Former New Mexico Gov. Gary E. Johnson, the Libertarian Party’s candidate for president, has purchased air time on cable in the Washington, D.C., area and markets across the country to launch his first national television ad Friday night.
The ad, titled “Cast a Vote for Peace,” features voices of children in the background as the words “Right now in Iran a lot of little kids are about to die” flash onscreen in the 30-second spot.
The ad then cuts to footage of what appears to be a drone plane flying, with Mr. Johnson’s voice in the background declaring that he will be “the only candidate that does not want to bomb Iran.”
The spot calls to mind President Lyndon B. Johnson’s famous “Daisy” ad from 1964, which shows the image of a little girl counting flower petals, giving way to a mushroom cloud from a nuclear explosion. Johnson’s opponent, Republican Barry Goldwater, had discussed the possibility of using atomic weapons in Vietnam.
“My name is Gary Johnson,” the Libertarian Party candidate concludes in his ad. “Be a libertarian with me for one election — live free. I approve this message.”
Both President Obama and Mitt Romney have pledged to keep Iran from acquiring or making a nuclear weapon and have advocated similar strategies of imposing sanctions on the country as part of a plan to get it to stop Tehran’s uranium enrichment program.