Watts Scolds DNC for 'Misleading' TV Ad on Bush's Commitment to Blacks

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

(CNSNews.com) - A former Republican congressman Monday called on the Democratic National Committee to retract a "misleading" television advertisement questioning the president's commitment to blacks.

Former Congressman J.C. Watts, who is African-American, also questioned accusations made by the DNC on Monday in a conference call to reporters.

"Instead of discussing the significant strides that our country has seen in regards to race, Democrats choose to falsely claim that African-Americans have not benefited from President Bush's policies," Watts said in a statement.

"Nothing could be further from the truth. Under President Bush's leadership, minority home ownership is at record levels, education funding has skyrocketed, and millions of African-Americans have benefited under the president's tax relief package," Watts added.

He said that under the Bush administration, Republicans have held more than 200 African-American events, including an empowerment tour, Historically Black Colleges and Universities summits and many meetings with black community leaders, pastors and business leaders.

"Senator Kerry and the Democratic National Committee should be ashamed of themselves," Watts said.

"The practice of dividing this country in respect to race and spreading bold face untruths is undignified for a presidential candidate. By spreading these rumors and endorsing this behavior, they demean the intelligence of black voters in particular and all Americans in general," Watts said.

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