The advertisements running in the very expensive Minnesota US Senate race sparked some heated comments during Sunday night’s debate between Al Franken, Norm Coleman and Dean Barkley.
Franken said the ads he was running were about Norm Coleman’s record, “so it’s a lot of negative.” Coleman countered that his ads are about Franken’s career as a comedian and the negative things he has said.
Franken :”There’s been some nasty ads against me. I understand the sentiment behind this question. You know, part of an election is holding an incumbent accountable, holding an elected official accountable. We’ve been running ads about Norm Coleman’s record, and so it’s a lot of negative, because his record hasn’t been very good.
“Now, they have put out some pretty nasty personal ads against me, and people have said to me, ‘Well, how can you take it?’ And I say, ‘Well, that’s nothing compared to the hits that people are taking around Minnesota.’ Kids who can’t go to college; one woman in Fergus Falls who has diabetes and her son has diabetes and she can’t pay for his – she has to share insulin with him.
“I see stories like this all the time. So, bring on the negative ads. I think they’re going to backfire like they backfired against Rudy Boschwitz when he ran them over and over again against Paul Wellstone.”