DSCC Spokesman Calls McCain-Kyl Ad 'Hostage Video'
5:15 PM, Oct 29, 2012 • By MICHAEL WARREN
A new ad for Republican Senate candidate Jeff Flake of Arizona, which features Republican senators John McCain and Jon Kyl, prompted a spokesman for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee to call the spot a "hostage video."
Matt Canter, the communications director for the DSCC, wrote the following on Twitter:
McCain, the 2008 GOP presidential candidate, spent several years as a prisoner of the North Vietnamese after his plane was shot down during the Vietnam War. (Update: Canter has since apologized, saying it was a "poor choice of words.")
Here's the Flake ad, in which McCain and Kyl say another ad from Flake's Democratic opponent, former surgeon general Richard Carmona, wrongly implies the two senators support Carmona:
The Carmona ad in question shows video clips of both McCain and Kyl voicing their support for Carmona in 2002, during his confirmation hearings for surgeon general.
As Kyl told THE WEEKLY STANDARD last week, he supports Flake's candidacy to succeed him in the Senate and was "put off" by Carmona after approaching him about running for a House seat in Arizona back in 2006: