Both sides using Rove's campaign strategy this year
August 17th, 2012
09:50 AM ET
7 years ago

Both sides using Rove's campaign strategy this year

Washington (CNN) - In 2004, Sen. John Kerry entered the campaign against incumbent President George W. Bush with a seemingly unassailable advantage on a sensitive issue - the liberal Kerry served in the Vietnam War, and the conservative Bush didn't.

Rather than avoid the topic, Bush supporters came up with the notorious "Swift Boat" campaign that raised enough questions about Kerry's war record to negate a major strength.


Filed under: Karl Rove • Mitt Romney • President Obama
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  1. Lizzie

    Sandy, where have you been, campaign ad by democrats is PROVEN to be a lie, and the administration Official CUTTER goes on TV and lies again, but I guess their new motto if it's on tape its been altered and if it's a photo then it's photoshopped.

    August 17, 2012 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  2. Expat American

    It’s laughable to hear Republicans complaining about negative campaign tactics. They invented hate speech, lies and negative propaganda campaigning. If not for these tactics, there wouldn’t be a GOP. The difference is Democrats have finally realized that ‘rising above and turning the other cheek’ doesn’t win you elections. In other words, Intellectual nice guys do not win over soulless hollow aggression and bigotry proclaimed as 'values'.
    This is why President Clinton was so successful. Republicans attacked him, because he knew how to easily beat them.

    August 17, 2012 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  3. myviewis


    the PRSIDENT of AMERICA was also the PRESIDENT of the HARVARD LAW REVIEW.... how many people commenting here have been to harvard or even know the REQUIREMENTS to become a MEMBER of the HARVARD LAW REVIEW... i say

    I have been to Harvard and so has Governor Romney, he graduated from Harvard with a Law Degree, cum laude and he graduated from Harvard Business School with a Master of Business. Where did you graduate from????

    August 17, 2012 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  4. myviewis

    Rudy NYC

    What I find amazingly ironic is that Republicans have launched this major campaign against Pres. Obama for supposedly cutting spending, in this case $716 from Medicare.

    Obama took $716 of our money, we pay for Medicare from our paychecks for our own Medicare, so that he could pay for Obamacare. We are paying for Obamacare from our money. Look at your checkstub and it will show the amount you pay for your Medicare.

    August 17, 2012 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
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