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October 18th, 2010
06:00 PM ET

How much do attack ads damage our faith in our leaders?

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FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

Political campaigns are a brutal sport - but this season's attack ads seem to be nastier than ever.

Politico reports that while candidates have always attacked each other, distorted their opponents' records and taken their statements out of context... this year's "napalm-flavored" attack ads take it to a whole new level.

Some of this year's ads suggest that the politicians running for office aren't just untrustworthy or inexperienced, they are cruel and sick individuals.

For example: Campaign ads accuse candidates of wanting to gas shelter animals, of wanting to inject young girls with dangerous drugs, of letting men beat their wives... and of helping child molesters - either by buying them Viagra or protecting their privacy.

A lot of these ads are coming from incumbents who are worried that they're on their way out in November. They seem to think that by turning their challengers into monsters, they have a chance of winning.

One of the most notorious ads of the campaign season is by a Florida Democrat who calls his challenger "Taliban Dan."

While some of these over-the-top attack ads contain some level of truth, experts suggest that at a certain point they become counterproductive. They say voters tend to believe the worst about politicians, but when attacks become too outrageous, they stop buying it.

Meanwhile, the people running these ads want to be - or already are - our leaders in Washington. And it says a lot about the kind of people representing us that they're willing to resort to such a low level of rhetoric in order to win.

Here’s my question to you: How much do attack ads damage our faith in our leaders?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Conor in Chicago writes:
This is nothing new in American politics. Andrew Jackson's opponents called his mother a whore in a popular newspaper of the time. She, of course, was not a whore. But, people ate it up then just as they do now. I still think it says more about our citizens than our politicians. I mean, if this method is tried and true do you really fault the politicians?

Dan in Virginia writes:
The sad thing is that in general, attack ads work. A lot of elections are decided by who can scare the most voters. I wish more people would lose their misguided faith in their elected officials. Maybe then we'd stop voting in the same two sets of idiots under the short-term-memory-induced delusion that if one group is screwing up the other group will surely save us.

David in Tampa writes:
Jack, I haven't had any faith in, trust in, or respect for this country's leadership for four decades. As our parties become more polarized by the extremists from within, I see who is running the dirtiest campaign and campaign ads and vote against them.

Jim writes:
Aren't you glad we live in a Christian nation? Just think how bad these attacks would be if our leaders weren't believers in the teachings of Jesus Christ.

Dianne writes:
The crassness, rudeness and downright mean-spirited nature of this campaign points to a lack of integrity and dignity long lost, I fear, among our leaders. I wonder to what extent all this is influenced by the likes of Limbaugh and Beck whose inflammatory words infiltrate the air waves daily. I worry about our culture when those in leadership lack the courage to be civil.

Dennis in North Carolina writes:
They can only affect you if you listen to them. If you want to learn about people running for office, read a newspaper or use the computer or go to the library for the truth.

June writes:
Well, Jack, your question assumes we have some faith in our "leaders" to begin with. A false premise for sure. You can't lose what you don't have.


Filed under: Election Process • Elections • Polls
soundoff (153 Responses)
  1. Bob Fleming

    The electorate complaining about attack ads is akin to an alcoholic complaining about booze. The ads influence the way the same people who complain about them actually vote,

    Until such time as the electorate quits being influenced by the ads they will continue,

    October 18, 2010 at 1:39 pm |
  2. Russ in PA

    What faith in what leaders? I have a great deal of faith in Ron Paul, as his consistent voting record speaks volumes. As for most of the rest of the political bunch, I believe they belong in a zoo where they can be pelted with bananas by chimps.

    October 18, 2010 at 1:42 pm |
  3. Conor in Chicago

    It damages my faith in our citizens, not our leaders. The very fact that millions of Americans see ads like this and say to themselves, "Wow, seriously? Guess I'd better vote for the other guy" without doing any of their own research is a testament to the awful government we have now and will continue to have until we collapse.

    October 18, 2010 at 1:47 pm |
  4. Rick McDaniel

    When people are not honest, in campaigns, and are obviously telling lies and falsehoods, the people should be prepared to reject those candidates, entirely, even if that is THEIR party's candidate!

    We should NEVER condone such behavior from someone who is to represent us in Congress.

    October 18, 2010 at 1:50 pm |
  5. John from Alabama

    Jack: Attack ads usually attack the character of a candidate. People who are following campaigns closily do not listen to attack ads. Point by point of the candidates platform are the best type of campaign. This is best for the candidate and the voters.

    October 18, 2010 at 1:55 pm |
  6. Melissa

    It makes me think less of the person doing the attacking than it does of the person being attacked. I don't like bullys.

    October 18, 2010 at 2:04 pm |
  7. Norm

    Candidates need to speak to the voters in ways that are direct, honest and clear. When it is all about lies, spin, handlers, "playing to the camera," theatrics and high tech media, they lose the audience.

    The American people are patriotic, genuine and possess common sense. They don't want polished, controlled, plastic cartoons leading them in dangerous times.

    The elites should butt out and let the candidates rise or fall due to their own personal abilities, skill, statemenship, charisma and character.

    October 18, 2010 at 2:10 pm |
  8. Hugo Kijne, Hoboken NJ

    Attack ads are being used because they work. They are a disgusting product of our political culture, but they don't damage our leaders any more than those leaders frequently damage themselves.

    October 18, 2010 at 2:22 pm |
  9. Tom (Atlanta)

    Yes, a lot. It points to old school politics and the people have had it. And that plays on both sides if the isle. And now compound this our President calling anyone he disagrees with names. This is not the change we expected, and these behaviors shakes our confidence in our leadership. It is no wonder that the economy is slow to recover then industry leaders are looking at such chaos. We should not be surprised that people are looking back to earlier leaders who we perceive as being more honorable. I guess it further supports "be careful of what you hope for because you might get it". And, boy did we ever.

    October 18, 2010 at 2:25 pm |
  10. southerncousin

    As much as Clinton showed we really did not a leader, Obama has shown we are much better off with out one. We really need to abolish the 2 party system. Neither is serving the best interests of the working people of this country. They serve only a political class.

    October 18, 2010 at 2:25 pm |
  11. Al

    Generally there is not that much faith there to begin with, so that attack ads have little effect.

    October 18, 2010 at 2:27 pm |
  12. Herman Portland OR

    Jack,
    This practice should be outlawed. I think it ads to the pile of discust in the way the politicians conduct their business. Many of these are loosing efforts after they called onto the carpet for not delivering on the last election promises. Yes,faith and my vote

    October 18, 2010 at 2:27 pm |
  13. Jane (Minnesota)

    I personally will NOT vote for any candidate that attack ads are run to help. Here's an example There is an attack ad running in MN that points out the Republican candidate is the only candidate who supports marriage being a man & a woman. This ad absolutle insured that this candidate would never receive my vote.
    If the majority of Americans did this since the chances of the Campaign finance reforms that America needs are slim to none of happening, then just MAYBE the attack ads will stop. It's ok to dream, Jack!

    October 18, 2010 at 2:28 pm |
  14. Rich McKinney, Texas

    If the ads were accurate then it might have some effect. unfortunately most are simply half truths at best. Once you orate something you can not take it back no mater what you do. That is the target of these ads, to raise doubt. It has never been about the truth.

    October 18, 2010 at 2:33 pm |
  15. Dave

    None. All of them are rich ex lawyers who only have their interest and monetary interests at heart.

    October 18, 2010 at 2:34 pm |
  16. Eugene Myers Flat, CA

    Jack, Vicious attack adds just contribute to America's disgust with entrenched incumbants and all politicians. I hope to God that Americans Remember In November and voter every incumbant/liar out of office.

    October 18, 2010 at 2:37 pm |
  17. Jim Laubler, Fayetteville, Arkansas

    It saddens me that we can't find people of character to run. When you go into what people call "public service", you have a sincere responsibility to execute your office with honor and morals.

    What worse are the attack ads that don't add up to the truth. Now that makes it easier to NOT vote for the attacker.

    October 18, 2010 at 2:40 pm |
  18. Knoxville

    Jack, you pre-suppose we have faith in our leaders. It's not only our leaders, though, it's the people who wish to be our leaders, and the people who control them, none of whom I have faith in.

    October 18, 2010 at 2:42 pm |
  19. Larry from Georgetown, Tx

    Unfortunately we have lost respect for these people and this method is tearing our society apart from the inside. I have not heard one plan from any of them on what their going to do to change things, like reduce the deficit by creating more jobs. The only thing the Republicans say is cut taxes for their wealthy friends.

    October 18, 2010 at 2:46 pm |
  20. KDS Irvine, CA

    Jack,
    Attack ads are pointless. Half the time the quotes are taken out of context to make the other person look bad. Here in California, we see nothing but attack ads from Meg Whitman. I think its sad that a politician would verbally attack someone. Why can't opponents just talk about the issues and their plans to fix our problems?

    October 18, 2010 at 2:47 pm |
  21. JENNA

    How much do attack ads damage our faith in our leaders?

    It depends on who is watching it. Is it an informed voter? Then they are comical. If they are an uninformed voter then they are hurtful. So the question is which does this nation have more of – informed or uninformed voters?

    Me, I am an informed voter. Attack ads showjust how week the oppent truly is.

    Jenna
    Roseville CA

    October 18, 2010 at 2:50 pm |
  22. Larry from Georgetown, Tx

    It is appalling to hear these people bash each other, like John McCains statement about one of the Senators he has served with. It's too bad but they think we must be stupid and we just want to see them do something like pass laws to produce products that are sold here be manufactured here not trash the other person.

    October 18, 2010 at 2:55 pm |
  23. Mike Keleher

    I sense that most people knocking Obama, posing as Democrats, are Republicans organized to tear down Obama and group. They are UNamerican bigots who believe the far right. Todays young rep's believe that starving minorities and older folks is the way to go!

    October 18, 2010 at 3:03 pm |
  24. Pete from Georgia

    All these mindless attack ads do is underline the TRUE definition of a Politician :

    "Desperate, pathetic egotistical fools".

    October 18, 2010 at 3:08 pm |
  25. Tom, Avon, Me, The Heart of Democracy

    When it is an ad that the politician has approved, it does hurt their image. The ads being paid for by corporations hoping to keep outsourcing alive are contracted by the Chamber of Commerce. The Republican candidate sees them when we do. They aren't accountable for those, but it would help their image if they denounced them all the same.

    October 18, 2010 at 3:08 pm |
  26. dennis in minneapolis minnesota

    Completely. I don't vote for anyone who attacks another candidate. I don't understand the point. Why vote when you have no idea what someone is trying to accomplish, only hurling insults?

    October 18, 2010 at 3:11 pm |
  27. Denny from Tacoma

    To me it means that most politicians are unscrupulous regardless of their party affiliation. And those that aren't are generally ineffective because of those that are.

    October 18, 2010 at 3:11 pm |
  28. Mr. D

    What faith in our leaders? I wish we had more of it. No one likes attack ads but the one doing the attacking. But isn't it a pleasant respite from talking about the issues that are really affecting our country? How about discussing "solutions" to the many problems we face?

    October 18, 2010 at 3:12 pm |
  29. Loren

    To damage something requires it to exist in the first place. I am old enough to know that having faith in political leaders is akin to believing in the Easter Bunny.

    October 18, 2010 at 3:21 pm |
  30. Richard35

    Jack, when I see these ads, I think of a devious used car salesman trying to pull the wool over our eyes! A lack of faith prevails!

    October 18, 2010 at 3:22 pm |
  31. Dave, Orlando, FL

    Unfortunately, not enough. If you actually paid attention to all of the endless adds – all negative all the time – you would come away with no reason whatsoever to vote for anyone. All they say is what a crook the other guy is, but they don’t say anything substantive or verifiable about themselves. That means that all the attack adds are true – everyone is an incompetent fool or a very competent crook. It’s a Hobson’s Choice. But people still vote, which means that they are voting for a crook.

    October 18, 2010 at 3:22 pm |
  32. Sylvia from California

    I do not watch or listen to attack ads any more...They are all about who can drum up the most lies and dirt.... I stick to debates and my own research to choose the candidate who I will vote for.....

    October 18, 2010 at 3:29 pm |
  33. Barbara Leavitt

    Jack, these attack ads are so outrageous that all they do is piss me off at the parties that are putting them out. All they do is prove just how stupid BOTH PARTIES think the American public is.

    Henderson Nevada

    October 18, 2010 at 3:35 pm |
  34. Michael "C" Lorton, Virginia

    Jack: "Wherever you see an Ad that gives someone else's corruption, someone else's prejudice as a reason to not vote for them, you see a cog in The Machine that governs us. And what damage does that do to the voter's faith--the voter wants either less corruption, or more chance to participate in it.

    October 18, 2010 at 3:40 pm |
  35. AndyZag Lynn, MA

    Very poor question. The assumption is that I still have faith in my leaders. I lost faith with the release of the Warren Commission Report, Nixon's Impeachemnt, the Viet Nam Papers, et al. Two points: first, why haven't we passed legislation making it a felony to create a political ad that is not proveable and factually correct and second, why did the Supreme Court decide that a non-voting entity has the right to make political contributions, i.e. corporations? That there is no traceability on who funded a political ad nor any accountability where the money came from; China, Russia, al Qaeda can all try to influence our elections. I have to wonder who "paid off" the Supreme Court to make this insane decision. Welcome to America where you will experience the best government money can buy.

    October 18, 2010 at 3:41 pm |
  36. Bob - Eli Somalia

    Jack, it's a medical issue. They make me sick!!

    October 18, 2010 at 3:43 pm |
  37. david doherty

    Jack don't you need faith in order to have it damaged?
    Dave from NH.

    October 18, 2010 at 3:44 pm |
  38. Joanne

    Americans have the ability to investigate via internet and other means as we have several means to find out the truth. Thus, those that attack "do it at their own peril".
    Joanne
    Mn

    October 18, 2010 at 3:52 pm |
  39. Peg from N.Y.

    Attack ads can damage our faith in our leaders because we hope they will always take the high, positive road. Negative ads benefit no one.

    October 18, 2010 at 3:55 pm |
  40. Ed from California

    I'm not interested in the slight of hand or the magic show (attack ads). I'm interested in the issues and nothing but the issues. If the candidate's don't talk about the issues or have a solid idea of what's wrong or how to fix it, they don't get my vote. I'm sure not going to vote against my best interest, or that of the middle class. We need to stick together.

    October 18, 2010 at 4:05 pm |
  41. tom trapani quito ecuador

    Jack, Goebbles, Hitlers Information Minister said it and acted on it .... tell a lie often enough and people will eventually believe it. It worked then and it is working just as well know. Why, because to many people are just to lazy to the facts it has never been easier to debunk a lie web sits like factcheck.org and many others are just a few clicks away for FREE. We continue to reelect awful people to office ... we have no one to blame but ourselves for the current sad state of affairs. The electorate is to blame.

    October 18, 2010 at 4:08 pm |
  42. Tom ,Chico,ca.

    Hi Jack; Im most concerned about attack ads that won't show who is paying for the ad. shadow orgainizations with no history or acountability paying millions all over the country to run attack ads.Not very good for american democracy.

    October 18, 2010 at 4:10 pm |
  43. Kevin in CA

    Attack ads have little effect – the leadership in both parties has managed to destroy any shred of credibility all by themselves.

    October 18, 2010 at 4:11 pm |
  44. Kevin, Madison AL

    They don't most people I know ignore the mud slinging. However, I do believe that Democrats will take it on the chin in a couple of weeks.

    October 18, 2010 at 4:11 pm |
  45. frankie

    Those ads are so meaningless that they rarely tell you which political party they are in favor of. I hope they all cancel each other out. We should seek out knowledgeable speakers who don't have whiney voices or smirky smiles, and try to each discover the truth for ourselves so we can vote our conscience.

    October 18, 2010 at 4:14 pm |
  46. sheila

    The election process has become ridiculous. Way too much money is used to campaign and the campaigning only tells us what the other person is doing wrong or will be doing wrong. The fact that money can be given from off shore corporations & billionaires is also ridiculous. A person needs to tune out all the ads and do their own private investigating.

    October 18, 2010 at 4:19 pm |
  47. katiec Pekin, IL

    They do great damage. The majority of ads are made of of lies, false accusations and distortions, and for the American people have to be subject to these unethical accusations by ALL politicians is very
    detrimental to our whole political system.
    The greatest harm is many believe these ads.

    October 18, 2010 at 4:20 pm |
  48. Kathie

    Attack ads are despicable. They make the politician look like a toddler having a temper tantrum. Apparantly adult behavior is above a politician and now that the Supreme Court has declared corporate America et al can spend ad lib on our elections this has only gotten worse. Personally I now put all programs on my DVR and watch them later when I can fast forward through these ads.

    October 18, 2010 at 4:25 pm |
  49. Alex in Gig Harbor, WA

    They damage the process and our faith in government but they are very effective. That is why both sides don't play nice anymore. Positive ads appeal to the brain while the negative ones play to the gut. Fear and smear will always win over a rational campaign much to the detriment of the body politic.

    October 18, 2010 at 4:28 pm |
  50. Leslie

    I can only think of 2 people in Washington today that I can believe will the right thing the President and Senator Franken. The rest can take a long ride off a short cliff.

    October 18, 2010 at 4:39 pm |
  51. Lene', IL

    My faith in them was damaged way before attack ads.

    October 18, 2010 at 4:41 pm |
  52. evinia bruce

    Even though I live in Canada ,my son and grandchildren live in Texas..where I resided for 18 years...I deplore ..the level of hatred , racisim .."attack' ads .and the down right stupidity of the American electorate .this ludicrous pettiness.has made the US not only the most disliked country in the wolrd ..but also the laughing stock of all intelligent people ..
    What has ANY of the pure bull ... ..got to do with the ability of any candidate to do the job.?....and leading your country out of the abyss of despair brought on by installing a moron in the white house for eight years ... attack ads only bring the level of discourse down to debating if one candidate goes to church ..prays three times a week ,.or hates gays or who is more Islam-hating than another .and which party bows down to Israel more ...
    .The US ranks 32 nd in world health care...19 th in education ...people are living at the poverty level in your so-called "super-power "country, you have the sixth highest infant mortality rate ..and it goes on and on ..do you really think attacking your own leaders is the way for the US to regain it's respect in the eys of the world ..or even more important ..get the economy growing ...jobs.. and bringing back some semblence of what used to be one of the most admired people in the world ...
    .WAKE-UP ..Americans .!!...take your collective heads out of the sand ..and smell the bacon ..your country is going up in smoke..amd you are only feeding the fires with hate-mongerijg ..fear-mongerig and pure ignorance.......Kelowna B.C Canada

    October 18, 2010 at 4:41 pm |
  53. David Wise

    It damages my faith immeasurably, I personally believe that he who shouts the loudest has the most to hide. With this years election there are many people shouting as loudly as they are it seems to be that there are more skeletons in the collective closet than there will be running around for Halloween.

    I don't want to hear about what the other guy did wrong, I want to hear what you have and will do right. Show me a politician that truly wants what is best for their state and the country as a whole and you will be showing me the person I am voting for.
    So far with all the political name calling, all I see is a bunch of children fighting on the schoolyard over who is king of the jungle gym

    October 18, 2010 at 4:41 pm |
  54. Joe Ft Walton Bch Fl

    Depends if you pay attention at the ads. When it comes for me to chose, I look at the personal life of the candidate, his education, his accomplishments not on some ads. I haven't voted for Obama because I didn't knew nothing about his personal life until later while in office, I didn't knew nothing about his accomplishments, he was educated and very articulate. Ads makes money and cost money, but they don't elect anyone.

    October 18, 2010 at 4:42 pm |
  55. Buster in Poughkeepsie, NY

    Leaders? Are you kidding me Jack? Leaders? These political freaks aren't leaders. Politics is basically WWE for weaklings. The political arena consists of liars, connivers, scoundrels, ideologues and just plain criminals who lust for power and ill-gained wealth. Leaders are people who build things, who solve real world problems, people that make us think, and politicians these days rarely do any of those things. When I think of leaders, I think of Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Jonas Salk and Mark Twain, just to name a few. People that sadly see politicians as their leaders have been misled and are only setting themselves up for a major disappointment.

    October 18, 2010 at 4:42 pm |
  56. Gary - Woodhaven, Michigan

    I have always viewed attack ads as the attacker has nothing or very little to promote positive about him or herself.

    This has been the political process since America's inception, no wonder we are becoming a nation of negative energy and unparalleled ego.

    October 18, 2010 at 4:43 pm |
  57. Joe CE

    Quite a lot. As a nation we are quliable and seldom check facts from independent sources. We opt for the brainless course of being angry with incumbents. As long as we operate in this mode, lobbyists will continue to dupe us.

    October 18, 2010 at 4:44 pm |
  58. Paul Austin,Texas

    No matter what side you are on attack adds are most of the time false and a waste of all our time. They are sad and shadow the real issues at hand. When mud is slung be either or both sides in the end it hurts whatever side or for that matter both sides if they are slinging mud. What ever happened to the issuses.

    October 18, 2010 at 4:46 pm |
  59. Bizz Quarryville Pennsylvania

    Jack, today I have no faith in candidates running for election
    because of the attack ads. They remind me of a hypocrite that cannot debate the issues because the voters won't like their answers. So instead they put up a smokescreen, dance around the issues, slam your opponent with lies and try to smear their reputation. The sad part about all this is, it works! The reason it works is because candidates won't go on news programs like CNN where they will question the truthfulness of their ads. Instead some candidates go on Fox News, or should I say The Fox Propaganda Network where they get help to spread their lies against their opponent. Then you have the Supreme Court allowing businesses and organizations to finance attack ads without having their name exposed. It's the perfect storm for dirty politics and dirty money.

    October 18, 2010 at 4:48 pm |
  60. thom richer

    The damage is great. Why? Because it shows the insincerity, skewed mentality and adolescent mental age of those in leadership positions. A truly mature and responsible candidate for a government position would not stoop to such adolescent behavior. Those who use this type of campaigning as an election tactic are not worthy of our votes. However, we accept it without thought or action because of our own lack of sincerity. In the end we are at fault along with the insecure candidates. So, those with less attack ads, will get more consideration than those with more. But either way, my faith is lessened dramatically.

    Thom Richer
    Negaunee, MI

    October 18, 2010 at 4:48 pm |
  61. Dan, Chantilly VA

    The sad thing is that in general, attack ads work. A lot of elections are decided by who can scare the most voters. I wish more people would lose their misguided faith in their elected officials. Maybe then we'd stop voting in the same 2 sets of idiots under the short-term-memory-induced delusion that if one group is screwing up the other group will surely save us.

    October 18, 2010 at 4:48 pm |
  62. Dennis north Carolina

    They can only effect you if you listen to them. if you want to learn about people running for office read a newspaper or use the computer or go to the library for the truth.

    October 18, 2010 at 4:49 pm |
  63. Tom in Desoto, Tx

    Anymore it seems as if all political ads are attacks, many ending up as little more than what could fit on a bumper-sticker. Each ad should be done with the candidate speaking the words into the camera from a desk, not a disembodied voice from the sky. Imagine if ads fell in line with the saying "If you don't have something good to say about someone, don't say anything at all" – the silence would be deafening, and appreciated.

    October 18, 2010 at 4:52 pm |
  64. Lori - PA

    Jack,

    I don't pay attention to any of the political ads I see on tv. I get my information on a candidate from what the media reports. Also, it's not the attack ads that have ruined our faith in our elected officials. It's their inaction, greed, and lack of self control when it comes to spending money we don't have that's killed what faith we did have.

    October 18, 2010 at 4:54 pm |
  65. russinmaine

    Jack, You forget, you cannot damage that which most of us do not have to begin with!

    October 18, 2010 at 4:57 pm |
  66. Greg in Cabot, AR

    ...."attack ads damage our faith in our leaders"???

    Jack, you have got to be kidding if you think we EVER had any faith in our leaders.

    Our so called leaders are nothing but a bunch of followers that have followed the special interest money for years and done what they were to do and negetavie ads only tell us that our only choice this year is between bad and worse.

    I am not interested in what they have done as much as what they plan to do to fix the mess we are in....SO....the candidates with the most positive ideas will get my vote.

    October 18, 2010 at 4:59 pm |
  67. Jerry Johns Creek, GA

    I don't think that malicious ads are the fault of those running for office. There is a tremendous amount of Market research on what "sells" in an election. so if the research shows that the negative ads are the most effective then who is to blame? The market researchers? No, it is the American people who have lost their way. It is scary to think of what really motivates the majority of Americans. But then there is also the Media, would you guys rather have a nice juicy story the denigrates someone to the extreme or a story about a righteous individual who has done good in the world. The answer is to regain respect in all of our inter human contacts.

    October 18, 2010 at 5:00 pm |
  68. patti -seattle

    not much if the attack ad speaks truth to power. our voice has been shunned for advertising revenue. if a candidate wants to bust the chops of a corrupt incumbent we root from the repressive box of 2 party monoplized cheering section cordoned off by the subsidized police state.

    October 18, 2010 at 5:02 pm |
  69. Keith - Twinsburg, Ohio

    i don't think they are worried about our faith, Jack. If they were, things would have been a lot different all along and congress' ratings would be much higher.

    These polititions are ALL acting like little kids when they have no real response to a question, or to justify their actions. It is actually very funny when you think that they are spending millions of add dollars to come up with something that I invented when I was 4 years old.

    Hey... Where's my royalties???

    October 18, 2010 at 5:03 pm |
  70. Fluffy in Lovelock, NV

    Jack, what's the difference between a two year old and a politician? About five decades, give or take a few. When my two years here at the day care center misbehave, I have to discipline them. And likewise, every few years, it is necessary for us adults to go to the polls and do our duty...give the scoundrels a time out.

    October 18, 2010 at 5:09 pm |
  71. Olga

    Interesting question, Jack...

    I just called a Republican's headquarters in Austin, Texas to voice my disgust at his negative advertising...

    "I don't vote for gun slingers or mud slingers.

    Olga
    Austin, Texas

    October 18, 2010 at 5:12 pm |
  72. Luci

    It has no effect on the ones that I will vote for. I know which ones I will pull the lever for and pay no attention to all the hate that has been spewing ever since President Obama was running for office. I really am so tired of adults at rallys with ugly signs and yelling lies and starting rumors. If some of them are Christians, then I have been worshiping a false God I guess. NOT.

    October 18, 2010 at 5:14 pm |
  73. tim in Texas

    The fact that some of the American people voted to have Sarah Palin a heartbeat away from the presidency irreparably damaged my faith in the intelligence and seriousness of the American people. When you have a candidate talking about 'second amendment remedies' if she doesn't get elected, and another who admits that he would have voted against the civil rights act, you know that we're in trouble.

    October 18, 2010 at 5:14 pm |
  74. selena in alabama

    I do not think attack ads have anything to do with our faith in our leaders. Faith is something that cannot be swayed.

    October 18, 2010 at 5:16 pm |
  75. Steve

    It seems that the Democrats are favorite in accusing the Republicans of things that the Democrats are gulty of. Worst part is the left wing jounalists broadcast this garbage as facts and people believe this shxx.
    I lost all respect for the Democrats and the left wing journalists.

    October 18, 2010 at 5:17 pm |
  76. Greg M.

    Jack,
    I did not know you also have a part time comedy routine!If someone did not attack another,wouldn't they then be somewhat questionable?FYI people,BUSINESS creats jobs and helps the economy,not the government.I finally Saturday heard one TV show talk about jobs/economy/business relationship and did not include the 'G' word in it...to be poltically correct.
    Greg M. Largo,FL (G word means government)

    October 18, 2010 at 5:18 pm |
  77. Dee in New Paris Ohio

    People will believe anything.and the nastier the story the more likely they are to believe.

    However, in a country where even the lowliest dog-catcer may spend more to get the job than the job pays, and where the spending for the Congress and the Presidency are so far over the salaries those jobs pay, one can only assume that the real reason these folks even run is the power. And IMHO, power runs hand in hand with crookedness.

    So, whilke the attack ads are indeed way over the top, I think what people believe about the candidates may be close to the truth, and the ads have just enough truth to be effective.

    And while some ads seem to be totally crazy, so do some of the things the candidates actually say themselves! So maybe the ads cannmot do as much damage as what comes out of the mouths of the candidates themselves.

    October 18, 2010 at 5:19 pm |
  78. Jim in Alabama

    I believe that the effectiveness of so called "attack ads" is declining. First of all, everyone knows that these ads are paid for by the attacking candidate and/or party and actually contain very little or no truth at all. Both Karl Rove and Lee Atwater began this 'gutter level politics" for the Republicans and it has gotten worse year after year until its reached a new low. People should look at what the party or candidate has done and not what they promise to do because most of it is nothing but lies.

    October 18, 2010 at 5:20 pm |
  79. Marilyn Gabler

    Attack ads give the opponent visibility and actually have a reverse effect on the voter. If a candidate is truly qualified for the job, attack is not necessary. I just want to know who the candidates are and what the believe in.

    Marilyn Gabler
    Texas

    October 18, 2010 at 5:21 pm |
  80. Scott Stodden

    I Think Attack Ads Severly Damage Our Faith In Our Leaders But This Is The Time We Live In, We Hold Elections And Go All Out 100% On The Attack And Try To Bring Down The Next Person This Is Not Politics But In My Opinion This Is Sick, Yes America Needs To Know The Truth About The People Running But Does That Mean We Should Go For The Kill? I Don't Think So!

    Scott Stodden (Freeport,Illinois)

    October 18, 2010 at 5:21 pm |
  81. Robert Price

    I have no faith in our leaders so they can attaxck each other all they want.

    October 18, 2010 at 5:22 pm |
  82. Thinkforyourself, OK

    I do not pay attention to attack ads. I do my own research on leader, candidates, etc.
    Many of us had done research on the current President way before he was elected and found him grossly lacking in experience that mattered, and profoundly up to his eyeballs in Marxist Socialist associations.

    Don't ever take an attack ads word for it. Do your own research.

    October 18, 2010 at 5:23 pm |
  83. Robert Price

    I have no faith in any of our leaders so let them attack each other in perpetuity

    October 18, 2010 at 5:23 pm |
  84. Anthony from Swedesboro, NJ

    Money is the root of all evil and Karl Rove is taking it to a new plateau.
    Since the Supreme Court opened Pandora's Box by allowing unlimited donations by anonymous corporate interests, the Rove's Chamber of Commerce, is now rumored to be accepting foreign donations for republican coffers. The millions being spent are setting records for mid-term election advertisements that are being used to distort and appeal to people who are the most impressionable. Our kids don't do their homework anymore. How can we expect the electorate to do so and stop relying just on two minute sophomoric political ads?

    October 18, 2010 at 5:24 pm |
  85. John from San Antonio

    There is no faith left to damage. It does have a purpose however. Keep people focused on the irrelevent so that the transfer of wealth from the middle class to the rich continues and the size of government continues to grow until the last shred of the constitution is no longer relevent.

    October 18, 2010 at 5:26 pm |
  86. Gary H. Boyd

    Jack your question presumes we have faith in our leaders to begin with which is your first mistake. Fact is, most voters believe Washington politicians couldn't find their way out of a revolving door with instructions. Therefore, what they say about one another, incumbent or challenger alike, is just so much superfluous crap. But, you are right about the depths to which many have sunk in the process. It's disgusting.

    Gary in Scottsdale, Arizona

    October 18, 2010 at 5:31 pm |
  87. Robert

    The attack ad is a genie that has already been let out of the bottle. It's like the proverbial nuclear bomb. No one can put it back. Both sides now resort to it.

    I sometimes wonder whether politics and democracy was better in the days before mass media. Political candidates used to have to write detailed manifestos and debate on a serious intellectual level, which were printed and read by all Americans. Since the arrival of mass media, however, politics has been transformed into sound bites, "zingers", and hollow rhetoric. Politicians win on the basis of being photogenic, charismatic, and being "authentic". Since when were these qualities more important than the basic qualifications of competency, knowledge, intelligence, wisdom, and the ability to lead & govern? Democracy is failing because elections – the vetting process by which leaders are selected – emphasize all the wrong values for national leaders.

    October 18, 2010 at 5:33 pm |
  88. Frank Cape Coral FL

    who the hell cares what candidates did when they were teenagers or when they were in college, if they talked more about what their going to do about un-employment and the economy it would have a bigger impact with us as to who is fit to represent us, not weather i had a Ouija board or dabbled in the occult. The Jerks!

    October 18, 2010 at 5:33 pm |
  89. A. J. Boyle

    Attack advertisements cheapen the political process on all sides. We have enough problems in this country without having to try to discern whether there is any truth in ads so vicious and corrosive that, in any other environment besides that of an election, they could be considered as grounds for a libel lawsuit. Personally, the more a candidate uses attack ads, the more I am inclined to vote against him or her. After all, if he or she had any worthwhile ideas for improving the governing process, those ideas clearly took a back seat to character assassination. That's not the kind of conduct I favor from those seeking my vote.

    October 18, 2010 at 5:34 pm |
  90. David in Raleigh, NC

    With the damage done to America by Obama, Reid, and Pelosi, the attack ads just confirm my opinion of them is confirmed by the attack ads.

    October 18, 2010 at 5:34 pm |
  91. Andy

    It depends on what the political ad says about the candidate, for example, if it's like supporting the rich instead of the poor, that would seriously our faith on that particular candidate since the American economy is in a very deep recession.

    October 18, 2010 at 5:34 pm |
  92. Ralph Spyer

    In Illinois we have Mark Kirk and Alaxi Giannoulias running for the old Obama senate seat my God these two are ethically challenged .Every they say is all dirt on the other .

    October 18, 2010 at 5:34 pm |
  93. jim hosea

    I have no use for people who put other people down to make thereselves look or feel good. It is caled childhood behavior. I also believe that useing derogatorie names toward our president is unamerican.

    October 18, 2010 at 5:35 pm |
  94. Linda Richards

    Jack,
    It's too late–we already have no faith in our leaders. It would be a simple matter to mandate truth in political ads but we don't. Most of them are at least deceptions if not outright lies. When I hear something like "my opponent wouldn't support body armor for our troops," I ask myself "what else was in the body armor bill?" (I mean, really, everyone supports it.) It's best to just ignore them all or make a game of trying to figure out who's footing the bill. That said, it's dirty business and it confirms our worst fears about the direction we already believe the country is moving toward; one where our leaders are for sale to the highest bidder and will stop at nothing to get ahead. Linda in Woodbury

    October 18, 2010 at 5:37 pm |
  95. Lance, Ridgecrest, Ca

    Jack, I noticed that the majority of the ads you referenced were from Democrats, against Republican opponents. These ads have very little effect on anyone that has any amount of intelligence. The ultra left/right don't need them, as they already "know" the other side are demons in disguise. So, overall, I would say that attack ads are a loser's last desperate try to influence an electorate that is turning away from them in droves, and usually a waste of time and money.

    October 18, 2010 at 5:37 pm |
  96. Steve, Clifton, VA

    It's sad to say but I haven't loss as much faith in our so called leaders as I have in the people , the voters, who are influenced, by those negative ads. What pray tell has happened to our ability to think and form an intelligent independent thought of our own?

    October 18, 2010 at 5:39 pm |
  97. Mitch Dworkin - Dallas, Texas

    I do not view any paid announcer making an accusation in an ad against a candidate as being credible because there are usually two sides to any story. What I believe are the direct quotes in their context that I hear from candidates (whether prepared comments or gaffes that they may make by mistake). I think that there would be many more informed voters if people voted based on what they hear the candidates themselves actually saying as opposed to what some paid slick talking announcer says about them in an attack ad.

    October 18, 2010 at 5:41 pm |
  98. Paul P.

    If Politicians were ever believed to be reflections of society they are doing so now. Even the incumbents have started throwing around names and accusations that can't be backed up by facts, merely to integrate themselves into the anger, fear and cynicism of the electorate at the moment. It shows how they perceive themselves not as problem solvers but more as products to market. It does cheapen my view of them and the worse the accusation, the less I listen or take them seriously.

    October 18, 2010 at 5:42 pm |
  99. Eve Lemon

    It doesn't improve our faith in our leaders, but sheeple keep voting for them. The politicians have the formula right, bury your opponent in enough crap until the sheeple believe it and vote for the incumbant. It got Bush elected two times. Eve of Texas

    October 18, 2010 at 5:42 pm |
  100. Donald in CA

    If we are not looking for bin laden there is no reason to be there. Ten years there broke the Russians and between Iraq and Afghanistan it is breaking America. If the republicans regain power we will be in Iran next. These two Bush wars are ruining America.

    October 18, 2010 at 5:43 pm |
  101. William Johnson

    I do not disagree but it seems interesting that it is being said now by a liberal media source like CNN when it is the DEMOS that are taking a beating and when it was G.W. Bush they rallied the troops for more bashing and lies! Can you spell hypocrite?

    October 18, 2010 at 5:46 pm |
  102. Rick Ledford

    Not much, Jack.

    My faith in our leaders is long gone.

    October 18, 2010 at 5:48 pm |
  103. John

    A sad statement on the state of our political system would be to simply state that these types of ads have become expected during the campaigns by both parties and by both incumbents and challengers – part of the election process. We have lost our ability to focus on the issues in this country and for the most part, the candidates have no solutions to offer. Thus we have the name calling, mud slinging, etc... that has characterized our political system for my whole life – and I am 45 years old.

    John
    Fort Worth

    October 18, 2010 at 5:53 pm |
  104. Tonie from OK

    NONE, i have a recorder and don't watch ads. I hate TV ads. I make my own mind up by what they are doing and what they have done.

    October 18, 2010 at 5:54 pm |
  105. Linda in Arizona

    You're calling the "Taliban Dan" ad notorious? It happens to be true. The republican wants women to be subjugated completely. In a sea of foulness, you WOULD single out the Democrat. As for "faith in our leaders", you're joking, right?

    October 18, 2010 at 5:57 pm |
  106. Susan from Idaho

    There's an old saying Jack, "when you're pointing a finger at someone there are three fingers pointing back at you". do you think these morons might get the point?

    October 18, 2010 at 5:57 pm |
  107. Mark, Oklahoma City

    I think most Americans LIKE attack ads. If they didn't, they would start voting in THIRD party candidates and kick these Republican and Democrat bums out to the curb!

    October 18, 2010 at 6:01 pm |
  108. Karl from SF, CA

    Attack ads aren’t aimed at people that read the New York Times, they are aimed at those that read the National Enquirer. The minds that are pliable enough to not question anything regardless of its outlandish rhetoric or total lack of common sense as long as it comes from someone they like about someone they hate and pandering to real deep seated hate seems to be the real selling point in this year’s batch of stupidity.

    October 18, 2010 at 6:02 pm |
  109. Joseph Leff

    We have faith in our leaders? C'mon Jack, aren't you pulling my leg?

    Joe in Delray Beach, Florida

    October 18, 2010 at 6:05 pm |
  110. Gigi Oregon

    It cost the ones who lie. In Oregon our news papers came out endorsing one candidate while for weeks we were told by Party ads they were endorsing their candidate. Thank goodness we didn't get our ballots until we had the corrected information from the news papers themselves. It changed my husband's ballot decision. The Ads by the way are not incumbents. But the party that would like to take over. If we couldn't trust them the first time lying is a stupid way to get our vote.

    October 18, 2010 at 6:06 pm |
  111. Nurse Lisa in Shelton CT

    My faith in the attacker gets damaged. I'd prefer to hear what a candidate is going to do for me that is right, and substantive, rather than just what they think the other guy did wrong.

    October 18, 2010 at 6:09 pm |
  112. VICKY FROM MILWAUKEE

    These ads do alot of damage. Nobody has any faith left in our elected officials. The worse things about the ads is they carry more weight than they should because they're on TV and they're slick. Most of the time they contain lies, lies, damned lies. But we should never underestimate the dumbness of the American people.

    October 18, 2010 at 6:11 pm |
  113. Susan in FL

    Faith ??

    What faith ??

    Jack, you gotta be kidding me....

    October 18, 2010 at 6:11 pm |
  114. June

    Well Jack, your question assumes we have some faith in our "leaders" to begin with. A false premise for sure. You can't lose what you don't have.

    October 18, 2010 at 6:12 pm |
  115. mario ca

    It's start with the tea baggers,so,,,,

    October 18, 2010 at 6:12 pm |
  116. Joe Cousins

    Jack,
    The only people I know that have faith in our political leaders are those that have no faith in themselves.

    October 18, 2010 at 6:14 pm |
  117. Danny Guenther

    Most mud slinging ads are deplorable. But, one positive is that they cause some people to fact check them and sensible people will find the truth.

    October 18, 2010 at 6:15 pm |
  118. caryl from NY

    So you are asking mewhat I think of our leaders and want to be leaders act like cyber bullies or person to person bullies. what do Ithink when these actions lead to hate, violence and the threat of violence-

    Aren't there Hate Crime Laws?
    Idiots!
    I cross them off my list of viable candidates.

    October 18, 2010 at 6:15 pm |
  119. Mike in Ohio

    The attack adds do not influence me one bit. All of the republican and democratic candidates are useless, power hungry and corrupt. Most all of them are also Progressives!
    Vote for all new candidates from the Libertarian, Conservative and constitution parties.

    October 18, 2010 at 6:15 pm |
  120. Barry

    Moreso, than our leaders, it damages all credibility in the electoral process. The only ones who benefit belong to the advertising (AKA, brainwashing industry), arguably, the most powerful profession in our country as they control our minds. The only way to heal this illness is for across the board publically funded campaigns funded by our tax dollars. We dispose of the legalized brainwashing that runs our system.

    October 18, 2010 at 6:16 pm |
  121. Restored Faith

    The attack ads actually restore my faith in politicians. That is of course since the faith I have in politicians is that they will do anything, and say anything to get themselves elected. It doesn't have to be true and/or factual, and as a matter of fact it probably isn't. Every political season just restores that faith that they don't really give a damn about us, they just want us to vote the way they tell us to and then shut up.

    Allen
    New Fairfield, CT.

    October 18, 2010 at 6:16 pm |
  122. Jim F

    You can't damage faith that doesn't exist.

    October 18, 2010 at 6:16 pm |
  123. Ed Truncale

    The people of this country have very short memories. The faith will come back as long as things get better. We forget this as soon as the elections are over. But, once, gull darn it, just once I would like to see someone, anyone running for office to just tell me what she/he is going to do, where they stand on the issues and how they will make things better for the short/long run. And please don't tell me you are me, you are not me.

    October 18, 2010 at 6:17 pm |
  124. Keith

    Oh my!

    do politicians actually believe their billions/ millions of dollars are
    being spent wisely? personally, I listen to their speeches,
    research their background,,,,,for instance, are they to believe
    we put faith in negative/nasty ads?

    their should be a truth meter next to each ad displayed in the national media–by experts in the field of the topic covered!

    again, the politiicians have misjudged the citizens..at least
    this person and others I know.

    Keith Milwaukee, WI

    October 18, 2010 at 6:18 pm |
  125. dean

    none i have no faith in our leaders

    October 18, 2010 at 6:18 pm |
  126. Faith

    Faith in our leaders? Hmmm, Nope, can't think of a single instance that I have faith in my leaders. Does that tell you anything?

    October 18, 2010 at 6:18 pm |
  127. Jerrie in Jacksonville FL

    Faith in our leaders????

    October 18, 2010 at 6:19 pm |
  128. George

    Negative campaign ads aside,that so called Faith you refer to in reference to our elected officials has been planned down to one slim simple wish. That wish being that all incumbents from both sides of the isle running for another term would just stop and leave office for good.
    George
    Chester,ct.

    October 18, 2010 at 6:19 pm |
  129. jim

    Aren't you glad we live in a Christian nation. Just think how bad these attacks would be if our leaders weren't believers in the teachings of Jesus Christ.

    October 18, 2010 at 6:20 pm |
  130. Ryan

    Jack,
    In my classroom, we have a simple rule – if you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all. If you've seen anything regarding the 3 candidates for the Senate in Florida, let alone every other position in Florida – you realize why Floridians have every incentive to move elsewhere. At some point you have to stop and ask yourself – good God, is this who I really want representing me? Instead of spending millions advertising detailed plans on how to fix this broken mess, they simply choose to attack and break it even further.
    Our current system is broken. I don't think anyone can argue that. Yet, looking at the given candidates (also considering the Nevada race) – it's nothing more than the same politicos touting the same vommit. We're demanding change but we keep electing the same beauracrats – simoultaneously expecting different results. ...didn't someone once define that as insanity?

    October 18, 2010 at 6:21 pm |
  131. Mike

    These attack ads are on par with the rest of their political career. It shows our nations’ leaders have become afraid to take responsibility for their actions and compromise with each other. Each ad just illustrates how distorted the political realm has become.

    October 18, 2010 at 6:22 pm |
  132. Bonnie

    Sadly, I don't have much faith in many of our so called leaders to begin with.

    October 18, 2010 at 6:22 pm |
  133. mead

    Facts are facts... the problem is not just misleading ads. When people see their own candidate attacked, they cry out in outrage. But when their candidate sponsors a misleading advertisement about the opposition, the same people are willing to believe it, defend it, and see nothing wrong with it. We have to acknowledge that our politicians are no worse than we are.

    October 18, 2010 at 6:24 pm |
  134. Mary Steele

    It's like watching them go after each other for the overall party candidate, then go after the other side, which just proves that the majority of them are not qualified to begin with. Look how bad Hillary and Obama went after each other, then turn around and back them up for the sake of their party's success!! If the GOP gets the majority and don't follow through on the changes that got them booted in 2006 and hopefully the Democrats November 2nd, we will revolt like nothing you have ever seen!

    Yorktown VA

    October 18, 2010 at 6:24 pm |
  135. Ruby, Champaign

    Negative ads are the biggest factor in keeping voters away from the ballot box. Creators of negative ads damage their own respectability, more than any damage they do to their victims. They destroy any kind of respect we have ever had for our leaders. (Excuse me, while I throw up.)

    October 18, 2010 at 6:25 pm |
  136. Jim Blevins

    How can you damage what doesn't exist. I am sure that if you could read our "leaders" minds, these ad's would seem mild.

    Jim, Craig, CO

    October 18, 2010 at 6:26 pm |
  137. Barry from Rhode Island

    Moreso, than our leaders, it damages all credibility in the electoral process. The only ones who benefit belong to the advertising (AKA, brainwashing industry), arguably, the most powerful profession in our country as they influence our minds in ways we do not fully understand. The only way to heal this illness is for across the board publically funded campaigns funded by our tax dollars with regulation. We need to dispose of the legalized brainwashing that runs our system.

    October 18, 2010 at 6:29 pm |
  138. Annie, Atlanta

    Its silly season. I hear that threatening music and voice and instantly tune out. At least Americans working for ad agencies have jobs right now. Of course that’s assuming they’re Americans. Who knows these days?

    October 18, 2010 at 6:30 pm |
  139. Ken in NC

    Attack Ads don't damage my faith in our leaders. They did a fine and dandy job of it themselves. I watch them now in place of the Late Night Shows for entertainment because none of it is truthful.

    October 18, 2010 at 6:30 pm |
  140. Kay Camarillo CA

    They simply feed the negative perception that there ARE NO leaders anymore. Leaders take the high road and stand by what they believe in.

    By the way, Jack, what role do you think the media plays in giving more air time to these ads than they deserve?

    October 18, 2010 at 6:31 pm |
  141. Bob Mirarck

    Jack: Two words, "Karl Rove"!!

    October 18, 2010 at 6:31 pm |
  142. Joy

    It just confirms, and reinforces, the low opinion in which they are already held.
    It reinforces what we already know; getting reelected is the only objective they have. They care only for themselves, and their power base.

    Glendale, Arizona

    October 18, 2010 at 6:31 pm |
  143. birddog in Mississippi

    Given the candidates that the tea party has put out there, what would you expect in the ads? Miller's security guards just handcuffed and detained a reporter on public property. Palandino sent out blatantly racist emails and some depicting bestiality. One Tea Party dude wrote for a porn website. O'Donnell believes evolution is a myth. You might say these aren't the issues – but members of Congress vote on a wide range of issues – not just those things they campaign on. If these candidates aren't vetted appropriately by the press, then I guess attack ads are the only way for the voters to get the information.

    October 18, 2010 at 6:32 pm |
  144. FrankW

    Just one thing that you fail to mention, Jack. Destroying the American people's faith in their leaders and in their system of government is not a 50/50 proposition. It actually advances the agenda of one party and damages the agenda of the other.

    Need I name names?

    October 18, 2010 at 6:35 pm |
  145. bill

    Leaves voters to turn out against someone, instead of for something (solutions). Haven't heard a plan to re-hire workers (from either party).

    U.S. companies want to keep the $$ from layoffs instead of bringing workers back, what percentage of unemployment is due to higher profits verses jobs permanently gone? Why isn't re-hiring being addressed?

    October 18, 2010 at 6:36 pm |
  146. Burrell

    Jack the people have responded negatively for years about their disguss concerning attack adds yet our men and women in the political arena still continue to do the same old crap. Lets face it until the political game gains solid accountability and overwhelming truth this type of crap will continue. We the people have spoken several times yet politians continue not to listen. The political game is dirty so remember don't hate the players hate the game. This is Washington and all other political establishments that why they call it politics.

    October 18, 2010 at 6:40 pm |
  147. james - florida

    none of those ads can be trusted. coruption, deception and just plain old doers of evil is at an all time high among most of our political leaders. our country is saturated with lying greedy imposters of good will for the people. who can your really trust??? what faith??? i don't trust anything those ads say and we should feel shameful as a country to have allowed this to happen to us. does anybody still believe in just telling the truth anymore???

    October 18, 2010 at 6:40 pm |
  148. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    I've never heard one leader say he was suing another leader for a nasty attack ad, so why should I faith in any of them.

    October 18, 2010 at 6:40 pm |
  149. Linda

    Jack I really don't pay attention to attack ads. I am only interested in you telling me how are you going to help turn california or the US around. Anything else, I'm not interested.

    October 18, 2010 at 6:43 pm |
  150. Elizabeth in Los Angeles

    Faith? What faith?

    October 18, 2010 at 6:47 pm |
  151. Bruce

    None. We lost faith after Eisenhower. They are "fools", as Mr. T says.

    October 18, 2010 at 6:50 pm |
  152. Travis Mattson

    When I went to get a Fla. drivers lic. they asked if I wanted to register to vote. I told them I would register for whatever party did NOT use attack ads. After a short discussion the clerks decided I should not be registered to vote. LOL.

    October 18, 2010 at 6:52 pm |
  153. Kira

    "Aren't you glad we live in a Christian nation. Just think how bad these attacks would be if our leaders weren't believers in the teachings of Jesus Christ."

    You're kidding, right? The most virulent, lie-filled ads are the ones which come from the "Christians".

    October 18, 2010 at 6:56 pm |