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Controversial billboard removed in Mason City

MASON CITY (KWWL)--  A billboard created by an Iowa tea party group that compares Adolf Hitler and Vladimir Lenin is coming down a day after it was installed.

Tuesday night, a representative with the group that requested the billboard asked for the sign to be taken down. Wednesday morning, it was replaced with a public service announcement.

The North Iowa Tea Party paid for the message on the billboard in downtown Mason City.

It said "radical leaders prey on the fearful and naive".

The group says the billboard highlights what the group argues is the president's support for socialism.  But some fellow tea party activists have criticized that message.

"I think that it may be crossing the line. It's going somewhere where the tea party doesn't need to go. This type of mudslinging is something we'd like to see stopped in our policies and our politics and in our campaign process and it's something that we're fighting on both sides of the aisle and we don't need to be going there ourselves, '' said John White of the Iowa Tea Part.

A billboard was placed at the same spot in November that had the phrase "Obama-nation, live free or die" with a communist symbol of a hammer and sickle on it.

The White House has not commented on the sign.

 Online Producer: Michelle Caldwell

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