September 1, 2010 11:10:00 AM
Attack ads and negative campaigning have become all too common in the United States. A common tactic that found new heights during Andrew Jackson''s campaign for the president in 1828. These attacks have no place in the political arena in 2010. Our nation faces far too many challenges to focus on anything but the issues and the ideas of candidates running for office.
It seems attack ads have now started in the race for our Congressional District. Rep. Childers released an ad that said State Sen. Nunnelee broke a pledge against raising taxes signed in March of 2010. However, the evidence offered to prove Nunnelee broke his pledge was laws that he voted for well before he ever signed the pledge.
So far, Nunnelee has taken the high road, and he has not joined in the mudslinging. I applaud him for this, and I encourage both candidates to focus on the issues and run clean campaigns. We have too many issues to address. Discussions about runaway Congressional spending, a bad health care law, and an economy that has yet to rebound should dominate this election. Let''s leave the attack ads at home.
grammy commented at 9/1/2010 1:08:00 PM:
What was that ad I saw yesterday, day-before-yesterday, etc., etc., etc. by Alan Nunnelee. They all do it so don't start saying only Rep. Childers does it. You must have missed Mr. Nunnelee or do you have selective hearing.
doj commented at 9/1/2010 2:20:00 PM:
What is the difference between a statesman and a politician?... A statesman does what he believes is best for his country, a politician does what best gets him re-elected.
sharp nasal kent commented at 9/1/2010 3:55:00 PM:
So Nunellee was for raising taxes before he was against it? Sounds like more same old same old to me.
hope commented at 9/2/2010 9:18:00 PM:
@Justin,runaway spending that was caused by the Republicans and Bush with two wars, tax cuts in '01 and '03, medicare prescription drug plan with no provision to pay for it,and many more that we all know about by now, plus Bush's 700 billion dollar stimulus bill to bail out the banks to keep from having a "meltdown."
A bad health care law and what is Nunnelee's alternative to it?
And an economy that has yet to rebound because the GOP destroyed it.
rubedooley commented at 9/3/2010 1:22:00 PM:
How many Billion are in Obama's Trillion?
justin s commented at 9/21/2010 9:35:00 PM:
@hope Not sure how President Bush factors into this race..please enlighten me.
Bush and Obama both made mistakes with stimulus spending, and it needs to stop.
As far as a health care law, I do not understand the argument of "if you don't have an alternative, you must agree with and support this legislation." That makes no sense. If you are stranded at sea with only rats and sawdust to eat, does that make it a positive experience? According to your logic, I hope you enjoy it. Since you don't have an alternative, you can not complain.
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