Republican U.S. presidential candidate John McCain accused North Carolina’s Republican Party of being “out of touch with reality” over its refusal to pull an advertisement criticizing Democrat Barack Obama.
In an NBC interview aired on Friday, the Arizona senator said he has done all he can to persuade the state party to cancel the television ad that criticizes Obama as “too extreme” because of controversial remarks made by his former pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright.
North Carolina is one of two states holding the next crucial Democratic primaries on May 6 in the tight race between Obama and New York Sen. Hillary Clinton to oppose McCain in the November presidential election.
The McCain campaign said it had been assured that North Carolina Republicans would withdraw the TV ad, scheduled to air early next week.
But the state party served notice that the ad would air. On Friday, a YouTube.com version appeared on the party’s Web site at www.ncgop.org with an invitation for visitors to contribute money.
[Editors Note: The North Carolina Republican Party ad can be viewed here.]