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Double-negative campaigning

By Phil Lawler (bio - articles - email) | Feb 23, 2012

If I understood correctly, during the GOP debate last night Mitt Romney charged Rick Santorum with having endorsed him--Romney--four years ago. 

Was that an attack on Santorum's judgment? 

This unexpected tactic opens up a whole new horizon of possibilities for negative campaigning. I can imagine an unscrupulous politician addressing a campaign audience:

Ladies and gentlemen, my esteemed opponent is so foolish and untrustworthy that he supported me in my last campaign! 


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  • Posted by: Randal Mandock - Feb. 23, 2012 9:37 AM ET USA

    There are many ways that Romney's Gnostic-style beliefs can come to the fore and reveal the bankruptcy of his worldview. My criticism of his candidacy for the last 5 years has been based on his deficient judgment in failing to fully explore his core belief system.

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