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Conservative seniors group attacks ad

A conservative senior advocacy group has complained about an ad targeting U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Dole.

The 60 Plus Association, which styles itself as the "conservative alternative to the American Association of Retired Persons," called a recent TV ad "rude and frankly insulting to senior citizens" in a press release today.

The group was responding to a recent ad by the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee that features two older men arguing whether Dole is "92" or "93," though it turns out they are talking about her effectiveness ranking and the percentage of votes she cast that agreed with President Bush. Dole is actually 72.

"I know Senator Dole personally and she is a classy young lady," said 60 Plus President Jim Martin in a statement. "Exaggerating her age by 20 years in a thinly veiled attempt to question her competence and dedication is an attack on real seniors and is insulting to North Carolina voters. Playing the age card is bad enough, fibbing in order to play it is an outrage."

He noted that there 50 members of Congress who are between 72 and 90 years old.

The association, which advocates for abolishing the inheritance tax and reforming Social Security, has been supportive of Dole in the past.

Update: Martin is also 72 — four months older than Dole. In an e-mail to Dome, he said his comment was "kind of a tongue in cheeker."

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