While looking for controversial campaign ads for the upcoming election, I came across an interesting ad created by a pro-Obama SuperPAC that suggests that Mitt Romney is responsible for a woman’s death. Problems occur when political candidates use anecdotes out of context. In this instance, Obama uses a worker who’s circumstance based on Romney’s decision were heartbreaking but may not illustrate the whole story. The timeline of events is inaccurate because although this man lost his health insurance as a result of Romney’s policies, his wife lost her own under different circumstances and didn’t fall ill until a few years after.
I think that a when one campaign starts running ads that accuse the opponent of killing people, the credibility of that campaign would be completely destroyed. The fact that this ad even aired is completely ridiculous and discredits Obama. I think that the Obama campaign aired this absurd ad to draw attention towards Romney and away from the financial mistakes Obama has made during his first term in office. Even though this is ad is supposed to depict Romney in a negative light, it may end up putting Obama in a negative light. This ad unfairly puts blame on Romney.
Romney’s released a new rebuttal campaign ad called “America Deserves Better” that asks the question, “Doesn’t America deserve better than a president that will say or do anything to stay in power?”.