RNC To Pull Controversial Tennessee Ad -- Not After Corker Criticizes It, But After Canadian Ambassador Calls The White House To Complain
A controversial Republican National Committee advertisement attacking Tennessee Senate Candidate Harold Ford Jr. is apparently being pulled.
The RNC's decision comes after some critics suggested the ad had racist overtones -- implying that Ford, a black man, was interested in a scantily dressed white woman -- and after the Republican candidate for Senate, Bob Corker, called the ad "tacky" and "over the top" and asked that it be dropped. The RNC didn't listen, though.
Instead, the RNC's decision to remove the ad apparently is coming after it caused an international incident with our neighbor to the north.
Canada'a Ambassador to the U.S., Michael Wilson, lodged a complaint with the RNC, because the spot also takes a swipe at Canada.
The 30-second ad features "man on the street" people taking pot shots at Ford on a variety of domestic and foreign affairs issues. It also makes misleading references about Ford's campaign contributors and his attendance at a Super Bowl party.
When the topic of North Korea comes up, one man says: "Canada can take care of North Korea. They're not busy.''
That line prompted Wilson to complain to the White House, reminding Republicans of Canada's help in the Afghanistan War.
But in addition to being offensive to Canadians, the line also misrepresents Ford's position -- a common theme with ads created by the RNC.
In fact, at a debate last month with Corker, Ford said that he supported bilateral talks with North Korea -- and he meant the U.S. and North Korea, not Canada and North Korea. Both candidates condemned North Korea's recent nuclear test.
But why should the truth matter to the RNC? Control of the Senate is at stake, after all.