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Rocketta
Apr 25th, 2008, 03:33 AM
North Carolina GOP leadership divided over ad

By MIKE BAKER, Associated Press Writer
2 hours, 32 minutes ago


North Carolina Republican leaders are standing by a TV ad critical of Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama despite dissension in their own ranks and two stations' refusal to air it.


Republican National Committee member Linda Shaw said Thursday she was shocked that her colleagues decided to produce and air the ad, which shows Obama with his former pastor, Jeremiah Wright, and a clip of Wright's anti-U.S. comments.


"I do not support it," Shaw said. "I had nothing to do with it ... and I'm very disappointed."


Shaw, a longtime party leader, said she repeatedly urged state party chairwoman Linda Daves to withdraw the spot.


John McCain, the likely Republican presidential nominee, asked party officials to not run the ad on Wednesday and again Thursday.


"I cannot dictate to the North Carolina Republican Party what their message is, but I condemn it and I can appeal to the overwhelming majority of Republicans in the state of North Carolina," McCain said while campaigning in New Orleans.


State GOP spokesman Brent Woodcox said officials still planned to air the ad Monday, beginning with the evening newscasts. He said the party had not completed the details on the size of the ad buy.


Despite the ad's focus on Obama, Woodcox has said it is aimed at Democratic gubernatorial candidates Richard Moore and Bev Perdue; both have endorsed Obama, an Illinois senator. The ad was posted online Wednesday.


WRAL-TV in Raleigh and WSOC-TV in Charlotte have declined to run the spot, Woodcox and station officials said.


Jim Hefner, vice president and general manager at WRAL, said the station had determined the ad was "inflammatory" and decided not to run without knowing that McCain and national Republicans had objected to it.


Democratic party officials have criticized the ad. On Thursday, state Democratic Party Chairman Jerry Meek urged Republican Sen. Elizabeth Dole to use her power to keep it off the air.


"As the highest-ranking Republican in the state, you have both the ability and responsibility to erase this stain on our state," Meek said in a letter to Dole. "Your silence tells North Carolinians that you will also sanction similar gutter tactics in your own campaign."


Dole said in an interview that she didn't want to get involved.


"I am concentrating on getting my work done here in the Senate, and I'm just not going to get into refereeing a third-party political ad that has nothing to do with my race," she said.


Obama's campaign questioned McCain's efforts to get the ad off the air.
"The fact that Senator McCain can't get his own party to take down this misleading, personal attack ad raises serious questions about his promise to the American people that he will run a civil, respectful campaign," said Obama campaign spokesman Hari Sevugan.


North Carolina holds its presidential primary May 6, with 115 delegates at stake. Polls give Obama the edge over Hillary Rodham Clinton.
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Associated Press writer Nancy Benac in New Orleans contributed to this report.
(This version CORRECTS to show that two stations are not running the ad, not one.)

RVD
Apr 25th, 2008, 04:27 AM
Despite the ad's focus on Obama, Woodcox has said it is aimed at Democratic gubernatorial candidates Richard Moore and Bev Perdue; both have endorsed Obama, an Illinois senator. The ad was posted online Wednesday.I've said it before, and I'll say it again...

...politics makes for some strange bed-fellows.

Anyway, has anyone here viewed the ad?

In what way does the ad attempt to exploit Obama's relationship with Rev. Wright?

...and in what way does the ad target gubernatorial candidates Richard Moore and Bev Perdue's endorsement of Obama?

Rocketta
Apr 25th, 2008, 06:36 AM
I haven't seen it. I don't think it's run yet? :scratch:

Scotso
Apr 25th, 2008, 07:58 AM
Aren't all political ads these days inflammatory? They all stretch the truth and use tricks to engender resentment.

Rocketta
Apr 25th, 2008, 02:02 PM
Aren't all political ads these days inflammatory? They all stretch the truth and use tricks to engender resentment.

actually no they aren't all like that. :shrug:

samsung101
Apr 25th, 2008, 04:03 PM
Nice to see McCai talk tough!

Oh wait, he only talks tough against fellow Republicans.
That's right. Same old John.

If this is the way you're going to run your campaign,
when Soros and the NAACP and Planned Parenthood and moveon.org
and Divided We Fall (nonsense) put out 527 funded ads against
you one after another....up to the election....it's going to
be one long, dull, depressing GOP campaign.

Just concede now John, and save us the election costs.





The ad is legal, fair, and factual.
It's stating an opinion, based on the preceding facts.

In California, we get ads saying Republicans are too
out of touch, too extreme, too restrictive, too
conservative, too religious....every single year.

Check out the ads against ARnold the first time he ran,
or the last Republican that ran against Boxer. Amazing
stuff. Very tough, making the NC ad look mild.

Not to mention the Byrd ads the NAACP ran against
Bush...those were sick.






The NC Rep.'s can put out what they want.
A 527 can put out what it wants.

Reason: McCain-Feingold. Sorry, John, the silly campaign finance
reform bill you pushed through (incumbent insurance bill) created
an army of 527 groups (like George Soros funded groups) that are
independent.

The ad is fine for one reason: it is using footage which is real.
The words of the Rev. are real, and long established, easy to find
going backc 20+ years...he sold his church sermons online, and in
the church for years. The MSM is ignoring it, but the conservative
internet and radio outlets have been going through them with a fine tooth
comb. Much like the way the video footage was slow to come out, even
though it was available for over a year....the rest of it will peter
out too, drip by drip. The MSM will notice around November 14th..

samsung101
Apr 25th, 2008, 04:07 PM
The NC Republicans are talking and acting the way they should be: concerned
a man who wants to be President has a 20+ year /familial in tone relationship
with a Pastor who hates America, swears about America, thinks 9/11 is an inside job,
is anti-Israel, etc.....and then tries to excuse it away by throwing his grandmother
under the bus in an explanation.


Keep at it NC.

If it's a fact. Present it.
If you have video footage. Use.
If the MSM won't do their work, you do it for them.


As we await the McCain video footage of his ties to Keating,
made up affairs with lobbyists via the NY Times, his wife and
her prescription addiction and Justice Dept. deal she made to
avoid arrest, his speeches about guns and speech and campaigns,
his ties to developers in the Southwest and casinos, etc.

It's coming.........

Not to mention his anti-Christian /right wing comments of a few years
ago. That will not go over well in North Carolina or South Carolina or
Utah.

Sally Struthers
Apr 25th, 2008, 04:09 PM
waiting for Hillary to borrow the ad :tape:

Vlover
Apr 25th, 2008, 04:52 PM
I've said it before, and I'll say it again...

...politics makes for some strange bed-fellows.

Anyway, has anyone here viewed the ad?

In what way does the ad attempt to exploit Obama's relationship with Rev. Wright?

...and in what way does the ad target gubernatorial candidates Richard Moore and Bev Perdue's endorsement of Obama?

I also think this is very interesting.:tape: Anyway the GOP claim that because these two are Obama supporters then this is justified. This is a Primary race between Obama and Clinton for President therefore how the two are connected is just insulting to our intelligence. (only for those who can see through this GOP rouse anyway);) For some strange reason the GOP have become such sympathetic supporters of Hillary.:help: Have you heard her latest Champions Karl Rove, Pat Buchanan, Joe Scarborough even Tucker Carlson who loathed her.:devil: Her surrogates are also praising Fox for their coverage of her after Sean Hannity and Dick Morris are the co-presidents of the Fox hate Hillary club it does make you go mmmmmm...:o

mykarma
Apr 25th, 2008, 05:33 PM
waiting for Hillary to borrow the ad :tape:
:lol: You're a mess.

Sally Struthers
Apr 25th, 2008, 07:09 PM
:lol: You're a mess.

Well if anyone would do it, it would be the Clintons. They're not above anything :lol: