O Canada! Rubio campaign ad featuring Vancouver stirs derision

February 16, 2016
U.S. Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio speaks during a campaign town hall at Dorchester Boat Club in Summerville, South Carolina February 16, 2016. REUTERS/Chris Keane - RTX278UQ

Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio speaks during a campaign town hall at Dorchester Boat Club in Summerville, South Carolina, February 16, 2016. REUTERS/Chris Keane

Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson has a message for Marco Rubio: If you like our city skyline enough to use it in your campaign ad, come check out our policies.

Rubio’s latest political ad, called “Morning in America” and released Sunday, was meant to mimic a message of optimism from President Ronald Reagan’s successful 1984 campaign.

But instead of optimism, the ad evoked derision when viewers realized the serene city skyline pictured belongs to Vancouver, Canada – not any place further south.

“It was bizarre seeing Vancouver playing a starring role in a Republican campaign ad,” Robertson said in an email to Reuters.

Robertson, who has already spoken out against Rubio’s Republican rival Donald Trump in this election cycle, said Rubio should come to his city to experience some of its more liberal policies up close.

“If Marco Rubio likes Vancouver’s waterfront that much, I’d encourage him to come check out our universal healthcare, public transit and Pride parade,” he said.

On social media, both Canadians and Americans also noticed the ad’s blip, and they teased and criticized the campaign for its mistake.

You’re welcome, America! Vancouver skyline in Marco Rubio’s ‘Morning again in America’ campaign ad https://t.co/mo0wv0Fdr9 via @sharethis

— Jim Slotek (@jimslotek) February 15, 2016

The Rubio campaign said it hadn’t noticed there was anything wrong with the ad until it was contacted by BuzzFeed News, which first reported the error.

“Ha! Nice catch by BuzzFeed,” a spokesman told the online news outlet.

“We hadn’t noticed that,” the spokesman said. “We are not going to make Canada an issue in this election.”

You can watch the ad here.

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