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Did Christine O'Donnell TV Ad Rip Off Sharron Angle's Nevada Senate Ad?

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Christine O'Donnell, running for U.S. Senate in Delaware, has a new TV ad bashing her Republican primary opponent, Rep. Mike Castle.

But O'Donnell's ad looks eerily similar to one recently produced by Intrepid Media for Americans for New Leadership, in support of Nevada candidate Sharron Angle, who is running against Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. Intrepid media did not produce the O'Donnell ad.

"It's like a Chinese copy of an iPod: it steals the form, shape and packaging, but doesn't really work the same way," says one Republican source familiar with ad production.

Both ads are attack ads, attempting to tie their opponents to President Obama. Stylistically, both ads use similar red graphics and both use this red tint to cover pictures of the opponent. But it is the similarity of the words that is most noticeable.

For example, the ad for Angle ends with, "On the issues that count, Harry Reid is just wrong. Wrong on his votes. Wrong in his record. Wrong for Nevada."

Similarly, O'Donnell's ad ends with: "On real issues -- issues that count, Castle is just plain wrong. Wrong on his votes. Wrong on his record. Wrong for Delaware."

O'Donnell's office did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Judge for yourself. Here's the O'Donnell ad:

And here's the ad attacking Harry Reid:

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It's pretty clear that the ads are similar. What the real question should be is if this is newsworthy. Really, who cares?

September 09 2010 at 7:28 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Who cares? If it works, then fine.

September 09 2010 at 1:10 PM Report abuse -7 rate up rate down Reply

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