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Republicans are handing Democrats ammunition for President Obama’s second term.

The Democratic National Committee will need to spend very little money to defeat any Republican nominee. They will only need to continue running the TV ads that current and former Republican candidates spent millions to create to defeat their Republican rivals.

There’s Mitt Romney with his corporate ties; Newt Gingrich with his Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae ties; Ron Paul with his “let’s secede from the entire world” and “let’s legalize drugs” views; and Rick Santorum, Jon Huntsman and Rick Perry with their “kill Romney” ads!

Where is the guidance for these candidates that should be provided by the Republican National Committee? Why isn’t Reince Priebus, chairman of the RNC, speaking out? Back in the fall of 2011, every conservative was saying that since Obama cannot run on his past performance, any of the Republican candidates could defeat Obama, and that Obama would only be able to use attack ads against whomever the RNC nominees!

Well, the DNC needs only to use the ads that are currently being produced by the Republican candidates.

William Zimmerman

Hephzibah

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Cdr4500
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Cdr4500 01/20/12 - 11:55 pm
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All political ads should be
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All political ads should be outlawed period, IMHO. They do nothing but make people have to not think. "Oh, I saw a 30 second commercial from one extremely biased viewpoint. That's enough for me to make my decision." Removing political ads would force candidates to spend more time actually talking about issues and getting out to the people, and would reduce the need for campaign contributions, allowing people with less money to be more effective, and possibly even cutting some ties between politicians and corporations.

But let's be honest for a bit...The negative ads are not really the issue. The problem is stupid people, who do not think problems through or never research anything, that are allowed to vote. These are the people that can be won over by ads.

The sad truth is that a large block of the electorate is moved by ads that essentially say: "Look how much worse that guy over there is!"

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robaroo 01/21/12 - 02:13 am
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It's difficult to defeat a

It's difficult to defeat a president who is already in office. In recent decades only Jimmy Carter and George HW Bush couldn't win second terms. Even then the elections were close.

If the Republicans want to sway enough independent voters away from President Obama, they need to choose a candidate carefully. Then it will take boat loads of advertising (paid for by special interest groups) to counteract boat loads of advertising for Obama (paid for by special interest groups).

southernguy08
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southernguy08 01/21/12 - 07:29 am
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ROBAROO, Jimma Cahtuh's
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ROBAROO, Jimma Cahtuh's second election was close? You're kidding, right? The guy was throwing in the towel and congratulating Reagan by 9 PM. Polls show Obama is about as popular, especially now that he's killed any chance of Canada/USA oil pipeline that would have created a lot of jobs. Yup, more "change" coming in November, but liberals will be crying like spoiled children being denied candy.

Fundamental_Arminian
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Fundamental_Arminian 01/21/12 - 07:47 am
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>>There’s Mitt Romney with

>>There’s Mitt Romney with his corporate ties; Newt Gingrich with his Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae ties; Ron Paul with his “let’s secede from the entire world” and “let’s legalize drugs” views; and Rick Santorum, Jon Huntsman and Rick Perry with their “kill Romney” ads!<<

William Zimmerman wrote a good letter except for his distortion of Ron Paul's views on foreign policy. We need to return to the Constitutional practice of fighting only those wars that have been declared by Congress. Our undeclared wars, which are fought with no specific goals, are impoverishing us and wasting the lives of our precious youth.

As to legalizing drugs, we should admit that our war on drugs is a costly failure. But we should also be careful to avoid the rampant addiction that has plagued European nations where drugs were legalized in the 20th century. Let's make changes, carefully!

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david jennings 01/21/12 - 09:17 am
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I agree with Mr. Zimmerman.

I agree with Mr. Zimmerman. The ridiculous, useless blather in the ads is disgusting. I believe Obama is given a great advantage by it and will probably be reelected easily. I guess I'll just write in Mickey Mouse, or stay home.

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Chillen 01/21/12 - 10:35 am
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Don't forget everyone. Obama

Don't forget everyone. Obama has a massive uphill battle. Now he finally has a record that he has to defend. And it will be very, very difficult for him. Especially in debates sans his teleprompter.

There have been so many crooked deals that have wasted taxpayer money, visits & meetings with communists, terrorists and marxists, bad economic policy decisions and bad decisions for the long term health of America. He'd better brush up on his tap dancing. He's gonna be doing a lot of it in the months to come.

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dichotomy 01/21/12 - 10:36 am
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"Then it will take boat loads

"Then it will take boat loads of advertising"

Ha! Regardless of the nominee, they don't have to spend a nickel to get me to vote against Obama.

The pipeline issue alone should be enough to boot Obama out of office. Throw in Solyndra, Obamacare, $trillions in more debt, three years with no budget, gutting the military, and union pandering and independents and even moderate Democrats know Obama is just wrong.

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harley_52 01/21/12 - 01:21 pm
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cdr4500 said "All political

cdr4500 said "All political ads should be outlawed period..."

The Constitution won't allow it. Besides, I find them amusing and instructive as to the sliminess of the candidate running them and the resilience of the candidate being attacked.

"Adversity doesn't build character, it reveals it."

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 01/21/12 - 01:29 pm
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What is that MLK quote about

What is that MLK quote about the measure of a man is not what he does in comfort, but what he does in the face of adversity? That isn't even paraphrased, but the idea is the same.

southernguy08
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southernguy08 01/21/12 - 02:00 pm
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FUNDAMENTAL, you left out
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FUNDAMENTAL, you left out "Then, there's Obama's incompetence." The voters have finally awakened and realized the "dream" was really a nightmare. DAVID JENNINGS, staying home or writing in Mickey Mouse won't help Obama either. His record and the state of the country are two things his supporters would like us to ignore this November. Fat chance!

Conservative Man
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Conservative Man 01/21/12 - 04:10 pm
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If the mood of the country on

If the mood of the country on Nov. 6th is the way it is now, Obama WILL be defeated, by whomever the candidate is. Newt, Mitt, Rick....regardless. The ultra-left will stay home because he wasn't liberal enough. The independents have already left in droves and the right is hyper-energized....Election over....

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Truth Matters 01/21/12 - 04:27 pm
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Um, a conservative advocating

Um, a conservative advocating for the outlawing of political ads. Do you not realize the percentage of profit made by media on these ads? Why, to outlaw political ads would be tantamount to destroying jobs.

I posted earlier about the claim of media bias with a liberal bent, if anything the bias has a green bent__as in money. Who profits more than the media when candidates bombard us with these negative ads? And that's true of cable and non-cable outlets.

harley_52
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harley_52 01/21/12 - 04:43 pm
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Truth Matters said "I posted

Truth Matters said "I posted earlier about the claim of media bias with a liberal bent, if anything the bias has a green bent__as in money. "

You were wrong the first time and again this time. There definitely is strong left bias in the mainstream media as studies repeatedly demonstrate and even most media personalities will admit. Only a few ultra-lefties who ignore facts for the sake of agenda continue to claim otherwise.

Conservative Man
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Conservative Man 01/21/12 - 04:59 pm
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There is a proven liberal

There is a proven liberal bent in the media..Recent numbers that I've heard indicate nearly 90% of MSM "journalists" identify themselves as Democrats. Having said that.. negative ads run because sadly
they work..That's why I intentionally ignore ANY political ad. I've already educated myself enought to know whether what I'm hearing is garbage or not so what the ad says really doesn't matter to me. What's scary is not enought voters do this as well...

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TNTHOMSON 01/21/12 - 05:32 pm
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U.S. Supreme Court justice

U.S. Supreme Court justice Antonin Scalia has a simple solution for people who don’t like all the political advertisements — change the channel or turn off the TV.

Scalia went on to say “People are not stupid. If they don’t like it, they’ll shut it off.”

Which is pretty much what I did with CNN, MSNBC, ABC, CBS and NBC 'news' and 'opinion' programs.

corgimom
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corgimom 01/21/12 - 08:03 pm
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My son lets one of my little

My son lets one of my little granddaughters answer the phone when it's a political call.

Last week I watched her take a call.

She's three. She told a man that called "I'm voting for Scooby Doo!" and then said, "Daddy, that man isn't there any more."

Out of the mouths of babes!

Willow Bailey
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Willow Bailey 01/21/12 - 08:47 pm
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Scoobydo is a much better

Scoobydo is a much better choice than the incumbent.

Willow Bailey
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Willow Bailey 01/21/12 - 08:49 pm
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Obama will try to talk about

Obama will try to talk about anything other than his own job performance. Can't wait for the REAL debates to begin.

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