Jim Davis (finally) unveils tv ads by Mitch E.Perry10/02/06
Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jim Davis announced today unveiled his first two new television ads of the general election campaign.
For state Democrats, disheartened by recent poll numbers, the ads can not get on fast enough, as there are serious concerns that the Davis campaign is much farther back then they would like to be , 5 weeks before the general election.
But Davis insists the ads are not starting too late (roll tape#1 o.q.Ã¢â‚¬?are paying attentionÃ¢â‚¬?)
The cost of the ads are not being paid for by the Davis campaign, but by the Florida Democratic Party.
One of the ads will feature one of DavisÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ main education themes. The FCAT (roll tape#2 o.q.Ã¢â‚¬? as governor I intend to change thatÃ¢â‚¬?)
The 2nd ad will focus on one of the biggest issues in the entire state, property taxes. (roll tape#3 o.q.Ã¢â‚¬?to local property ownersÃ¢â‚¬?)
When asked what he meant by Ã¢â‚¬Ëœspecial interestsÃ¢â‚¬â„¢, Davis said he meant tax cuts that went to the wealthiest in Florida (roll tape#4 o.q.Ã¢â‚¬? )
Davis also said he will be unveiling a plan on Tuesday to cut taxes by 1 billion dollars , which would Ã¢â‚¬Ëœtake place immediately.Ã¢â‚¬â„¢
That concept drew some derision from reporters present on the conference call, like Brent Kalistead of the Associated Press (roll tape#5 o.q.Ã¢â‚¬?more details from me tomorrowÃ¢â‚¬?)
The ads, which are financed by the Florida Democratic Party, will begin airing in seven Florida media markets, including Tampa, beginning tomorrow. They are only 15 seconds in length. One reporter asked if thatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s because the Party couldnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t afford to pay for 30 second ads. Davis disagreed, saying that his message is so succinct, he doesnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t need the extra 15 seconds.