August 7th, 2012
06:29 PM ET
8 years ago

Presidential campaign gets even dirtier

Washington (CNN) - Hypocritical. Contemptible. Dishonest. "Obamaloney." The rhetoric, charges and counter-charges flew fast and thick Tuesday as the presidential election campaign continued on its sharply negative trajectory.

New advertisements by each side prompted caustic responses from the other as name-calling and finger-pointing dominated the debate less than three months before the November vote that pits President Barack Obama against certain Republican nominee Mitt Romney.


Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • President Obama
soundoff (14 Responses)
  1. DCEsq

    Hypocritical. Dishonest. Contemptible.
    And those are Obama's good points!

    August 7, 2012 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  2. Indy

    Well you can call Romney the loser on name calling,Romneyhood was brilliant and accurate and Obamaloney reminds me of a spoiled rich kid that cannot think quick on his feet,once again Romney shows how thin skinned he is and his comeback is weak

    August 7, 2012 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  3. Myviewis

    President Obama and David Axelrod started it and he is the president so obviously he's nasty, sarcastic, insinuating comments cannot be stopped from hitting the news and of course the media has loved Obama's attempt to attack his opponent. At least Romney is attempting to come up with some nickname for Obama but this is not his style, Romney is more reserved, nicer, kinder man.

    August 7, 2012 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  4. Four and The Door

    "This administration's policy will strengthen the (welfare) program by giving states the opportunity to employ more effective ways," Carney said.
    Did Carney actually get this out with a straight face? That must be trained facial discipline. Because what Obama is doing here is actually loosening the requirements for people to try and find work or improve themselves if they are able in order to collect welfare. This was key to a very successful reform of welfare that has been working for years. Imagine that. In an election year Obama starts just giving stuff away. Recklessly. And what a pathetic attempt to buy votes. But you have to understand. He needs them. He knows he's on his way out. And it will get uglier the closer we get.

    August 7, 2012 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  5. carly

    What does Romney expect? he doesn't release his taxes, he doesn't release a plan of how his tax plan would be paid for? he doesn't tell Americans what programs and services he plans to cut. The guy is just pandering to whoever is in front of him. A total loser. Not presidential material, not even hot vendor material. (sorry for the insult to hot dog vendors).

    August 7, 2012 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  6. Lobo

    Name calling? this is worse than old school wrestling on tv. they are acting like 2 kids on a long trip in the back seat. grow up and act your age or no white castle i mean white house kiddie meals for any of you

    August 7, 2012 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  7. Tish NC

    Romney the new ”Trickey Dick” on Steroids!

    August 7, 2012 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  8. Ideas, Ideals, not ideologies

    Romney Hood – that's genius
    Obamaloney – I'm still scratching my head on this one. He must not feel obliged to answer every insult especially when he doesn't have a good comeback.

    August 7, 2012 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  9. T'sah From Virginia

    ►Presidential campaign gets even dirtier◄
    The battle is on to see which candidate is "worthier"
    But we all know that President Obama will always be on TOP
    Because Romney is a compulsive lying – tax-evading – Flip-Flop!!
    And the sickening part about it – there are people out there who believe him.

    Obama 2012 – The Only Trusted Way Forward!!

    August 7, 2012 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  10. g

    the republicans got dirty the day a blackman was elected president

    August 7, 2012 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  11. jane

    Something is drastically wrong when a person who is running for the highest office feels the need to hide his tax returns...I think Romney may have inadvertently invested in a terrorist organization

    August 7, 2012 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  12. The Other Dale

    A couple of silly names and everyone goes hysterical? There's been worst things done in precidential campaigns than this type of silliness. Even so, Obamaloney is a pretty terrible comeback. Obama – Loney. I think it was saying that Obama was alone in doing something, or maybe he was supposed to be a looney. Ah – it's supposed to be ba-loney, but you have the "ma" in there, so it messes up the delivery and comes off as something thought up in ten seconds, everyone shrugged and they went with it. Not that this is any different from anything else Romney has done so far – it's been a third-rate campaign all the way for him. You'd think all that money could buy him something better than amateur-hour material.

    August 7, 2012 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  13. Marry

    Romney wrote the playbook on how to wage a dirty campaign. Look what he did in the GOP primaries. It is absolutely time he gets shown that others can hold against it and call him out on what he says. And, the one that does not want to talk about what he wants to do is Romney! He has all these flip flops because he is not smart (or free) enough to think for himself and has all the “ideas” and “plans” fed to him. No wonder he gets them mixt up because he cannot keep them apart.
    What do we learn from Romney? We better have a President that has shown he is concerned for the whole country and all the people and makes things better step by step. President Obama should get a medal just for having the guts to take on what he inherited from the GOP. And the GOP should bow their heads in shame considering how they have played the game over more than a decade!!!

    August 8, 2012 02:21 am at 2:21 am |
  14. Marie MD

    All of the bully bishop's ad are not just disappointing but outright lies.
    There's one showing in MD just this morning that has him saying that he hires people, by his own admission he likes to fire people and corporations are people.
    There's a story on Channel 4 (NBC where else) that the millionaire owner of papa john's (not that good of a pizza anyway) is hiking their prices because thanks to Obamacare he NOW has to pay his employees health insurance.
    What's missing here is that this friend of the flip flopper who instituted romneycare in MA cares more about his mansion, pool and that backyard facing a golf course (what, according to the twit, all Americans want) than the health and prosperity of his employees. Those silly job creators. How dare their employees want healthcare!!!

    August 8, 2012 06:12 am at 6:12 am |