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2012 presidential election: The most negative in campaign history? OutFront Political Strike Team weighs in at 7p ET
August 14th, 2012
05:02 PM ET

2012 presidential election: The most negative in campaign history? OutFront Political Strike Team weighs in at 7p ET

There's lots of negativity in this presidential election - in campaign ads, on the stage and on the airwaves from both sides.

Campaign attack ads getting nastier: 'Out of bounds' and 'off-target'

We asked our OutFront Political Strike team about whether this year's presidential election is the most negative campaign in history.

Tune to Erin Burnett OutFront at 7p ET for the results from our political strike team.

Here is tonight's OutFront poll:

Campaign 2012: How low can you go?

To listen to some Republicans, one might think President Barack Obama is doing the limbo.

"The Obama Campaign has reached a new low," declared Mitt Romney campaign Press Secretary Andrea Saul in a Tuesday statement battering Vice President Joe Biden, who at a speech earlier Tuesday said Romney would deregulate the financial sector and "put y'all back in chains."

Just over an hour later, she emailed reporters another statement billed as a "Response to President Obama's Newest Low."

In a campaign which has been brutal and nasty on both sides – by one metric, plagued with ads significantly more negative than those aired in the last campaign for the White House – the Romney campaign's response that Obama, the Democrats, and their allies are hitting "new lows" has become a familiar refrain.

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soundoff (One Response)
  1. Wastrel

    Yes, we know it's negative. I don't know if it' the most negative ever, though. Ms. Burnett is not old enough to remember very many campaigns, and there's no sign of any real research on the history of campaigning in this article, just the usual agonizing over how bad things are today. I myself was very young, but I remember a certain presidential campaign during which it was rumored that if one of the candidates were elected, he would turn the country over to the Pope.

    Political correctness today means that such rumors can't be spoken aloud. Instead, the nastiest rumors have to be in code: "Obama is an [inner-city] thug"; Obama is a [n African] dictator"; "Romney will put us in chains", etc.

    August 15, 2012 at 9:56 am | Reply

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