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Richard Cash touts anti-abortion protest arrests in new TV ad

05/06/2014 12:03 PM

07/29/2014 8:05 PM

U.S. Senate hopeful Richard Cash announced a new television ad Tuesday touting his ten arrests as an abortion protester.

The ad, which begins with a montage of Cash in prison, starts running Tuesday in Charleston, Columbia, Greenville and Myrtle Beach, and will hit cable markets tomorrow, his campaign spokesman said, declining to comment on how much the ad cost.

One of six Republicans running against U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham in June's primary, Cash says in the ad, "I've been here (prison) ten times, arrested for peaceful protests at abortion clinics, standing up for what is right. We need leaders now with the courage and resolve to stand against Washington's abuse of power."

Watch the ad here:

Cash said he was arrested in anti-abortion demonstrations about ten times over about a four year period.

While a seminary student in Boston, Cash said he was arrested about six times from 1989 to 1990 while participating in demonstrations at abortion clinics organized by Operation Rescue in Boston, he said.

After moving back to South Carolina, Cash eventually became involved with Pastors for Life in the Upstate. He said he also was arrested in Washington, Columbia and Charlotte at sit-ins abortion clinics, where protesters would sit and block the doorway to the clinic, making it difficult to get to the door, he said.

In Greenville, Cash also was arrested with other protesters while praying on the sidewalk outside of an abortion clinic in violation of a law that required groups to have permits to gather.

The ad emphasizes Cash's commitment to fighting abortion, "But the broader message is that I have the courage to stand up for what I believe at personal cost to myself and that I will fight for the things that I believe in even if it seems unpopular."

The ad also notes that Cash, who owns two small businesses, is married with eight children who, he says, "shouldn't be burdened with a massive national debt."

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