Top Five Negative Presidential Campaign Ads
President Barack Obama's and candidate Mitt Romney's campaign ads have hit the TVs, and the majority of these consist of one candidate attacking the other for various out-of-context quotes or past decisions.
So here are the top five most negative campaign ads…so far.
#5: "You didn't build that!"
A particular favorite of mine, because the GOP pretty much built the entire day of the Republican National Convention based on an out-of-context quote by President Obama, and now has created a campaign ad out of it. The full quote talks about the infrastructure that business owners couldn't have created--for example, roads, community centers, and bridges--but it's been manipulated to insinuate the idea that our president doesn't believe that business owners built their businesses themselves. The ad then goes on to feature a business owner who says that Obama is "demonizing" people who build business. Watch the full ad right here:
#4: Would Romney have killed Bin Laden?
Kind of a moot point, isn't it, because turns out Bin Laden's already dead, and yet this Obama-funded ad asks the American population whether Romney would have really killed Bin Laden and questions his leadership based on an out of context quote by Romney from a couple of years ago. Romney actually said, "We'll move everything to get him. But I don't want to buy into the Democratic pitch that this is all about one person-- Osama bin Laden -- because after we get him, there's going to be another and another."
Watch a newsy clip about the ad here:
#3: The Private Sector ain't doing fine
Romney's ad here makes me laugh because, along with using a quote from Obama saying "The private sector is doing fine" repeating in the background like a broken record, he uses a testimonial from a person who says that she doesn't have healthcare anymore as an example of Obama's failed policies. It's kind of unfortunate, then, that Romney has vowed to repeal Obama's health care plan, which would provide healthcare to the American population as a whole.
Watch this beauty here:
The hypocrisy in this ad is almost moving. Obama's ad features an ad by Mitt Romney attacking him--and then attacks the former for spending so much money on negative campaign ads. Well, you know, his bad.
Watch the ad here:
#1: Obama hates religion!
And for the finale, we have a Romney ad where Obama is accused of declaring a "war on religious values" using Obamacare by not allowing organizations to back out of covering birth control when it offends their moral values. The closing line is a beauty, saying, "When religious freedom is threatened, who do you want to stand with?" Hm. Good question.
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