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    Positive Negative

    Positive Negative

    Both Newt’s campaign (first video below) and a pro-Newt SuperPAC have hit the airwaves in Iowa with positive ads.

    Meanwhile, I assume that the massive Romney SuperPAC ad buy will be hitting the airwaves in Iowa at the same time.

    There is no question that the negative ads have hurt Newt, who has not even had the money to run positive ads with any frequency. I have to wonder how this will play out in the final week, with the contrast between the relentless attacks on Newt, and the positive message.


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    DINORightMarie | December 27, 2011 at 5:28 pm

    Both solid, positive messages, although I do find it unfortunate that Newt’s ad shows him stating (with Perry nodding in the background) that “government doesn’t create jobs” and the PAC ad states that Newt “created 11 million jobs.” But, hey, that is what the numbers were when he was speaker…….

    Hopefully these will resonate enough for people to make up their minds; from what Byron York says in his Washington Examiner column, these polls are deceiving in that the Republicans, who are the only ones who will be able to “vote” in the caucus, are mostly undecided as yet; so, Paul may not be as high up as we have been led to believe.

    Less than a week! We will see. I hope Newt’s positive ads make an impact on those undecideds. 🙂

    Tamminator | December 27, 2011 at 6:00 pm

    I’m glad he got some ads up, but they’re both pretty weak.
    He needs a professional ad agency to get up some kick ass commercials.
    Good for you, Newt.
    I’m finally all in for Newt, after seeing how the cocktail party Republicans are attacking him. I’m starting to believe that the Republican party actually WANTS to lose to Obama.

    Astroman | December 27, 2011 at 6:12 pm

    Staying positive was a good strategy back when Newt was polling in the stratosphere, but now that his numbers have come back down to earth, I think he’d be better off going after Romney.

    The reality is, though, Newt probably doesn’t have the money to go after Romney.

    I’m very suspicious of Romney and his supporters in the Virginia fiasco… I didn’t like Romney to begin with, but I am seriously growing to actively dislike him.

    DINORightMarie | December 27, 2011 at 6:25 pm

    @Astroman, it is interesting that Bill Bolling, the current lieutenant governor here in Virginia, is Romney’s state election head. I find that most…..suspicious. Stinking suspicious.

    There are a few articles, which the Professor has linked, that make me wonder if, after the holidays, the VA GOP will try to save face a bit, and allow both Perry and Newt onto the ballot. When we have national politicos, lawyers of note, and political experts criticizing the last-minute changes to qualifying for the ballot, the process becomes the focus – which I don’t think the GOP here in VA wants.

    Not with a law suit pending on that very subject.

    dcchristian | December 27, 2011 at 6:36 pm

    Inverting the Robert Heinlein quote; I am leaning towards Newt because he is a dishonest politician, he doesn’t stay bought. I’m not sure that the same can be said of the others, particularly Romney.

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