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Group Says McCain Broke 9/11 Pledge Not to Air Ads

NEW YORK - An independent watchdog group says that Republican John McCain's campaign aired a negative TV ad on the anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, but a tracking company says there's no evidence of that yet.

Presidential Candidate, John McCain
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Presidential Candidate, John McCain

The group Factcheck.org said Friday that the Campaign Media Analysis Group, an advertising data and analysis firm, found a negative ad from the McCain campaign airing on Denver television on Thursday. That would be a violation of the pledge both the Democratic and Republican camps took to take a one-day break from attacks and traditional campaigning.

But Evan Tracey of CMAG said the company's data shows the ad actually aired the day before, on Sept. 10, and that there's no data yet to show that it also ran on Thursday.

McCain campaign spokesman Brian Rogers also said there is no evidence it did.

The 30-second ad criticizes the campaign of Democrat Barack Obama for what the Republicans call "disrespectful" treatment of McCain's running mate, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.

McCain campaign officials did not respond to repeated requests by The Associated Press for comment.

The 30-second ad criticizes the campaign of Democrat Barack Obama for what the Republicans call "disrespectful" treatment of McCain's running mate, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.