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False Endorsement Claim Irks NH Newspaper

With just four days remaining before Granite State voters take to the polls for the nation’s first primary, a little bit of controversy has immersed involving the campaign of Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders and some local newspapers.

On Wednesday, the Sanders campaign released a 30-second ad on YouTube titled “Endorsed,” in which seven logos of organizations and newspapers are shown under the words “endorsed by.” Both the logos of the Nashua Telegraph and Valley News appeared under the headline, though neither paper has actually endorsed the Democratic presidential candidate.

Nashua Telegraph Executive Editor Roger Carroll immediately took to Twitter with a response to the ad and Sanders was asked about the ad during Thursday night’s MSNBC debate at UNH.

The campaign has since amended the ad to clearly show the organizations that have endorsed Sanders, though quotes from both papers remain.

Hillary Clinton’s campaign chimed in on the controversy Friday with the release of an ad called “Not Endorsed” claiming Sanders is knowingly misleading voters.

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