Political Group Uses Push Polling Against Ford

Knoxville (AP) -- Another outside political group has inserted itself into the fiercely fought US Senate race.

A group called "Common Sense Tennessee" is sponsoring automated phone calls opposing democrat Harold Ford Junior.

The tactic, called push polling, begins as if a poll is being conducted and then shifts to providing negative information about a candidate.

The recording suggests that the Democratic candidate favors higher taxes and allowing foreign terrorists to have the same rights as Americans.

The recording references a web site, which lists purported views of Ford and Republican Candidate Bob Corker on various issues. The group claims affiliation with Common Sense Ohio.

No one with either the Tennessee or Ohio organization could be reached for comment.

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