Bizarre Ted Cruz Video: The Making Of A Pro-Family Political Ad

  • by: Alan Duke

The finish ads show Ted Cruz as the great father and good son, but the unedited video reveals staged hugs, words put in relatives' mouths, an exasperated candidate, a reluctant mother and really cute kids.

You can see what was left on the cutting room floor because Cruz put all of the raw video from a December 31, 2014, shoot at his home on YouTube. Why would he do that, showing the unreality of his political ads? It's because federal rules prevent his campaign from coordinating with super pacs who want to produce commercials supporting him and uploading them to a disguised video account gets around that.

But nothing is secret on social nets. (Just ask Lead Stories' Trendolizer, which scours them daily.) CNN and others found the raw video. Below, you will first see a CNN political report about it. Then scroll down to see what Comedy Central's Daily Show did with the video.

The Daily Show titled this spoof ad based on the raw video "Senator Dad"

This satirical Daily Show ad is titled "Cruz Control"

Lead Stories' Trendolizer scours social nets for trending Ted Cruz content. Visit our Ted Cruz section, type "Ted Cruz"in our site search box, or just scroll down for the latest top content.

  Alan Duke

Editor-in-Chief Alan Duke co-founded Lead Stories after ending a 26-year career with CNN, where he mainly covered entertainment, current affairs and politics. Duke closely covered domestic terrorism cases for CNN, including the Oklahoma City federal building bombing, the UNABOMBER and search for Southeast bomber Eric Robert Rudolph. CNN moved Duke to Los Angeles in 2009 to cover the entertainment beat. Duke also co-hosted a daily podcast with former HLN host Nancy Grace, "Crime Stories with Nancy Grace" and hosted the podcast series "Stan Lee's World: His Real Life Battle with Heroes & Villains." You'll also see Duke in many news documentaries, including on the Reelz channel, CNN and HLN.

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