Today, Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015, is the date that Marty McFly and Doc Brown travel to in Doc’s beloved DeLorean time machine in the 1989 classic Back to the Future Part II. The date is being celebrated as “Back to the Future Day” the world over, from Australia to Virginia; and even politicians are getting in on the fun.
Republican presidential candidates Carly Fiorina and Marco Rubio both released fundraising pitches based on the film late Tuesday:
In Fiorina’s ad, a voice that sounds like Doc Brown (played by actor Christopher Lloyd in the film) asks, “Oct. 21, 2015? Of course, that’s the date people can start changing the future. Do it today, before it’s too late.”
The spot then features a fundraising website for Fiorina’s 2016 campaign.
“Doc Brown needs your help to save our future,” the ad says. “Sign up for future transmissions.”
Rubio’s ad used Democratic nominees Hillary Clinton and Joe Biden, who has yet to decide on a bid, as politicians with outdated ideas.
“In 1989, we went back to the future,” the ad says, referring to the year the movie was released. “Now that we’re here, it’s more like blast from the past.”
Retro Clinton and Biden talking points are juxtaposed with more-recent comments by the two. The ad goes on to criticize Clinton for wanting to continue many of President Obama’s policies, such as tax increases and debt.
“Yesterday is over and we’re never going back,” the ad concludes.
Both ads are clever riffs on the film, but voters might be more persuaded to donate if Fiorina or Rubio pledged to finally make hoverboards a reality.