With the Iowa caucus scheduled for February 1st, Bernie Sanders unveiled an inspirational, minute-long ad Thursday centered around Simon & Garfunkel's 1968 single "America." The commercial, dubbed "America," features images of packed campaign rallies, Sanders meet-and-greets, American flags and the Des Moines skyline while the Bookends track plays in the background. The ad's tagline borrows a line from the song's lyrics, "They’ve all come to look for America..."
While politicians and musicians have already butted heads numerous times this election season over unauthorized song usage, Sanders' spokesperson prefaced the ad Thursday morning by saying that the commercial shouldn't be considered an endorsement from the folk duo, Variety reports. However, the song was properly licensed, and a rep for Art Garfunkel said the singer did approve Sanders' use of "America."
The "America" ad will start airing in Iowa and New Hampshire, site of the February 9th caucus, on Friday.