Barrett: ad reference to Army retirement mistake

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - U.S. Rep. Gresham Barrett says a Republican gubernatorial ad that called him retired from the Army was a mistake.

Barrett said it was corrected and his campaign will not do that again during a debate Thursday on WIS-TV in Columbia ahead of the GOP runoff next week.

He says it happened in a rush to put ads on the air. He served four years in the Army and resigned his commission as a captain two decades ago.

State Rep. Nikki Haley also faced ad-related questions. Her first ad called Attorney General Henry McMaster a career politician. She embraced his endorsement after he lost the primary last week. Haley insisted he's been in office since 1986.

McMaster has been in office since 2002.

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