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Daisy Ad Urges Vote for Republicans

October 27, 2000

WASHINGTON (AP) _ A mysterious group is urging viewers to vote Republican with TV ads in a handful of states that recall the famous ``Daisy″ commercial that President Johnson used in 1964 to suggest his opponent might get the nation into a nuclear war.

The new ad accuses President Clinton and Vice President Al Gore of giving away nuclear technology to China in exchange for campaign contributions. Like the 1964 spot, it shows a little girl plucking petals from a daisy.

``Red China was given access and sold vital technology that will give China the ability to threaten our homes with long-range nuclear warheads,″ an announcer says.

Both ads end with a countdown to a nuclear blast.

The newest ad repeats allegations by Republicans, though unproven, that China stole nuclear secrets from the United States and dumped money into the 1996 elections.

The commercial begins by crediting the GOP for ending the Cold War and closes with the admonition to ``vote Republican.″

Carey Cramer, of Aretino Industries of McAllen, Texas, distributed information about the spot, but would not say who was paying to air the ad. He said his group hopes to spend $500,000 between now and Election Day, and has bought time in Orlando, Fla.; Pittsburgh; Sacramento, Calif.; Lansing, Mich.; and Springfield, Mo.

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