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Bernie Sanders Taps Simon & Garfunkel's 'America' for Iowa Caucus Closing Ad

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Bernie Sanders smiles during a campaign event at the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena in Los Angeles on Aug. 10, 2015.

Simon and Garfunkel are feeling "The Bern" ... at least in a new ad campaign sponsored by Democratic hopeful nominee Senator Bernie Sanders

The 60-second "closing" commercial (meant to nab a win for Sanders in the upcoming Iowa Caucus) uses Simon and Garfunkel's folksy 1968 hit "America" as a backdrop for scenes of snowy fields and average American families bundling hay in the cold and feeding their cows. We see downtown Des Moines, Sanders hugging the elderly, and millennials high-fiving while waiting in line for the Senator.  

We're shown packed rallies of potential voters, all clamoring for the 74-year-old's autograph. But while these scenes help illustrate the unusual star quality Sanders has developed, the mild chorus of "America" (They've all come to look for America....) doesn't exactly scream modern rebellion. As writer Harold Itzkowitz tweeted, "With that Simon and Garfunkel ad, Bernie is the clear choice for 1968!"

Take a look below and let us know what you think.