Moveon.org Launches Ads Against Lawmakers
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Jun 6, 6:18 PM (ET)

By WILL LESTER

WASHINGTON (AP) - A liberal activist group is launching ads accusing four Republican lawmakers of accepting thousands of dollars from defense contractors while opposing tough penalties for companies that overcharge the government.

Aides to two of the lawmakers dismissed the ads as misleading.

Moveon.org is spending $300,000 for the commercials aimed at Reps. Nancy Johnson of Connecticut, Chris Chocola of Indiana, Deborah Pryce of Ohio and Thelma Drake of Virginia. The 30-second spots will begin running Wednesday and remain on the air for about 10 days.

The ads say the lawmakers accepted thousands of dollars in donations from defense contractors and then "opposed penalties for contractors like Halliburton who overcharged the military in Iraq."

The latest buy is part of Moveon's $1.3 million ad campaign in the midterm elections.

"We focused on districts which we believe could be very competitive but hadn't yet reached that point," said Eli Pariser, executive director of Moveon.

Brooks Kochvar, chief of staff for Chocola, said the ad "is clearly misleading, much like their previous ones" and argued that the Republican has done all he can to help U.S. forces.

Drake's campaign manager Tim Murtaugh described his boss as "an ardent supporter of the military" and complained that the voted cited in the ad was a procedural one.

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BOSTON (AP) - Republican Gov. Mitt Romney says he would be willing to talk about his Mormon religion in broad terms should he run for president but would shy away from debating specific beliefs.

"I think initially some people would say, 'Gosh, I don't know much about your faith. Tell me about it.' And I'd probably outline the fundamentals: I'm a religious person, I believe that Jesus Christ is my savior," Romney said Monday on PBS's "The Charlie Rose Show.""But then as you get into the details of doctrines, I'd probably say, 'Look, time out.'"

Among other things, Mormons believed in polygamy until 1890 and banned blacks from the priesthood until 1978. They also maintain temples open only to members where rites such as vicarious baptisms for the dead are performed.

The Massachusetts governor made clear he did not want to be drawn into a discussion about the details of his faith.

"There's a leap of faith associated with every religion," he said during the interview with Judy Woodruff, who was substituting for Rose. "If you have doctrines you want to talk about, go talk to the church. ... That's not my job."

Romney also said the abortion issue should be decided on "a state-by-state basis, and not on a one-size-fits-all basis."

In contrast, Romney supports an amendment to the Constitution banning gay marriage because married people can move from state to state.

"The adoption of a gay marriage practice in one state really becomes adopted by all states, whether they want it or not," Romney said.

Massachusetts is the only state to legalize gay marriage.

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TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Hosting the 2008 Republican National Convention in Tampa could cost about $124 million with roughly two-thirds coming from taxpayer dollars, according to the Tampa Bay Convention & Visitors Bureau.

The city submitted a bid for the event to the Republican National Committee last month and made it public Monday after the Tampa Tribune sued the visitors bureau for access to the documents.

Tampa is competing with Cleveland, Minneapolis and New York for the event. Tampa was a finalist for the GOP convention in 2004, but lost to New York.

Finalists for the 2008 convention should be named by July 1, and a host city chosen by January.

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BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) - Bernie Sanders, an independent seeking a Senate seat, on Tuesday rejected an opponent's charge that his political philosophy is based on "partisan hatred."

The self-described socialist, a member of the House since 1990, said he's had a record of working with Republicans and Democrats since his days as mayor of Burlington, Vt.

"That's not partisan hatred. That's working with people," Sanders said at a news conference. "Anyone who checks my record understands in Congress I've worked very hard with Republicans. I really reject this (partisan hatred) business."

Richard Tarrant, one of two Republicans seeking his party's nomination for the Senate, has made the phrase a standard part of his campaign message. The candidates are vying for the Senate seat held by James Jeffords, the Republican-turned-independent who is retiring this year.

"He has difficulty working well with others," Tarrant campaign spokesman Tim Lennon said of Sanders.

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Associated Press Writers Steve LeBlanc in Boston and Ross Sneyd in Burlington, Vt., contributed to this report.





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