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Bush Campaign Gets Tough With New Ad

Wednesday, 01 November 2000 12:00 AM

"This ad is setting the record straight," said Scott McCellan, a spokesman for the Bush campaign who was traveling with Bush through California, Oregon and Washington Tuesday. McCellan denied that the ad represented a negative attack. He said the ad was meant to clarify Bush's position in light of false claims made by Gore.

"Al Gore has been using scare tactics and distortions," McCellan said. "We have always said we would set the record straight."

Airing in Washington and dozens of other swing states starting Tuesday, the ad features an announcer who says, "Al Gore is bending the truth again" with his attacks on Bush's Social Security plan.

"Remember when Al Gore said his mother-in-law's prescription cost more than his dog's?" the announcer says. "His own aides said the story was made up."

The announcer goes on to say, "The press calls Gore's Social Security attacks 'nonsense.' Gov. Bush sets aside $2.4 trillion to strengthen Social Security and pay all benefits."

Then the ad quotes Gore from the New Hampshire Democratic presidential debate in January.

"There has never been a time during this campaign when I have said something that I know to be untrue," Gore says. "There has never been a time when I have said something."

"Really?" the announcer asks.

The mention of Gore's mother-in-law and dog was a reference to one of Gore's prescription drug anecdotes, which he used to illustrate the higher costs seniors pay for the same medication sold more cheaply for use on animals. Gore told a story about how his mother-in-law and his dog took the same drug for arthritis, but the dog got a better price. The figures Gore used, however, came from a congressional study and not from personal information about his family's drug costs.

The Gore campaign denounced the new spot as a smear tactic.

"George Bush has lied to the American people when he said he would run a positive campaign," said Kym Spell, a spokeswoman for the Gore campaign. "How can he bring civility to Washington when he can't eve bring civility to his own faltering campaign."

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