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Dec 7, 2012 8:37 PM by Alex Labat

War of the Words: Landry's Use of Boustany Interview Questioned

This is the ad that the Lebanese Information Organization has denounced as racist.
Congressman Landry was asked, "what is the ad's message?"
His response was, " I didn't do that interview, he did. In that interview he said that it was his lifelong dream to be in Congress. People are tired of politicians who are only in it for themselves. We don't need people to run for office only to get a title, like "Congressman", "Senator", or "Governor". We need people to serve who want to do the right thing, and that's why I'm running. I'm running to reduce the debt, to stop wasteful spending, and to take this country back from those who run for Congress only because it's their lifelong dream".

We posed that same question to Congressman Charles Boustany (who is of Lebanese descent). He says, "It's a hit right at the core of being an American. It's wrong, it's racist...it's despicable."

We continued to press Congressman Landry about the ad, and the purpose of using that particular interview, he said, (again) "I didn't do that interview, he did. In that interview he said that it was his lifelong dream to be in Congress. People are tired of politicians who are only in it for themselves. We don't need people to run for office only to get a title, like "Congressman", "Senator", or "Governor". We need people to serve who want to do the right thing, and that's why I'm running. I'm running to reduce the debt, to stop wasteful spending, and to take this country back from those who run for Congress only because it's their lifelong dream".

The Lebanese Organization claims the Arabic subtitles are an attempt to portray Charles Boustany as "maybe" supported by terrorists. No matter Landry's intention, Boustany says it's insulting, and that "this community here in South Louisiana is probably one of the shining examples of how different groups and ethnic groups can come together to create a greater community.
So for him to do this kind of thing at this late stage in the campaign is purely desperation."

Landry says the point of the ad is to show he truly wants to serve the people, and Boustany just wants the title.
Landry was asked if he wanted to say anything to those offended by the ad.
He only had this to say, "I didn't do that interview, he did. In that interview he said that it was his lifelong dream to be in Congress. People are tired of politicians who are only in it for themselves. We don't need people to run for office only to get a title, like "Congressman", "Senator", or "Governor". We need people to serve who want to do the right thing, and that's why I'm running. I'm running to reduce the debt, to stop wasteful spending, and to take this country back from those who run for Congress only because it's their lifelong dream".

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