Presidential campaign ads hit a new low
With the presidential election still months away, President Obama and Mitt Romney continue to exchange attacks through campaign ads.
One Romney ad quoted President Obama to be saying “If we keep talking about the economy, we’re going to lose” during Obama’s presidential campaign for his first term.
In fact, Obama was quoting what his then-opponent, John McCain, had said.
While Romney’s ad was accused of taking things out of context, the President’s new ad drew criticism about its absence of truth.
It featured former steelworker, Joe Soptic, from Missouri, who suggested that Romney was, at least, partly responsible for the death of Soptic’s wife. He said that he lost his insurance after Romney’s company shut down his plant.
“Some of these ads are designed to get the base engaged and involved because, in the end, the undecided vote is so small that the goal is turnout,” Frank Luntz, a conservative strategist, said, according to CBS News.
Though both sides criticized their opponent for using negative ads, the candidates continue to attack each other with charges that were often inaccurate and misleading.
“We have a sorry history of mudslinging campaigns. I don’t think this one has approached the Richard Nixon level yet, but hey, it’s not over,” David M. Kennedy, Stanford professor emeritus of history, was quoted by Phys.org as saying.