In an attempt to keep her attack campaign against Donald Trump afloat, Hillary Clinton plans to spend big dollars to dominate the air during a news lull caused by Hurricane Matthew coverage.
According to Politico, Clinton is seeking to appeal directly to swing-state voters potentially in the path of Hurricane Matthew and will spend $63,000 to reach Weather Channel viewers there for five days beginning on Thursday, according to a source monitoring TV ad buys. Hurricane Matthew is currently forecast to approach the Florida East Coast late Thursday or on Friday.
Clinton has been spending the millions of dollars she receives from special interest to buy a continual barrage of negative ads against her opponent Donald Trump in swing states. It does not appear she is interested in talking about her record or that of President Obama. The ads she has been placing accuse Trump of being racist, misogynist, and many other inflammatory name calling titles. This type of hing did not help her running mate Tim Kaine in the first VP debate. this line of attack made him come across poorly and many have said creepy.
Politico says the new Clinton ads — a small sliver of a larger cable purchase in multiple swing states, which includes just-placed ads during postseason baseball games — appear to be an attempt to salvage some share of the conversation in the run-up to Sunday’s second presidential debate. The campaign was forced by the storm Wednesday to cancel a planned Florida trip by President Barack Obama, and they’re likely to lose multiple news cycles as residents grapple with storm recovery efforts in both Florida and North Carolina.
Attacking Trump while people are suffering a terrible disaster is a risky proposition. The potential human and economic toll of major storms makes for one of the trickiest decisions of all for presidential campaigns: how to derive political benefit from natural disaster — or simply respond at all — without seeming to exploit real suffering.
Clinton has missed numerous opportunities to reach out to the public during disasters. She never has never found the time to visit or outreach to the victims of this year’s Louisiana flood.