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Bob Dole chimes in on 'Godless' ad

Posted November 2, 2008
Updated November 3, 2008

— Incumbent GOP Sen. Elizabeth Dole's husband helped his wife campaign Sunday as her television ads, questioning Democratic state Sen. Kay Hagan's ties to an atheist group, continued to cause controversy.

An adviser for Godless Americans held a fund-raiser at his home for Hagan. The event was not billed as a Godless Americans event, and other hosts included an ambassador and U.S. Sen. John Kerry.

Former Sen. Bob Dole says North Carolina voters deserve to know why Hagan went to the event.

"Just answer the question, I've been in this business a long time and when everything else fails, you just have to answer the question. Even if you don't want to answer the question,” he said.

Dole's campaign is sending out automated telephone calls that talk about Hagan, and the Godless Americans Political Action Committee.

Hagan has sued Dole over her initial television ad about the fundraiser, accusing her of defamation and libel. The initial spot concludes with a picture of Hagan while another woman says, "There is no God."

Hagan is an elder at her Presbyterian church and has responded with an ad that strongly declares her Christian faith.

"Elizabeth Dole would like nothing better than not to talk about the issues. She's attacking my faith, she's faking my voice, that's her choice,” Hagan told WRAL News.

According to the Godless Americans Web site, the group's goal is for "a secular America, one where our right to freedom of and freedom from religion is valued and protected."

Dole's campaign filed a motion Friday to get the lawsuit against her dismissed.


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  • willis2 Nov 4, 2008

    Maybe she was trying to convert those from the Godless group.

    That should have been her answer.

  • yellow_hat Nov 3, 2008

    Liddy, go home to Kansas. Your heart was never really in it to begin with.

  • ljrnc Nov 3, 2008

    I know I will not vote for Dole. OMG to go and do something like that.....I am still in shock although I don't know why the Republicans are worried as they should be. All they have done is try to dig up dirt on the Dems. I have been very troubled by the way the Republicans have handled themselves this election.

  • Justin T. Nov 3, 2008

    I support Dole on this issue. Especially their pineapples and peaches. One taste of the sweet goodness will even make the godless believe.

  • PatsFan Nov 3, 2008

    Does Elizabeth Dole believe that people she doesn't represent people who don't believe in God? Who else doesn't she represent?

  • whatusay Nov 3, 2008

    Kay Hagan was there to try to convert those non believers. Any Christian would have done the same. And, after she talked to them they paid her. Nothing wrong here.

  • skellywms Nov 3, 2008

    This is in response to 1opinion, who wrote:
    What would Jesus do?, I'm sure he'd never hang out with non-believers. He would not want to hear their side of the story, their issues, their concerns. He'd stay put, surrounded by only the "true" believers. Are you serious? He would have led the charge to go meet with these folks. How far we have come from his teachings.

    1Opinion, you are ABSOLUTELY RIGHT! Jesus would have led the way. It's not those who are well that have need of a physician, but those who are sick. Jesus met with publicans, sinners, Gentiles! And what did He do while He was with them, He expounded on God's Word.

    Liddy is desparate. She has sunk to a new low with this ad. I never liked her politics to begin with as I felt she was simply a Republican "yes" man, but I did respect her as a person. Now the respect is out the window along with her politics!

  • grubbychublub Nov 3, 2008

    When will you people realize you're being manipulated by the same Karl Rove tactics that steered you like cattle to vote for W four and eight years ago, and now -- bereft of any desire to BE A REAL AMERICAN AND MODEL THE FOUNDERS ... WHO THOUGHT FOR THEMSELVES, NOT LIKE CATTLE actually INVESTIGATE FOR YOURSELF the lies that spread on email and ads. Question their tactics. What's Un-American is to not THINK FOR YOURSELVES.

    And let's call a spade a spade. They're trying to manipulate your vote solely on emotion about your religion, your values, and fear of what they don't think you're smart enough to try to understand or think about on your own. THAT is what's really insulting.

    If your selection of W just 4 and 8 years ago doesn't give you pause to reconsider your choices for MY country, then please do so now. 'Cause I really hope you don't make another bad choice for me again. It's just disappointing to think we've a country that's STILL so easily manipulated by fear of the unknown.

  • haggis basher Nov 3, 2008

    "IMO, the atheists of America should be angry with Hagan, not Dole."
    Well I can't know what all atheists think but this one is disgusted at Dole for being an nasty bigot AND at Hagen for being an Weak Appeaser. Neither have shown the Character we would like in a leader (and rarely, if ever, get) but perhaps if some of the posts on the forum are anything to go by we get the ones we deserve.

  • jse830fcnawa030klgmvnnaw+ Nov 3, 2008

    Why did the Puritans move to American from Great Britan? Religious freedom. Why did our founding fathers decided not to put a monarchy-based government like Great Britan? Religious separation from government.

    This God-debate is not what we need to solve our economic and government problems. I want someone who represent all NC citizens under the separation of church and state, but force his/her religious views onto the government employees and citizens.