Baker Stays Quiet On RGA Attack Ads

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Republican candidate for governor Charles Baker says he has not asked the Republican Governors Association to pull radio and television ads attacking the independent candidate, state Treasurer Timothy Cahill.

At a forum at Perkins School for the Blind in Watertown on Tuesday, WBUR's Bob Oakes pressed Baker on the issue.

"Have you picked up the phone and called the RGA and told them spend no more money here?" Oakes asked.

"No," Baker said. "Why would I pick up the phone? I'm not allowed to coordinate with the RGA."

He added that it would be perfectly fine with him if no independent organizations spent a dime on advertising in Massachusetts.

Earlier on Tuesday, Gov. Deval Patrick called for an end to attack ads in the race.

"Imagine six more months of this tone being set," Patrick said. "I think it's going to be poisonous for what it is we owe to the people of the commonwealth."

The Republican Governors Association has been running the ads to try to knock Cahill out and set Baker up as the leading opponent to Patrick.

This program aired on May 19, 2010. The audio for this program is not available.

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Fred Thys reported on politics and higher education for WBUR.