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The Voice - Student Newspaper

Candidates forget issues

By Kharli Mandeville
Assistant Editor

This past election season was about as scandalous as a bad reality television series. What with heated debates, rallies, attack ads, vicious name-calling and even alleged witches, one might as well have been voting for candidates off of Jersey Shore. As CBS has previously reported, this election has been "silly season", and it's been silly all the way from the far left, to the far right of the political spectrum.

When it came to attack ads this season, the attitude was of the anything goes sort. From John McCain accusing J.D. Hayworth of believing in Dracula during the Republican primaries, to New York gubernatorial candidate, Kristen Davis (D) claiming, "Vote homo, not Cuomo," when referring to her pro-gay marriage stance and her opponent Andrew Cuomo (R), many ads ranged from silly to downright ridiculous. Who can forget Florida Congressional Candidate Alan Grayson (D) deeming his opponent Daniel Webster (R), "Taliban Dan"?

Many candidates of the season have forever gained notoriety based upon shocking quotes. Delaware Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell (R), made headlines multiple times, most famously when she opened her first political ad of the general election by asserting, "I'm not a witch," (referring to an older quote claiming she had previously dabbled in witchcraft), and then again when she asked of her opponent, "Where in the Constitution is the Separation of Church and State?"

Then there was Rhode Island gubernatorial candidate Frank Caprio (D), who told President Barack Obama to, "shove it," and also Alan Grayson (D) who compared former Vice President Dick Cheney to a vampire, "because of the blood that drips from his teeth while he's talking."

Additionally, the emergence of the Tea Party coupled with angry reactions towards those who previously voted in favor of health reform has made for large-scale political dissent, and resentment toward candidates in favor of a bigger national government.

This political season has been exhausting, to say the least. With elections finally over, it will be interesting to see the possible changes headed our way, and even how the next election season pans out in comparison.

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