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January 16, 2013
Most Americans agree that a president’s children should not be used as pawns in a political fight. But to go so far as to make the safety of the president’s children the subject of an attack ad is repugnant and cowardly.
White House Spokesperson Jay Carney - Commenting on a new political ad, released by the National Rifle Association, which calls President Obama an “elitist hypocrite” for opposing the stationing of armed guards in every school. We’re inclined to agree with Carney on this one. Say what you will about the man’s legislative agenda, but reasonable human beings should be able to agree that children aren’t acceptable targets for political attacks. source
Obama’s new ad hits on Romney’s “47 percent” gaffe, tax returns: This battleground-state ad, only running in Ohio, serves up the kind of criticism that a comment like Mitt’s makes obvious: “Doesn’t the President have to worry about everyone?” Romney’s tax returns also take a hit. (ht USA Today)
Romney uses Obama’s singing in attack ad: The goal appears to be to make Al Green sound as sinister as possible, and to play up his ties to big-ticket donors. If this seems like a kind of below-the-belt style of attack ad, it’s worth noting that Obama did the same thing with Mitt Romney’s singing over the weekend:
Though in Obama’s case, the attacks stick a little better. But we’re in the period of of the political season where the attack ads appear to be in a race to the bottom. Nobody wins. Especially not the viewers.
Joe Ricketts is a registered independent, a fiscal conservative, and an outspoken critic of the Obama administration, but he is neither the author nor the funder of the so-called ‘Ricketts Plan’.
TD Ameritrade founder Joe Ricketts • In a statement, released via End Spending Action Fund President Brian Baker, denying allegations he intended to implement the “Ricketts Plan” unveiled by the New York Times on Thursday. The plan called for a renewed attack on President Obama’s prior-association with the highly controversial Reverend Jeremiah Wright. Presumed Republican nominee Mitt Romney distanced himself from the ads, and campaign manager Matt Rhoades told reporters, “It’s clear President Obama’s team is running a campaign of character assassination. We repudiate any efforts on our side to do so.” source(via • follow)
He heroically bailed out the Salt Lake Olympic Games by heroically going to Congress and asking them for tens of millions of dollars to bail out the Salt Lake Olympic Games. In an earmark.
Rick Santorum • Blasting Mitt Romney for running campaign ads attacking Rick Santorum’s support of earmarking. Santorum accused his rival of being a hypocrite at a tea party gathering in Ohio this morning. Romney’s campaign responded quickly, stating that the requests were due to a post-9/11 need for heightened security. Campaign spokeswoman Andrea Saul also went on record saying, “Mitt Romney wants to ban earmarks, Senator Santorum wants more ‘Bridges to Nowhere’.” source(via • follow)
We’re sorry, this is just low: Back in 1997, Newt Gingrich faced a tough punishment for ethics violations similar to those that caused his predecessor’s downfall. So, clearly, with Mitt needing some strong ammo to hold him off in Florida, this is probably the right line of attack. Problem is … well, what the hell does Tom Brokaw have to do with this? Mitt’s latest ad in Florida is just a long replay of a news clip from that era, with a little bit of dramatic music to really sell the whole thing. Brokaw is understandably pissed: ”I am extremely uncomfortable with the extended use of my personal image in this political ad,” he said in a statement. “I do not want my role as a journalist compromised for political gain by any campaign.” We’re pissed for him —Romney just co-opted his trusted image to score some cheap points. Not cool. NBC has asked the Romney campaign to remove their news footage from the clip, and they better. source
We’d like to see the gift receipt, please: Centering around a critique of the unemployment rate in Chicago, this ad (“Obama Isn’t Working”) was released the day before President Obama visited his hometown on Wednesday. As Obama will be celebrating his 50th birthday on Thursday, could this be a “present” from Team Romney? source
Kentucky Senate race: “Aqua Buddha” now a talking point
Jack Conway’s attack adWith the election coming up quickly, the Democratic candidate for Kentucky Senate released this ad designed to make Rand Paul look ungodly based on some stupid things he did back in college. To us, it just looks desperate and could hurt Conway’s campaign.
Rand Paul’s response ad While we haven’t been particular fans of Paul’s campaign, we have to admit that his ad is not only better, it takes a (slightly) higher road than Conway’s ad does. Bad move, Jack. This election is about the economy, not morals. Now Rand looks like the respectable one. source
Reaction time is getting quicker. A day after O’Donnell’s attempt at an iconic “see, I’m not so bad” ad, her Delaware Senate opponent, Chris Coons, has gone on the attack, producing a well-timed response site, which is pretty much the exact reaction Coons should use here. Points for good timing and correct tone. source
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