— From NBC's Mark Murray
The ad war in Tennessee's toss-up Senate race continues -- with a brand-new TV advertisement by Harold Ford Jr.'s (D) campaign, which directly responds to 1) the Republican National Committee's controversial ad suggesting interracial dating and 2) another RNC ad charging Ford for supporting gay marriage and wanting to "give the abortion pill to our schoolchildren."
The Ford ad begins with an announcer stating: "The ads for Corker attacking Harold Ford? Despicable. Rotten. Lies." And then Ford speaks: "I'm Harold Ford, Jr. ... and now they've attacked my faith ... said I'm for gay marriage when I voted against it ... for giving schoolgirls abortion pills... all of it lies. Here's what I believe... in God, in you, and a new direction."