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GOP's Campfield Seeks To Boost Clayton Credibility

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State Senator Stacey Campfield and U.S. Senate democratic nominee Mark Clayton speak to reporters on Monday. State Senator Stacey Campfield and U.S. Senate democratic nominee Mark Clayton speak to reporters on Monday.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - An embattled nominee for the U.S. Senate is turning to a Republican state senator to try to underscore his Democratic credentials.

Mark Clayton, who was disavowed by the state Democratic Party after winning the primary because of his anti-gay stance, held a news conference in Nashville on Monday with Republican state Sen. Stacey Campfield.

Campfield, the sponsor of a bill seeking to bar teaching about gay issues, told reporters that he had previously tried, but failed, to recruit Clayton to run as a Republican. Campfield said he wasn't endorsing Clayton.

Clayton is vice president of Falls Church, Va.-based Public Advocate of the United States, deemed a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center. Clayton showed reporters a certificate of appreciation he received from the organization.

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