Senate Candidates Clash Over 'Stay the Course' In Iraq

Nashville (AP) -- Republican US Senate Candidate Bob Corker accused his opponent Harold Ford Junior's campaign of showing "tremendous contradictions" on the Democrat's strategy on Iraq.

A new Ford ad criticizes Corker for using the phrase "stay the course" in Iraq.

But Corker said at a news conference in Nashville Sunday that Ford's own campaign chairman, US Representative Lincoln Davis, uses those same words on his web site.

Corker has recently tried to back away from the phrase "stay the course," even denying in a recent debate that he ever used those words.

But the new Ford ad begins with televised footage of Corker uttering the phrase during the GOP primary debate in July.

Tennessee Democrat Davis states his position on Iraq on his web site, saying that "if we pull out prematurely, we could (do) irreparable harm to our nation's credibility and Iraq. We must stay the course."

Ford campaign officials who attended the news conference told reporters afterward the former Chattanooga mayor is trying to deflect attention from his own position on the war.

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