An advertisement slamming Texas Gov. Greg AbbottGreg AbbottOvernight Health Care — Presented by Carequest — Key CDC panel backs Moderna, J&J boosters GOP senators call on Biden to back down from vaccine mandates DeSantis to call special session of legislature to fight vaccine mandates MORE (R) for his handling of the COVID-19 pandemic was pulled minutes before it was intended to air during a University of Texas football game, according to the group that produced the ad.
"Our ad was supposed to air in Texas during the Longhorns game this weekend. But then, 10 minutes before kickoff, we were informed the ad would not run and it was a 'University-made decision,'" said a statement from The Lincoln Project, a group led by Republican operatives who oppose former President TrumpDonald TrumpHarris stumps for McAuliffe in Virginia On The Money — Sussing out what Sinema wants Hillicon Valley — Presented by Xerox — The Facebook Oversight Board is not pleased MORE and his allies.
The ad is titled "Abbott's Wall" and says that caskets of the 60,000 Texans who have died from the coronavirus would stretch from Austin to San Antonio.
A spokesman for Abbott told The Dallas Morning News that the governor was not involved in pulling the ad.
The advertisement was cleared by ESPN's legal department, and The Lincoln Project had paid $25,000 for the slot, a spokesman for the group told the Morning News.