Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz‘s campaign posted hours of raw, unedited and highly awkward footage onto its YouTube page this summer. Why? Because it’s the only legal way the campaign could make the footage available to any Super PACs that might want to use it for their pro-Cruz ads.
BuzzFeed initially reported on the YouTube videos in July, but couldn’t determine why the Cruz campaign had posted them online.
According to CNN‘s Chris Moody, however, “campaigns often post videos like these as a way to navigate around campaign finance laws that restrict collusion between campaigns and outside groups because they are available in a public place.”
“But while other campaigns have posted highly-produced clips of B-Roll,” notes Moody, “Cruz’s version is raw and largely uncut.”
That’s because the footage doesn’t resemble the B-roll footage that most campaigns usually published for public consumption and use. Instead, it’s filled with all kinds of outtakes, gaffes and awkward moments. These include repeated family prayers before a dinner that’s never eaten (much to the Cruz girls’ irritation), multiple awkward hugs with extended family members, and Cruz’s rather bashful mother, Eleanor Darragh.
“That’s too personal, Ted,” she tells her son. “I don’t want to tell that.”
“Well I want to tell that, and you’re the best person to tell that,” says Cruz.
Check out the clip above, via CNN. All of the raw footage can be found here.
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