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GOP touts ‘Willie Horton-style’ ad against Tim Kaine

In 1988, George H.W. Bush’s campaign ran one of the most effective—and infamous—political ads ever against Democrat Michael Dukakis. Now, Republicans are touting a “Willie Horton-style” ad on the eve … Click to Continue »
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The ad featuring a black murderer was used against Michael Dukakis in 1988 and the line of attack was so incendiary that Lee Atwater later regretted it. Now Republicans are using it as a model.

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The Twitter accounts of both the GOP and one of the RNC's chief strategists seemed today to want to tout a report referring to one of their ads as "Willie Horton-style."

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William Horton is a felon who violated a weekend furlough program in Massachusetts to commit both rape and robbery and who, at age 65, is still in prison today. In the 1988 presidential election, George H. W. Bush’s campaign seized ...

Sick: Official GOP Twitter Account Boasts About "Willie Horton-Style Attack" on Tim Kaine, Then Deletes Tweet

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RNC communications director Sean Spicer I'm so old I remember when the Willie Horton attack ad on 1988 Democratic presidential nominee Michael Dukakis was considered a supremely ugly example of Republican racism and race-baiting. Bu...

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In the 1988 election, the National Security Political Action Committee ran a spot known familiarly as the “Willie Horton ad” in the presidential campaign to defeat Michael Dukakis. In it, the Massachusetts governor was attacked for ...


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