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Two Democratic Senators-Ron Wyden (Ore.) and John Breaux (La.)-have asked the FCC to investigate allegations that the Bush campaign produced a "subliminal" ad attacking Al Gore. The ad, aired in 33 markets during the first week of September, momentarily displayed the word "RATS" during criticism of Gore's prescription-drug proposal. The FCC says subliminal advertising is intended to deceive and "inconsistent" with a broadcasters' public-interest obligations.