Negative Campaigning Was More Than Enough



In the recent political campaign, there seemed to be no end of campaigning against a candidate, rather than campaigning for a candidate.

Both presidential candidates and their supporters were guilty of emphasizing their opponents' negative qualities rather than leading discourse about their preferred candidate's positive qualities.

The congressional campaigns were equally disconcerting.

If the topic of Mr. Castleman's letters had been to tell the community why we should vote for his preferred candidate, it would have been a loss to have them overlooked. If however, as he said in his letter published Nov. 9, the topic was to tell us "the facts" about John Kerry, we had enough of that type of campaigning to last us a lifetime.

I don't care to see a repeat of this negative campaigning in 2006 and 2008.

Karen Wartick, Payson

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