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After all the political ads are you still undecided?

Asked by LuckyGuy (34731points) November 5th, 2012

(Warning, this contains political humor. If you are overloaded, just move on.)
I know the poor people in the “battleground states” (Ohio, Florida, etc) are being bombarded with ads from both sides. The latest financial tally is $6 Billion but that is most likely under-reported. Incredibly, we can expect the political spending to reach the magnitude of hurricane Sandy damage.
If you are still undecided, this humorous political video might help you. I actually did some fact checking and, except for the obvious jokes, it is true.
(I’m @LuckyGuy and I approve this message.)

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marinelife's avatar

I was never undecided. The political ads would not sway me.

I hate them.

We live in the same TV market as one of the battleground states and so we are being bombarded by the presidential race ads as well as two Senate races (one in our state and one in neighboring battleground state). There are also two major ballot issues: a referendum on gay marriage and a question about allowing more gambling in our state. It is all much too much.

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

That video is hilarious. It finally helped me decide. Thanks, @Luckyguy

LuckyGuy's avatar

@marinelife They are painful. Now that PACs can contribute what they want in secret, who knows what favors will be called in after the elelction.
The funds raised are roughly even, $3 Billion each. Obama’s funds are from many small contributors while Romney’s are from large contributors. Many with “donations” of more than $1 Million. That worries me.

Imagine how nice it would be if 10% of those funds were spent on staffing polling booths.
And this is the system we are trying to spread to other countries? Yikes.

@Adirondackwannabe It was all honest info. I’m glad it helped you decide. :-)

KNOWITALL's avatar

I’m disgusted with all of them. Think how many hungry kids those ad $ could feed. Think how many mortgage payments they could make one time for the lower class so they could have a home at Christmas. It’s just so incredibly wasteful and negative. But I’ll vote since it’s my right and privelage as an American.

wundayatta's avatar

Thanks for opening my eyes, @LuckyGuy. I wanted to vote for the black guy, but I see I had the wrong black guy in my sights. I needed to vote for the other black guy—Romney.

LuckyGuy's avatar

@wundayatta You got it. The black guy with a family tree that has more branches on it than a thorn apple bush. (See the photo)

@KNOWITALL It’s awful. Why do you think they are doing it? Why would someone give $1 million to a rich candidate? Because they expect to get much more in return. If this were in another country we would call it bribery. How many foreclosed homes could be saved wit that money? Ugh!

Skaggfacemutt's avatar

Funny video! I can’t really empathize with the people in swing states, because I live in Utah, where the democrats don’t campaign because they will never win, and the republicans don’t campaign because they already know that they will win, and we have so few electorial votes that nobody cares, anyway.

KNOWITALL's avatar

@Lucky Remember I work in media, and I should be thanking them I suppose, but the waste just makes me sick.

As far as why, I’m sure having a grateful President in your pocket probably makes sense for a lot of businesses. Yep, kickbacks and bribery and the only people that loses are we the people, ironic.

LuckyGuy's avatar

@Skaggfacemutt I’m in NY and there really isn’t much campaining going on here. Some local races. Here is a excellent video by NPR showing the US Map morphed by spending.

Fred931's avatar

@Skaggfacemutt Sort of the same situation here in Alabama. I only noticed national ads this Sunday. I bet Florida really sucks, and maybe that’s why I’m even seeing commercials, living so close to the Panhandle.

Fred931's avatar

If I could vote this year (18th B-day is this 16th. Grrr.), I’d just be taking the “lesser of 2 evils” approach regardless of advertising. Too much Internet and my incredibly educated father tell me to vouch for Obama (again, if I could) since no third party has a SCIH of victory and I have no idea what Romney really would do to/for our country.

Fuck the duopoly.

YARNLADY's avatar

We have two first time voters in our home, and the phones ring practically nonstop to get out the younger vote. It’s really disgusting.

LuckyGuy's avatar

@YARNLADY The pollsters figure they already know which way you are going to vote so it is a waste of their time to talk to you. The younger ones supposedly are not cast in stone yet.
It’s probably true. Would you change your mind if you received a call tonight that said your candidate was guilty of eating little children for breakfast? Probably not.

YARNLADY's avatar

@LuckyGuy I love how they couch it in “We want to make sure you know where your polling place is located – this service is provided by (candidate).”

rojo's avatar

No, I am not undecided. I have decided that all the political ads suck.

ucme's avatar

Given the voting history of Ohio, i’m betting the hospitals are full of folks requiring the splinters removed from their arses, what with all that fence sitting.

livelaughlove21's avatar

The ad that made me decide to vote for Obama:

The worst part is that it’s NOT a parody or meant to be comedic, it’s the real thing.

Fred931's avatar

@livelaughlove21 for 2012! Sweet lurve score!! LOL

chyna's avatar

Loved the video @LuckyGuy, I needed the laugh after all the serious~ political ads.

livelaughlove21's avatar

@Fred931 I didn’t notice that! Sweet! :)

LuckyGuy's avatar

@livelaughlove21 Great video! That would make me vote for Obama too.

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