It's a jungle out there: Animals in campaign ads

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Associated Press

Posted on August 14, 2014 at 2:04 PM

Updated Thursday, Aug 14 at 4:02 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — It's a jungle out there in campaign television advertising.

Parrots, chicks, dogs and pigs are taking turns in commercials that bite and scratch in a way no nonpartisan pet ever would.

A parrot had a starring role in a Club for Growth Action ad that ran earlier in the year in Arkansas. It was meant to ridicule President Barack Obama and Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor's now-abandoned claims that state residents could keep their health insurance if they wanted.

Democratic congressman John Barrow in Georgia uses a dog in the first television commercial of his campaign and says it works harder than most lawmakers.

In Iowa, pigs and chicks take opposite sides of a Senate race — the snouts for Republican Joni Ernst, the beaks for Democratic congressman Bruce Braley.

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