The Biden campaign and a Democratic super PAC were still airing TV ads on Friday, despite the campaign’s pledge to halt political ads in observance of the 9/11 anniversary.
At least 10 pro-Biden and anti-Trump ads aired in Minnesota and Wisconsin Friday morning on NBC, ABC and CBS affiliates, the Trump campaign said. One Biden ad attacked President Trump on Social Security; an ad from the American Bridge PAC features an Army veteran blaming Mr. Trump for urban rioting.
As Mr. Biden traveled to New York Friday morning to attend a 9/11 ceremony, he claimed that his campaign had suspended advertising.
“We took all our advertising down. It’s a solemn day. That’s how we’re going to keep it,” Mr. Biden told reporters.
A Biden campaign official said some ads aired accidentally.
“Our clear intentions are to suspend advertising today,” the official said on condition of anonymity. “This was an inadvertent airing and we are reaching out to the affiliate stations for an explanation and to remedy.”
The Trump campaign has not suspended its advertising; a campaign official said a Trump ad running on Friday is “patriotic” about the “Great American comeback.” The official also noted that people are voting around the country already.
The official also said that the campaigns of former President Barack Obama and candidates Hillary Clinton and Mitt Romney also kept their ads on the air on 9/11.