representatives interested in a DVD or beta copy of the ad should contact Jennifer Ettinger or Toby Chaudhuri at 202-955-5665 or firstname.lastname@example.org. **