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GOP Wilson's "mortar attack" ad claim questioned

Oct 18, 2010 2:41:00 PM - thestate.com
Democrats question U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson's description of "dodging mortar attacks" in a new campaign ad.

The ad that began airing throughout Wilson's 2nd District this weekend is a third attempt by Wilson to defend international travel that his Democratic opponent Rob Miller calls junkets.

It's a new episode as the South Carolina congressman who made himself famous by shouting "You lie!" at President Obama during an address to Congress defends his seat. Wilson's outburst sent cash pouring into his and Miller's campaign. Wilson has raised $4.5 million for the race and Miller $2.8 million through the end of September. They've set spending records, particularly on television, in a district anchored on one end by U.S. Marine Corps installations.

Wilson's newest ad shows part of a story in the Washington newspaper The Hill that describes congressional travel this summer.

"While some members of Congress dedicated the entire summer to campaigning for re-election, Joe Wilson found himself dodging mortar attacks in Afghanistan," the story says.

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