30 Dec '11, 3am

Negative ads signal dirty US presidential campaign

Negative ads signal dirty US presidential campaign

CHICAGO: The blast of negative ads that helped torpedo Newt Gingrich ahead of Tuesday's Iowa caucuses are just a small splatter of the mud set to fly when the eventual Republican nominee goes up against President Barack Obama. "It's going to be a very expensive year with a lot of negative advertising," predicted Steffen Schmidt, a political science professor at Iowa State University. Negative ads have long played a role in US politics, but this will be the first presidential campaign in which independent groups can join the fray free from previously strict restrictions. The new rules have allowed Mitt Romney to keep his hands relatively clean while the Restore our Future -- a super PAC, or political action committee -- filled Iowa mailboxes and airwaves with ads attacking Gingrich. Backed by a slew of negative stories in the media and opposition from the Republican establi...

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