The Hattiesburg American Editorial, 10/15/8

If you watch the TV commercials touting the candidacies of Roger Wicker and Ronnie Musgrove, you would think that the only thing you need to know about the U.S. Senate candidates is that Wicker voted himself a pay raise nine times and Musgrove left the state with a $700 million deficit when he was governor.

If you are looking for the candidates’ stances on issues such as the economy, health care, the war on terrorism or global warming, no need to look at the commercials.

But if you want to watch the candidates attack each other, you’re in luck.

For the most part, these ads are the work of outside groups such as the National Republican Senatorial Committee and the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.

Pro-business groups such as the U.S. Chamber of Commerce have also purchased advertisements that boost Wicker or attack Musgrove.