Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Vote McGovern! (Plus every other presidential campaign commercial)

Posted By on Wed, Sep 12, 2012 at 11:25 AM


I don't care who you are or how much you geek out on politics, the last 60 days before an election can be a little tough to handle. With Tester/Rehberg dominating the local airwaves (and pages), and Gillan/Daines starting to heat up, and the presidential campaigns in full swing following the conventions, we all need a little breather and perhaps some perspective.

The Living Room Candidate provides plenty of both without letting you stick your head in the sand.

Specifically, the site offers presidential campaign commercials dating from 1952 all the way to 2008. That means you can see when western Montana resident and former Democratic candidate George McGovern went negative against Nixon in 1972 (below), or the famous Willie Horton ad that helped bury Michael Dukakis in 1988. The Kennedy ads from 1960 will have you wishing all campaigns would be so cheerful (the second video), while the Dwight D. Eisenhower's commercials in 1952 will remind you more of superhero cartoons (also the second video) than mudslinging.

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