Kentucky Sen. Mitch McConnell released a new campaign ad on Wednesday, hitting the Obama administration over the IRS scandal and using an infamous quote from disgraced former president Richard Nixon to suggest President Barack Obama is Nixonian.
After using news clips about the scandal involving the IRS’s specific targeting of conservative groups, the ad shows the jaw-dropping line from Nixon’s 1977 interview with journalist David Frost.
“When the president does it, that means it is not illegal,” Nixon says.
If the message against the Obama administration isn’t clear for viewers, take the three words on the screen at the end of the ad: “Intimidation. Retaliation. Secretive.”
The online ad was produced by videographer Lucas Baiano.
McConnell, the Republican minority leader in the Senate, is up for re-election in 2014. While he has a big target on his back from national Democrats, no viable candidate has jumped in the race to challenge him yet.