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Clinton and Dole camps deny giving milk lip service

November 3, 1996
Web posted at: 2:30 p.m. EST

NEW YORK (CNN) -- Bill Clinton and Bob Dole may need milk in the final hours of the presidential election, but their campaigns say a magazine ad picturing the two men wearing white mustaches of milk was apparently unauthorized.

Clinton and Dole are pictured in a full-page ad on the back cover of the election eve edition of Newsweek with the milky upper-lips that have been seen on numerous celebrities in the "Got Milk?" ad campaign conducted by the National Fluid Milk Processor Promotion Board.

Under the candidates' pictures the caption reads: "Vote. Strengthen America's Backbone. Where's your mustache?"

Spokesmen for both campaigns told CNN that neither Dole nor Clinton posed for the photos and they knew nothing about the ads until shown them by CNN. The pictures were apparently created by computer enhancement.

"As near as we can tell, it's not authorized," said Clinton spokesman Barry Toiv. "But we are taking this in a lighthearted manner. It is milk, after all."

One Dole official said the ad is not much of a concern to his campaign.

"It shows that the reason Bob Dole is so vigorous right now is because he drank his milk," the official told CNN.

No one with the National Fluid Milk Processor Promotion Board or the agency that produced the ad was available Saturday for comment.

 
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