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Bare Knuckle Campaigning

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Bare Knuckle Campaigning

Politics

Bare Knuckle Campaigning

Bare Knuckle Campaigning

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Smeared military records, vilification, fear tactics — in this year's presidential campaign, the gloves came off months before Election Day. We discuss how and why campaigns go negative.

Guests:

Matthew Dowd, chief strategist for the Bush-Cheney 2004 re-election campaign

Tad Devine, chief strategist for Kerry campaign

Paul Freedman, professor of political science at the University of Virginia. Co-author, forthcoming Seeing Spots: Television Advertising and U.S. Elections.

Gary South, Democratic strategist. Senior adviser for Sen. Joe Leiberman's Democratic primary bid. Ran former California Gov. Gray Davis' election campaigns.