This week’s “Evaluating the Ads” post focuses on two ads from two different United States Senate races in two states. The common theme in each ad is that each candidate running receives what they hope is an important endorsement that will put them over the top in their respective race. The first ad is for former United States Senator Scott Brown (R). He was a Senator from Massachusetts, but now is running in New Hampshire. His endorsement is from former Presidential candidate Mitt Romney. The second ad is for Alison Lundergan Grimes (D) who is running in the state of Kentucky. Her endorsement comes from former President Bill Clinton
Here is the Brown ad.
Here is the Grimes ad.
Which ad do you believe is more effective? Do you believe that endorsements make a difference?
Posted in General Political Science
Tagged Ads, Alison Lundergan Grimes, Bill Clinton, Campaigns, Democrat, Elections, Endorsements, Mitt Romney, Republican, Scott Brown, United States Senate
It’s not even the end of 2012 and names are already being thrown about for the 2016 Presidential contest. President Barack Obama is term-limited, so that leaves the Democratic nomination wide open. Governor Mitt Romney will more than likely not be running for the Republican nomination in 2016. Since neither 2012 candidate is eligible nor likely to run, both political parties will have their work cut out for them in deciding who their Presidential nominees will be. Voters, of course, will be the ultimate deciding factor in choosing the party nominees. On the Democratic side, Vice President Joe Biden, newly elected US Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton are most frequently mentioned. Outgoing Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer and current Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper are also discussed as possible candidates for President. The Republican side, after two straight Presidential defeats, also has a strong list of possible candidates. Among them are former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, US Senator Marco Rubio of Florida, and Governor Chris Christie of New Jersey. Rick Santorum, Mitt Romney’s chief conservative opponent in 2012, has also made overtures about running for President in 2016. Former US Senator Scott Brown, who lost to Elizabeth Warren in his re-election bid this November, is also seen as a dark horse candidate for the White House. What should we be watching out for when trying to determine who will run for President in 2016? Pay attention to those who visit Iowa and New Hampshire in 2013. Those two states conduct the first caucuses and primaries respectively. Historically, Iowa and New Hampshire help narrow the field of candidates from the serious and not-so-serious. Since they are first, it is understandable as to why those with Presidential aspirations visit them. With that in mind, who do you think will run for President in 2016?
Posted in Campaigns, Primaries
Tagged 2016, Barack Obama, Brian Schweitzer, Campaigns, Caucuses, Elizabeth Warren, Hillary Clinton, Iowa, Jeb Bush, Joe Biden, John Hickenlooper, Marco Rubio, Mitt Romney, New Hampshire, Political Parties, Presidency, Primaries, Rick Santorum, Scott Brown