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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! 


Phil Lawler has been a Catholic journalist for more than 30 years. He has edited several Catholic magazines and written eight books. Founder of Catholic World News, he is the news director and lead analyst at See full bio.

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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.