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Spitzer Ad Touts Honest Values ¿ But Is It Accurate?

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Attorney General Eliot Spitzer's campaign for governor has launched a new advertisement touting his and running mate David Paterson's core values. But NY1's Josh Robin reports that the ad might be taking some liberties with the truth.

Eliot Spitzer's new television ad is called "Responsibility Road." It features black and white pictures of a Nassau County school taken at the tail end of a recent Spitzer statewide bus trip.

Over poignant hallway images, Spitzer says, "Recently my running mate David Paterson and I toured the school he attended as a child, walking past the very same hall signs he did forty years ago."

The video shows signs on the school's walls that tout fundamental values like truth, honesty and responsibility.

"And eventually, if you've walked the right way, you end up on Responsibility Road," Spitzer says in the voiceover.

His campaign says the 30-second spot "conveys their message of bringing responsibility and accountability back to government."

There only one problem: Spitzer never took a tour inside the school during his visit.

Instead, Spitzer delivered remarks outside the school. He took questions and then walked away from the door, making a quick trip to his nearby office.

It was Paterson alone who walked through the hallways, passing the inspirational signs about truth and honesty, before reuniting with a classmate he hadn't seen for decades.

The ad started running on Thursday.

A Spitzer spokeswoman acknowledges the attorney general stayed in the school yard but said that was considered a tour. She says Paterson walked through the halls.

The spokeswoman also says the campaign had permission to film in the school and use the images in a campaign ad.

She says the spot is staying up.

—Josh Robin
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