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By Susan Baer and Susan Baer,SUN NATIONAL STAFF | February 18, 1996
NEW LONDON, N.H. -- Before the first presidential primary has even taken place, Republican candidate Steve Forbes appears to have lived an entire political life.Soaring in the polls and on the cover of news magazines only weeks ago, the millionaire publisher looked as if he could be the upset victor in Tuesday's primary in New Hampshire.Now, after a disappointing fourth-place finish in the Iowa caucuses brought on by a backlash to his storm of negative ads, he is struggling to stay in the race and hoping for, at best, a third-place finish.
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Robert L. Ehrlich Jr | October 5, 2014
Thousands of miles on the road this summer and fall have afforded me the opportunity to observe a variety of political ads from across the spectrum. Herewith, observations from the heartland: I assume the relentless Democratic campaign to demonize the conservative Koch Brothers and their "Americans for Prosperity" organization has been poll tested, but I still don't get it. Driving negatives against someone (or something) that few people recognize violates a core tenet of political advertising.
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By Jonathan Weisman and Jonathan Weisman,SUN NATIONAL STAFF | October 29, 1998
SHEBOYGAN, Wis. -- For a man who has crusaded for campaign-finance reform, for running on positive themes and for avoiding expensive negative ads, Sen. Russell D. Feingold sure sounds like he's having second thoughts.In a last-minute rush and in fear of losing his seat, Feingold, who refused to take money for negative ads from outside groups, is going negative on the stump. But he sounds almost apologetic for his attacks against Republican Rep. Mark W. Neumann."I realize it puts me in danger that I don't get up and say all these negative things on TV," he sheepishly tells a polite crowd at the Sheboygan Senior Center that just heard him go after Neumann on everything from proposed cuts in Medicare to ending aid for the poor.
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By Eric Siegel and Eric Siegel,Sun Staff Writer Sun staff writer JoAnna Daemmrich contributed to this article | August 30, 1995
With 13 days until the Democratic primary, Baltimore Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke is stepping up attacks on rival Mary Pat Clarke over not offering "any solutions" to the city's woes, while a burst of late fund-raising swelled the Clarke campaign's treasury by "over $100,000."In a new television commercial that began airing yesterday, the Schmoke campaign charges that Mrs. Clarke "will say almost anything to get your vote" but won't say "what she's done to solve Baltimore's problems."During her 16 years on the City Council, the past eight as council president, the ad says that Mrs. Clarke has "failed to offer any solutions of her own to create jobs, help our schools or fight crime."
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By Ellen Goodman | October 18, 1996
BOSTON -- Have you noticed a certain rise in attack ads this year? Not a numerical rise, mind you. What you might call a tonal rise. The political voices broadcast in ads across the nation have been ratcheted up as much as an octave. Assaults that used to be launched by baritones now are set off by sopranos.Follow this musical triptik across the sound waves of the political season.You're driving along Route 66 when a narrator warns about a moral crisis: ''The problem isn't in your house. The problem is in the White House, Bill Clinton's White House.
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October 12, 2010
Here's a look at what people are saying about the gubernatorial debate between Gov. Martin O'Malley and former Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. held Monday: • The Washington Post's Maryland Politics explains how both campaigns immediately claimed victory after the debate . Such campaign spin is hardly new. Before it was disseminated easily over BlackBerry devices and WiFi, campaign staffers would haul in printers, copiers and before...
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Dan Rodricks | October 11, 2014
It might seem counterintuitive, but constantly speaking ill of your political opponent can work to his advantage. And that might be what's happened in the Maryland gubernatorial campaign between Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown, the Democratic candidate, and real estate executive Larry Hogan, the Republican. Brown and the Democrats have spent hundreds of thousands of dollars to portray Hogan as a corporate shill with extreme views on social issues and guns. If you've watched any television over the past few weeks, you've likely seen ads claiming that Hogan is "too dangerous" for Maryland.
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By Madison Park and Madison Park,Sun Reporter | November 4, 2007
Aberdeen residents may be tired of checking their mailboxes these days. In the month leading up to Tuesday's election, residents have received cartoon caricatures of a politician stringing several City Council candidates as marionettes, a fake petition to remove nonresidents from the city's voter registration, and fliers criticizing a candidate of trying to "steal the election." Hundreds of campaign signs line the streets and several pickup trucks roll through the city with giant signs deriding Mayor S. Fred Simmons.
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By Michael Dresser | April 10, 2014
Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler on Thursday launched the first critical broadcast ad of the 2014 Democratic gubernatorial nomination contest, taking the O'Malley-Brown administration to task for the failed launch of the state's health care insurance exchange.  Gansler's 30-second radio spot ends a string of positive ads run by his campaign and that of Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown. A third candidate with less money, Del. Heather R. Mizeur of Montgomery County, has yet to go on the air. The Gansler ad does not mention Brown by name but repeats press coverage labeling the exchange's launch a "debacle" and "one of the worst-performing in the country" -- points the administration does not dispute.
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By Richard E. Vatz and Lee S. Weinberg | September 7, 2000
BILL BRADLEY complained after the New Hampshire primary, "Attack, attack, attack, every day; the people are fed up with it." That has become the consensus: the people do not like negativism in political campaigns, so for sheer practicality's sake, candidates should avoid it. The problem is that all negativism in political battles cannot, and should not, be avoided. In fact, the best evidence is that while people may say they don't like it, reasonable, negative campaigning can be effective as well as ethical.
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