CNN asks Mitt Romney to pull campaign ad using debate footage

Dylan Stableford

Mitt Romney's campaign has pulled a Web ad that skewered fellow Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry's speaking ability after CNN objected the use of debate footage in the ad.

The Romney campaign released the ad on YouTube on Wednesday, but subsequently took it down Wednesday night.

Romney spokeswoman Andrea Saul said that CNN requested the campaign remove the ad because it included the network's content, and they complied.

"While the use of the CNN clips was fully within our rights under the law, we respect and appreciate the role CNN has played as host in debates over the last several months," Romney spokeswoman Andrea Saul told The Ticket. "For this reason, we are honoring their request to remove the video."

CNN spokeswoman Edie Emery confirmed that the network made the request: "CNN did not consent to the use of its copyrighted material for this ad, and CNN objects to the use of its talent in any campaign ad. We respectfully requested that the Romney campaign not use CNN material in their campaign ads and they complied."

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The video highlights Perry's flubbed attempt to deliver a scripted attack on Romney at an early debate, when Perry stumbled over his words, and his tendency to pause in the middle of his sentences. The theme of the video and the title, "Ready to Lead?," is meant to strongly suggest that Perry's verbal difficulties would harm him in a general-election campaign against President Barack Obama.

The Perry campaign quickly hit back at Romney with a Web ad of its own, accusing Romney of misleading voters. Perry's ad, also released Wednesday, includes footage of Romney from a CNN debate and an appearance on CBS' "Early Show," as well as clips from MSNBC and others.

You can watch that ad below:

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