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post #1 of 23
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Here in Wisconsin (well in my neck of the woods!!) there are some fierce battles amoung opponents running for office. Daily I receive "stuff" in the mail-one party slamming theother parties candidate. Yesterday I received three phone calls-2 where pre-recorded and the third from a candidate that I can actually voting for(his campaign is pretty good).
All this stuff is getting really annoying though.
Anyone else getting bombarded with this??
post #2 of 23
Here in Massachusetts we have a real nasty battle going on for Governor. I have Caller ID, so I know when it is safe to answer the phone, but the mail is getting annoying. The slanderous TV advertisements are completely out of control. I just want it to be over. No matter what, this will be a historic election where we will either elect our first woman governor, or our first black governor. The race is close right now.
post #3 of 23
Its getting that way here too. You can't turn on the TV without seeing one candidate or another getting slammed for something.
post #4 of 23
They are absolutly unwatchable. As if they are going to change anyones mind.
post #5 of 23
Of course, I haven't seen your ads, but we get it too when there's an election campaign on. Beyond tiresome. Don't you wish they'd offer you something to vote FOR, rather than something to vote against?
post #6 of 23
The state of campaigning is pathetic, and an embarrassment. It is a game of "gotcha", of innuendo, demagoguing, pandering, and blatant misrepresenatation. All sides are doing it, and it is a major turn off. It is like watching grown men and women acting like children. This is why so many people cannot stand politicians. Where is the integrity, the desire to discuss the difference on ISSUES, which is what really affects us? I do not need to watch political commercials, I just vote.
post #7 of 23
My long-term Congressman is retiring and there is a fierce battle, for his seat. This close to the border, illegal immigration is the hot-button issue.
post #8 of 23
So, what do you think about this ad, due to start running tomorrow?
http://www.rnc.org/ Do they really have to resort to fearmongering?
post #9 of 23
That ad seems right on the mark to me. Fearmongering? Hardly. Everything in it is factual. There's not a darn thing wrong with reminding Americans exactly what we're up against.

What scares me are people who continue to make believe that the awful reality illustrated in that ad doesn't exist.
post #10 of 23
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Originally Posted by KTLynn View Post
That ad seems right on the mark to me. Fearmongering? Hardly. Everything in it is factual. There's not a darn thing wrong with reminding Americans exactly what we're up against.

What scares me are people who continue to make believe that the awful reality illustrated in that ad doesn't exist.
But the ad could backfire. Are we any safer today because the Republicans are in power? I think not, with North Korea conducting a nuclear test, and Iran pushing to become the tenth nuclear power. That can be laid squarely at Bush's door, with all his blathering about "regime change" and the "Axis of Evil". Almost as many Americans have died in Iraq as perished on 9/11, and the numbers are climbing weekly. Why would the G.O.P. want to remind voters that it hasn't been able to reduce or remove the risk?
Not that I'm complaining (I just voted a straight ticket [by overseas ballot] for the first time in my life, and you better believe it's because I don't trust the G.O.P. at all any more. Even Newt Gingrich is disenchanted, which is saying a lot), but I wonder if the ad is well thought out?
post #11 of 23
We have municiple elections on here at the moment and that is bad enough... I think they are always sorry when they knock on my door or call though because I very nicely invite them in and interrogate them on all of their views For some reason they just don't bother calling me anymore
post #12 of 23
[quote=jcat;1391359]"But the ad could backfire. Are we any safer today because the Republicans are in power? "

Heck yes, we certainly are, despite the best attempts of the Dems to do otherwise. I could never place my trust in a party that for the most part, has largely tried to derail every initiative the President and GOP have put or tried to put into place to fight terrorism. The Dems are more concerned about interrogation techniques used on enemy combatants and extending Geneva Convention protection to terrorists. No thanks. They're not perfect, but the GOP is trying to protect Americans first.

"I think not, with North Korea conducting a nuclear test, and Iran pushing to become the tenth nuclear power. That can be laid squarely at Bush's door, with all his blathering about "regime change" and the "Axis of Evil"."

Both North Korea and Iran have been pursuing nuclear weapons for *decades*, so it's not accurate that NK's and Iran's ongoing development of nukes "can be laid squarely at Bush's door". Clinton too realized the threat and made some attempts to rein in the nuke-seeking dictators using appeasement, among other inneffectual strategies (hey, but at least he tried, right?) Seems the President's "blathering" about the "Axis of Evil" is correct.

"Almost as many Americans have died in Iraq as perished on 9/11, and the numbers are climbing weekly. Why would the G.O.P. want to remind voters that it hasn't been able to reduce or remove the risk?"

No one is happy about Americans dying in Iraq. But there have been no Americans dying on US soil since 9/11 as a result of terrorism, so let's give the GOP some small measure of credit for that, at least. I don't think you'll find one person who thinks that the GOP, the Dems or anyone else could ever "*remove* the risk" from terrorists. That's unrealistic. Reduce it, yes - it's what the GOP has been trying to do despite the Dems throwing obstacles in the way at every turn.
post #13 of 23
We've gotten a few things. What I'm more looking at though is things like their responses when I've contacted them about things, not their pretty fliers and what not. The radio ads have gotten annoying, but I've not been listening to the radio lately anyway.

But on a funny note....we have someone running for an office down here named Ulysses S. Grant! (Hope I spelled Ulysses right!) Now talk about being born for politics....or embarassment as a child....
post #14 of 23
We currently have municipal elections here, too, and for the most part the campaigns have been pretty clean (downright boring, actually). There are a few independent people, not running for positions but opposed to some of the people who are, who have set up anti-so-and-so websites giving their reasons for being against someone. Otherwise, there hasn't been a lot of mud-slinging or name-calling. And there could be. I despise our current mayor, whose basic election campaign during the last election was that she'd do everything the previous mayor had done and bring a certain big box superstore whose name starts with a "W" to our town. Aside from bringing that store in, she's been completely useless and things actually seem worse now than when she started; I'm going to be voting for the previous mayor, who I was honestly quite surprised when she didn't win last time.

Our federal and provincial elections get a lot nastier. In all honesty, though, seeing one party call another party bad names and say completely inappropriate things about them just makes me think less of the party doing the name-calling, not the party they're bad-mouthing. I'm not going to vote for you if you call rival party members "kitten-eating monsters" or "dogs" (shakes fist at Conserative Party). I'm more likely to vote for the person you're bad-mouthing, although of course I always vote based on my ethics and conscience. Basically, it comes down to this: I don't want to hear why the other party is bad. I want to hear why your party is good. Have the political ads reflect the campaign platform, instead of using that airtime to bad-mouth the other parties.
post #15 of 23
Has anyone seen the Missori ad for stem cell research staring Micheal J. Fox? Its so hard t osee him like that after all the movies you see him in where he is normal.
post #16 of 23
The political adds in Tennessee have become soo aweful that they were on national news tonight. There is just no excuse for such nonsense! I personally can't stand eithor Harlold Ford Jr. or Bob Corker...but I have to vote for one of them ...
post #17 of 23
i stopped watching the adds, I just go to there websites, or the state site for issues.
post #18 of 23
My mail-in ballot is already filled in and sitting on my coffee table, ready for mailing.
post #19 of 23
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Originally Posted by katl8e View Post
My mail-in ballot is already filled in and sitting on my coffee table, ready for mailing.
So you can ignore the ads now, right? I actually sent mine in about three weeks ago, so there won't be any last-minute changes of heart for me.
With more and more states allowing "no-excuse-necessary" absentee/mail-in ballots, we might see a difference in future campaigns.
post #20 of 23
I hate political ads, they don't tell you anything about the canidate, most are there just to scare you into voting for the person who ran the ad. And most people are going to believe what they see on TV and not research the canidates.
post #21 of 23
Here in California the ads are rediculous. We mute the TV when they come on. I mailed our absentee ballots Monday, so we can't make any changes. Not that we would want to. LOL
post #22 of 23
I go to school in NY and the ads where I am are terrible. They go back and forth on who let more rapists/murderers/pedophiles go free
post #23 of 23
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Originally Posted by LoveMyBabies View Post
I go to school in NY and the ads where I am are terrible. They go back and forth on who let more rapists/murderers/pedophiles go free
The biggest one in my area the keeps playing overe and over is the one agaisnt Sonny Perdue saying he bought $40 million of land next to disney world and then wrote a tax bill and passed it so he wouldn't have to pay $100,000 in taxes on it.
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