It's morning again in America, eh? U.S. campaign ad mistakenly features Vancouver
A new campaign ad for Republican candidate Marco Rubio mistakenly features footage of Vancouver's iconic downtown skyline.
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Vancouver has found itself unwittingly thrust into the U.S. presidential race after a new campaign ad for Republican candidate Marco Rubio mistakenly featured footage of the Canadian city’s downtown skyline.
The ad, which was released over the weekend, opens with scenic sunrise shot of a tugboat with a city in the background as a narrator says “it’s morning again in America”— a reference to Ronald Reagan's 1984 campaign slogan that used the same line.
The only problem? The city in the background isn’t America.
It’s unmistakably Vancouver’s iconic skyline, seen across the Burrard Inlet.
The city’s Harbour Centre is clearly visible in the shot, as are the cranes at Port Metro Vancouver. A small Canadian flag can even be seen flying on the back of the tugboat.
Rubio’s campaign manager reportedly told Buzzfeed, which first reported on the footage, that the use of the clip was a mistake.
It appears the footage originated from Shutterstock and was shot by Vancouver-based videographer Guy Chevasse.
Another video from Chevasse that appears to have been filmed on the same day shows another unmistakable Vancouver landmark— the five white sails atop Canada Place.
This isn’t the first time Vancouver has been mistakenly identified as another city.
In December 2013, a real estate brochure for condo buildings in the Chinese coastal city of Weihai tried to pass itself off as Vancouver using a photo of False Creek looking toward Burrard Bridge.