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12/5/2012 9:55:00 PM
Letter: Obama made highest bid for White House

EDITOR:

In response to Debby Lietz's letter on Nov. 20, that Romney could not buy the White House with $400 million spent on his campaign. Well, per the New York Times, Obama and Democrats raised and spent $1.06 billion on Obama's campaign. The New York Times reported the Romney and Republicans raised and spent $954 million on Romney's campaign. Now who bought the White House?

Don Mansfield

Prescott



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Posted: Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Article comment by: OBAMA is good at what he does:

Intimidation, promises and lies. This approach got him his re-election, nothing else. He's good at what he does, a corrupt Chicago lawyer.

Posted: Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Article comment by: J.K.

To all you who donated to the "grass roots" Super PAC. Dick Armey stepped down from leadership. One of the "grass roots" contributor paid his 8 million dollar golden parachute retirement package. In addition, all that donated paid staffers to assist Armey in writing his book.
N short. You tea partiers have been had.


Posted: Saturday, December 08, 2012
Article comment by: Attentive Listener

Moving into Stage 2, Hokas? Congratulations. You'll get there.

Posted: Saturday, December 08, 2012
Article comment by: Hokas Pokas

I concede. Obama won.

He won simply because he promised to give away more stuff. Obama voters only showed their true colors: they are not interested in the fate of the country, but only their own selfish interests.


Posted: Friday, December 07, 2012
Article comment by: Attentive Listener

The Grief Cycle: 1. Denial 2. Anger 3. Bargaining 4. Depression 5. Acceptance

Most of you seem stuck in phase 1: denial. We read letter after letter explaining how somehow, Obama didn't really win the election. He cheated, maybe. Or somehow, the people who voted for him aren't really Americans, or maybe they are delusional and will be proven wrong. Or the media did it.

It's hard to cope with, but you got your butts handed to you because your platform was garbage. It was mostly based on things that aren't true, and the American people didn't go for it (and claiming at this point that fact-checking is a liberal conspiracy does NOT help your case).

It will take time to accept, but some of the things you believed about the world are not true and you need to let go of them and move on, or watch the world move on without you.


Posted: Friday, December 07, 2012
Article comment by: Obama Already Knew

Like JFK, who was elected by "corrupted officials" , it was alreadt predicted that he won the presidency, same with Obama. He made a statement that "when I get re-elected", he already knew that it was in the cards. Money and corruption go together.

Posted: Friday, December 07, 2012
Article comment by: Blame The Liberal Media

Not only did the Obama administration exaggerate and lie and cover-up, but the liberal media did a great job with the lies also, expecially the cable news and talk shows. Newspapers leaning to the left and all the welfare recipients got their man elected for a second term, Now, let's sit back and watch the downfall of this country.

Posted: Thursday, December 06, 2012
Article comment by: Preskitt local

"Obama won due to lies and deception."

I'd have to agree. The Romney campaign and supporters peddled so many lies and position reversals that I couldn't even figure out what their platform really was. There's no way I was going to vote for that!


Posted: Thursday, December 06, 2012
Article comment by: Don Golen

I'm not sure where your numbers come from. I've been trying to precisely quantify the money spent on this election and frankly no two sources are the same. Near as I can tell the two sides spent about the same on the election though more than one reference has stated that Obama slightly outspent his Republican counterpart. When all the pacs and superpacs are factored in there are estimates of upwards of 6 billion total spent. The numbers are so close that I don't think you can really say one side or the other was able to buy this election. It would appear that the Obama campaign was more shrewd in how they distributed their campaign dollars (which will, hopefully, be a good sign on how he handles our economy) in that the democrats bought up desired tv timeslots early thus reducing cost compared to their Republican counterparts by as much as 75%. They also put more funding into modernizing their "groundgame" effectively which also paid off. For my part, I think the amount spent by the candidates, their parties and the pacs and superpacs is obscene and there clearly needs to be some campaign reform to reign it all in (and give us all a break from the incessant advertising) but i'm not holding my breath for that one.

Posted: Thursday, December 06, 2012
Article comment by: The Downfall Of America

Obama was "sponsored" by the unions, minorities, rich Democrats and his rich, white, male friends, and the Hollywood elite. Also, the liberal media did a great job of BSing and cover-ups for him too. Put this together and what do you have=a corrupt administration who doesn't work for the middle-class but only for their own greedy needs.

Posted: Thursday, December 06, 2012
Article comment by: The Downfall Of America

Obama was "sponsored" by the unions, minorities, rich Democrats and his rich, white, male friends, and the Hollywood elite. Also, the liberal media did a great job of BSing and cover-ups for him too. Put this together and what do you have=a corrupt administration who doesn't work for the middle-class but only for their own greedy needs.

Posted: Thursday, December 06, 2012
Article comment by: Sheesh Deluxe

Obama won because more people voted for him.

Posted: Thursday, December 06, 2012
Article comment by: Husama Won

Because the Democraps always pander to the people who think their is something for nothing. Maybe the only ones that should be allowed to vote should be people that have jobs. That way you eliminate the ones from voting who think my money should pay their way in life. Was a time you had to be a property owner to vote Maybe the old ways are the best ways

Posted: Thursday, December 06, 2012
Article comment by: Hokas Pokas

Thank you, Mr. Mansfield, for pointing out the facts of the situation.

The naive deniers and ignorant among us, who tend to be the folks that voted for the current occupant of the White House, consistently support a solution to this "problem" of more government rules and regulations, more government intrusion in our lives and more restrictions of the freedom and liberty of the people.

Politics IS about money. Money always has been, and will always continue to be, involved in politics. No rule or law will eliminate it. It will only force the money underground and only those who are foolish enough to believe that some beauracrat in D.C. is looking out for them will feel protected.

To reduce influence peddling in government we must reduce the influence of government.


Posted: Thursday, December 06, 2012
Article comment by: Whats What

Obama won due to lies and deception.

Posted: Thursday, December 06, 2012
Article comment by: Hooty Hoo

Obama outspent McCain 3:1 in 2008. Presidential elections are mostly about advertising. Mostly about minorities voting. Very little about working white people's votes. Those are largely already determinined. Presidential elections are mostly NOT about issues that we talk about here. They are about boots on the ground and getting minorities to register and to vote. And advertising.

Posted: Thursday, December 06, 2012
Article comment by: Peter, Yavapai County

Wrong, Don. The NYT reports that the Obama campaign spent $853 million while the Romney campaign spent $752 million. Total spending by BOTH campaigns was $1.605 billion ($1605 million).

But Romney was correct, in the end, 47% voted for him. (Something tells me that the result would have been exactly the same had NO money been spent on the campaign by anyone.)


Posted: Thursday, December 06, 2012
Article comment by: James Madison

Von Deck: Watch out! I totally agree with you.

Posted: Thursday, December 06, 2012
Article comment by: Money In, Requires Quid Pro Quo Out

Sheldon Adelson, you remember, the multi-billionaire casino magnate who vowed to spend as much money as needed to defeat President Obama and buy Republican control of the congress? For a casino owner, he is not very good at picking winners! He is currently in Washington DC cashing in his chips! Can you spell Quid Pro Quo? How many chips did he buy using Karl Rove's-funded Crossroads GPS and Koch brothers Super Pacs? ONE HUNDRED AND FIFTY MILLION DOLLARS!!! What influence did this one person, want to buy for himself? It seems that there are a couple of federal investigations regarding massive money laundering and other illegal activities that he would like to have the government investigators take a pass on! That is just the beginning! Stay tuned and keep alert regarding this one. Get all money out of politics the sooner the better.


Posted: Thursday, December 06, 2012
Article comment by: With 47 Percent more Compassion !

Yeah, we stole it fair and square. It only cost me a $400 bucks donation. But somehow I've gotten that $150 million feeling, a peace of mind that the Bush crew was not coming back. For a while, the Republican candidate was sucking the color out of the environment, like in N. Korea. It's all in color again.

Posted: Thursday, December 06, 2012
Article comment by: Tom Von Deck

The Obama Romney duo was bought well before election day.



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