It's election time and auto bailouts are not the only thing politicians are talking about. Down in Florida, one group has connected a candidate's support for automated car testing to, well, nothing. And that makes him evil.

The Committee to Protect Florida has taken Rep. Jeff Brandes (R-Fla.) to task for proving automated cars did not operate by "witchcraft" instead of working on other things in the St. Petersburg area. The commercial attempts to instill fear in the program and make it sound like these machines are running amok on Florida's streets. (Note the sound effects at the end of the video.)

The attack ad features a Toyota Prius running a stop sign and nearly hitting an older woman using a walker as the narrator goes on about how silly these newfangled machines might be. Then the commercial flashes the question, "Will Driverless cars REALLY stop for pedestrians?"

Maybe. And if they don't, everyone should blame Jeff Brandes.

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      torqued
      • 3 Years Ago
      We piss away so much money on political advertising. I googled it - an estimated $4.9 billion in 2012. For a democracy (republic, whatever) to work, the electorate needs to be informed. But I think we can all agree that advertising is a pretty flawed way of educating people. Can we get our $4.9 billion back, and simultaneously be better informed and not have to watch this garbage? How do we make that happen?
        Carma Racing
        • 3 Years Ago
        @torqued
        Autonomous cars don't bother me, but you and I are not funding the ads, so we have nothing to get back. It is easy to turn that TV off. Better yet - cancel your cable, dish whatever...
      • 3 Years Ago
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        Mike McDonald
        • 3 Years Ago
        You, sir, are the dumbest of asses.
          Ar-Rafio Khan
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Mike McDonald
          who let the clown out?....sir please go run your unhealthy 'food' chain
        • 3 Years Ago
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        Edit
        • 3 Years Ago
        JohnEnzo, don't you have an "occupy" rally to attend, sit around smoke some dope, trash a few public venues, destroy some public places. I effing hate fleabaggers.
      Katch TerKasarian
      • 3 Years Ago
      I can see it now. Driving will soon be illegal, because more people die behind the wheel than by guns. The liberal slippery slope. first guns, then driving. Anything that causes people to die.
        H.E. Pennypacker
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Katch TerKasarian
        you're from florida aren't you.
        TsarBomba
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Katch TerKasarian
        There is quite a lot of the population that might benefit from this technology. Drunken fools, seniors, young folk, the disabled, and the otherwise preoccupied with texting/facebook demographic. Technology isn't liberal, it's literally everywhere, this website, your iPhone, etc.. I wish i could hop in a self-driving car during my awful commute that never gets to speeds above 40 due to human drivers who still can comprehend a merge or proper pacing/braking. Whatever you all are smoking, damn... that's some powerful business.
          TsarBomba
          • 3 Years Ago
          @TsarBomba
          "...still can't comprehend..." (dang it, where is that edit button?) :(
        Arnold
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Katch TerKasarian
        Someone is getting a little ahead of themselves. No one would ban driving. As people buy cars that can drive themselves less cars that require operators will be on the road, eventually most of the cars will be automated. Just like automatics and ignition timing. In really old cars you had to manually control spark timing, then i became operated by a machine. At first we only had only human operated manuals, eventually we automated the manual to the point where a machine could shift better than any man. Now both are for sale, but we can see that one is slowly fading away while the other is growing.
      • 3 Years Ago
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        William Flesher
        • 3 Years Ago
        Never a good thing when politics work their way into a website for car enthusiasts. Things get crazy fast... SonataGuy1- This post had NOTHING to do with Obama, or which political party has a greater number of "dumb sheep". This post had NOTHING to do with banning anything, let alone guns or sports cars. This post had NOTHING to do with who gets a "tax break". If you wan't a debate on politics, go to the political website of your choice and share your feelings there. Here, you just sound angry and paranoid.
      • 3 Years Ago
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      H.E. Pennypacker
      • 3 Years Ago
      is there something wrong with the water in florida?
        Andy M
        • 3 Years Ago
        @H.E. Pennypacker
        It's the old farts from up north retiring in Florida, then coming up with such crap, resistant to change.
      Myself
      • 3 Years Ago
      Well, given the fact that Florida is a popular retirement state, chances are that most cars there ARE indeed operated by witchcraft... That's the only explanation why unfit to drive pensioners haven't been killing each other in dozens. Frankly, I'd rather faced an autonomous car than a 90-year old Florida voter driving an Impala.
      Jason Krumvieda
      • 3 Years Ago
      Where is the story about the extra $6 Billion the bailout is going to cost us? I heard it on the news but I wanted a few more details from the auto side.
      scott3
      • 3 Years Ago
      The part here that is a danger is not the fact they are taking who is driving out of it but the fact they can take the where, when how and why you go some where away from you. The fact is they can take your free will to move about away very easily this way. They can control where you go and when they can control you movment that could control so much more of your life. Use care in what freedom you give away as odds are you will not get it back., The Goverment can't run itself so why in the hell would I want them driving me around?
        spanky
        • 3 Years Ago
        @scott3
        Since when was Google's driverless car program operated by the government? This is a private company using their own money to help traveling evolve. Holy crap you crazies are crazy...the government isn't going to be driving your car for you.
          intellerv
          • 3 Years Ago
          @spanky
          a better question is, when will it?
          tnsubie
          • 3 Years Ago
          @spanky
          Break out the tinfoil hats!
          scott3
          • 3 Years Ago
          @spanky
          I am not a political crazy I am a car guy! I already have to face rules that tell me what kind of car I can buy and own. I have others trying to make more rules to change what I drive and own. Will Google or the systems that come along later all be under free private free control?
      Ar-Rafio Khan
      • 3 Years Ago
      i live in FL and trust me...not everyone's nuts like this but we do have quite a few 'wild ones'...esp. the republicans
        SatinSheetMetal
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Ar-Rafio Khan
        Especially the Replubicans who are CrAzY enough to show support for cars driven by witchcraft.
      Edit
      • 3 Years Ago
      LOL at Autoblog and their blind hatred of Republicans.
      Typesbad
      • 3 Years Ago
      I don't know this guy, but just the fact that he is a Republican congressman leads me to firmly believe that there must be at least four dozen better reasons to protest against him than this.
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