McCain Wants GOP to Pull Wright-Referencing Ad in NC

State party trying to tarnish down-ticket Democratic candidates
By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 23, 2008 4:15 PM CDT

(Newser) – John McCain has demanded North Carolina Republicans drop an ad attacking two Democratic candidates for governor—by tarnishing them with connections to Barack Obama and his controversial pastor. Wrote McCain, “In the strongest terms, I implore you to not run this advertisement.” The spot airs Wright’s “God damn America” sermon, and then says Obama & Co. are “too extreme” for North Carolina.

The national GOP is also calling for the state party to kill the ad, Talking Points Memo reports, calling it “not appropriate” and “unhelpful.” But whether or not McCain prevails upon North Carolinians that their spot “degrades our civics,” it’s notable that Republicans are now using Obama as a bludgeon.