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Senator lucks out on timing of Pledge ad

Sen. Collins, R-Maine
Sen. Collins, R-Maine  

From Dana Bash

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Timing, one could argue, is everything when it comes to politics.

And, as luck would have it, Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, launches the first TV ad of her re-election campaign Friday that features her, surrounded by school children, reciting the Pledge of Allegiance.

The Collins campaign had produced the ad before Wednesday's ruling from a federal appeals court, which declared the recitation of the pledge in public schools was unconstitutional. The decision sent politicians nationwide running to television cameras to call it outrageous.

The 30-second ad starts with "For A Very Special 4th of July," then dissolves into a picture of Collins with students from an elementary school in Waterford, Maine, reciting the Pledge of Allegiance.

It was shot May 31 when Collins, at the request of the school's Parent Teacher Organization, brought a flag to the school that had flown over the Capitol.

"We thought it would make a great first ad because Independence Day has a different significance this year because of the war on terrorism," said Collins' spokeswoman Felicia Knight.

Collins, in her first term, is in a tough re-election fight against Democratic challenger Chellie Pingree.

The ad begins running Friday all over Maine and is scheduled to run until the Fourth of July.




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