Friday, October 22, 2004

A New Low 

Just when you thought the GOP couldn't stoop any lower during this campaign season:

Former Mideast hostage Terry Anderson walked out of a debate in his state Senate campaign, angry over his opponent's use of a photo of him with an official of the Hezbollah guerrilla group.

Anderson, a Democrat, faulted a brochure from Republican Sen. Joy Padgett that says he suggested shortly after the Sept. 11 terrorism that ``America's enemies have reason to hate us.''

Anderson was chief Middle East correspondent for The Associated Press when he was kidnapped in Lebanon by Iranian-sponsored terrorists in 1985. He was freed in 1991.

At Wednesday's debate, Anderson declined to answer the first question, instead making a statement of protest and then walking out.

``The man in this picture that they use to imply that I am soft on terrorists is the secretary general of Hezbollah, the Party of God,'' Anderson said. ``He and his brothers were the ones who kidnapped me, chained me, blindfolded me and beat me. ... And my political opponent uses a picture of that interview to try to win an election.''

...Anderson said the photo was taken when he returned to Lebanon to confront his captors.

Similar events in Florida.


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