POLITICS
07/23/2008 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Elizabeth Dole Pulls Ad Featuring French Plane

Sen. Elizabeth Dole (R) might have played a role in saving military bases in North Carolina, but her campaign ads for a time had a distinctly French feel.

Dole's campaign has released at least two versions of its second television ad. The first features a brief shot of a military airplane flying directly overhead, while the second replaces the shot with a different plane flying across the sky.

Turns out the first plane was a French-built Dassault Super Etendard, according to Damian Kemp, the Aviation Desk Editor at Jane's, which publishes a well-known aviation reference book.

Dole's campaign didn't announce the change, but it was noted last week by the liberal Senate Guru blog.

Asked about the switch, Dole spokesman Hogan Gidley said: "Basically, our media consultant used the wrong stock footage, but it was corrected." He could not say why the footage was the wrong footage.

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