March 27th, 2009
03:21 PM ET
14 years ago

NRCC launches ad targeting Murphy over 9/11

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="The National Republican Congressional Committee launched a web ad Friday targeting Democratic candidate Scott Murphy, invoking 9/11 to hammer him over his position on the death penalty."](CNN) - Just days before the special election for a seat in New York's 20th congressional district, the National Republican Congressional Committee launched a web ad Friday targeting Democratic candidate Scott Murphy, invoking 9/11 to hammer him over his position on the death penalty.

In the 60 second spot titled "National Tragedy," the NRCC highlights Murphy's opposition to the death penalty for the plotters of the September 11 terror attack.

The video presents a segment from the "Fred Dicker Show" where Murphy defended his position opposing the death penalty in all cases, while images of the 9/11 attackers flash on screen.

"I think that we so often deal with cases where the evidence may not be totally conclusive and we can't prove for beyond any shadow of a doubt," Murphy recently said on the show. "I think that the cost is just not accurate for it. It's so much more costly than putting someone away. It's a big expense."

"So you're against the death penalty for terrorists," Dicker asks.

"Yeah," Murphy says as the ad closes.

Voters in the special election to replace Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand go to the polls on Tuesday.

Filed under: NRCC • NY-20 • Scott Murphy
soundoff (74 Responses)
  1. republicans hate america

    the rush limbaugh party let bin laden get away and has yet to bring one terrorist to justice and the rush limbaugh party is concerned about a hypothetical sentencing?

    March 27, 2009 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  2. John

    "I think that we so often deal with cases where the evidence may not be totally conclusive and we can't prove for beyond any shadow of a doubt,"

    So the Republican do support the death penalty in cases of doubt? Let's start with Bush, then go down his cabnet list.

    Well the party uses Jesus as a tool, who can be surprised they try to use 9/111 for poltical gain too?

    March 27, 2009 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  3. biff

    This is great-just great. The guy takes a principled stand on the death penalty and it get extrapolated to somehow being in the corner of the 9/11 terrorists-what GOP? Couldn't find any pedophile killers to trot out? What disgusting vermin.

    March 27, 2009 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  4. Paul

    Are there still any doubts that the Republican party is now devoid of all morals? Attempting to make political profit from one of the greatest tragedies in this nation's history is utterly disgusting. And yes, it is acceptable to oppose the death penalty even for terrorists. Or do the Republicans also wish to smear every Catholic bishop in the country?

    March 27, 2009 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  5. carlos

    the parasites at work again......numb repugnants just don't get it....pathetic

    March 27, 2009 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  6. maeve

    Were any of the "plotters of 9/11" or "the terrorists who committed these evil acts" sentenced in any way in the United States during the Bush administration?

    Oh, no...that can't have happened: "the terrorists who committed these evil acts" died in the plane crashes, and the "plotters of 9/11" were left in the hills of Afghanistan and Pakistan when Bush and Cheney decided to make war on Iraq.

    I guess the GOP also never really wanted the death penalty for these guys, did they? Heck, they didn't even want to catch them!

    March 27, 2009 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  7. jake

    Republicans...when losing, just invoke 9/11 – it's all you got!

    March 27, 2009 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  8. richard miller

    Yes, 9/11 was a bad and sad moment in this country as was Pearl Harbor. However, we don't keep using the Japanese attack as a tool to plaster our opposition during elections. We don't forget and we painfully remember but, isn't it time to move on??????

    March 27, 2009 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  9. Barbara Campbell

    I simply can't believe the Republicans are still using the tragedy of 9/11 to advance their political agenda. Do they have absolutely no sense of ethics? Throw the bums out of office ASAP!

    March 27, 2009 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  10. dave

    hey, it's NY.....the gop needs to try anything to get a republican elected in that liberal loon state ....this is the state that gave us Senator Clinton.....the state with the highest taxes in the nation......the state with the most public/government employees by a country mile.....the state with the incredibly powerful state employees/teachers unions which have enslaved the rest of NY' s citizens and whose legacy costs are sure to help sink the state into bankruptcy.....and of course, the rest of us will then have to bail NY out........a failed state.........sounds alot like pelosi's california.......and don't look now new yorkers but it looks like your deficit is ballooning and taxes just might have to be raised even further........sounds alot like the same spend, tax, and blame strategy that obama is check out NY and California people.....thats where obama is taking us.....if any ad can WAKE UP new yorkers and Americans for that matter and help get a fine citizen like Mr. Tedisco elected then i'm all for it......

    March 27, 2009 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  11. carlos

    phoenix and all the other repugnant parasites....STFU

    March 27, 2009 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  12. Wondering

    Using 9/11 to make someone look bad simply because they oppose the death penalty? And if he said he opposed the death penalty except in the case of a ‘suspected’ terrorist, that would be okay? Everyone would jump all over that one .... and

    ...I'm wondering if Mississippi Mike is pretending to be a hard*** and merely using reverse psychology . . . two reasons: 1) his statements are SO FAR OUT there that they HAVE to be sarcastic and 2) the name Mississippi Mike implies backwardness, and the word backward is actually used in his comment. BRILLIANT, Mike! Just Brilliant . . . anyone else see it?

    Here's what he wrote:
    "I've been saying all along that we should call executions "very late term abortions." If we did that liberals would be in full support.

    Does it worry anyone else that Obama's first call to another head of state was to Hamas? Does it worry anyone that the White House won't use the terms "war on terror" or "islamic jihad" when discussing the islamic jihadi's terrorist war on the West and christianity? Now we have Murphy who isn't man enough to execute people who have sworn to kill as many Americans as possible. Does this sound backward to anyone else?"

    March 27, 2009 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  13. Jerry Jerry Jerry

    How low can the republicans go to use 9/11 to win an election.

    March 27, 2009 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  14. carlos

    dave, you are the loon parasite of the Grand Old Pharts party.....look in the mirror....ugh

    March 27, 2009 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  15. Son

    Hey, the terrorists on trial want to be put to death. Why put them to death when they can rot in jail for another 40, 50, 60 years? If they want to be put to death, and we do that, we're disgracing all who died on 9/11.

    March 27, 2009 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  16. Libtard

    How dare Republicans bring up 9/11 in a political campaign! Don't they know it's only acceptable to use dead SOLDIERS as props to further their political agenda?

    March 27, 2009 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  17. Frank, Las Vegas

    The same old GOP tactics and Lies. Let's not be fooled by them ever again. The need to instill fear and hatred in people because that's all they have. They have no ideas, no plans and no talent. Let's kick the GOP down to the curb for good. ENOUGH.

    March 27, 2009 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  18. kim-Atlanta,GA

    Can anyone tell me why Bush confiscated all the video footage of the so called attack of the pentagon and why george bush allowed the airforce to be playing games and totally ignored the aggrecious so called attacks. why did bush visit the bin laden family prior to 9/11. I think bush planned 9/11 in order to take us into that stupid war. Throw him and Cheney in jail and lose the key.

    March 27, 2009 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  19. MaryanneAZ

    I trust that the voters see right through this ruse.

    March 27, 2009 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  20. KG, Twin Cities

    More of the GOP mentality of if you're not with us then you're against us.

    March 27, 2009 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  21. The Drifter

    Kill Kill Kill...what a solution. What kind of example would that set?

    March 27, 2009 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  22. Fitz in Texas

    Give and Serve Act--Price Tag of 6 Billion (with a B)

    Well, in case you don't know what this it. It's one of Obama's little things he and the Dems put together.

    Here's what it is.

    6 billion, that's BILLION folks, will be spent to start this up to get people to start to volunteer. Good Lord, if you need folks to volunteer wouldn't it better to spend this 6 billion to create jobs, you know put them to work, give them a job, and have them do whatever it is you want volunteers to.

    What a waste of money. Use that 6 billion for jobs for the unemployed.

    Everytime I hear of this kind of stuff it confirms only more this guy is way out there and way over his head.

    Volunteering is wonderful, we do it in our family. But creating jobs, putting people to work so they can buy things such is food for the family just seems like a better idea.

    Guess you can just call me silly.

    March 27, 2009 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  23. JonDie

    I'm against the death penalty in all cases. Period. As long as the death penalty continues to exist, we will continue to execute the innocent along with the guilty. People who support the death penalty support the murder of innocent people by their government. I am not a member of the pro-death movement.

    March 27, 2009 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  24. JonDie

    The four top countries/states for the death penalty:
    1) COMMUNIST China
    2) COMMUNIST Viet Nam
    3) Saudi Arabia (an Islamist dictatorship)
    4) The People's Republic of Texas

    Why most Americans are not shamed by this list is beyond me. In factk the People's Republic of Texas argued at the US Supreme Court that children and the mentally retarded should be executed. Yet most people in the PRT claim to be "pro-life". Go figure.

    March 27, 2009 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
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