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Vitter refuses to back down after critics accuse him of race-baiting

A Vitter gubernatorial campaign ad uses the words "thugs" and "dangerous" to describe people being released from prison.  (Source: FOX 8 Graphic) A Vitter gubernatorial campaign ad uses the words "thugs" and "dangerous" to describe people being released from prison. (Source: FOX 8 Graphic)
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Gubernatorial candidate Sen. David Vitter refuses to stop airing an ad some people think uses race- baiting tactics.

The NAACP says it has received complaints about Vitter's ad, which links opponent John Bel Edwards to the president's call to reduce the prison population.

The ad uses the words 'thugs' and 'dangerous' to describe people being released from prison. The NAACP notes the word "thug" was used a lot to describe people rioting in Baltimore. The group also notes it's wrong to assume that people being released from prison are dangerous.

Vitter's campaign issued a comment on the matter today, saying "Edwards' and Obama's almost identical proposals to release 5500-6000 criminals from prisons is dangerous and irresponsible. They'd release dangerous thugs as defined by Merriam-Webster who'd threaten ALL of our neighborhoods."

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