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This ad for one NC congressional candidate uses his opponent's own words against him

A new TV ad for Republican Rep. Robert Pittenger uses his opponent's own words in an effort to suggest that Mark Harris doesn't support President Donald Trump.
A new TV ad for Republican Rep. Robert Pittenger uses his opponent's own words in an effort to suggest that Mark Harris doesn't support President Donald Trump. Pittenger ad

A new TV ad for Republican Rep. Robert Pittenger uses his opponent's own words in an effort to suggest that Mark Harris doesn't support President Donald Trump.

The ad is the latest in the contentious GOP primary in which each candidate is scrambling to portray himself as the only faithful supporter of Trump and his agenda.

The two Charlotte Republicans are the main GOP contenders in North Carolina's 9th District, which stretches from Charlotte to Fayetteville. A third Republican, Clarence Goins of Cumberland County, also is running.

Pittenger's ad is the latest salvo in the war over who supports the president more.

A narrator says Harris "worked to stop Donald Trump." It then cuts to a recording of Harris saying, "The way to stop Donald Trump...."

The March 2016 recording came from a WBT interview with Harris, who at the time backed Texas Sen. Ted Cruz.

"Coalescing behind Ted Cruz is a way to stop Donald Trump and go into the convention, get our nominee and come out and beat Hillary Clinton in the fall," Harris told WBT.

Asked in the same interview whether he could support Trump were he the nominee, Harris said, "To be honest it's a very concerning decision that'll have to be made. ... I can't tell you I feel great about that by any stretch of the imagination."



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