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Doyle McManus: Campaign ads distort the truth on both sides

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  • William Gronberg Payson, UT
    July 15, 2012 5:51 p.m.

    The absolute number priority for the "friends" of the candidates is to get their "guy" either elected or re-elected. The whole truth comes in a poor second.

  • patriot Cedar Hills, UT
    July 16, 2012 11:56 a.m.

    Well this is half true. Team Obama have made a habit of lies and distortions all the way back to the campaign against Clinton in 08. Even Hilary called Obama a liar over and over again during her campaign - "shame of you Barack Obama" (Hilary Clinton). People in the liberal press like to propagate the lie that both sides lie but that is only half true. The democratic party is built on lies - especially now when Obama has no record to run on. I would like to see ONE GOP add this is a lie - ONE! There are none. On the flip side - factcheck.com has already busted team Obama several times for out right lies. By the way - factcheck is NOT a conservative organization.

  • silo Sandy, UT
    July 16, 2012 1:33 p.m.

    patriot - if you are claiming that only liberals are guilty of lying, then you're either knowingly lying yourself, or simply ignorant of the truth.

    The very first ad run by Romney against Obama in November 2011 was an abject lie. Romney's ad claimed that Obama said 'If we keep talking about the economy, we'll lose". Both politifact.com and factcheck.org confirmed Romney's ad was a lie. John McCain was the actual owner of the quote. No correction nor retraction ever came from the Romney camp.

  • patriot Cedar Hills, UT
    July 16, 2012 2:58 p.m.

    re:silo

    Obama was quoted (in 2009) as saying something to effect that if he did not have the economy looking better in 2012 then this would be a one term proposition. Mitt has quoted that over and over again. I think the point Mitt was trying to make - which was 100% correct - was the fact that Obama needs distractions away from his economy today to win in 2012. Even his own liberal pundits agree with that. Obama has been running from his record for the past year - and for good reason. As for the quote - supposedly from McCain - not sure about that. The point however is true - even by the admission of team Obama.

  • bigelhad TAYLORSVILLE, UT
    July 16, 2012 3:41 p.m.

    Obama can't run on his record because his initiatives and plans for change have never been tried. Because of the super-majority rule and filibuster, the Republicans have effectively blocked all his plans. At no time did he have the necessary 60 votes in the senate to beat the filibuster. This is good for the Republicans but bad for America. Obama has been forced to act as Bush III. His plans have never been tried. Unfortunately,the Democrats will play the same game with Mitt if he is elected and we will have another four years of gridlock. Bush IV coming?

  • Midvaliean MIDVALE, UT
    July 17, 2012 12:50 a.m.

    News Flash. Obama is going to win this by a landslide.

  • one vote Salt Lake City, UT
    July 17, 2012 10:57 a.m.

    Did Romney not pay taxes in undisclosed years?