Black defends herself against ‘border wall’ ad in governor’s race

Tennessee News

Rep. Diane Black says political ads portraying her questioning President Donald Trump’s wall “were clipped.” 

It was one of many topics the congressional member talked about Friday as she knocked on doors in her bid to win the Republican nomination for governor against three other major candidates. 

Representative Black said she and a band of young supporters who were with her Friday have knocked on 300,000 doors across Tennessee. 

On this day, she was deep in her home congressional district just north of Nashville. 

It’s an area of Sumner County she has long represented first in the Tennessee House, then the Tennessee Senate and now in Congress. 

“They see things on TV. They want to know what does that mean? When someone says, ‘Is that really true?'” said Black in between door knocking. 

Her words went right into questions about the recent wave of negative ads in the governor’s race–primarily between her and former state economic development commissioner Randy Boyd of Knoxville. 

One political ad from those supporting Boyd portrays a lack of support from Black for President Trump’s wall on the southern United States border. 

“They clipped out the piece where I said you cannot build the wall across water,” maintains Black. 

While candidates trade accusations in negative ads, there is one thing the candidates and their campaigns have agreed on both publicly and privately. 

There are a lot of undecided voters on the Republican side heading into early voting culminating with the August 2 primary. 

Even one of the people on Black’s door-knocking list told the candidate “we are narrowing it down.” 

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