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Rubio campaign ad ‘Morning Again in America’ features stock footage of Canada

Marco Rubio’s campaign ad “Morning Again in America” features a stock footage shot of the harbor and skyline of Vancouver, Canada.
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Marco Rubio’s campaign ad “Morning Again in America” features a stock footage shot of the harbor and skyline of Vancouver, Canada.

A television campaign ad, paid for and approved by Marco Rubio, says that it’s “morning again in America,” but the establishing shot features the harbor and skyline of Vancouver, Canada.

“It’s unmistakably Vancouver,” the Vancouver Sun said on Monday after a report on BuzzFeed, pointing out a clearly visible Canadian flag flying behind the steaming tugboat in the skyline shot.

“It’s morning again in America,” the ad says as Canada’s City of Glass shimmers in the distant light. “Under the leadership of Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, our country is more vulnerable, divided, and diminished than ever before,” the ad concludes.

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A videographer based in Vancouver shot the footage last August, according to the CBC. “It’s pretty funny, isn’t it?” Guy Chavasse told the CBC. “It’s a good-looking video, no doubt, but it’s pretty recognizable as Vancouver.”

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“Somewhere out there, Ted Cruz is thanking God that the ad isn’t his,” the Washington Post said in an analysis piece, referring to the fact that Senator Cruz was born in Canada to an American mother, something his GOP opponent Donald Trump has been keen to remind voters on the campaign trail.

Cruz himself recently pulled a campaign ad because it was revealed one of the actresses in the spot, Amy Lindsay, acted in roles in softcore pornography films.

The Rubio ad goes on to show more images of Americana — a yellow taxicab on a bustling city street, a lone man walking past a tractor in a field, and a paperboy riding his bike past well-manicured surburban lawns — while the narrator paints a troubling picture of the nation under the last eight years of Democratic leadership.

Watch the ad:

Rob DeCola can be reached at robert.decola@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @robdecola.