Political Attack Ads and the 2012 Presidential Race (Rebroadcast)

Political Attack Ads and the 2012 Presidential Race (Rebroadcast)

Politicians have been slinging mud at each other for centuries. But now with super PAC dollars, negative advertising is at an all-time high: Political attack ads and the 2012 presidential race.

Mudslinging has been a part of political campaigns for as long as anyone can remember. But the U.S. Supreme Court decision to allow unlimited amounts of money to be given to super PACs thrust mudslinging into overdrive. Super PACs have already spent nearly $60 million on the 2012 presidential race. And most of that money has gone into negative advertising. This was underscored in last month's Florida primary. In the final weeks, 92 percent of campaign commercials were negative. Diane and her guests will talk about attack ads in the presidential race and whether they're harming the political process.

Guests

Jane Mayer

staff writer, "The New Yorker," author of "The Dark Side: The Inside Story of How the War on Terror Turned Into a War on American Ideals."

Vin Weber

Republican consultant, former member of Congress representing Minnesota's 2nd district (1981-93).

Kathleen Hall Jamieson

director of the Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania; among other books, she's co-author of "The Obama Victory: How Media, Money and Message Shaped the 2008 Election."

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