David Carlson savages Kurt Bills in new ad, suggests he wouldn't have ended slavery
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David Carlson is taking a page from the Chris Fields playbook.
Facing long odds in an effort to defeat a political opponent -- in Carlson's case, Kurt Bills, in Fields' case, Keith Ellison -- both candidates have launched blistering attacks in a pull-out-all-the-stops effort to change their respective fortunes.
Carlson -- a 30-year-old former Marine Corps Sergeant and aspiring reality TV star -- is challenging fellow Republican Bills in an August 14 primary, with the winner moving on to face Amy Klobuchar for her U.S. Senate seat in November. Bills has the endorsement of the MNGOP, but that hasn't prevented Carlson from becoming the first candidate to air a TV commercial in the Senate race.
The ad absolutely brutalizes Bills, portraying him as a Ron Paul lapdog that possibly would've allowed blacks to remain enslaved and Hitler to remain in power. Here's a transcript, followed by the footage.
Carlson is trying to saddle Bills with Ron Paul's baggage.
I'm David Carlson, and I approve this message because you have the right to know.
Kurt Bills is a disciple of Ron Paul, and now he wants to be our U.S. Senator. What would America have looked like if we had President Paul and Senator Bills? Well, 'states' rights first' means no Civil War to free the slaves. It means women and minorities aren't voting. We don't have integration and open schools. Kurt Bills own school could be all male and white. Ron Paul even stated, "Saving the Jews was absolutely none of our business" and that Adolf Hitler was initially a positive force for Germany! In Ron Paul's and Kurt Bills' America, black veterans who are unwanted in a restaurant can be told to leave. Ron Paul even said Martin Luther King Jr. seduced underage girls and boys and was a gay pedophile. Kurt Bills, a devoted supporter of Ron Paul, has already had our senate race called the most mismatched in America.
Minnesota, let's make the battle for our senate seat a serious race and not put up another unelectable, radical candidate. Say no to Ron Paul and Kurt Bills.
[Carlson's ad] will not have a wide viewing. Carlson said he spent a few thousand dollars to run it in the western and southwestern suburbs. But it could make a mark on Bills, who has struggled in his quest to unseat Klobuchar.
When Carlson first announced he'd compete in the primary, Bills told reporters, "I'm sorry I don't know who he is." We bet Bills still isn't losing any sleep over the prospect of Carlson usurping his spot on November's ballot, but campaign manager Mike Osskopp did respond to Carlson's ad, telling the Strib it's "disappointing and dishonest."
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