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October 29, 2018

President Trump's 2020 re-election campaign just released a new ad ahead of the midterm elections, although Trump himself is nowhere to be found in it.

The video revolves around a mother who feels hopeful that "things are starting to change" after the economic recession. She watches as a TV news story reports that the unemployment rate is at its lowest level in 18 years. She reflects back on how badly the economy was doing around 2010 and then ominously warns that "this could all go away," while looking at a sign that says "Vote Republican." After the woman votes for a Republican candidate in the midterms, the ad flashes forward to a bright future. "Things are getting better," text on the screen declares. "We can't go back."

The fact that the ad was paid for by the Trump 2020 campaign is highly unusual; Brad Parscale, campaign manager for Trump's re-election, told CNN that this is a $6 million ad buy. When CBS This Morning asked Parscale why Trump himself doesn't appear in the commercial, he said that "the president is not on the ballot." He did add, however, that "this is about his agenda." Trump himself previously said that "I am on the ticket" this November. Watch the ad below. Brendan Morrow

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