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What does a Senate candidate do when she has her own entire cable channel to try to fill up with ads? Well, if she's Republican Linda Lingle, she steals old ads. Here's the original, an ad from John Hancock about its mutual funds, in which an older man instant-messages with someone, presumably a spouse, about retirement planning.

And here's the nearly identical Lingle ad, where an older man IMs with what seems to be a spouse, about how Linda Lingle is the answer for protecting Social Security and Medicare.
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Theft aside, the ad is at the very least deceptive, given that Lingle would very likely be a reliable vote for the Republicans and their plan to gut Medicare and Social Security (though they're a lot quieter about those plans). After all, back in 2005, Lingle expressed support for George W. Bush's plan to privatize Social Security, saying she “was impressed with the president's plans to continue building on the economic momentum of the last few years, including details to strengthen and save Social Security to ensure future generations will have a secure retirement.”

So this ad apparently makes her a thief and a liar, unless she's renounced her Social Security privatizing ways.

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