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Campaign ads are out of control

Posted Monday, October 22, 2012, at 2:15 PM

How many more days until the General Election?

For me, it can't get here soon enough.

I'm sick and tired of being sick and tired concerning the tone and messages being conveyed in the attack-based U.S. Presidential race.

For way too long, political ads have been clogging up the television and radio airways with a constant regurgitation of charges, allegations, half-truths and outright lies in many of the cases.

Both candidates and their running mates are guilty and spending millions of dollars in the process.

The civility of presidential campaigns in recent years has been teetering on the brink of being downright disgusting.

This year, the race has crossed the line and waded into a stinking cesspool of rhetorical muck that will make me more than pleased when Nov. 6 finally arrives.

I've heard it suggested, and I concur, that the presidential debates might be much more constructive and definitely more truthful if the moderators were eliminated and each of the candidates was simply hooked up to lie detectors as normal folks asked the important questions on everybody's mind.

If the candidate lies, he or she gets zapped by a few attention-beckoning volts of good old American coal-produced electricity.

Oh, how I wish Election Day would quickly arrive so this crazy ad war can end.

It's true I work in a business that is supported by advertising dollars, but I see a much more contentious and discouraging display of mudslinging displayed in the electronic media.

Have you seen an Obama or Romney ad in our newspaper?

My comments are basically pointed toward national and state office candidates, who are the ones with the big bucks to spend on the high-priced political campaigns.

Is anyone else more than tired of trying to eat your breakfast or evening meal watching television and being sickened by the constant barrage of issue-less ads aimed at tarnishing reputations and dismantling creditability?

Does it make sense to be spending about $10 million for on-air ads in the Indiana U.S. Senate race between Republican Richard Mourdock and Democrat Joe Donnelly?

Mourdock spent about $6 million to unseat incumbent Richard Lugar in the GOP primary.

Gentlemen, please talk about the issues and leave the mudslinging somewhere other than in the campaign.

The race for Indiana governor is nearly the same between Democrat John Gregg, the pride and favorite son of the nearby community of Sandborn, and Republican Mike Pence.

The Associated Press reports that the race for Indiana's governor's mansion has already surpassed the $31 million spent for the same contest in 2004.

In the last competitive battle for governor, Gov. Mitch Daniels spent $16.8 million in 2004 to oust former Gov. Joe Kernan, who spent $14.4 million, The Associated Press reports.

Gregg's biggest donations have come from national labor unions.

In June, the Midwest Region Laborers' Political League found $200,000 for him and the Indiana State Teacher's Association (ISTA) donated $150,000, according to The Associated Press.

Pence's prime fundraising has come from some of the biggest names in national conservative circles.

Foster Friess, the Wyoming investor who almost single-handedly bankrolled former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum's presidential bid, gave Pence $25,000 last month. David Koch, the oil magnate financing much of the Tea Party's efforts nationwide, donated $100,000 for Pence at the start of the year and Marriott hotel boss Dean White has given a combined $225,000 over the last year.

My point is, why on earth is that kind of money being spent on two Hoosier campaigns?

It's simply a wagonload of crap that is bouncing down our Hoosier pothole filled roads.

If only the money spent on those two campaigns could somehow be re-appropriated back to our cash-strapped counties, cities and town, what a relief that would be.

How do we, the ordinary voters, stop these crazy, out-of-control campaigns?

We can always just turn off our TVs and radios and not read the newspaper ads, but the churning of money - much from out of the state sources - will continue.

Local candidates on the county level are much more civil and the most intrusive thing might be the sticking of many multi-colored yard signs around the county, along roadways and in voter's yards.

The tone of their campaigns is much more decent and it's my belief that those seeking the local offices are truly committed to making our county a better place to live, work and raise our families.

It does take big bucks to get elected to those state and national races.

That's a tragedy and I'm sure that's not the point intended when our state and national forefathers toiled, comprised and mapped out our Democratic election format.

I am also sick of hearing, "This message was approved by me."

The voters have a chance on Nov. 6 to say whether the message delivered met their approval.

Nick is assistant editor for the Greene County Daily World. He can be reached by telephone at 847-4487 or 1-800-947-4487 or by e-mail at schneider.nick@gmail.com. Follow Nick on Twitter @GCDWSchneider .

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I agree that these political ads are getting out of hand. I live in the Cincinnati area and I am averaging 6 to 8 political ads PER DAY. Theses ads are mainly anti-Obama and pro-Romney ads. Maybe if we put just a quarter of the money spent on political ads, we could put a dent in the national debt, but instead they are wasting all their money on these ads. Not to mention all the trees they are killing with all these paper ads.

-- Posted by sarahcooper on Wed, Oct 31, 2012, at 5:05 PM

This puts negative ads in a historial perspective: http://news.yahoo.com/inside-america-fir...

-- Posted by RB on Wed, Oct 24, 2012, at 9:23 PM

"If the candidate lies, he or she gets zapped by a few attention-beckoning volts of good old American coal-produced electricity."

That would be worth watching!

-- Posted by Orion's Belt on Wed, Oct 24, 2012, at 8:47 AM

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