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Political ad sparks controversy

By: Lauren Fabrizi

An anti-Obamacare advertisement that uses a President Obama bobble head doll has outraged Nebraska Democrats so much that they're calling Sen. Beau McCoy to pull it from television.

Here in the capital city, it's being met with mixed reactions.

"I think it's pretty inconsiderate," Carolyn Reiland-Smith said.

"It's clever but it's certainly underhanded," Geoffrey Ledbetter added.

"I don't think it was that bad," Sam Raetz said.

McCoy's ad began airing this week. In the ad, he said the health care law is the "last thing we need," before slapping a President Obama bobble head doll off a fence.

In response to McCoy's actions, Dan Marvin, the executive director of the Nebraska Democratic Party said McCoy has "hit a new low."

"No matter what party you belong to, the depiction of violence displayed in McCoy's ad is completely disrespectful to the office of the presidency, and sends the wrong message to our children," Marvin said in a statement.

Vince Powers, the chair of the Nebraska Democratic Party added, "This is not how Nebraskans expect their leaders to behave, and the NDP is calling on McCoy to pull the ad immediately."

"Even if it is a bobble doll, the message is still there that he's bullying Obama," Leslie Childs, who's against the ad, said.

In response, McCoy said, "Nebraskans are tired of being pushed around by the Obama administration and the federal government.''

While some Democrats and Republicans in Lincoln disagree with McCoy's tactics, others said it's all part of the political ad war.

"I thought the music that was behind it kind of gave it a lighthearted connotation," Raetz said.

Channel 8 Eyewitness News reached out to Beau McCoy's office for further comment, but did not receive a response.

The primary is May 13.

By: Channel 8 Newsroom

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) _ Nebraska Democrats are calling for a Republican candidate for governor to pull a televised campaign ad in which he knocks a Barack Obama doll off a fence post while criticizing the president's health care law.
     The ad, which began airing this week, shows Omaha state Sen. Beau McCoy standing next to the fence post with the bobble head-like doll atop the fence post.
     McCoy says the health care law is ``the last thing we need,'' before slapping the doll off the post with his hand.
     State Democratic leaders say the ad hits a new low, and state Democratic Chairman Vince Powers called on McCoy to pull the ad.
     In a response, McCoy issued a statement saying Nebraskans are ``tired of being pushed around by the Obama administration and the federal government.''
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