Feel The Painful Awkwardness From The Outtakes Of A Ted Cruz Campaign Commercial

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I’ve found my favorite thing on the internet today.

Someone at CNN scoured through the outtake footage of a campaign commercial for Ted Cruz and they are absolutely awkward as hell. Cruz, a senator from Texas, is clearly a better politician than he is film director.

Watch below:

Vice explains how this awful footage ever saw the light of day:

By law, super PAC’s aren’t allowed to coordinate with the political campaigns that they support. The law has produced a number of absurdities in the campaign finance system, one of which is the campaign practice of quietly uploading raw footage of the candidate onto public sites like YouTube, so super PACs can legally use the material in their own ads. The hope, of course, is that no one will notice the videos. But CNN’s Chris Moody did, stumbling on hours raw footage from a Ted Cruz campaign ad shoot.

I’m not trying to be political here. This inane bullshit happens on both sides of the aisle, no doubt. But watching this shit made me laugh so hard. There is INCESSANT coughing throughout the whole thing. Cruz straight up bullies his mom into sharing something personal that he thinks will connect with voters. He brings his cousins in to compliment the family and they clearly have no idea what to say. Someone forces his wife to recite lines from Dr. Seuss. Dozens of staged hugs and “I love you” moments. Ten attempts, at least, at saying grace before dinner.

“Should our daughters hold hands across the table even though they are clearly too small to pull it off?”

This is politics, in a nutshell. It’s amazing that some people out there are stupid enough to be influenced by this load of garbage.

A mission for everyone: We must expose every second of this footage from all of the candidates. It clearly exists, as Vice points out above, if super PACs are supporting these guys (and gals). I will not stop until I have cringed through at least 24 hours of cookie-cutter political ad outtakes.

It must be done. It must be shared. The world must see how awkward it is to film one of these terrible ads.

[via Vice]

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