Ohio ad: Black people should vote GOP because Lincoln freed the slaves

A Super PAC ad argues that it's a "lie” that Democrats support African-Americans

By Jillian Rayfield

Published November 1, 2012 9:35PM (EDT)


With just days to go before the election, one super PAC ad running in Ohio makes a rather unique argument for why black people in the state should vote Republican: Abraham Lincoln was a Republican, too!

The Empower Citizens Network is running one ad in the Columbus area that argues: "It is a big lie that Democrats are for black Americans, and Republicans are against black Americans. Abraham Lincoln, who freed the slaves, was a Republican. Republicans founded the NAACP. Republicans passed the Civil Rights Act, while Democrats opposed it."

Evan McMorris-Santoro of TPM writes that the group, which describes itself as an "alternative conservative" super PAC, has run a number of other ads throughout the state, including one that "accuses Obama and Democrats of imploding the economy by forcing mortgage companies to lend to 'unqualified borrowers' while the Soviet national anthem plays." And the Toledo Blade reports that a newspaper ad put out by the group says that the "Obamas throw lavish parties at the White House for 'socialist friends' that include flying in $100-per-pound Kobe beef from Japan."


Jillian Rayfield

Jillian Rayfield is an Assistant News Editor for Salon, focusing on politics. Follow her on Twitter at @jillrayfield or email her at jrayfield@salon.com.

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