Politics & Government

Ben Chandler, Andy Barr pledge no campaign ads on Sept. 11

Andy Barr, left, and Ben Chandler
Andy Barr, left, and Ben Chandler

FRANKFORT — Central Kentucky voters can expect a campaign-free Sept. 11 from the major candidates seeking the 6th Congressional District seat.

U.S. Rep. Ben Chandler, D-Versailles, said in a news release Wednesday that he would suspend television campaign advertisements and direct voter contact Sept. 11 in honor of the anniversary of the deadliest terrorist attacks on American soil.

Chandler faces Republican Andy Barr, a Lexington lawyer and former aide to Gov. Ernie Fletcher, on Nov. 6. David Host, a spokesman for Barr's campaign, confirmed Wednesday that Barr's campaign also has opted not to run any advertisements on the 11th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

President Barack Obama and Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney also have pledged not to air television advertisements on Sept. 11, a tradition that was started in 2004 with President George W. Bush and Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry.

"Whether you're a Democrat or a Republican, it is a time to honor the memories of those we lost by remembering that we are Americans first," said Meghan Groob, a spokeswoman for Chandler.