McConnell video mistakenly included Duke basketball footage

March 25, 2014

5:45 p.m. update: The second version of McConnell's video has been taken down, reportedly out of concern over possible NCAA violations. The McConnell campaign did not immediately respond to request for comment. 

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is running for reelection in a state where college basketball is king and the state's two best teams are set to clash in the NCAA men's basketball tournament on Friday.

But at the end of a Web video released Tuesday morning, it was the Duke University Blue Devils — from North Carolina — who were seen celebrating.

"This is our time to get it right, this is the moment, let's go out there and do it," says McConnell in the video, as brief footage of two Duke basketball players celebrating flashes on screen. An updated version was later put online with the Duke footage replaced by an image of a University of Kentucky player.

Kentucky plays in-state rival Louisville on Friday. Louisville, which is also featured in McConnell's video, won the national championship last year. Kentucky won it in 2012.

Joe Sonka of LEO Weekly pulled a copy of the original ad, with the Duke footage appearing at the 1:09 mark:

And here's the updated version the McConnell campaign posted:

McConnell campaign spokeswoman Allison Moore blamed the campaign's Web vendor for the mistake.

"The ad was intended to highlight Kentucky's basketball dominance and obviously the Web ad vendor has become so accustomed to watching national championship celebrations in the Bluegrass State that they made a mistake with one of the images. Obviously we were horrified by the error and quickly changed it," Moore said.

Duke was eliminated in the first round of the NCAA tournament last week. The McConnell campaign compared likely Senate Democratic nominee Alison Lundergan Grimes to the team unfavorably on Twitter Friday:

McConnell did not fill out an NCAA tournament bracket. Grimes picked Florida to defeat Louisville in the title game in her bracket.

Sean Sullivan has covered national politics for The Washington Post since 2012.
Continue reading
Comments
Show Comments
Most Read Politics

politics

post-politics

Success! Check your inbox for details.

See all newsletters