RNC Takes MoveOn.org to Task Over Bush/Hitler Ads

By Melanie Arter | July 7, 2008 | 8:30 PM EDT

(CNSNews.com) - The Republican National Committee is lashing out at a liberal grassroots group for ads on the group's website portraying President George Bush as German dictator Adolf Hitler.

"Yesterday, MoveOn.org said an ad comparing President Bush to Adolf Hitler that it had posted on its Web site as one the group would consider selecting for $7 million worth of paid airtime was only one of hundreds submitted and that MoveOn.org tried to screen out ads in such poor taste," said RNC Chairman Ed Gillespie in a statement Monday.

"It now turns out that the ad was one of two submissions comparing President Bush to Hitler that the organization posted, further reflecting the group's view that this despicable tactic complied with its guidelines..." Gillespie said.

According to a website for the political advertising contest, ads should be "really creative ads that will engage and enlighten viewers and help them understand the truth about George Bush. There are some legal limits on what you can do (see below), and we're not going to post anything that would be inappropriate for television, but other than that what you put in your ads is up to you (live action, animation, personal rant, whatever!).""

"Such ads are anything but appropriate for television," Gillespie said, "and MoveOn.org should apologize for posting the ads as the Simon Wiesenthal Center today asked them to.

"Further, every Democrat seeking his or her party's nomination and who stands to benefit politically from MoveOn.org's efforts to defeat President Bush in November though millions of dollars in advertising should support the Simon Wiesenthal Center's request, and urge MoveOn.org to apologize for posting these ads on their Web site and deeming them appropriate for television," Gillespie concluded.

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