Rubio's Patriotic Ad Actually Shows Canada

'It's morning again in America,' or maybe not
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 16, 2016 7:50 AM CST

(Newser) – Marco Rubio can't seem to catch a break. Over the weekend, the Republican contender shared a new ad, "Morning Again," which appears to be a bleaker play on Ronald Reagan's 1984 "Morning in America" ad. It opens with a boat passing through a harbor as a narrator says, "It's morning again in America," ostensibly setting the scene for the promise of a fresh start after eight years under Barack Obama. There's just one problem, reports BuzzFeed: The scene shown is actually Vancouver, Canada. Not only is the city's Harbour Centre Lookout Tower apparent in the background, but a blown-up look (which BuzzFeed provides) reveals a Canadian flag waving on the rear of the boat.

Videographer Guy Chavasse confirms to CBC News that he did indeed shoot the video in North Vancouver in August; he suspects it cost the Rubio campaign about $80 to use it. "Ha! Nice catch by BuzzFeed—we hadn't noticed that," a Rubio spokesman says, promising "we are not going to make Canada an issue in this election." BuzzFeed notes the video clip is tagged "New York" and "San Francisco" on Shutterstock, which may have led to some confusion. Funny enough, the Shutterstock description references boats passing "at sunset." (A Ted Cruz ad featured a porn actress.)

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