An excellent PAC supporting Nikki Haley’s presidential marketing campaign on Friday unveiled an commercial in Iowa that accuses Gov. Ron DeSantis of Florida of being a “suck up” to former President Donald J. Trump.
The ad attracts on outdated images and movies to painting Mr. DeSantis as a Trump acolyte, by flipping abruptly amongst totally different units of photographs. The primary is a set of images wherein Mr. DeSantis and Mr. Trump seem pleasant, underscored by audio of a crowd chanting “Who’s your daddy?”
The advert intersperses these images with footage from an outdated marketing campaign advert from Mr. DeSantis’s 2018 run for governor wherein he recites a few of Mr. Trump’s marketing campaign slogans to his youngsters. In that advert, Mr. DeSantis used a “Make America Nice Once more” signal to show one baby to learn, and taught one other baby to “construct the wall” utilizing toy blocks.
“America wants power — not a suck up,” the commercial, paid for by SFA Fund Inc., Ms. Haley’s tremendous PAC, closes. The committee is spending $1.6 million to run the advert in Iowa.
Mr. Trump’s marketing campaign has additionally drawn on footage from that 2018 commercial. In a video it airs at marketing campaign occasions, it assaults Mr. DeSantis as disloyal after Mr. Trump backed Mr. DeSantis’s run for governor.
Each Ms. Haley and Mr. DeSantis — and their allies — for months have been making an attempt to current themselves as the very best different to Mr. Trump, the front-runner within the Republican main. However whereas Ms. Haley is interesting to extra mainstream Republicans, Mr. DeSantis has been staking out a place to her proper, with extra hard-line positions as he tries to chip away at Mr. Trump’s base.
Mr. DeSantis’s marketing campaign didn’t reply to a request for remark. However on Monday, it started airing its “closing advert” attacking Ms. Haley over feedback she made saying that voters in New Hampshire would “right” the results of the Iowa caucuses.
The DeSantis campaign’s ad accuses Ms. Haley of disparaging Iowans and their caucuses, suggesting Mr. DeSantis is extra aligned with the state’s values.
Nicholas Nehamas contributed reporting.