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

NRCC launches ad targeting Murphy over 9/11

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/03/27/art.youtube.nrcc.ad.jpg 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. JOE BLOGGS

    LOL! This is the best the GOP has these days. THey have no plan for the economy other than more tax breaks for the wealthy, so they resort to 9/11 appeals to xenophobia. Keep it up, GOP. At this rate, we will soon be a 3-party system!

    March 27, 2009 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  2. Pat F

    I love this! The truth hurts, doesn't it, Dems! Squirm away – let's see if the American people agree with your kindliness to mass murderers.

    March 27, 2009 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  3. Pat F

    Hey CNN – why the censorship?

    I love this! The truth hurts, doesn't it, Dems! Squirm away – let's see if the American people agree with your kindliness to mass murderers.

    March 27, 2009 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  4. SD,Michigan

    Sick and tired of any adds, no matter what political party, featuring Bin Laden as a means to instill fear and coerce my vote.
    I don't wanna see that creepy face again. He's done enough damage. Hope they get him fast, if he's not dead already.

    March 27, 2009 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  5. roysh

    Yes...the Republican party......the party who thinks we should preserve every perceived embryonic life....but then wants to kill any ADULT that they feel is attacking them!
    I dare the Republican party to run two ads back to back.....one against abortion as murder.....then the next 'justifying' the death penalty.
    Believing in BOTH of these is gross hypocrisy.........but of course when you talk out of both sides of your mouth......you won't agree.

    March 27, 2009 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  6. Mel of Alexandria, Virginia

    Preying on the fears of others is so low that it can be compared to terrorism and the mental abuse of others.

    The Republicans are as usual, mean spirited.

    March 27, 2009 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  7. Cathy

    Lowest of all lows .......Shame on yoo people. Dirty politics made you lose in 06 and 08 and this will be your fate in 2012, 2016, 2020,2024,2028,2032,2036,2040..............Just keep adding 4 and you get my gist...

    March 27, 2009 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  8. Gene

    I'm just reminded about that episode of Family Guy when Lois runs for mayor.

    The answer to every question... 9-11.

    Seriously, lets get real. This is like asking a chef if he believes in abortion to qualify him as a chef. Corporal punishment is determined by the state... he's not running to be in a position to make any difference as far as this issue goes anyway. What difference does it make what he believes?

    March 27, 2009 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  9. SPB531

    As a New Yorker, who had friends die that day. As a daughter whose Dad worked for years on the 39th and 40th floor of tower 2, as a Sister In Law, who cried with the family when a beautiful cousin who was nine months pregnant never came out of the building that day, I think I have a right to have an opinion and that opinion is this; Anyone that uses the horror of that day to garner votes should be made to withdraw their name immediately from consideration for any office. This is abhorant. The Republicans gave up the right to claim the moral high ground when they rubber stamped Bush's war, without a thought to going after the people who committed the atrocities of that day. Now, to somehow suggest that they have earned the right to use the vicitms of that day to win an election and push the failed agenda of their party is beyond the pale. I pray that the people of NY see this as what it is; a blatant attempt to push the emotional buttons of every person who witnessed that horror for personal gain and reject it out of hand.

    March 27, 2009 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  10. Dan, TX

    I hope Murphy wins.

    March 27, 2009 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  11. gerry

    When ads like this are allowed to run, it makes the USA look like a banana republic.

    Despictable ad.

    March 27, 2009 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  12. ron

    Alfred E. Neumann
    A winning strategy for the GOP might be to get out of the way and let the Democratic Party self destruct.
    __________________________
    Alfie that was there plan until they realized that Obama graduated from Harvard Law at the top of his class and taught constitutional law and knows how to put a team together that will fix the mess the republicans got us into. Now they realize they have to sabotage him in order to steal back power.

    March 27, 2009 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  13. No Incumbents 2010

    Yes, because we know the Democrats would never resort to damaging someones character or name calling in a campaign.

    March 27, 2009 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  14. Vegas

    News Flash to "The Broker":

    The US has been around for almost 223 years and the US isn't going anywhere.

    March 27, 2009 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  15. Rich

    Against the death penalty for terrorists.
    Against the Death Penalty, Period. Tacky tacky picking only one subject.

    For abortion on demand without parental knowledge.
    in favor of Freedom, not government regulation of birth

    Against secret ballot for unionizations.
    Lie. For letting EMPLOYEES choose secret ballot or card check, not the EMPLOYER.

    For bailout of Wall Street.
    If Wall Street tanks, so will Main Street. Cut off your nose to spite your face, not mine.

    Against tax reductions for middle-class Americans.
    Lie. Unless you consider middle class starts at $250,000/year.

    For increasing taxes across the board.
    Lie. Taxes lower for 95%.

    Against individual liberties.
    (No example given of liberty taken, so probably just a lie)

    For increased government internvention in all aspects of society.
    (again, no example given so probably just a blanket lie cuz you have no example.)

    March 27, 2009 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  16. dustin

    still exploiting 9/11, will they ever learn? i sure hope not.

    March 27, 2009 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  17. Are you serious?

    Does the Republican party know how to win elections without shamelessly invoking 9/11 and other fear tactics. This is beyond embarrasing and un-American. Especially considering under which party the attacks occured.

    Hopefully these people will see exactly what these neo-cons stand for with this ad. Just ask Sarah Palin, John McCain, Elizabeth Dole and many others.

    March 27, 2009 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  18. Go, Mr. President!

    Dear Phoenix86,
    actualy, you are the biggest fool here.
    Congratulation!

    March 27, 2009 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  19. Pete

    Phoenix86: you said "Against individual liberties.
    For increased government internvention in all aspects of society."

    Two words for you – Terri Schiavo.

    March 27, 2009 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  20. arithmetic is liberal

    If they're running this ad, the Republicans have already lost.

    March 27, 2009 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  21. I'm a unificater not a divisitater

    We must protect the unborn....but to be against the death penalty is a tragedy?

    March 27, 2009 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  22. The Flaccid Rushpublicans Can't Get A Boehner & Keep It Up

    Where's Rudy-Noun-Verb-and-9/11-Giuliani when you need a good scare into office?

    March 27, 2009 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  23. Peter

    This add is very sad...Im insulted by it.

    March 27, 2009 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  24. New Yorker

    Dear please, You still don't understand the difference between killing an innocent pre-born baby and the death penalty for a convicted terrorist? Wow, you must have received your dumbed-down "education" from a government school.

    March 27, 2009 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  25. Mississippi Mike

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

    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 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
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