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NRSC releases Spanish-language version of Murphy attack ad



Senate Republicans' campaign committee on Wednesday released a Spanish-language version of a recent ad attacking Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Patrick Murphy over his professional experience.

You can read more about the ad's message here from our previous coverage and about the problematic claims it includes here from PolitiFact. The independent fact-checking website found it's "too extreme" to say Murphy "never" worked as a CPA or as a small business owner.

Both versions of the ad from the National Republican Senatorial Committee mirror one another with one key difference: The final line.

The English-language version ends with the narrator saying: "Patrick Murphy: We just can't trust him." But the Spanish-language version concludes by saying essentially that "Patrick Murphy is a great teller of tales" -- a play on words for the Spanish word contador, which means "accountant" but also means "someone who tells (a story)."

The 30-second ad will run in Tampa and Orlando, the NRSC said.

When the NRSC released the English-language version last week (called "Revealed"), Murphy campaign spokeswoman Galia Slayen said: "All the NRSC has 'revealed' in this ad is repeated lies, which have been rated 'mostly false' by PolitiFact."

The NRSC has committed $4.8 million on TV ads in Florida through Oct. 2, and the group could spend even more in the final month of the campaign season.

Here's the Spanish-language version of the NRSC ad:

Herald politics writer Patricia Mazzei contributed to this story.

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 21, 2016 11:12am]


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