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David Vitter acknowledges prostitution scandal in new TV ad

David Vitter acknowledges prostitution scandal in new TV ad

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — After months of attacks about his prostitution scandal, Republican candidate for governor David Vitter is addressing the issue in a new television ad — though without using the word prostitution.

The new ad features Vitter sitting at a kitchen table as he talks to the camera, saying: "Fifteen years ago, I failed my family but found forgiveness and love."

"I learned that our falls aren't what define us but rather how we get up, accept responsibility and earn redemption," Vitter says, as the ad next shows him eating dinner with his family.

He then pivots to Louisiana's budget and education problems and tells viewers that he's a "fighter" who will work to fix the state's woes if elected in the Nov. 21 runoff.

Vitter, a U.S. senator, apologized in 2007 for a "very serious sin" after he was linked through phone records to Washington's "D.C. Madam."

After a massive fundraising effort, Vitter started the election cycle as the favorite to follow term-limited Gov. Bobby Jindal into office in January. His poll numbers fell, however, amid revived talk of his prostitution scandal and a blistering primary battle with his Republican opponents.

Vitter’s Democratic rival, John Bel Edwards has taken the lead in a state that hasn't elected a Democrat statewide since 2008.

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