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  • Ohioblog: A Swing State Journal

    Monday, September 27, 2004

    Sinking to a new low 

    Ohio voters dislike the political ads that President Bush, John kerry and their supporters are airing - and they haven't even seen the worst ad of all.

    Progress for America Voter Fund has placed an ad in Wisconsin and Iowa that causes the Swift Boat Veterans' attacks on Democrat Kerry to pale in comparison. How to put this: the ad is the lowest form of political scum.

    ``It's the Willie Horton ad of 2004,'' Kerry spokesman Phil Singer told Howard Kurtz, the Washington Post's media critic.

    George H.W. Bush's campaign used the racially charged Horton ad in 1988 against Gov. Michael S. Dukakis, implying that if he became president he would loose convicted murderers such as Horton on America as he supposedly did on Massachusetts.

    The Progress for America ad features Osama bin Laden, hijacker Mohamed Atta, the Madrid bombers, Russian hostage-takers and the World Trade Center. It says: ``These people want to kill us. They killed hundreds of innocent children in Russia, 200 innocent commuters in Spain and 3,000 innocent Americans. John Kerry has a 30-year record of supporting cuts in defense and intelligence and endlessly changing positions in Iraq. Would you trust Kerry against the fanatic killers? President Bush didn't start this war, but he will finish it.''

    Forget that Progress for America isn't directly tied to the Bush campaign. (It is backed by two Bush fundraisers.) The Bush camp loves the ad. It goes to the heart of the Bush appeal to so-called ``security moms.'' (Make 'em afraid to come out - except to vote.)

    Kerry, whose staff says he has supported $4.4 trillion in defense spending since 1985, has countered with an ad that calls this ``an un-American way to campaign'' and asks that Bush ``stop dividing America.'' Democratic vice presidential candidate John Edwards accused the Bush-Cheney campaign of exploitation.

    ``They are,'' Edwards said, ``trying to exploit one of our greatest tragedies for personal gain.''

    Will voters make a similar judgment? They have yet to do so.

    - Steve Love

    posted by Ohioblog: A Swing State Journal at 10:09 AM

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