Oct 24, 2020 • 1HR 27M

Voter Purging/Biden-Trump Ad Wars

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Ralph Nader
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Voting rights advocate, Greg Palast, returns to give us the latest on Republican efforts to purge the voter rolls of people of color. And ad guru, Bill Hillsman, comes back to analyze the effectiveness of the late stage TV ads from the Biden and Trump campaigns.

Greg Palast is an economist and financial investigator turned journalist. He is known for his investigative reports for BBC, The Guardian and Rolling Stone. Mr. Palast was instrumental in exposing historic controversies such as the Shoreham Nuclear Power Station Project, Exxon Valdez, the 2000 U.S. Presidential Election and Deepwater Horizon. He is the author of The Best Democracy Money Can Buy.  His latest book is How Trump Stole 2020: The Hunt for America’s Vanished Voters.

“Once a year [Secretaries of State] can literally wipe off the voter rolls, those voters they think shouldn’t vote. And not surprisingly these hacks tend to remove people of color.”

Greg Palast, author of How Trump Stole 2020: The Hunt for America’s Vanished Voters

“Young people! Sign up to be a poll worker, because a lot of the elderly volunteers are too frightened to go to the polls, because they’re excessively vulnerable to the Covid-19. Stand up for the elderly people who volunteered for decades and take their place.”

Ralph Nader

Bill Hillsman is a writer and an expert on Independent voters. He is the founder and CEO of North Woods Advertising in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He ran award-winning political advertising campaigns for Senator Paul Wellstone, Governor Jesse Ventura and our own Ralph Nader’s presidential campaign. North Woods Advertising has won numerous awards for creativity in advertising, including an EMMY and multiple POLLIE awards. Mr. Hillsman authored the book Run The Other Way: Fixing the Two-Party System, One Campaign at a Time.

“Biden ran an extremely good ad on the first game of the World Series. They were somehow able to get Sam Elliott to be the voiceover on that. And it’s gotten a remarkable response. The nature of the ad was a call to bring us together. And there is no more American – especially Western American – voice than Sam Elliott. The fact that Sam Elliot was the voiceover in that ad is going to get them tens of thousands of votes just on that basis.”

Bill Hillsman, founder of North Woods Advertising

“They’ve (Democrats) decided to attack Trump on some of his strengths. Whether that’s going to work or not, I don’t know. From an advertising perspective, though it seems to make some sense, based primarily on just how much money he (Biden) has.”

Bill Hillsman, founder of North Woods Advertising

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