Dole's Foe Set to Sue Over 'No God' Ad

Democrat Hagan, critics blast NC senator for attack on faith
By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 31, 2008 4:45 PM CDT

(Newser) – Kay Hagan, the North Carolina Democrat challenging Elizabeth Dole for her US Senate seat, has launched a defamation suit, and counter-ad, against the incumbent after a Dole spot questioned Hagan’s belief in God, the Charlotte Observer reports. The ad showed Hagan, a Sunday-school teacher, while another woman’s voice intoned, “There is no God.” Hagan accuses Dole of “bearing false witness against fellow Christians.”

Dole said the ad “in no way attacks her faith, it questions her agenda.” But even Republican strategists see desperation. “When you're making ads that say, ‘There is no God,’ it usually means your campaign doesn't have a prayer,” one said. Another said the attack “crosses the line of decency.” Polls show Hagan’s lead as high as 6%.