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    Should Romney Avoid Attack Ads?

    Because Obama's...well...you know.
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    A Mooslim?
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    Yes, but obviously the superpacs that unofficially support him would be stupid not to attack him.
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    Obama's not avoiding attack ads. Romney's key to victory is attacking Obama's record. Why should he avoid attack ads? Attack ads only backfire if they don't stick. If any attack can stick, it's claiming Obama has mismanaged the economy. The numbers certainly don't look good.
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    I don't think you can argue that he mismanaged the economy. The economy was nearly destroyed under Bush and got better under Obama. Seems fairly straightforward.

    Still, it's not appropriate for there to be attack ads against Obama.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DaShi View Post
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    I don't think you can argue that he mismanaged the economy. The economy was nearly destroyed under Bush and got better under Obama. Seems fairly straightforward.

    Still, it's not appropriate for there to be attack ads against Obama.
    He could blame the slow recovery on Obamacare. Wait, that was was his healthcare policy. I guess he could just babble about how he made money so therefore he knows how to fix an economy.
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    Apparently, Romney has already taken credit for the auto-bailouts.
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    "Capitalism ho!"

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    In his senate campaign against Ted Kennedy, Romney avoided attack ads only to get destroyed by the Kennedy attack machine. That experience has since shaped his view on campaigning. He wants to punch first, not wait and counter.
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    But it could negatively affect him against Obama.
    “As a lifelong member of the Columbia Business School community, I adhere to the principles of truth, integrity, and respect. I will not lie, cheat, steal, or tolerate those who do.”
    "Capitalism ho!"

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    Quote Originally Posted by DaShi View Post
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    I don't think you can argue that he mismanaged the economy.
    Of course you can. The economy still sucks, and that's what low-information voters will base their views of Obama's management of the economy on.

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    ... and he could use the fact that Obama wants to divorce Michelle and marry a man!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tupac Shakur View Post
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    Of course you can. The economy still sucks, and that's what low-information voters will base their views of Obama's management of the economy on.
    Also the high-information voters.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DaShi View Post
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    Because Obama's...well...you know.
    Yes, and exactly.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hauldren Collider View Post
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    Obama's not avoiding attack ads. Romney's key to victory is attacking Obama's record. Why should he avoid attack ads? Attack ads only backfire if they don't stick. If any attack can stick, it's claiming Obama has mismanaged the economy. The numbers certainly don't look good.
    Blaming the recession on Obama, is like a kid whose bedroom is a messy disaster, and when his parents walk into the room, the kid blames his parents for the messy room.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MrFun View Post
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    Blaming the recession on Obama, is like a kid whose bedroom is a messy disaster, and when his parents walk into the room, the kid blames his parents for the messy room.
    No, it's like if a building collapses, and you're hired to fix it, and after four years you've made no progress because you're a wimp who wasted your time trying to win over people who hate you and want you to fail.
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    Regardless of actual cause, the simple question for most people comes down to "am I better or worse off then before".
    Where to assess blame, POLITICIANS period. People will always vote the own interests. Sometimes they don't see what that is.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rah View Post
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    Regardless of actual cause, the simple question for most people comes down to "am I better or worse off then before".
    I'm fairly certain that isn't the question the Obama camp wants voters asking when they cast their ballots. Hence the nonsense wrt the "Forward" slogan.

    ‘Forward’?

    As for the question in the OP, no as he's clearly very good at launching negative ads if the Republican primary isn anything to go by.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tupac Shakur View Post
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    Of course you can. The economy was slightly improving, and that's what low-information voters will base their views of Obama's management of the economy on.
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    Whenever Democrats start suggesting "no attack ads", I have visions of Bugs Bunny as a boxing ref.
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    Whoops, my mistake.

    "We have tried spending money. We are spending more than we have ever spent before and it does not work...After eight years of this Administration, we have just as much unemployment as when we started... And an enormous debt to boot!" — Henry Morgenthau, Franklin Delano Roosevelt's Treasury secretary, 1941.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SlowwHand View Post
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    Yes, and exactly.
    Sloww agrees. I concede. :
    “As a lifelong member of the Columbia Business School community, I adhere to the principles of truth, integrity, and respect. I will not lie, cheat, steal, or tolerate those who do.”
    "Capitalism ho!"

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