The conservative advocacy group Let Freedom Ring released an ad Thursday to run in key swing states depicting President Barack Obama as a Muslim Brotherhood sympathizer.
The group was planning on airing the ads next month, but shifted course after Muslims attacked the Egyptian embassy and killed four Americans in Libya, including Ambassador Christopher Stevens. Egypt's new president, Mohammed Morsi, belongs to the Muslim Brotherhood, considered a terrorist organization by some. The Brotherhood denies such claims.
Let Freedom Ring President Colin Hanna says Obama's response to the incidents illustrated his naïvete´ on foreign affairs.
"After our embassies were stormed, President Obama's administration offered apologies while the Muslim Brotherhood stood by as we were attacked," Hanna says. "Instead of confronting our enemies such as the Muslim Brotherhood, Obama kowtows to them."
The one-minute ad is part of a $7 million online campaign, which is being launched in Wisconsin, Virginia, and Pennsylvania with less than 50 days until the election.
The online ad doggedly attacks Obama for inviting the Muslim Brotherhood to the White House and supporting it financially. It blames Obama for the rise of anti-American riots across the Middle East, and also blasts the Obama administration for giving Egypt $1.5 billion in foreign aid.
The ad, which is filled with images of rioters, questions why Obama would reach out to Egypt's leaders when they "sought to renew long-severed ties with Iran" and destroy Israel.
"The Muslim Brotherhood's top leaders even write about taking over America," the ad's narrator says against the backdrop of eerie drum music.
During his time in the White House, Obama's approval rating on foreign affairs has remained steady. During the recent turmoil in the Middle East, however, Obama's approval rating has fallen five points.
The ad buy comes just two months before the election and could have major impacts on the president in swing states where a Gallup poll shows a tight race between Obama and Romney.
Hanna says he hopes the ads will give voters pause on casting a ballot for Obama.
"One of our convictions is that the perception of weakness is actually provocative and invites attacks," Hanna says. "Obama isn't keeping us safe."
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