Presidential Election Shows Political Mudslinging at its Finest


Arianna Tong, Staff Writer

As we  head into the final month of the presidential election, political commentators’ fears are becoming a reality; both candidates’ campaign strategies are being fueled by political mudslinging. Political mudslinging is a campaign strategy where representatives demean each other with bitter political attacks. While this is extremely amusing most of the time, it’s starting to get a little old.

“No one has ever asked to see my birth certificate,” Mitt Romney stated when making a speech about his hometown, Commerce Michigan. Romney, claimed that his joke wasn’t anything personal against President Barack Obama’s birth certificate controversy, while the Obama Administration accused Romney of implementing the issue of birtherism in his speech.

Bottom line, politics are dirty, and the people who play the game, like to play even dirtier. It’s full of verbal accusations and public ridicule. It seems like Romney’s only strategy to reel in supporters is by telling fellow Republicans and independents that Obama is a bad guy. Just because you’re a 1 percenter, and a billionaire, doesn’t mean you have to spend most of your campaign funds battering Mr. Obama- 87 million dollars to demean Obama is a little pricey, don’t you think Mitt?

Romney attacked Obama on national television claiming that the president “is running just to hang onto power, and I think he would do anything in his power to remain in office.”

Obama campaign spokesman Jennifer Psaki spoke for Obama, stating the Romney’s comments were “unhinged.” But Romney retorted: “I think unhinged would have to characterize what we’ve seen from the president’s campaign.”

In recent attack ads Romney claimed that Obama has doubled our nation’s deficit, isolated our unemployment rate, and blames America’s economic frustrations on the president.

We get it Mitt, it seems like Obama has done absolutely nothing for our nation, but in his defense, those problems already existed before he even took the job. It’s a tad bit ironic when Romney makes condescending accusations toward Obama, but doesn’t know what he’s about to take on if he becomes the next president. The main question on the line is, Romney can talk the talk, but can he walk the walk?

While it seems like Obama is getting battered by Romney, on the flip side, Obama isn’t all that innocent either.

In 2008, the Obama administration stepped into the Oval Office, with a mission statement to rise against partisan politics, but in 2012, the campaign failed to follow through with their promise, by becoming one of the biggest contributors.

According to the New York Times, the Obama campaign spent $39.8 million on attack ads, which is 100 percent of all campaign-advertising funds. In a Sept. 19, 2012 attack ad on Romney, released by Priorities USA Action- it focuses on the republican GOP candidate mistakes, reminding the public of his comments about the ‘‘47 percent’’. The ad also claims that Romney will make things even more financially unstable for middle class families, by raising taxes up to $2,000.

However, what viewers fail to realize is the current fiscal spending, under the Obama budget proposes a 1.5 trillion dollar net increase in federal spending and a 1.9 trillion dollar increase in taxes. Though, Paul Ryans’ path to prosperity proposes to cut 5 trillion dollars from federal spending. Clearly Romney wants to make life financially hard for middle class families. Romney opposes fair taxes, because it reduces taxes on high and low income tax brackets, but increases taxes for the middle classes.

However, on the last day of the Democratic National Convention, Obama stated in his speech that he was tired of the bipartisan mudslinging. “You’re probably tired of hearing that I approve this message, well so am I,” said Obama.

Obviously, none of our candidates know how to play nice, and the fact of the matter is, the presidential election is anything but a civilized tea party. It seems as if our political parties will never be able to join hands and sing ‘Kumbaya.’