A video history of negative campaign ads
by Ben Wright
Posted on October 27, 2008
Foolish blue-collar lackeys obediently stuff dollars into brown sacks while greedy businessmen look on and laugh.
That was the scene conjured by a newsreel from 1912. The short film, called “the old way and the new way,” was produced by Woodrow Wilson’s (D) presidential campaign.
It was the nation’s first negative ad with moving pictures.. The ad, though viciously satirical was about policies rather than people.
Here is a collection of negative campaign ads from the past and the present:
The classic: Lyndon Johnson’s ad from 1964 played on fears of nuclear war
The Rovean masterpiece: The swift boat vets slam Kerry in 2004
1980: A vote for Jimmy Carter is what the terrorists want!
Hubert Humphrey 1968: What has Nixon ever done for you?
Mondale and Ferarro attack Reagan’s rollercoaster
Part Matrix, part end times theology: the McCain campaign place Obama in prophecy
Joe Moody Candidate for Texas HD 78, 2008
Dee Margo Candidate for Texas HD 78, 2008
And here are a few positive ads to make you feel warm inside:
It’s morning in America: Reagan 1984
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