August 3rd, 2010
09:35 AM ET
13 years ago

The most negative campaign season ever?

(CNN) - With the 2010 campaign season in full swing, some analysts say this year's elections could bring some of the most negative political ads we've ever seen.

Filed under: 2010 • American Morning
soundoff (25 Responses)
  1. Michael Armstrong Sr.

    This would be a good time for independent candidates to jump in while the republicans and democrats are attacking each other .

    August 3, 2010 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  2. TOM

    More reason to turn off the TV and leave it off. These idiots don't deserve to be listened too!

    August 3, 2010 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  3. doug

    Well it is the proven truth that the Democrat party is a creation of satin.

    Nothing good ever comes from a Democrat, the idiots who support the elitism and the I'm more importaint than other Americans that the libs Democrat gods have is disgusting and it is what you support with a Democrat vote.

    August 3, 2010 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  4. mike

    what do the republicans have to loose nothing, the problem what have they done to help the american voter but say no to everything that was put in the congress and the senate even healthcare for our american citizens that need it from 9-11 and to try to use that vote for a political pawn to pass another provision to gain some political points with there voters on the back of real americans that cared for there fellow citizen is the lowest form of scum that has ever been seen

    August 3, 2010 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  5. jules sand-perkins

    In light of the condition of our economy, even after President Obama's massive spending to fix it, "negative" (factual) campaigning directed at his administration and its abetting Democrats is certainly to be expected.
    One hopes that reporting of Democratic failures will not be minimized as "negative campaigning."

    August 3, 2010 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  6. Liz the First

    I can believe it. in my district, the rethugs are not only lying about us Democrats, they're lying about each other. guess it's such an ingrained habit, they can't even control it when they're campaigning against each other. guess these 'good Christians' never read that commandment about bearing false witness against thy neighbor. don't recall it having an asterisk and 'does not apply during political campaigns.' 🙂

    August 3, 2010 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  7. andy

    When a politician uses Obama, its going to be negative Obam is driving this country into the ground and taking everyone with him.

    August 3, 2010 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  8. T'SAH from Virginia

    Well – to me, it's still the NEGATIVE RepubliCAN'Ts fighting each other now in a NEGATIVE way!! They have NO BASE and are scattered everywhere – trying to prove points that are NULL and VOID!!!

    Then you have the Democrats – finally – fighting back the NEGATIVE fear tactics the RepubliCAN'Ts are using and trying to make the American people believe. WELL, it's about time Democrats!!!

    So with all of that in mind – yes, the campaign this year is NEGATIVE!!!

    August 3, 2010 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  9. Riley

    All the money in the world cannot help the democrats disguise their abysmal record.

    August 3, 2010 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  10. diridi

    Did we believe these campaigns by GOP thugs in last Nov??? They even sent DVD discs to homes that president is a terrorists. Ignorant and stupids......America already woke up.....No GOP, Republican Tea Party thugs voices are heard by people....okay

    August 3, 2010 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  11. jim

    I would expect it to be very negative simply because the dems are in so much danger of losing contol of Congress.It is not that easy to give up power especially when you contol the purse strings.Congress was never meant by our founding leaders to be a full time job with all the perks these politicans have.Once they are elected it's almost impossible to get them out.

    August 3, 2010 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  12. Larry

    Only because the Desperate Republicans, who have ALWAYS BEEN NASTY, are so very aware that they have NOTHING to run on that is legitimate

    They have not done anything positive for this country in the past ten years

    What else do they have to fight with, except lies, negativity, racism, fear, and piles upon piles of bull poop

    The Nasty Boys Of NO ... good

    August 3, 2010 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  13. awaitingliberalizationbyCNN

    Hard not to be negative when just about every headline about the current inept, corrupt administration is about the union toady president blasting someone who does not agree with him. But then again negativity is a liberal trait. Keep enjoying the hope/change and the "summer of prosperity."

    August 3, 2010 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  14. stevegee

    Why wouldn't it be the most negative campaign season ever? Obama and the Democrats have done nothing positive?

    Since day one, they have undermined our Constitution and been shoving Socialism down our throats. And that's why the November elections will be a landslide victory for the conservative movement.

    Wake up people! Vote American, vote Republican.

    August 3, 2010 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  15. Dale

    And all comi g from lawyers.
    Crooked politicians throughout America

    August 3, 2010 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  16. Not All Docs Play Golf

    President Obama could walk into a room and simply say "Good Morning," and the right wingers, in Glenn Beck fashion, would foam at the mouth and declare "Now the big government is telling us what kind of morning to have, and take away our rights to choose our own kind of morning. It's a socialist muslim plot to destroy America and take away all of our freedoms by redistributing good cheer. And did we mention his middle name? And that he is not really American?"

    It's so odd that to the backward right wing "progressive" is a bad word. Think about that.

    August 3, 2010 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  17. Bob in Pa

    Negative ads ? We don't need negative ads. Just come
    have a look at my negative balance checkbook. It's time to do away with the "royalty" within our government.

    August 3, 2010 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  18. Dave

    Oh yes, it will be. We are suffering through the two worst administrations in a while between Bush and Obama. You can thank the international bankers/corporations that these men and their other lackeys work for.

    August 3, 2010 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  19. PJ States

    Have you noticed how much more hateful Americans are to one another? It doesn't seem like there's much politeness and gentlemanliness going on any more. Our politicians would rather kill an American than the enemy Mexican drug warlords who are killing our people in the SW.

    August 3, 2010 11:16 am at 11:16 am |

    If they're incumbents they hay had better watch their business. We the American people are fed up with all the jive coming out of Washington and the incumbents are already on the chopping block. For the ones running they sure way to not get elected is to start that kind of stuff. WHAT WE WANT TO HEAR IS WHAT YOU WILL DO? AND THEN HOW YOU'RE GOING TO DO IT? WE DON'T TAKE TO ANY MORE TALK ABOUT CHANGING AMERICA OR IT'S CONSTITUTION. WE DON'T CARE FOR ACLU'S ARE PRO GUN CONTROL. CONTROL OF THE BORDER AND THE TELLING OF MEXICO TO GO TO HADES. AND MOST IMPORTANT OF ALL NO MOSQUES BUILT ON SACRED GROUND OF WHERE AMERICANS HAVE DIED.

    August 3, 2010 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  21. Michael

    A long time ago politicians realized that the best way to win elections is to make the other guy look worse than theselves. In other words, vote for the lesser of 2 evils. That's how sad our political landscape has gotten. When was the last time you entheusiastically voted FOR someone instead of voting because against sa person you didn't want to get into office?

    August 3, 2010 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  22. Greg Hodges

    I suppose this is just another exercise in futility; but When are people on both sides of the political divide going to remember they were elected TO HELP PEOPLE, and not some PATHETIC HATCHET JOB on whoever dares stand opposed to their ideology? I know; the day after HELL FREEZES OVER !!

    August 3, 2010 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  23. La Piovra

    I have already seen a few, and don't doubt it will get filthier, but "ever" is a long time. The Cleveland/ Blaine campaign was plentifully scabrous, and one of the arguments against female suffrage was that ladies shouldn't be exposed to such political dirt. The novelty is the ease with which apparent records of events that never happened can be fabricated and disseminated, right along with subliminal messaging. The only defense against increasingly sophisticated propaganda is increasing sophisication in first suspecting, then detetecting it

    August 3, 2010 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  24. Michael in Houston

    Of course its negative. Its what the public wants. Entire industries have been built on nothing more then negative broadcasting 24-7. Rush has a 110 million dollar contract, hannity, beck....these guys have catapulted to the top of mega wealth for doing nothing more then spewing hate and negative garbage.
    The "people" want to be fed their raw meat so they can satisfy their hunger for it and these guys and most all the politicians running know it and so it is not longer civil debate..its anger, accusation, hate, bigotry and a relentless pumping of this garbage into the stomachs that squeal for it. Its actually like watching a bird vomit up its stomach contents to its chicks. They love it although it is disturbing to watch.

    August 3, 2010 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  25. Darth Cheney

    Of course – Democrats are in power.

    August 3, 2010 11:46 am at 11:46 am |