I was called Saturday on my cell phone by a group called Long River Research from central Florida. They asked me questions about the Tennessee U.S. 3rd District race. Some of the questions asked,
1. What news channels I watched?
2. Give Mr. Fleischmann a rating on his job, (I replied the worse since Lamar Baker).
3. How would I rate the ads that each was running, what did I think was working and getting the message out?
4. My age?
5. Who would I vote for?
6. Which ad was sending the best/worst message on each ?
7. Was my views reflection on those in my area?
8. Was I pro life/pro choice?
I feel like this group, was trying to decide what negative ads they were running was the best, and if they should do more of it. My feeling, I advised the negative ads was the worse I had seen in 20+ years.
If the candidates would spend more time saying what they want to do instead of seeing how low of a "cheap shot" and undermining, to take a few words from someone and put with their own and make a commercial or mailing, then the people would get a true understanding of the people running. Let's not be fooled by the negative ads, listen for the truth as to what they will do.
Margaret H. Chastain
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Oh boy Margaret, I couldn't agree with you more. I'm so sick of the negative ads and worse yet, the robo-phone calls. I get at least 10 calls per day and with an elderly parent with early stage dementia it's become necessary to shut the darn phone off. I even got one with two little kids saying they were too young to vote but please blah blah blah. I hung up before I even heard the candidate's name.
I voted the first day of early voting, please oh please candidates wake up and stop this nonsense. Like Margaret I can't remember this happening here in our state.
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In todays newspaper is a full page ad that begins with being against negative ads. I believe all voters will agree with doing away with those ads. Seems the full page ad is one sided when it states that never again tolerate negative campaigning to obtain office. Folks this is not a case of one side being squeaky clean and the other with all the faults.
My mom taught me the saying, "Birds of a feather fly together." The ad also states what Chuck is doing "disrespects us all." Seems strange they don't condemn someone going to a man's home and being invited in with the purpose of secretly taping a private conservation and then use it in a campaign. Apparently they consider this as something they can "tolerate with a clear conscience." Sorry folks, but not me.
Negative ads, then fair minded voters shouldn't vote for either one.
N.D. Kennedy Sr.