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Herman Cain releases bland new campaign ad

Herman Cain, who begins his second week of damage control over allegations that he sexually harassed four women while he was head of the National Restaurant Association, did something very conventional Monday.

His campaign released a run-of-the-mill Web ad that shows the candidate, shaking hands with supporters, rather than flashing a creepy slow-motion grin as he did in his last Web ad.

Cain stars in the ad, which ditches a smoking Mark Block, and instead feature tractors, and a very cute dog, kicking up smoke and laying in what looks like a bed of grain or corn.

The ad focuses on Iowa and features Dean Kleckner, former president of the American Farm Bureau, and the main message is: the Environmental Protection Agency and regulations, bad. Cain, good. Iowa farmers, very important.

“Herman Cain reminds me of Ronald Reagan, and I knew Ronald Reagan,” Kleckner says in the ad. “I think Herman Cain can defend the American farmer. I think Herman Cain should be the next president of the United States of America.”

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Nia-Malika Henderson is a political reporter for The Fix.


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