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SPEAK OUT: Is the Presidential Race Becoming Too Negative?

Is this just the usual partisan politics or have we reached a new level of mud-slinging?

Vice President Joe Biden went head to head with GOP presidential hopeful Mitt Romney over Medicare and the economy. 

"What's gutsy about giving millionaires another tax break? What's gutsy about gutting Medicare, Medicaid, education?" Biden asked voters in Durham, NC, this week, according to UPI.com. 

Romney and his new running mate, Paul Ryan, were just as quick to criticize the president and his policies. 

UPI.com reported that Ryan told a crowd at the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines to ask Obama where the jobs are. 

In a speech to Danville, VA, voters on Tuesday, The Washington Post reports Biden said that Romney's ideas to regulate the financial industry will "put y'all back in chains." 

The comment, which was made before a racially diverse crowd of about 900, has sparked criticism and backlash from Republicans, according to The Post. 

Romney has said that in an effort to regulate the financial world, if elected, he would repeal the Dodd-Frank regulatory bill. 

Is the former senator from the neighboring state of Delaware just being Biden? Or has presidential campaigning become too negative?

Tell us your thoughts in the comments. 

JustABill August 18, 2012 at 04:33 AM
No Frank, incorrectly calling the people that pay more than half of all the federal and state tax revenues collected each year "the 1%" and words like "fair share" are talking points used by Democrats in an effort to anger lower income voters in hopes of wining their votes. If you say they are talking points then fine talk about them for us all to better understand your point. If you want everyone to pay their "fair share" then why don't Democrats ever want to overhaul the tax code with a fair tax that would in turn reduce the number of IRS employees to less than 20% of the current system? And, why did the Democrats put so many new taxes into Obamacare that directly affect the lower income and middle class people they claim to be supporting causing the IRS to need 30,000 new employees? Democrats tried this class warfare in 1980 and it worked so well we ended up with one of the greatest Presidents in our nation's history so please, by all means, keep it coming.
RobertS August 20, 2012 at 01:58 AM
The posting from Mr. Andrew is a perfect example of why there's so often a dearth of civility in our political discourse. I moved to DC a few years ago from San Francisco, which was plenty civil as so long as you subscribed to the prevailing liberal orthodoxies. In reality, SF was anything but civil ("tolerance for me, but not for thee"), and while DC is certainly more family friendly, the political discourse here is not so far removed from SF. Please respectfully agree to disagree instead of hurling ad hominems that do nothing to elevate the dialogue and get to the important matter of addressing our society's many issues. Ad hominems in all caps (shouting) are icing on the incivility cake. Respectfully submitted, RS
B Allen August 26, 2012 at 02:38 PM
Andrew, what the hell are you saying here? Does not make any sense. Quit carrying the water and thik for yourself. Why would you vote for NObama when he is definatly over his head, has no idea how to run anything other than an community association, has NEVER held down a real job or had to meet a payroll. He has NEVER as they call it "created a job or a business", had failed over and over in making wrong decisions, wrong policies and poor judgements. He ever said, if he did ot get the unemployment rates down and reduced the deficit in his first term, that would be it, an "one term pres" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CCN5-ovvFL0
B Allen August 26, 2012 at 02:43 PM
@RobertS, yes you will find the liberal meaning of "civility" is or applies to only those who have a thought process such as theirs. if you disagree or even question, they start with the name calling, threats, egotistic statements and so on.
B Allen August 26, 2012 at 02:52 PM
Well, when one would think that the democrats could not get any lower then under a rock in the deepest parts of the ocean, then they come out with a NEW low. The lies and deception of the democratic party is hilarious. It is amazing how they think that their people are actually believing them when they twist the facts and produce fiction. When they alter the numbers in their favor or give some lame comment as to why the numbers are not real, even if they come off a government website. When they try to say that the republicans don't like educated kids, clean air, clean water, they wanna push grandma over the cliff and not give her medical treatment, that they hate women...should I go on? It is all rediculous. Sad thing is, there are people out there that take their lies and deception, hook...line ...and sinker!!!! Seems that in order to be a lib, you need to have 98% of grey matter removed and allow only 2% for bodily functions and to carry their water.

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