September 28th, 2010
09:33 AM ET

Florida candidate challenges opponent's political ad

Rebecca Sinderbrand
AC360° Political Producer

Washington (CNN) - The challenger in a hotly contested race for a U.S. House seat in central Florida accused Democratic Rep. Alan Grayson on Monday of using misleading edits in a campaign ad to distort his comments.

Former Florida state Rep. Dan Webster said the new ad by Grayson's re-election campaign doesn't accurately portray what the GOP candidate said.

"Religious fanatics try to take away our freedom - in Afghanistan, in Iran and right here in Central Florida," says the narrator in the 30-second Grayson spot, which is cast on a background of Afghan women in burqas, militants with machine guns, and maps of Iran and Afghanistan.

The ad which began airing over the weekend shows Webster telling a Christian group: "Wives, submit yourself to your own husband" and "she should submit to me."

But video of Webster's full comment, provided to CNN by his campaign from a 2009 address in Nashville, Tennessee, seems to show a different picture of the candidate's intent.

"So, write a journal. Second, find a verse. I have a verse for my wife. I have verses for my wife," Webster goes onto say. "Don't pick the ones that say, 'she should submit to me.' It's in the Bible, but pick the ones that you're supposed to do.

"So instead, 'Love your wife, even as Christ loved the church and gave himself for it,' as opposed to, 'Wives submit yourselves to your husband.' She can pray that if she wants to, but don't you pray it."

The Grayson campaign dismissed questions Monday over whether their editing had distorted the meaning of Webster's comments.

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soundoff (3 Responses)
  1. Annie Kate

    Looks like the old political game of taking something said out of context and making it seem to be something negative. Doesn't take much imagination or intelligence to do – if Grayson would be a better candidate he needs to tell people in his ads how he would be better and not tear his opponent down.

    September 28, 2010 at 9:37 pm |
  2. Sharon

    So Webster is in favor of abortion? Divorce?

    I don't think so.

    The ad is factual.

    September 28, 2010 at 2:50 pm |
  3. Michele Gomis

    We are not holding these people accountable for lies and slander???!!:

    "The Grayson campaign dismissed questions Monday over whether their editing had distorted the meaning of Webster's comments."

    Why not? This kind of distortion is outrageous and for the liars to "dismiss" questions about their integrity is an outrage. Why are they not accountable for this disgraceful behavior?

    F\This is free speech as perverted by politics, the very vehicle which should give it the most vibrant life...(a comment, I know, loaded with irony...)

    September 28, 2010 at 2:14 pm |