Controversial RNC Ad Pulled

By: Gordon Boyd
By: Gordon Boyd

A controversial ad featuring a woman asking Harold Ford to call her, will no longer be run on television stations across Tennessee.
A spokesperson for the RNC told the Chattanooga Times Free Press that the RNC ad featuring the woman was not replaced because of controversy from its airing, but instead because it had run it's course.
Ford's opponent, Republican Bob Corker denounced the RNC ad after it was released.
The NAACP called it racist.
It'll be replaced by a new ad that claims Ford took money from "porn moguls" and "wants to give the abortion pill to our schoolchildren."
Both candidates, and their respective parties, have spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on attack ads.
Harold Ford and Bob Corker talked to the executive women's association here in Knoxville.
Volunteer TV's Gordon Boyd has more.
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The problem, candidates claim, is that it gives them no control over messages they believe hurt, more than help.
"I met Harold at the Playboy party."
Both candidates are demanding the Republican National Committee pull its spots slamming Harold Ford, Junior.
"I think it's tacky, I don't think it speaks well for a Senate race."
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But this replacement spot has Mr. Ford's attorneys threatening stations with legal action, claiming it's false and misleading as to how the congressman voted on marriage and the abortion pill, implying those who air it could put their licenses at risk.
The GOP claims it has the paper trail to prove everything, but Democrats are taking aim, too.
"Oil companies and the gas station king helped his campaign raise millions."
Retired hospital administrator, Marty Begalla has a few choice words for both party's sniper attacks, asking Mr. Corker that he, or somebody do something.
"That we are not victimized or embarrassed by what has been on our televisions?"
"To stop all ads on either side? Absolutely! If the DNC would stop, I'd love it."
Mr. Ford's staff claims their candidate felt the same way all along, and questions how far Mr. Corker is willing to go to put his heart where his mouth is.
Corker says, "I've talked to the RNC, I've talked to Senators, Yes,
I would be stunned. We can't communicate independently, legally, directly with the independent expenditure group, and I know that's confusing to the public."
But, convenient for the candidates, who can distance themselves from the dirt, shifting their own spending to the warm and fuzzy.
For now, the Republican National Committee and the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee say their spots will stay.
Stations are caught in the middle.
Absent absolute proof that an ad is flat-out, factually they risk more difficulties by dropping a spot, than by running it.


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