A group of Republican-leaning Navy SEALs is battling with movie mogul and Democratic donor Harvey Weinstein for voters' attention Nov. 4, just two days before Election Day.
The Special Operations OPSEC Education Fund, a political action committee made up of former special operations and intelligence members, says it will air an anti-Obama ad in key swing states during the prime-time debut of Weinstein's new "Seal Team Six: The Raid on Osama Bin Laden."
The dramatic film, which prominently features President Obama's role in the raid that killed bin Laden, will debut on National Geographic and release on Netflix the following day.
OPSEC's ad, called "A Bump in the Road," is narrated by the group's president Scott Taylor, who says the Obama administration didn't "tell the truth about what happened" in the attack on the U.S. consulate in Libya in September. That attack killed four Americans, including U.S. Ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens and two former Navy SEALs working as security contractors there. "And the president says it's just 'a bump in the road,'" Taylor says. "There is nothing acceptable about playing politics with national security and American lives."
"A Bump in the Road," which is already airing in the swing states of Ohio and Virginia, echoes criticism from Mitt Romney and a number of other Republicans upset that Obama told 60 Minutes the protests in the Middle East after the attack in Libya were a "bump in the road" to democracy.
Taylor says OPSEC decided to buy spots for the ad beyond just Ohio and Virginia after realizing Weinstein was involved in the SEAL film, and that the film was airing on National Geographic just two days before the election.
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"It's a political move and it's disappointing that National Geographic is running it," Taylor says. "In response to that we decided to sandwich the film with our ad."
Neither National Geographic nor the Weinstein Company immediately responded to request for comment about the film.
But the New York Times reported Tuesday the original version of Weinstein's film had been recut to include a more prominent role for Obama. "The star turn is virtually certain to bolster claims that the approximately 90-minute film amounts to a political stunt," the Times wrote. Weinstein told the Times the scenes with Obama were added to give the film a greater sense of realism.
This is not the first time OPSEC has accused Obama of politicizing the death of Osama bin Laden. In August, the group released a documentary short film called "Dishonorable Disclosures" on the issue. That documentary has now been viewed 4.7 million times and has raised approximately $2 million since its release, according to OPSEC.
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