U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Dole had to change planes recently.
The first version of a recent TV ad for the Salisbury Republican boasts of her helping North Carolina's military bases avoid closure.
But stock footage in the ad showed a French plane – a Dassault Super Etendard.
A second version of the ad substituted an all-American F-15. The switch was first reported by the liberal blog Senate Guru.
Never miss a local story.
“A media consultant used the wrong stock footage and it was corrected,” Dole spokesman Hogan Gidley told the Observer.
National Democrats and the campaign of rival Democrat Kay Hagan used the flub to argue Dole was out of touch.
“If Elizabeth Dole actually spent any time in North Carolina touring the military installations she brags about in her campaign ads, she might be able to tell the difference between an American jet and a French one,” said Matthew Miller, a national Democratic spokesman. “With a faux pas like this, it's no wonder North Carolinians are ready to say ‘au revoir' to Dole in November.”
Gidley responded: “While Kay Hagan is focused on little gotchas, slipper parties and lurking around gas stations, Senator Dole is campaigning on her long record of delivering results for North Carolina and has an actual plan to improve the economy and bring down gas prices.” Ryan Teague Beckwith and Lisa Zagaroli, McClatchy Newspapers