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Shumlin, Brock spar over 'negative' ad

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A battle of words over the latest ad in the Vermont gubernatorial race.

Republican Randy Brock's new ad criticizes Governor Peter Shumlin, saying he prioritizes his personal life over the state's needs. Brock defends the advertisement as factually accurate. Shumlin shot back with a similar sentiment to the ad itself, saying negativity is not the Vermont way.

"I've run a very positive campaign and I'm shocked to see that kind of distortion and advertising in Vermont. That just isn't the way we do things here. You expect that kind of ad in Chicago but not here in Vermont," Shumlin said.

"Of course I've seen other ads like this in Vermont over the years, over many years. These are ads that specifically focus on issues the public needs to be aware of and these are issues we have already discussed this campaign. There's nothing in here we have not already discussed," Brock said.

Brock said this is not a negative ad -- he calls it a comparison advertisement. Shumlin said its negative, personal and shocking.

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