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Politics Harris leads U.S. Democrats in Facebook ads on impeachment; Biden absent

08:25  03 october  2019
08:25  03 october  2019 Source:   reuters.com

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Noticeably absent from tallies of Democrats ' pro- impeachment ads is former Vice President Joe Biden , a leading presidential contender who is at He must be impeached ," according to an ad run by Harris ' Facebook page on Sept. 24. The ads are part of an effort by Harris ' campaign, which has

Noticeably absent from tallies of Democrats ’ pro- impeachment ads is former Vice President Joe Biden , a leading presidential contender who is at the center of the That represents the majority of the more than 570 new ads by Democratic candidates that week that mentioned impeachment .

WASHINGTON/LONDON (Reuters) - U.S. Senator Kamala Harris is funding the most new Facebook ads calling for President Donald Trump's impeachment among the 19 Democrats seeking their party's nomination to face the Republican president in the November 2020 election, a Reuters review of Facebook ad data shows.

Kamala Harris holding a sign: FILE PHOTO: Democratic 2020 U.S. presidential candidate and U.S. Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA) takes the stage at the New Hampshire Democratic Party state convention in Manchester© Reuters/Gretchen Ertl FILE PHOTO: Democratic 2020 U.S. presidential candidate and U.S. Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA) takes the stage at the New Hampshire Democratic Party state convention in Manchester

Noticeably absent from tallies of Democrats' pro-impeachment ads is former Vice President Joe Biden, a leading presidential contender who is at the center of the Ukraine controversy involving a call between Trump and Ukraine's president that led to last week's launch of a House impeachment inquiry against the president.

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A recent Biden campaign ad on Facebook . The Biden campaign cast its diminishing digital footprint Facebook data shows that Mr. Biden ’ s campaign has targeted much of its advertising toward older By contrast, Mr. Buttigieg set out to raise .5 million online, Senator Kamala Harris of California

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Harris, whose "Dude gotta go!" slogan on Trump's presidency has become a signature chant at her rallies, ran more than 420 Facebook ads that mentioned the words "impeach" or "impeachment" in the week through Monday, according to a Reuters analysis of Facebook ad data gathered by the Online Political Ads Transparency Project.

That represents the majority of the more than 570 new ads by Democratic candidates that week that mentioned impeachment.

"No one is above the law. He must be impeached," according to an ad run by Harris' Facebook page on Sept. 24.

The ads are part of an effort by Harris' campaign, which has been struggling in opinion polls in recent weeks, to position her as a candidate who can take on Trump. In calling for impeachment, Harris, a former California attorney general, has said she is ready to “prosecute the case” against Trump.

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After the 2016 election, Democratic leaders reached an all but unanimous conclusion: To defeat President Trump in 2020, they would have to do more than condemn his offensive behavior and far-right ideology, as Hillary Clinton had done.

The inquiry could lead to approval of articles of impeachment - or formal charges - against Trump in the House. That would lead to a trial in the Senate “It’ s a call to action.” The ads will target districts that elected Democrats in 2018 after going for Trump in the 2016 election. “We’re going to be putting

The U.S. senator from California also sent a formal letter to Twitter this week asking the company to suspend Trump's account. Harris' campaign did not respond to a Reuters request for comment.

By contrast, Biden, who said last week he would support impeachment if Trump does not cooperate with Congress, has not run any ads on his Facebook page with the word "impeach" or "impeachment" in the ad data examined by Reuters, which covered ads launched between May and September, including the week after the impeachment probe opened.

The references that Biden does make to the controversy in Facebook ads focus more on the personal nature of Trump's request in a July phone call that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy investigate Biden and his son Hunter - the incident that led to the impeachment inquiry.

Trump has repeatedly insisted, without evidence, that Biden used his influence as vice president to kill an investigation of a Ukrainian energy company of which Hunter Biden was a board member.

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The inquiry could lead to approval of articles of impeachment - or formal charges - against Trump in the House. That would lead to a trial in the Senate “It’ s a call to action.” The ads will target districts that elected Democrats in 2018 after going for Trump in the 2016 election. “We’re going to be putting

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"Donald Trump asked a foreign leader for a 'favor' in an attempt to manufacture a smear campaign against me," one Biden ad read.

Harris was followed in the tally of impeachment-themed ads by U.S. Senator Cory Booker, who launched at least 99 such ads in the week through Monday. Next was U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders, who ran at least 32.

The ad data published by Facebook, which was collected by computer scientists at the Tandon School of Engineering at New York University, includes ad text but not photos or videos.

Some of Harris' ads call on supporters to sign a card thanking House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi for opening the inquiry, a tactic through which candidates can build their list of potential voters.

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The candidates' differing approaches reflect the fact they "each have their own messages and are likely going after different segments of the Democratic base," said Kyle Tharp, a spokesman for ACRONYM, a progressive organization which tracks political digital spending.

Trump, the top spender on Facebook ads by any presidential candidate, is also running the most ads about impeachment, launching at least 1,900 in the week through Monday that mention "impeach" or "impeachment."

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The Trump campaign has used the inquiry, which he has assailed as a fraud and hoax, to ramp up a fundraising blitz. The campaign said it raised $15 million in 72 hours after Pelosi’s impeachment inquiry announcement.

"Every time Democrats think they've got something to take President Trump down, it just makes him and his campaign bigger, badder, and better than before," said Erin Perrine, a Trump campaign spokeswoman.

Some of Trump's Facebook ads ask voters to donate to the 'Official Impeachment Defense Fund.' They describe the impeachment effort as a Democratic plan to steal next year's election, or as a product of an "unhinged socialist mob" that includes Pelosi and Democratic Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

"Donald Trump is in full panic mode and his campaign is being forced to spend millions of dollars on impeachment," said Kevin Mack, lead strategist of Need to Impeach, the super PAC (political action group) founded by billionaire Democratic candidate Tom Steyer.

The group on Tuesday announced a roughly $3 million push in TV and digital ads targeting Senate Republicans over impeachment.

(Reporting by Jason Lange in Washington and Elizabeth Culliford in London; Additional reporting from Sharon Bernstein in Sacramento, California; Editing by Soyoung Kim and Peter Cooney)

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