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  Dog stars in ads for Md. candidates
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Last EditedThomas Walker  Sep 29, 2006 12:32pm
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News DateFriday, September 29, 2006 06:00:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionANNAPOLIS, Md. - Talk about a dogged race — a Boston terrier is starring in campaign ads for both the Democrat and Republican in Maryland's Senate contest.

Republican Lt. Gov. Michael Steele started the puppy parade earlier this month, airing a commercial that poked fun at negative advertising. He is running against Democratic Rep. Ben Cardin to replace retiring Democratic Sen. Paul Sarbanes.

In an ad campaign worth $606,350 that included spots in Baltimore and Washington, Steele said, "Soon your TV will be jammed with negative ads from the Washington crowd." An image of a fictional newspaper with the headline, "STEELE HATES PUPPIES," then flashed on the screen. Later in the ad, Steele tells viewers, "For the record, I love puppies."
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