I know the little candidate statement in political ads is required - "I'm Candidate X and I approve this message." It distinguishes those ads put out by the campaign itself from those ads put out by third parties which are not supposed to be coordinated with the candidate's campaign. Still, it's a little jarring.
It would be kind of fun to have an ad which seems to end about 15 seconds in and the candidate comes out to say, "Hi. I'm Candidate X and, actually, I'm a little disappointed in this ad. I wanted something with more oomph, a pretty spokeswoman, and touching on issues Y and Z, too. But I'm trying to be fiscally responsible and this is what we could afford."
I think such an ad would, if done well, be kind of charming and help to humanize a candidate after all the cut-and-paste ads that kind of run into each other. Probably go viral, too. So I offer the idea to whichever candidate for whatever office from any party who wants to try it.
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