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USA | Mitt Romney tog hem New Hampshire med 39,3 %. På andra plats Ron Paul (22,9 %) och på tredje plats Jon Huntsman (16,9 %).

Romney blev därmed historisk. Han är den förste republikanske presidentkandidaten som inte innehar presidentämbetet – ”non-incumbent – som ändå lyckats vinna både Iowa och New Hampshire.

Och nu börjar kriget om South Carolina.

I artikeln ”Ads bombard South Carolina airwaves ahead of primary” har Alana Semuels i Los Angeles Times tagit sig en titt på den positiva och negativa politisk reklam – inte minst kampanj videos – som väljarna möts av.

När det gäller s.k. ”attack ads” skriver Semuels:

Romney’s super PAC, Restore our Future, is repeating an anti-Newt Gingrich ad that also ran in Iowa, which begins, “Ever notice how some people make a lot of mistakes?” and goes on to detail Gingrich’s “mistakes,” such as working with Nancy Pelosi and attacking Mitt Romney. Anti-Gingrich ads helped dampen support for the candidate in Iowa, where he finished in a disappointing fourth place.

Newt Gingrich is running a new ad, “Changed?” released Tuesday, that criticizes Romney’s abortion policies when he became Massachusetts governor. Starting with a still of Romney’s face, it asks what happened after Romney changed his position to oppose abortion rights, then accuses him of appointing a judge in favor of abortion rights, expanding access to abortion pills and signing a healthcare bill with government-funded abortions. “Massachusetts moderate Mitt Romney. He can’t be trusted,” the ad concludes.

An ad paid for by Ron Paul attacks Rick Santorum as a corrupt free spender who opposed a right-to-work act and voted to raise the debt ceiling. In colors of black, white and red, it quotes criticism of Santorum from newspapers such as the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, saying that Santorum has “a record of betrayal.” It accuses him of collaborating with union leaders and being one of the “most corrupt” members of Congress.

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IOWA | Mitt Romney vinner sannolikt den 3 januari i Iowa. Trots detta har han till största delen lyckats undvika att bli utsatt för negativa attacker.

Övriga kandidater är inte lika lyckligt lottade. Både Newt Gingrich och Ron Paul är ständiga måltavlor. Och när det gäller Gingrich har attackerna gett effekt.

Adam Sorensen, på bloggen The Swampland, skriver:

Romney now leads the pack with support from 25% of likely Iowa caucus-goers, while Paul boasts 22%, both posting a five-point gain since early December. While Romney’s lead in Iowa is tenuous, his continued strength across the board raises the possibility that the establishment front-runner could win his party’s nomination in a clean sweep.

Bolstering that possibility is the collapse of former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, who led in Iowa with 33% less than a month ago, but has seen his front-runner status disintegrate under a torrent of negative advertising and now claims just 14% support.

Och om videon “Whoops” har Steven Yaccino på The Caucus följande att förtälja:

In early December, Restore Our Future, the pro-Romney group that put out the commercial, announced a $3.1 million ad campaign in Iowa. Reports say the group will spend $450,000 on the “Whoops” spot in the state before the caucuses on Jan. 3.

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Restore Our Future has also purchased a total of $1 million in advertising time in other early primary states like South Carolina and Florida — yet another sign of the fight Mr. Gingrich has ahead of him.

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ATTACK | Att vara republikanernas toppkandidat innebär automatiskt att man också blir måltavla för politiska motståndare.

Restore Our Future, en s.k. ”super PAC”, har ihärdigt angripit Gingrich.

Michael D. Shear, The New York Times, skriver:

The independent “super PAC” supporting Mitt Romney’s campaign, which has run some of the most brutal attack ads against Mr. Gingrich, has said it will stop broadcasting them on Saturday and Sunday, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

But the reprieve will be short-lived for Mr. Gingrich, whose campaign of “ideas” has been largely sidetracked for days as he attempts to push back against the relentless barrage of attacks against him. The ads are expected to return in force on Monday.

For Mr. Gingrich, the ads have all but consumed his campaign. Rather than talk about the economy, the president or any of his ideas, Mr. Gingrich has spent days urging Mr. Romney and his other rivals to mount a positive campaign.

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Most of the negative advertisements this year [enligt Tim Albrecht, talesperson för guvernör Terry E. Branstad i Iowa] are offered by super PACs, which are not required to identify themselves as supporting a particular candidate. In the case of the group that has done the most to attack Mr. Gingrich, it calls itself only Restore Our Future, never mentioning Mr. Romney’s name.

“There is no name associated with putting that negative ad out there,” Mr. Albrecht said. “These super PACs have concealed the names of the candidates.”

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