Candidates turn negative in multimillion dollar Iowa television ad blitz
Televisions display a political advertisement supporting Texas Governor Rick Perry at an electronics store in Urbandale, Iowa, Tuesday.
December 27th, 2011
09:43 PM ET
10 years ago

Candidates turn negative in multimillion dollar Iowa television ad blitz

Des Moines, Iowa (CNN) - Turn on the TV here in the Hawkeye State, and you'll get inundated with a barrage of Republican presidential campaign commercials, with many of them negative in nature.

"If Washington's the problem," says the narrator in an ad by Texas Gov. Rick Perry's campaign, "why trust a congressman to fix it?" The ad goes on to criticize rival candidates Rep. Ron Paul of Texas, Rep. Michele Bachmann of neighboring Minnesota, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania. "Among them, they've spent 63 years in Congress, leaving us with debt, earmarks and bailouts."


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soundoff (11 Responses)
  1. Handofdoom

    Most politicians are born pathological liars !
    Third Debt Ceiling Increase , ' Obama just can't keep going . Obama needs to be removed soon !

    December 27, 2011 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  2. dagoberto

    Perry is offering 1 trillion dollars cut year 1 too?

    December 27, 2011 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  3. Valerie from Raleigh

    Look at this slate of candidates! Their attacks on each other are disgusting. Is this what the once-proud Republican party has come to? There is one Republican candidate that is qualified to be president and that is Jon Huntsman and, because of the crazies now running the party, he can get no traction at all. Talk about shooting yourself in the foot !!
    Obama in 2012 Huntsman in 2016.

    December 27, 2011 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  4. d

    Or they could move to texas the min. wage capital of the usa and get no health care

    December 27, 2011 11:27 pm at 11:27 pm |
  5. Rustbelt expat

    Speaking of negative, here's why Ron Paul is an idiot. Gold, like paper money has only the value that the bankster gambler parasites put on it on any given day. The only thing that has any intrinsic value is labor. Gold don't do anybody any good sitting underground until some poor third world cat pulls it out of the ground. That cat should get paid the lion's share of the profit, not some gambler or the bossman sitting in the office all day. Sure they should get a small cut because of risk, overhead and decision making, but the miner who puts his life on the line standing knee-deep in mercury or the cat standing over the fry station at your favorite fast-food station or the little Chinese cat who made that Christmas sweater you got from Gramma are the ones who do the real work. Pay them a living wage and maybe this worldwide unrest will just go away. Or not. Your choice, capitalist parasites. Workers of the world, unite!

    December 27, 2011 11:35 pm at 11:35 pm |
  6. CBR

    The presidency is not the major problems in Washington. It is the Congress which has isolated itself from the realities facing the country. Politicians throughout the United States want their two minute of fame. They try to outdo each other but in the end nothing is accomplished.

    December 27, 2011 11:44 pm at 11:44 pm |
  7. enuff

    Let's instead go with someone who would rather show he can balance a budget on the back of government hand outs and the government "brokeness"

    December 27, 2011 11:49 pm at 11:49 pm |
  8. barry

    It's healthy to do this now. This is norhing compared to what the winner will face going up against the corrupt Chicago machine. Obama will have to be negative because he has nothing else to run on. His policies has bankrupt Americans and cost them their jobs and homes. We need a uniting President with sound ideas. Our country has been divided long enough. It is time to end the needless suffering of the American People.

    December 28, 2011 12:26 am at 12:26 am |
  9. george of the jungle

    Vote for an adult. Obama in 2012 No drama high morals. Good family man smart.Working for the middle class. Thats not a bad thing

    December 28, 2011 12:55 am at 12:55 am |
  10. Anonymous

    This should lay to rest any thoughts we have a "liberal" media. Notice how the corporate media is raking in millions of dollars. Any time the media reports a controversy, real or otherwise, the candidates scramble to buy ads to get their spin out. This creates a cycle whereby the media needs only to drum up some sort of BS in order to get the cash flying in. Pretty neat little racket, eh?

    December 28, 2011 07:10 am at 7:10 am |
  11. diridi

    It is not whose debt it is, we know, it is from GOP made debt. But we need to raise Taxes on Rich which makes lot of sense in generating debt, and pay off. GOP idiots do not stand for it. Why? Ans; Lobby.

    December 28, 2011 07:42 am at 7:42 am |