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WATCH: Dems Recreate Vitter-Prostitute Encounter In New Web Video


"Vitter was excused from testifying by federal judges and his colleagues in the Senate dropped their ethics investigation only a week after the DC Madam's suicide," the narrator notes.

The ad follows a public call by Vitter's Democratic opponent Charlie Melancon for multiple town hall-style debates.

"If [voters] want to talk about David Vitter employing a convicted felon...they ought to be able to ask that question," Melancon told reporters this week.

It appears to be part of a pattern of Democrats trying to bait Vitter into addressing his scandals, either by publicly objecting to Dem tactics, or by facing questions from voters and the media about them.

You can see the video below.

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