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Two TV ads in the race between U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Dole and Democratic rival Kay Hagan have provided memorable images – and questionable claims.

‘Rocking Chairs'

An ad from the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee drew national notice for its folksy attack on Dole focusing on her age.

The ad featured two old men in rocking chairs on the porch of the Bynum General Store arguing over whether Dole was “92” or “93” – though it turned out they were talking about the percentage of times she voted with President Bush and her effectiveness ranking.

Congressional Quarterly, a Washington-based news service cited by the Democratic campaign committee, said that the ad slightly overstates the percentage of the time Dole has voted with the president since 2000.

According to CQ, she has voted with Bush 88 percent of the time, not 92.

Also, Dole is actually 72 years old.

‘Fibber Kay'

In response to attack ads from third-party groups, Dole ran her own ad arguing that Hagan has not been truthful about her record.

The ad portrayed Hagan as a small, yapping dog and claimed, “They call her Fibber Kay Hagan.”

The Dole campaign said it did not come up with the nickname, but staffers said they have heard it on the campaign trail.

A search of North Carolina newspapers, blogs and Web sites did not find any references to the nickname before the ad ran.

The ad did not name any of the “fibs” Hagan has made, but the Dole campaign has complained about claims in Hagan's previous ads about her record on illegal immigration and the budget.

Ryan Teague Beckwith, (Raleigh) News & Observer
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