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Dole hits 'Godless' message again in new ad

Posted October 31, 2008

— Republican U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Dole was back on the airwaves Friday with a new ad that again decries ties she says her rival has to an atheist group.

Dole says in the ad that the faith of Democratic state Sen. Kay Hagan is not the question. The incumbent says the facts are that Godless Americans held a fund-raiser in her honor in Boston.

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

Hagan filed suit against Dole on Thursday, saying an initial ad on the subject was defamatory. Dole's campaign filed a motion Friday to get the case dismissed.

The initial ad ended with a picture of Hagan and a woman's voice declaring, "There is no God." Dole ends her new ad by asking voters, "If Godless Americans threw a party in your honor, would you go?"

The dispute comes in the final days of a tight race between the two. A WRAL News poll released Wednesday showed Dole holding a 46 to 42 percent lead, with 9 percent of voters still undecided.


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  • aures000 Nov 3, 2008

    Dole knows that these ads can procure her the votes of the religious lemmings.

  • duggrr Oct 31, 2008

    We lose commenting privileges in about 5 minutes, if you don't have the time to respond here but still would like to continue this conversation, post a blog. I believe we can post on those 24x7.

  • duggrr Oct 31, 2008

    "Duggrr, in a world without God, who is to say what is right and wrong? Who is to say that moral values exist?"

    So you are only moral because you fear eternal retribution? That's ridiculous. I am moral and I know what is right and wrong because it is self evident. I know that if everyone were allowed to do what they want all the time, society would never be able to exist. Humans would be in a constant state of chaos. I weep for those who say they only know what is good and what is evil because some old book told them so.

    Let me ask you this question. If your god were to appear tomorrow and say that it is moral to abuse children, would you head to an elementary school and start beating on kids?

    Are things moral because your god said it is or did your god say them because they are moral? I'll go with the latter tyvm.

  • doobedobedoodoo Oct 31, 2008

    Duggrr, in a world without God, who is to say what is right and wrong? Who is to say that moral values exist?

  • tsquaring Oct 31, 2008

    Hagen is a sore loser... Why would a self acclaimed Christian take money from someone like that from out of state?

  • phigamm4everncsu Oct 31, 2008

    Why has this ad been deemed so shameless? It is only shameless if it is untrue. If Hagan took money from this group then voters deserve to know. I certainly don't want a Senator who supports an atheist agenda. Hopefully this can get settled by the next election. If this is untrue but helps Dole win, it will be the last election she ever wins. If this is true but Hagan ends up winning, she will be unseated in short order.

  • Justabum Oct 31, 2008

    I think that both of these women are losers and we need a do-over on this race.

  • eyesblue Oct 31, 2008

    Amen Pat75....I am as disappointed in WRAL in continuing to air these ads, apparently money is more important than ethics.

    Let's put blame where it belongs. Kay Hagen doesn't personally accept invitations....her handlers do. They set up her schedule, her agenda. Does she have some input, yeah, but if it was an event sponsored by many organizations and groups, an event to be attended by an ambassador, and John Kerry why would she think to say no. If there's a mistake it, it was made by her handlers, who let her go blindly into this assuming they had vetted the whole meeting sponsorship.

    In the case of Dole, she's desperate and reaching. She has effectively not lived in NC since she left home to attend Duke. She used a family homeplace address on which to prove residency to run for office. She managed to have plastic surgery and recover, and stay far away from we the people she was elected to represent. Her time's up.

  • 1Moms_View Oct 31, 2008

    I still won't vote for Hagan. She couldn't be bothered while in Raleigh and local to respond to questions from constituents before she even started running for US Senate. Just how little will she respond to them if she's elected? I am very disappointed that Dole let her campaign run this ad. It is in very poor taste. However, given the choice of Dole or Hadan, I will take my chances on Dole.

  • jes9 Oct 31, 2008

    How low can you go? It is embarrassing to have our senator would stoop to this. She has lost my vote for sure.