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Sanford asks Obama to stop ad

From NBC's Mark Murray
On Friday, we noted the TV ad the Democratic National Committee is airing that blasts South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford's opposition to $700 million in stimulus funds for his state. "South Carolina is facing tough times," the ad goes, "but Gov. Sanford is playing politics instead of doing what's right. Turning down millions in recovery act funds, putting politics ahead of health care, jobs and schools."

Well, Sanford is now asking for Obama to stop the DNC ad. "My opposition to the stimulus bill," he said in a statement, "was based on the merits as I saw them and has been well-chronicled, but rather than engaging our administration in that debate, Obama's Democratic National Committee instead chose to launch a political attack ad against us for not supporting the stimulus plan exactly as the Obama administration saw fit. What may fit in one state may not fit in another, and accordingly I think tailoring stimulus responses makes sense."

Sanford adds, "I don't think this approach of targeting ads against anyone who sees an issue a little differently represents the kind of so-called 'change' many people were voting for in November. In his inaugural, President Obama proclaimed 'an end to the petty grievances and false promises, the recriminations and worn-out dogmas, that for far too long have strangled our politics.' It's in that spirit that I'd respectfully ask him to end this ad, as it shatters the idea of change he so well articulated this fall -- and to ask his Democratic National Committee to put an end to this mudslinging and get back to an honest debate about the future of our country."