In an apparent bid to shore up Mitt Romney’s support among white Southern evangelicals (a constituency that, I must confess, I thought Mitt already had in his pocket), a Super PAC with ties to Gary Bauer released an ad depicting a white, opposite-sex couple who voted for President Obama in 2008 but are switching their allegiances in 2012 because of the President’s support for marriage equality. Hunter Walker from Politicker reports:
In the commercial, which is entitled “New Morning,” a couple wakes up to coffee and the threat of legalized same sex marriage as they peruse the morning paper.
“Obama is trying to force gay marriage on this country. That’s not the change I voted for. Marriage is between a man and a woman. That’s not the change I voted for,” one of them says,
“That’s not the change I voted for either,” the other agrees.
The ad closes with a narrator advising the couple to ward off this potential onslaught of married gay couples by voting “for someone with values” as the words “VOTE ROMNEY/RYAN” appear on the screen.
The ad, which you can watch below, is currently airing in North Carolina. Walker contacted Bauer and the treasurer of his Super PAC to ask whether the ad was airing anywhere else, but received no response. However, since the group’s latest FEC filings show that it has $760,000 in cash on hand, I’m expecting this anti-gay ad, or others like it, to crop up in other key swing states across the country.