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Congressional candidates, political parties, and various interested groups are spending millions on 2010 campaign ads. Please post your views on the ads you've seen and the claims they make in this item's comment thread.

By Ad Watch 2010  | October 20, 2010; 6:43 PM ET
 
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Quite frankly, I'm sick of EVERYBODY'S negative ads, Dem, Rep, or Ind. The campaigns for four year offices start one week after the last election, and last for four years. If our elected "leaders" spent 1/4 as much time actually working for us as they do composing ads and taking shots at opponents, they might accomplish something, and the country might move forward, instead of being mired in place or moving backward.

Posted by: mship | October 23, 2010 11:39 AM | Report abuse

Quite frankly, I'm sick of EVERYBODY'S negative ads, Dem, Rep, or Ind. The campaigns for four year offices start one week after the last election, and last for four years. If our elected "leaders" spent 1/4 as much time actually working for us as they do composing ads and taking shots at opponents, they might accomplish something, and the country might move forward, instead of being mired in place or moving backward.

Posted by: mship | October 23, 2010 11:39 AM | Report abuse

Quite frankly, I'm sick of EVERYBODY'S negative ads, Dem, Rep, or Ind. The campaigns for four year offices start one week after the last election, and last for four years. If our elected "leaders" spent 1/4 as much time actually working for us as they do composing ads and taking shots at opponents, they might accomplish something, and the country might move forward, instead of being mired in place or moving backward.

Posted by: mship | October 23, 2010 11:38 AM | Report abuse

Quite frankly, I'm sick of EVERYBODY'S negative ads, Dem, Rep, or Ind. The campaigns for four year offices start one week after the last election, and last for four years. If our elected "leaders" spent 1/4 as much time actually working for us as they do composing ads and taking shots at opponents, they might accomplish something, and the country might move forward, instead of being mired in place or moving backward.

Here's a wild thought: Let's take ALL the money spent on political ads and apply it to the deficit. (See how fast those ads go away then -- and we can all go back to doing productive things without being constantly bombarded with nonsense.)

Posted by: mship | October 23, 2010 11:37 AM | Report abuse

The ads being run in colorado for Bennett are such a bunch of hogwash, telling us how hes our senator and how he wants to represnt you and hear your views believe me he does not. On several issue we emailed his office and called and some of the responses were downright laughable if it weren't so sad. he represents himself and his own interest very well but believe me hes not representing people from his district well at all. a vote for bennett is a vote for obamas agenda

Posted by: ren51 | October 22, 2010 4:13 PM | Report abuse

Nobody cares whether I'm in favor of a particular 'ad'. These flying annoyances are about as important...to me, individually...as an individual mosquito.
It's the sheer number, the arrogant crawling, blowing, flowing, inescapable, hateful,flood of them...they get in your eyes, they buzz around your ears, they want...your blood. The mosquitoes can get bad, too. I stay away from alaska in summer and most of the tv ad broadcasters.
The chaff who make and buy the time for the offensive ads are the least important people on the planet, being worthless and cheaply for sale to their slavers' intents and purposes. The commercials and ads, however...

So it's the unsavory criminals that BOUGHT the once-supreme Court that really have my ire...assuming that the supremes were 'bought' and not simply being suicidal about democracy, or murderous toward the Constitution, or simply evincing the hateful misanthropic secret motives that brought them together to make such a degenerate change to the body politic.

The supremes are now obviously packed with 'pod people' and can no longer be trusted by any sapient humanoid.

You watch: every controversial question that comes before the supreme court will be decided in the conservatives' favor.
Many 'sacrosanct' laws are apt to be brutally excised from American law and very soon...

No laws on the books are safe. Period.
I predict that if the armed forces were not deeply involved and integrated, that certain areas of women's rights and perhaps even citizen equality would be declared 'un-constitutional' in the next two to six years. Might happen anyway...
until this supreme court is re-constituted,
this country is toast for us who love our freedom more than we love our money...

Posted by: tigre1 | October 22, 2010 1:38 AM | Report abuse

A lot of candidates are advertising on YouTube in this cycle. For example, a typical banner ad: "Do you support Joe Miller? Yes / No". Unfortunately, you get the same message whether you click yes or no (a fundraising pitch). The ad message itself is empty, so I'm a wasted impression if I don't click. If I click "no", I'm a wasted impression AND a wasted click!

Candidates are broadening their use of media, but most are not taking advantage of the unique opportunity that each media presents. YouTube is a video medium. Why not link to a page with a video pitch?

Google search also continues to be under-utilised. A few searches shows that just a handful of candidates are driving site traffic with AdWords - and BarackObama.com still appears to be the most active user of the medium (try searching for "Join the Democrats").

Posted by: AdamUK | October 21, 2010 3:39 PM | Report abuse

The recent Supreme Court ruling that unleashed the power of unnamed parties to purchase political advertisements on the airwaves may well rank as one of the most damaging cracks in the foundation of a well informed civic polity. No matter whether one is a Democrat or Republican, the level of mud that is being flung at this year's candidates boggles the mind. Here in the Northwest I remember a time when opponents didn't demonize each other - they worked together to improve the quality of life here, and that wasn't long ago! I dare not total the amount of cash being spent on these misleading ads, because my heart breaks: the same monies could be used to feed, clothe and house so many Americans. Advertisers should be ashamed!

Posted by: davidarosy1 | October 21, 2010 8:39 AM | Report abuse

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