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'Mourning in America' Recalls Ronald Reagan's Famous Ad

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In 1984, Ronald Reagan's re-election was helped along by his now-famous series of television ads, which proclaimed it "Morning in America" and struck a sunny, optimistic chord with the electorate.

Now a conservative grassroots lobbying group is invoking Reagan by offering a similar ad, but with a dour twist. Called "Mourning in America," the spot by Citizens for the Republic attacks President Barack Obama's "failed" policies, saying the country is "fading, and weaker, and worse off."

"There's mourning in America. Today, 15 million men and women won't have the opportunity to go to work," the narrator intones over gloomy music. "Our government is now taking over the choices we once made in life. There's mourning in America."

The ad encourages voters to "choose a smaller, more caring government . . . one that remembers us."

The 60-second commercial launched nationwide Tuesday.

The board of Citizens for the Republic is made up of former Reaganites, including his former attorney general, Edwin Meese.

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Once again, the recession started under Bush...he is also the one who put this country into a massive debt to begin with. Obama had very little to work with, as any President after Bush would have. Yet, once again people want to blame this whole mess on one man, Obama. Wrong. T' was Bush who started the unfunded wars, T' was Bush who started bailing out the banks...and I voted for him, twice. Now I look back and realize just how many freedoms he took away and how much debt he left us with. I still have hope for the GOP...but not unless the religious right get out of my party. Religion has NO place in politics. I will not, cannot support so many of my parties candidates this year...Mr. 'let's take women's rights away too' Ken Buck.

September 22 2010 at 10:22 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I guess these people have forgotten that it was Reagan who destroyed our economy. He took us from being a creditor nation to being a debtor nation, and we still haven't recovered from the looting of America that he allowed.

September 22 2010 at 12:36 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

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