"I find that not only offensive but truly shocking," Wilson said. "I must say I think that is an example of the kind of thing that makes you wonder how much pressure people are going to be able to take before they do things they shouldn't do."
CALIFORNIA ELECTIONS: THE AD CAMPAIGN
The race: Governor. Whose ad?: Pete Wilson.
Wilson, the Republican nominee, on Monday unveiled a campaign commercial targeted to address the issue his aides see as his most potent campaign weapon--crime. The 60-second ad, airing across California, lauds Wilson's support for criminal justice legislation and, particularly, for Proposition 115, the initiative on the June ballot that overhauled the state's trial system to speed up trials and make it easier for prosecutors to seek the death penalty.
The Wilson ad follows by several days the airing of a commercial by Democratic gubernatorial candidate Dianne Feinstein that underscored her support for the death penalty.
Ad: The commercial opens with Wilson talking to crime victims, traveling on a campaign bus and in a cafe. "This man has been on a mission for 10 years to change a criminal justice system that was more responsive to the criminals than to the people," an announcer says. Wilson replies: "When you see something that is wrong, the purpose of being in government is to have the ability to fix it."