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Wednesday, August 15, 2012

It's All Politics

Aurora Shootings Come Into Play In Colorado Races

August 15, 2012 In one House race, a conservative group is accusing a Democrat of politicizing the shootings after he called for stricter gun control laws. And in a newly redrawn district that includes Aurora, the tragedy could permeate the general election campaign.

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Tuesday, August 14, 2012

It's All Politics

Candidates Trade Fire Over Coal In Ohio

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney greets coal miners during a campaign rally in Beallsville, Ohio, on Tuesday.

August 14, 2012 In a state with huge coal reserves, both presidential candidates are trying to show their support with competing ads. It's an issue that could make a difference in winning the key swing state.

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Sunday, August 12, 2012

It's All Politics

Obama Ad Buys Ensure 'No Escape' For Tampa During GOP Convention

The Tampa Bay Host Committee for the Republican National Convention began installing banners on Wednesday.

August 12, 2012 At the end of August, the GOP convention promises to dominate the national and local news in Tampa Bay and suck all the political air out of the room. So how does Obama counterprogram Romney-palooza? Apparently, by buying lots of TV airtime on The Bachelor, Dr. Oz and Rachael Ray.

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Thursday, August 09, 2012

Barack Obama

Pro-Obama Steelworker Ad Draws Republican Ire

August 9, 2012 Several independent fact-checking organizations have called the ad misleading or false. But Republicans have also pounced on one of their own. The spokeswoman for Mitt Romney's campaign, while rebutting the superPAC ad, opened up old wounds over the candidate's health care record.

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Friday, April 06, 2012

In General Election Ads, It's Game On Over Gas Prices

In a campaign video, the Mitt Romney campaign accuses President Obama of "spending millions to sling mud — or oil — at Mitt Romney."

April 6, 2012 The Republican primaries may not officially be over, but political ads have moved on to the general election. With gas prices dominating discussion, President Obama's campaign released a TV ad this week defending the president's energy policy and directly attacking GOP front-runner Mitt Romney.

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Friday, March 30, 2012

It's All Politics

Wisconsin Voters Face Onslaught Of 'Negative, Negative, Negative' Ads

Supporters listen to Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum at The Ravine in Bellevue, Wis., on March 24. Some voters in the state are complaining about a barrage of negative ads in advance of Tuesday's primary.

March 30, 2012 The superPAC supporting Rick Santorum has so far spent almost a half-million dollars on ads attacking front-runner Mitt Romney. And the superPAC supporting Romney has spent more than five times that amount — over $2.7 million — attacking Santorum.

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Friday, March 16, 2012

Money & Politics

Buying A Political Ad? Let A SuperPAC Foot The Bill

March 16, 2012 Mitt Romney and the superPAC that supports him vastly outspent his rivals in Alabama and Mississippi, yet Romney still lost both primaries. This has some political experts wondering: When it comes to TV ads, is there a saturation point?

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Monday, March 05, 2012

SuperPAC Ads Fill Airwaves On Eve Of Super Tuesday

Restore Our Future, the superPAC supporting Mitt Romney, is running negative ads about Newt Gingrich in Ohio ahead of Super Tuesday on March 6, 2012.

March 5, 2012 The candidates are spending modestly, but the superPACs are out in full force in Ohio and elsewhere. They've already shelled out $12 million for ads — most of them negative — in Super Tuesday states.

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Friday, February 24, 2012

2012 Political TV: Ads, Lies And Videotape

An image from a superPAC ad attacking Newt Gingrich, whose campaign called on TV stations to pull the ad off the air.

February 24, 2012 Newt Gingrich says a pro-Mitt Romney superPAC should stop running a political ad that he claims tells lies about him. That raises the question of whether TV stations have any obligation — legal or ethical — to screen political ads for truthfulness.

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Thursday, February 23, 2012

It's All Politics

Obama Campaign Buys Air Time In Michigan Touting Auto Bailout

February 23, 2012 A day after the superPAC supporting President Obama purchased air time in Michigan for a spot attacking Mitt Romney for his opposition to the auto industry bailout, the president's re-election campaign itself bought air time in the state to run a pre-Republican primary ad on the issue.

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Wednesday, February 22, 2012

It's All Politics

Pro-Obama SuperPAC Hits Romney On Auto Bailout

February 22, 2012 Priorities USA Action has unveiled a new ad in Michigan in advance of that state's GOP primary next week. It takes former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney to task for opposing the auto industry bailout.

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Tuesday, February 21, 2012

It's All Politics

Ron Paul Ad Calls Rick Santorum 'Fake' Fiscal Conservative

February 21, 2012 Rep. Ron Paul has Santorum in his sights, labeling him a "fake" fiscal conservative, using Sasquatch to humorously drive home the point, in a new ad running in Michigan. (The ad could have some appeal in the Pacific Northwest, too, when the Republican caucuses rolls around in Washington State, Bigfoot's purported home.)

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Sunday, February 19, 2012

Santorum Shows He'll Fire Back In Michigan Ad Wars

Rick Santorum and Mitt Romney took the stage in a January presidential debate in Florida. They'll meet again Wednesday night in Arizona, which holds its primary on Feb. 28, the same day as the crucial Michigan contest.

February 19, 2012 Unlike the other GOP candidates who've emerged to take on Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum and the superPAC supporting him seem to have the resources to fight back. The battle is taking place on the airwaves in Michigan, which along with Arizona holds its primary Feb. 28.

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Wednesday, February 15, 2012

It's All Politics

Mich. TV Ad Battle Pt 2: Santorum Uses Humor To Parry Romney

February 15, 2012 Rick Santorum's campaign has one of 2012's cleverest political ads. (Of course, we're only less than two months into the year.) The ad, intended to inoculate Santorum against the expected bombardment of negativity from Romney and his superPAC allies, shows a Romney lookalike with a mud-filled paint-gun stalking and shooting at a cardboard cutout of Santorum and missing every time.

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Tuesday, February 14, 2012

It's All Politics

The TV Battle in Mich.: Santorum's True Conservative Vs. Romney's Native Son

February 14, 2012 Santorum makes the case that not only is he an authentic conservative but the most electable GOP candidate versus President Obama. Romney's ad, on the other hand, is more biographical, intended to reinforce his Michigan roots for voters. His ad, called "Growing Up," also aims at leveling Romney with average voters by showing him driving a car around what appears to be Detroit or its suburbs.

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