Georgia Special Election: Radio Ad Misquotes Obama to Drive Down Black Vote

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Former U.S. President Obama speaks during a discussion at the German Protestant Kirchentag in front of the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin
Georgia Special Election: Radio ad misquotes Obama to drive down black voteCredit: REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch

A radio ad supporting the Republican candidate, Karen Handel, in today's special election Georgia's 6th congressional district uses a quote from former President Barack Obama out of context "to convince black voters the Democrats do not care about their votes," reports CNN

CNN’s KFile first reported on the radio advertisement which uses a clip of Obama reading from his autobiography, “Dreams from My Father.” The clip being used is actually from Obama quoting someone else. However the ad implies it is Obama who is saying the words, which are actually from a Chicago barber in the early 1980s talking about the city’s politics ahead of the election of the first black mayor in 1983, according to CNN.

The ad begins with narration from conservative, African-American activist Autry Pruitt: “It may seem out of season, but all of a sudden, Democratic politicians have started coming around again. We normally only see them every other November, swarming around and making promises to get our vote. But nothing ever changes for us, does it? Here's what President Barack Obama had to say about it."

Obama then says: “Plantation politics. Black people in the worst jobs. The worst housing. Police brutality rampant. But when the so-called black committeemen came around election time, we'd all line up and vote the straight Democratic ticket. Sell our souls for a Christmas turkey."

Pruitt comes back concluding, “Let's not sell out for another Christmas turkey. The more things change, the more they stay the same. Democrats keep taking our votes for granted.”