1. Post #1
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    [release]ABC’s Z. Byron Wolf and Emily Friedman report:

    Mitt Romney’s inaugural TV ad of the 2012 campaign aired today in New Hampshire just as President Obama traveled to the state, but the ad immediately came under fire from Democrats and fact-checkers for incorrectly quoting Obama.

    The White House, the Democratic National Committee and*Obama’s re-election campaign accused*the Romney campaign today of unfairly twisting the president’s words.

    Politifact, which monitors the accuracy of campaign statements, gave Romney’s ad a “Pants on fire” rating.

    The Romney video uses footage from Obama’s trip to New Hampshire in 2008. In the ad, text rolls over the screen reading, “On October 16, 2008, Barack Obama visited New Hampshire. He promised he would fix the economy. He failed.”

    As video footage shows vacated business and foreclosed homes, Obama can be heard saying, “If we keep talking about the economy, we’re going to lose.”

    But the ad does not make clear that in the speech Obama was actually quoting an aide to his Republican opponent at the time, *Sen. John McCain.


    The Romney campaign did not deny*that it took the president’s words out of context and even provided Obama’s full quote in a press release accompanying the ad: “Senator McCain’s campaign actually said, and I quote, if we keep talking about the economy, we’re going to lose.”

    It’s a reference to an anonymous quote by a McCain adviser that appeared in an Oct. 2008 New York Daily News article.

    “Now, the tables have turned – President Obama and his campaign are doing exactly what candidate Obama criticized,” the Romney campaign said in a statement. “President Obama and his team don’t want to talk about the economy and have tried to distract voters from his abysmal economic record.”

    Democrats pounced on the ad as misleading.

    “I mean, what — seriously? I mean, an ad in which they deliberately distort what the president said? I mean, it’s a rather remarkable way to start, and an unfortunate way to start,” White House Press Secretary Jay Carney told reporters during the trip up to New Hampshire.

    Romney’s campaign spent less than $150,000 to run the ad in media markets in New Hampshire, but it has already gotten a far wider airing on cable news and on the Internet.[/release]

    http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics...esident-obama/

    Why do I have a feeling this is only the beginning of a year's worth of these kind of attack ads.
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    That's really low.

    MSNBC are having a field day playing the same clips in all their shows
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    Yes. The dramatic music makes me want to choose him.
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    Sigh, here we go with the campaign ads.
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    The republican presidential campaigns make me want to break my own knees.
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    I've never understood why they have to say that they approve their own messages when the ad ends.
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    I regularly throw pity parties.
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    The republican presidential campaigns make me want to break my own knees.
    Hey, you won't even see them.
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    I'm Swebonny and I approve of my post.
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    I regularly throw pity parties.
    A B.A. Survivor's Avatar
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    I've never understood why they have to say that they approve their own messages when the ad ends.
    It's kind of just a formality, and also to show that their campaign actually made it.
    You can't use funds other than what your campaign has collected to make commercials or something like that.
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    http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics...esident-obama/

    Why do I have a feeling this is only the beginning of a year's worth of these kind of attack ads.
    Beginning? These things never stop.
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    That's the most mundane ad I've ever seen, who could actually watch that and want to vote for him? At least Herman Cain's ads are surreal as fuck.
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    That's the most mundane ad I've ever seen, who could actually watch that and want to vote for him? At least Herman Cain's ads are surreal as fuck.
    This one?
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    I've never understood why they have to say that they approve their own messages when the ad ends.
    It's just to explicitly clarify that it is their official ad and not a third party one.

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    It somehow appears that all the american politicans are capable of is advertising. Once they get elected, I kind of imagine them all sitting in a room, saying "Uh... yeah... what do we do now?"

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    This one?
    I love Mike Tyson.
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    And this is why I don't vote. Neither side can get past the "Sling shit at each other" phase, and thus they don't make me feel they're fit to run the country.

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    And this is why I don't vote. Neither side can get past the "Sling shit at each other" phase, and thus they don't make me feel they're fit to run the country.
    Vote for an independent then.
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    Are all American political ads so OTT cheesy?
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    What a great future president.
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    Vote for an independent then.
    Throwing away your vote.
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    watching the republican presidential candidates is like watching a multi-car pileup in slow motion

  22. Post #22
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    I love how the republicans still blame Obama for how shitty the economy is, when they are ones that fucked it up
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    Throwing away your vote.
    What the fuck you're an idiot
    how about you read next time you post your shitty opinion

    When the alternative is not voting at all, voting for an independent is a show of disapproval of the current system
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    Yes. The dramatic music makes me want to choose him.
    Reminds me of when Colbert made fun of another GOP candidate who did the same thing, only he made it seem even more like a movie trailer, even used camera shaking and after affect filters to make it sorta blue (like The Dark Knight)
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    Reminds me of when Colbert made fun of another GOP candidate who did the same thing, only he made it seem even more like a movie trailer, even used camera shaking and after affect filters to make it sorta blue (like The Dark Knight)
    Further proof that these people are fucking nuts

    I mean, these people seriously have issues.
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    What the fuck you're an idiot
    how about you read next time you post your shitty opinion

    When the alternative is not voting at all, voting for an independent is a show of disapproval of the current system
    It's still throwing away your vote. By voting for an independent you could cause a shittier candidate to win office than the one that's already in there.


    If people had voted for Al Gore instead of third-party candidates in 2000, Bush would have never become president and the last ten years of American history would be completely different.
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    What the fuck you're an idiot
    how about you read next time you post your shitty opinion

    When the alternative is not voting at all, voting for an independent is a show of disapproval of the current system
    Independents halve the number of voters for the party they're most like. Which is why they're pretty much never elected.

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    Independents halve the number of voters for the party they're most like. Which is why they're pretty much never elected.
    Yeah, I know. It's a huge problem with first past the post systems.

    my point was that if you dislike both parties, you can vote for an independent so that one party loses by more

    Edited:

    It's still throwing away your vote. By voting for an independent you could cause a shittier candidate to win office than the one that's already in there.


    If people had voted for Al Gore instead of third-party candidates in 2000, Bush would have never become president and the last ten years of American history would be completely different.
    if you are not going to vote, you might as well vote for any independent
    independents only take the votes of people who would have otherwise voted for a mainstream candidate


    people somehow think that every person who voted for an independent would have otherwise voted for, say, Al Gore
    that's not necessarily the case, because voting isn't compulsory in the US, and quite a few of those people wouldn't have voted otherwise
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    "There's a storm brewing..."

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    Anyone notice that the mic operator got a text message at 0:55?
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    It's still throwing away your vote. By voting for an independent you could cause a shittier candidate to win office than the one that's already in there.


    If people had voted for Al Gore instead of third-party candidates in 2000, Bush would have never become president and the last ten years of American history would be completely different.
    It's not fucking throwing away your vote, it's bringing America one step closer to abandoning the ridiculous system we have going now. If everyone voted for an independent instead of not voting at all, we'd be a lot better off.
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    He can get sued for libel. At least in Britain, you can get sued for libel, not sure about the US though

  33. Post #33
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    Obama did the same thing with a few of the ads against McCain. Lets not act as though its only republicans that do these things.

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    It's not like the candidates themselves make the ads.

  35. Post #35
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    Remember this-
    http://www.facepunch.com/threads/1141033?highlight=
    Yeah, I think it's pretty much on the money.

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    Yeah, I know. It's a huge problem with first past the post systems.

    my point was that if you dislike both parties, you can vote for an independent so that one party loses by more

    Edited:



    if you are not going to vote, you might as well vote for any independent
    independents only take the votes of people who would have otherwise voted for a mainstream candidate


    people somehow think that every person who voted for an independent would have otherwise voted for, say, Al Gore
    that's not necessarily the case, because voting isn't compulsory in the US, and quite a few of those people wouldn't have voted otherwise
    http://www.youtube.com/user/CGPGrey
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    but... the US doesn't use instant run-off voting at the federal level

    though they definitely should

    Edited:

    also those videos are great, wish we had them in secondary school

  38. Post #38
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    I may be idealistic, but I hate these dirty tricks that politicians play on their public to defame their opposition. If they truly cared about their country, they would let truth prevail such that their country gains the government that the citizenry really want, as opposed to the government that they think they want. If this is the only way that a candidate can get votes, things need to change.
    I have a feeling that if all forms of character assassination were outlawed in politics then more effective administration would occur. Then again, I also agree that these people have the right in free speech to bear the consequences of their libel.
    I could also be completely wrong, and that an ideal government should slander, conceal and cheat its country towards prosperity. I can't say that we're witnessing that working though.