A tough new ad by Rep. Alan Grayson (D-FL) has his Republican opponent Daniel Webster on the defense just weeks before the election. The segment focuses on Webster’s extremely conservative religious views, and concludes by calling him “Taliban Dan Webster.”
“Religious fanatics try to take away our freedom: In Afghanistan, In Iran, and right here in Central Florida,” the narrator begins.
Though reporters and partisans argue about dubbing a Congressional candidate a member of the Taliban, perhaps the most damning portion of the ad comes from multiple pieces of footage Grayson has unearthed of Webster referencing and endorsing parts of the bible that instruct women to be submissive to their husbands.
“Wives, submit yourself to your own husband,” Webster days. “She should submit to me.”
Webster is a member of an fundamentalist evangelical group called the Institute for Basic Life Principles, where women are trained to be “obedient and virtuous.”
You can see the ad in full below.
Brian Beutler is TPM's senior congressional reporter. Since 2009, he's led coverage of health care reform, Wall Street reform, taxes, the GOP budget, the government shutdown fight, and the debt limit fight. He can be reached at email@example.com.