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Coleman Calls on DFL Opponent Al Franken to Join Him in Ending Negative Advertising

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Location: St. Paul, MN


Issues Call For Franken To Join Him In Asking Outside Groups To Comply With Positive Campaign On Radio, TV And Direct Mail

U.S. Senator Norm Coleman today asked his DFL opponent Al Franken to join him in responding to the wishes of Minnesotans and ending any and all negative advertising in this Senate campaign. On October 10th, Senator Coleman announced that he would be running a positive campaign through the end of the election and has since called on all outside groups to do the same.

"I respectfully ask my opponent to join me in presenting a positive campaign in these last nine days of the race," said Senator Coleman. "Now is not the time for the exaggerated hyperbole and outright distortions like we are seeing in recent new television and radio ads, mailings and other campaign materials. Let's give the people of this state what they deserve: a straightforward, positive campaign run on records and issues, not scare tactics and more negativity that only deepens the partisan divide. I ask Al Franken to join me in calling on all outside groups, including the NRSC and the DSCC, to stop any further negative campaigning and to give the people of Minnesota a clear choice in a positive way."

While not legally allowed to contact outside groups directly, Senator Coleman has consistently called on those who are supporting his campaign to comply with his pledge to run a positive campaign. Given recent advertisements by outside groups both supporting and opposing his campaign, Senator Coleman asks Al Franken to join him in denouncing both his own negatives ads and those of outside groups supporting him, including the Democrat Senatorial Campaign Committee, as well as the groups supporting Senator Coleman, including the National Republican Senatorial Committee.

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