The Latest: White House asks PAC to pull ad in primary race

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Posted: Apr 13, 2016 8:13 PM

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — The Latest on the White House asking a political action committee that supports Maryland Rep. Donna Edwards' Senate bid to pull an advertisement on gun control. (all times local):

6:10 p.m.

A political action committee that supports Maryland Rep. Donna Edwards' Senate bid has agreed to remove President Barack Obama's image and statement from a gun control ad.

The ad shows Obama tearing up while talking about Connecticut's Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. The television ad says Chris Van Hollen supported a campaign finance disclosure bill that didn't include the National Rifle Association.

The ad also says the congressman met with NRA lobbyists to put a loophole in the bill to exempt them, while Edwards stood up to the gun lobby.

Joshua Henne, spokesman for Working For Us Pac, said in a statement Wednesday that the ad speaks for itself. But, he said, out of respect for the White House and the work they've done on the issue, the PAC will take President Obama out of the spot.

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12:25 p.m.

The White House has asked a political action committee that supports Maryland Rep. Donna Edwards' Senate bid to pull an advertisement on gun control.

Jennifer Friedman is a spokeswoman for President Barack Obama. She said Wednesday that the Working For Us PAC was asked to pull the "misleading" ad.

It shows Obama tearing up while talking about Connecticut's Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. It says Rep. Chris Van Hollen supported a campaign finance disclosure bill that didn't include the National Rifle Association. Van Hollen is running against Edwards in a competitive Democratic primary.

Van Hollen has scheduled a Wednesday news conference to call on Edwards to "stop the false attacks" on his record.

Edwards campaign spokesman Benjamin Gerdes said in an emailed statement that the campaign had "nothing to do with the ad."