Phony Calls From Obama, Pelosi in GOP Ads for Ga. Senate Primary

Friday, 04 Apr 2014 07:31 PM

By Cathy Burke

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Fake phone calls from President Obama and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi are featured in new campaign ads for two Republicans running in Georgia's crowded U.S. Senate primary.

Eleven-term GOP Rep. Jack Kingston released one of the ads Friday featuring an Obama impersonator, complete with the president's clipped cadence, ordering Kingston to stop trying to repeal the president's signature national healthcare law.

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"Kingston, this is the president. You've got to back off Obamacare," the bogus voice pleads in the ad while black-and-white photos of the real president appear on the screen.

"Kingston, let me be clear: I do not want you in the Senate. Call me back, Kingston, please," the fake Obama adds.

Kingston then appears on a full-color screen, declaring, "A call to stop fighting Obamacare is one call I'll never answer."

Separately, an ad paid for by the Senate campaign of tea party favorite Paul Broun
targets Kingston with the same fake-call treatment — but featuring a bogus Pelosi voice.

"It's your pal Nancy," the fawning fake says. "I just wanted to say thank you for not being like those conservatives," adding: "But really Jack, it's your willingness to try to fix Obamacare, your decades of sneaking in hundreds of millions of dollars in earmarks and all those debt ceiling increases that I think are really refreshing.

"You hit the nail on the head when you said you have the heart of a Democrat."

The ads come as polls show a close race ahead of the May 20 GOP primary to pick a candidate to run in November for the seat being vacated by two-term GOP Sen. Saxby Chambliss. Michelle Nunn is the leading Democratic candidate.

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin visited the state to campaign with former Georgia secretary of state Karen Handel, while businessman David Perdue — cousin of former Gov. Sonny Perdue — has come under fire for denigrating comments he made about Handel's lack of a college degree.

Kingston, who ended last year with $3.4 million in the bank, leads the pack, according to the most recent fundraising reports, The Associated Press reported.

Rep. Phil Gingrey, a six-term lawmaker, reported ending the year with $2.3 million, while Perdue banked nearly $1.8 million after lending his campaign $1 million.

Broun had $187,000 in the bank, and Handel reported nearly $328,000, though her campaign said it had raised $100,000 since Palin's endorsement.

Republicans Art Gardner and Derrick Grayson are also running.

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