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SPEAK OUT: What do you Hate about Political Commercials?

Do you see any value in the onslaught of political ads?

Just like holiday decorations seem to appear in stores earlier and earlier each year, it seems like every election cycle features the ubiquitous campaign ads sooner and sooner.

At times, it seems like the usual TV ad buyers - Coke, Apple, Honda, etc. - can't even find :30 to squeeze their messages in between attack ads.

Do these ads provide value, or do they simply confuse potential voters?

On the national stage, pro-Obama ads target the now infamous "47 percent," Bain Capital or Mitt Romney's apparently changing positions on hot button issues. On the red state side, ads attack Obama on health care, the economy and foreign policy.

Locally, races in Virginia seem to sink even deeper, with candidates slamming each other on education, abortion and job creation.

In Maryland, it is becomong more difficult to discern whether Question 7 is a good or bad thing for the state with countelss ads on both sides of the issue.

So, feel free to step up onto this virtual soapbox and share your opinion of political ads with your fellow Patch readers.

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BJ Gardner November 04, 2012 at 03:01 PM
I dislike the lies, spin, greed and hatefullness of elections. The folks running are suppose to be representing the citizens of this country and I am sorry to say they are nothing like me or my friends. I see to much hate and not enough working for the better cause.
Rose November 04, 2012 at 07:27 PM
I don't think any of the politicians should be able to speak about the other person - only their own views. That ges not only for ads but for debates and all of it. Most of the reason the debates weren't kept on track were because each candidate wanted to clarify misleading comments the other made about their points of view. If they answered the questions, or campaigned only on what THEIR viewpoint is, we could really compare them ourselves.
Robin Nicole November 04, 2012 at 11:46 PM
My mother in NY has been receiving phone calls from Rob Sobhani. I also have been receiving emails - but I don't know how he receive my email and (luckily) they have been going into my Spam folder. I'm completely confounded why he's campaigning in NY, however???
EBinParkside November 05, 2012 at 11:36 AM
The Politicians!
AndieL November 06, 2012 at 01:53 AM
'Hate' is a pretty strong term... I think I am 'saddened', quite frankly. It was reported tonight that over $90 million dollars was spent/wasted trying to get voters to sway either way on Question 7 - to think of how much good that money could have afforded within our schools... that's just sad.

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