RALEIGH, N.C. — For weeks, Republicans hammered at Democratic Senate candidate Erskine Bowles for avoiding links to his former boss, President Clinton. Now those attacks will be a little harder to make.
New TV ads airing this week show Bowles, a former White House chief of staff, with his old boss.
The 30-second spots tout Bowles' part in the government's response to the April 19, 1995, bombing of the federal building in Oklahoma City. They include images of bloodied victims and the bombed-out shell of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building, where 168 people were killed.
Both ads include a photo of Bowles sitting across a table from Clinton on Air Force One. A narrator says, "Within hours, the president turns to North Carolina's Erskine Bowles to take charge of our nation's response."
Earlier ads and campaign literature had omitted Clinton's name and image. One even showed the candidate with Republican Sen. Trent Lott, who was Senate majority leader at the time.