March 27th, 2009
03:21 PM ET
13 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. please

    What – Scott Murphy doesn't support state murder?

    Oh, how could I forget that Republican's only protect fetuses.

    March 27, 2009 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  2. Franky

    Boy, they really are serious trying to get that one, huh? I guess not a bad ad, considering it does involve National Security. I guess the question begs whether there is still feeling and emotion involving 9/11...we know maybe 2 or 3 years no doubt but so much has changed ever since.

    March 27, 2009 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  3. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    The GOP still don't get it. The name slandering and smearing doesn't win elections. Rather than bash Mr. Murphy, you need to run an ad about what you would do as a candidate. You republicans are pathetic.

    March 27, 2009 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  4. Corbett

    Jeez. You can put Rove in the corner, but you can't take him out of the party.

    March 27, 2009 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  5. Unemployed

    Using 9/11 for political purposes is shameful. New Yorkers will be the judge of whether they approve of these crude campaign attacks. The United States already executes a high number of its prisoners compared to other countries. Some of the people we execute have later been proven to be innocent. Where is the morality in executing innocent people?

    March 27, 2009 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  6. Sniffit

    Really? REALLY? 9/11 and the death penalty? REALLY? I've got news for ya GOP, 9/11 helped Bush's ratings like it would have helped any sitting POTUS' ratings at the time...the country banded together in response to the wounding, not in response to hwo wonderful the GOP handled the situation. You might want to rethink the obvious misconception you have that 9/11 is your saving grace.

    March 27, 2009 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  7. Independent chicago man age 25

    Wow this web ad is horrible, can we please stop using anything in reference to the 9/11 tragity, it's just classless and tasteless. The republicans are actually hurting themselves with is ad. ALSO, I oppose the death penalty as well, I guess that makes me responsible for the 9/11 attacks as well at Mr. Murphy. Nice try to mud sling but this going right back in your face GOP

    March 27, 2009 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  8. what gives?

    typical gop play book ha..if all fails go nagative.they failed to capture osama,an have the nerve to make adds like this? wow..

    March 27, 2009 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  9. Ex-Republican

    Bush opposes catching Bin Laden, he preferred to go into Iraq instead. And the GOP voted lock stock and barrel with him.

    March 27, 2009 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  10. Brian Crooks

    Could you get any lower? Seriously? This is disgusting. I hope the voters see right through this trash.

    The more important factual thing to bring up, though, when talking about terrorists and the death penalty is this: we can't sentence anyone until we give them a trial. Right? Well the Republicans are vehemently against giving suspected terrorists trials (because they're afraid that someone would be acquitted and thus they would look foolish for falsely imprisoning someone in a secret prison for 7 years and denying them habeas corpus), so there won't be any death penalty in the first place. You can't accuse your opponent of being against the death penalty for terrorists and then say you're against trials for suspected terrorists. This is completely over the top. Shame on Tedisco.

    March 27, 2009 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  11. The Broker.

    America! You have only been around for a Hundred-years. You won't be missed Wolf...

    March 27, 2009 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  12. phoenix86

    Against the death penalty for terrorists.
    For abortion on demand without parental knowledge.
    Against secret ballot for unionizations.
    For bailout of Wall Street.
    Against tax reductions for middle-class Americans.
    For increasing taxes across the board.
    Against individual liberties.
    For increased government internvention in all aspects of society.

    No wonder Obama loves this guy!

    March 27, 2009 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  13. phoenix86

    Dear please:

    You are a fool.

    March 27, 2009 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  14. shucks

    They have used this over and over and over and over and over. They do not own 9/11. I find that the republican party is about as hypocritical as they can get. Christians who are for the death penalty, but want to deny the rights of women to make choices over their own bodies, and to deny gays their equal rights under the law. How immoral. They more they talk the more I want to vomit.

    March 27, 2009 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  15. SouthernMan

    And another round of Republican slime campaigning begins.

    March 27, 2009 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  16. Ula Nejad Sacramento, Ca

    Forgive him. He can't tell the difference between the donkey and a zebra.

    March 27, 2009 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  17. John in Ohio


    March 27, 2009 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  18. Beth

    Dutch, I believe it is actually the Democrats that are pathetic. Y'all are getting mad at the Republicans for doing this, but this is EXACTLY what Democrats do. They put out ads attacking people that don't support their radical agenda and they also attack private citizens who happen to disagree with them. And slandering and smearing is exactly what Robert Gibbs does on a daily basis. Don't be hypocritical. And just so you know, since CNN isn't reporting it, Murphy is resorting to tactics just as nasty.

    March 27, 2009 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  19. Patriot

    This is the oldest desperate GOP trick in the book, and it doesn't work...just as Gov. Tim Kaine of Virginia- he wasn't favored to win, but after his Republican opponent ran a similar ad, people thought it was an unfair attack and Kaine won.

    March 27, 2009 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  20. Ghost

    Still bringing up 9/11?

    I quit! I can't take it anymore. Give up politics, guys. SNL could use some fresh talent.

    March 27, 2009 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  21. Revenge!!

    Didn't the 9/11 attackers die while attacking. Moot point? Dumb point?

    March 27, 2009 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  22. Sally

    March 27, 2009 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  23. white independent

    geeeesh, do we now have to live in fear again, see the terrorist warnings going across bottom of our tv screens ? back to 911 aggain huh ? that is what Bush used on all of us to keep us in fear..people living in fear are easier to control..oh ooooops, like ME, most people are NOT afraid of the big bad wolf ( repubs), so bring on your worst..there will never be any deaths of those terrorists anyways, they wont have TRIALS to even get a death sentence....;.

    March 27, 2009 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  24. Shawn


    The American people don't fall for this desperate and pathetic fearmongering anymore.

    9/11 was NOT a political event - but if it were, we know it happened under Republican watch.

    Shame, shame, shame on the party of NO ideas & NO values for using this American tragedy for political purposes. Disgusting. Luckily, it won't work.

    Go Murphy!

    March 27, 2009 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  25. Alex

    I'm not a fan of the death penalty, even for cases of terrorists... However, in cases of treason, it might be warranted, as in the cases of 9/11 planners Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, George H.W. Bush, Condoleeza Rice, Rudy Giuliani, etc.

    March 27, 2009 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
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