Negative Campaigns

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Thomas Jefferson, John Adams and other founding fathers exchanged personal insults and publicized each others' extramarital affairs. Lyndon Johnson all but accused Barry Goldwater of wanting a nuclear war.  So it's no surprise that President Bush and Senator Kerry are at it again even though neither is on any ballots this year. All over the country, candidates are accusing each other of idiocy, flip-flopping and corrupting the Boy Scouts.  With the war in Iraq and control of the Congress at stake, we talk about the crucial role of negative campaigning in US elections.

Credits

Guests:
John Geer - Professor of Political Science, Vanderbilt University, Tamar Jacoby - ImmigrationWorks USA - @tamarjacoby, Matthew Dowd - ABC News - @matthewjdowd, Robert Dallek - Presidential historian

Host:
Warren Olney

Producers:
Vanessa Romo, Dan Konecky, Frances Anderton