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Landrieu Reenacts Committee Hearing for Campaign Ad

10:59 AM, Apr 15, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
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Democratic senator Mary Landrieu of Louisiana is in a tough reelection battle because of her support for Obamacare. So its not surprising her latest TV ad focuses on the one high-profile fight she's had with the Obama administration, over oil and gas exploration. The 60-second spot features people watching Landrieu arguing for expanding energy exploration in Louisiana and criticizing Barack Obama for its restrictionist policies. Watch the video below:

Most of the clips the ad features are from her appearances on local and cable TV news. But watch the clips of Landrieu around the video's halfway point. They feature the senator speaking in what looks like a congressional hearing, excoriating a faceless witness. "They have to sit here and listen to the federal government say, 'We can't share a penny with you'? I will not rest until this injustice is fixed," Landrieu says. "Do you think there are a bunch of fairy godmothers out there who just wave a magic wand?"

The clips feature a chyron at the bottom of the screen for a program called "Eye on Washington." Below that is the headline, "Obama administration says it won't support increased oil and gas revenue sharing." The problem is that the video clip doesn't come from C-SPAN or any other real TV show. In fact, the clip is a reenactment of a real committee hearing from last year, viewable here. The relevant lines that Landrieu recreated for the campaign ad begin at about 2 hours and 30 minutes into the video.

The reenactment fixes a verbal flub from Landrieu's original speech. Originally, she said "Do you think there are a bunch of fairy godmothers out there that just wish a magic wand?" The line is cleaned up for the campaign ad.

There are clues from the ad that the clips of her talking tough on energy are from a reenactment. Landrieu is wearing a different jacket and has a different haircut. Her nameplate that reads "Sen. Landrieu" is a larger size, and the aides sitting behind her are different, in a room that is clearly not the Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing room.

Landrieu is in a tough reelection battle against Republican congressman Bill Cassidy and other candidates in Louisiana's open primary. If she is unable to break 50 percent support in the November primary, she'll most likely face Cassidy in the December runoff. In the Real Clear Politics average for the head-to-head matchup between Cassidy and Landrieu, Cassidy holds a 2.4-point lead.

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