Controversial ads to air despite content
FCC: Stations cannot refuse or censor advertising from qualified federal candidates
Randall Terry, who is running for U.S. Congress in Florida against Alcee Hastings, is putting an ad on television that may make some people sick to their stomach.
Terry is on the ballot in seven states for different races and even on one as a presidential candidate.
He is a well known anti-abortion activist, reported Local 10 Senior Political Reporter Michael Putney. Last year during the Super Bowl, he tried placing ads showing aborted fetuses during the game but was rejected.
Terry has purchased $250,000 worth of ad time in Florida and six other states. The ads -- despite their content -- must air.
The latest ad accuses actor Samuel L. Jackson of carrying water for racists. It includes images of aborted fetuses and burning crosses.
In a Skype interview with Local 10, Terry made no apologies for the ads.
"We always get reactions from these videos. That's why we air them," said Terry. "One is to challenge African-Americans to rethink their Planned Parenthood. They're obviously a racist, black genocide organization."
Terry said he doesn't worry about children who might see the ads.
"Most kids, before they leave elementary school, have seen a 1,000 murders on television. They've seen horrible images on television," said Terry.
So why will you see the ads on TV?
The FCC has strict rules that govern political advertising. Stations cannot refuse or censor advertising from qualified federal candidates.
A disclaimer will air before the ads on Local 10.
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