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September 29, 2008

Schock and awe

The Democratic candidate vying to succeed retiring Rep. Ray LaHood (R-Ill.) has gone nuclear, literally. 

Colleen Callahan went up with an advertisement that raises the specter of a nuclear attack if voters elect her Republican opponent, state Rep. Aaron Schock. It’s a ripoff of the famous “Daisy” ad that Lyndon Johnson used against Barry Goldwater in the 1964 presidential campaign.

She cites Schock’s comments during his campaign kickoff that the United States should sell nuclear missiles to Taiwan if China didn’t help convince Iran to abandon its nuclear ambitions.

“Nuclear weapons can destroy life on our planet,” a narrator says in the ad. “Aaron Schock said we should sell nuclear weapons to Taiwan. There are some mistakes we can’t afford to make – like sending Aaron Schock to Congress. Schock: so extreme it’s scary.”

The ad also attacks Schock over his age in a not-so-subtle manner. If elected, the 27-year-old state representative would be the youngest member of Congress. During the ad, a quote from LaHood appears on the screen referring to Schock’s “immaturity.”

Schock is the heavy favorite to succeed LaHood, and Callahan’s decision to “go nuclear” is a product of her poor standing in polls. Schock’s internal polling last month showed him leading Callahan 56 to 27 percent in the Peoria-area district.