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Rand Paul Takes Action to Get 'Misleading, Inaccurate and False' Iran Ad Off the Air

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"...broadcast licensees have a legal responsibility to review and to eliminate any false, misleading, or deceptive materials contained in advertising."

FILE - This Friday, June 20, 2014, file photo shows Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., speaking at the Faith and Freedom Coalition's Road to Majority event in Washington. The Kentucky Republican told NBC's "Meet the Press" Sunday, June 22, that he blames those who supported the military action in Iraq with emboldening Iran to have a larger presence in the region. He said questions about whether President Barack Obama's current foreign policies are wrong should also be asked of those who originally supported the Iraq war. (AP Photo/Molly Riley, File) AP Photo/Molly Riley, File

The Rand Paul campaign sent a cease-and-desist letter this week to television stations broadcasting an ad that attacks him on Iran.

"I write to bring to your attention a deliberately misleading advertisement than an outside group calling itself the 'Foundation for a Secure and Prosperous America' ('FSPA') is running on your broadcast station," a lawyer for the campaign wrote.

FILE - This Friday, June 20, 2014, file photo shows Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., speaking at the Faith and Freedom Coalition's Road to Majority event in Washington. The Kentucky Republican told NBC's "Meet the Press" Sunday, June 22, that he blames those who supported the military action in Iraq with emboldening Iran to have a larger presence in the region. He said questions about whether President Barack Obama's current foreign policies are wrong should also be asked of those who originally supported the Iraq war. (AP Photo/Molly Riley, File) AP Photo/Molly Riley, File FILE - This Friday, June 20, 2014, file photo shows Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., speaking at the Faith and Freedom Coalition's Road to Majority event in Washington. (AP Photo/Molly Riley, File)

The letter listed what the Paul campaign said are three "false statements" and warned operators that they are "not protected from legal liability for airing a false and misleading" advertisement.

"Moreover, broadcast licensees have a legal responsibility to review and to eliminate any false, misleading, or deceptive materials contained in advertising," the letter added.

[sharequote align="center"]"...misleading, inaccurate and false..."[/sharequote]

A Paul spokesman echoed to BuzzFeed that they believe the ad is "misleading, inaccurate and false," pointing to Politifact's "mostly false" rating.

FSPA responded in a Wednesday followup letter addressing the three statements the Paul campaign said were false and contending that the senator is "free to run his own advertisements" explaining his positions.

The group also released two new ads going after Paul Thursday, titled "In His Own Words" and "Dangerous."

(H/T: BuzzFeed)

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