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McCain Wants Obama/Wright Ad Pulled In NC

From those takers of the high road at the Associated Press:

McCain asks NC GOP not to run ad

By LIBBY QUAID, Associated Press Writer

INEZ, Ky. – Republican John McCain asked the North Carolina GOP not to run a television ad that brings up the controversial former pastor of Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama.

North Carolina Republican party officials insisted the ad will run as planned despite McCain’s request.

The ad opens with a photo of Obama and the Rev. Jeremiah Wright together and a clip of Wright, whose incendiary comments about race have bedeviled Obama.

“He’s just too extreme for North Carolina,” the narrator says in the 30-second spot.

“We asked them not to run it,” McCain told reporters on his campaign bus in Kentucky Wednesday. “I’m sending them an e-mail as we speak asking them to take it down.

“I don’t know why they do it. Obviously, I don’t control them, but I’m making it very clear, as I have a couple of times in the past, that there’s no place for that kind of campaigning, and the American people don’t want it,” McCain said.

McCain said the ad was described to him: “I didn’t see it, and I hope that I don’t see it.”

Republican National Committee chairman Mike Duncan, campaigning Wednesday with McCain, said he had left a voice mail message for state party chairwoman Linda Daves asking her to pull the ad.

McCain, in an e-mail to Daves, said he will draw sharp contrasts with Democrats. “But we need not engage in political tactics that only seek to divide the American people.”

North Carolina GOP spokesman Brent Woodcox said the ad will begin running statewide on Monday, a week before the state’s crucial May 6 primary.

The ad actually targets gubernatorial candidates Richard Moore and Bev Perdue, Democrats who have endorsed Obama.

“We have a great relation with the RNC and we fully support John McCain for president,” Woodcox said. “But this is an ad about two North Carolina candidates for governor. The ad is going to run.”

Daves defended the ad, saying it “presents a question of patriotism and judgment.”

“It is entirely appropriate for voters to evaluate candidates based on their past associations,” Daves said.

North Carolina Democratic Party chairman Jerry Meek said the ad is an attempt to distract attention from real issues…

This is going to be a very long and frustrating campaign.

(Thanks to correspondent Greybeard for first posting this on the “Other News” thread.)

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, April 23rd, 2008. Comments are currently closed.

One Response to “McCain Wants Obama/Wright Ad Pulled In NC”

  1. artboyusa says:

    So, was this the moment when McCain lost the election or was it when he suspended his campaign and flew back to Washington to…um, to not do anything, really, except to cave in and go along with that godforsaken ‘bailout package’?

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