Santorum campaign links Obama and Ahmadinejad in new apocalyptic video

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Screen grab from Rick Santorum campaign's Obamaville YouTube video

By Travis Mayfield

It is an unlisted YouTube video with no description.  Yet it is getting national media coverage from coast to coast.

The Rick Santorum presidential campaign quietly released the video, titled simply Obamaville, Friday.

Since then Santorum supporters have hailed it an apocalyptic prediction for America’s future if President Obama is re-elected.

Critics though have called it 'notably insane.'

Now MSNBC, Politico and the LA Times are all focused on one split second flash frame in the midst of the video.

From the LA Times:

Forty seconds in, the ad is at its most combative, showing a rundown television briefly flashing between an image of President Obama and Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as the narrator warns that a "sworn American enemy becomes a nuclear threat."

Politico’s Dylan Byers asked Santorum campaign spokesman Hogan Gidley if the video is suggesting the Ahmadinejad and Obama are the same person?  A claim Hogan calls ‘ridiculous.’

Q: And there's no suggestion here that Obama is Ahmadinejad?

Gidley: No, no, no, no, no. We'd be a lot more deliberate if that's what we were trying to do. There'd be something a whole lot more -- Rick doesn't parse words, our campaign, we're not sneaky people. We'd tell you what we think, obviously. That's not what we're trying to do.

Apparently the video is a trailer for a series of short  videos the campaign calls a ‘cautionary tale.’  Those videos will be posted over the coming weeks on Santorum’s website.

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