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NC could see heated presidential race

Posted January 16, 2012
Updated January 17, 2012

— Even though the presidential election is months away, a political ad attacking President Barack Obama is already running on North Carolina airwaves.

The minute-long ad, "Obama Sacrifices Pawns for Politics," is part of a $1 million statewide campaign by Americans for Prosperity, which started running the ad Monday and is expected to run it up until the president's State of the Union address next week.

Gary Pearce, a Democratic political consultant, said it's likely the first of such ads by independent, or third-party groups, that will run in the state over the next 10 months since North Carolina will be key in determining the next president.

"Get used to it. We're a battleground state," Pearce said.

The ads are already playing a role in the Republican race for the White House.

In Iowa, New Hampshire and now, South Carolina, independent groups are dominating the airwaves with little to no regulation and oversight as to the accuracy of the ads.

In Iowa, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich was knocked out as being one of the top presidential contenders once a so-called Super PAC ran an ad supporting former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.

"They're playing a huge role in South Carolina," Pearce said. "They're going to play a role here. They're here to stay."

Dallas Woodhouse, state president of Americans for Prosperity, agrees.

"There is going to be a long election cycle where there are lots of voices talking about lots of things," he said.

That number of voices is expected to only grow.

"As much political speech as we can have is good," Woodhouse said.


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  • jdupree Jan 17, 2012

    Perdue will be an anchor around Obama's neck and cost him NC!

  • DavidJonathan Jan 17, 2012

    People are going to get very tired of all these ads. The question is: who benefits from campaign burnout? Some vested interests would actually like to see a low turnout.

  • whatusay Jan 17, 2012

    American citizens living in poverty have risen 9.5% from 39,800,000 to 43,600,000, and the number of unemployed has jumped almost 25% from 11,616,000 to 14,485,000 as of August 31, 2011. The number of unemployed blacks has risen from 12.6% at the end of George Bush's term to 15.8% today, a 25.4% increase, and finally, our national debt is up 43.2% from 10.627 trillion to 15,022 trillion.
    Keep these figures in mind as we recount the number of firsts for this presidency:

  • whatusay Jan 17, 2012

    Mr. Hope and Change wants to create a nation humbled; humiliated, casting-aside capitalism and individual freedoms for one where we the people are government controlled. This would be a system that genuflects mediocrity, steals personal aspiration and opportunity, and punishes those who strive to succeed.A gallon of regular gasoline the day Obama was inaugurated was $1.79 on average in the U.S. Today that price is $3.59, a 100.6% increase. The number of food stamp recipients has risen since Obama took office from 31,983,716 to 43,200,878, a 35.1% jump. Long term unemployment soared 146.2% during the same 34 month period from 2,600,000 to 6,400,000. Staggering hope and change isn't it?

  • whatusay Jan 17, 2012

    First President to apply for college aid as a foreign student, then deny he was a foreigner.First President to have a social security number from a state he has never lived in.First President to preside over a cut to the credit rating of the United States.First President to be held in contempt of court for illegally obstructing oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico. First President to require all Americans to purchase a product from a third party.

    First President to spend a trillion dollars on shovel-ready jobs that never existed.First President to abrogate bankruptcy law to turn over control of companies to his union supporters.
    First President to by-pass Congress and implement the Dream Act through executive fiat.First President to order a secret amnesty program that stopped the deportation of illegal immigrants across the U.S., including those with criminal convictions.First President to demand a company hand-over $20 billion to one of his political appointees

  • whatusay Jan 17, 2012

    Obama...."First President to encourage racial discrimination and intimidation at polling places.First President to have a law signed by an auto-pen without being present.First President to arbitrarily declare an existing law unconstitutional and refuse to enforce it.First President to file lawsuits against the states he swore an oath to protect (AZ, WI, OH, IN).First President to withdraw an existing coal permit that had been properly issued years ago. President to hide his medical, educational and travel records.First President to keep a dog trainer on retainer for $102,000.00 a year at taxpayer expense.First President to repeat the Holy Qur'an tells us, and openly admit the early morning call of the Azan (Islamic call to worship) is the most beautiful sound on earth.Remember that 34 months of Obama we the people have accumulated national debt at a rate more than 27 times as fast as during the rest of our nation's entire history. Many more first's for Obama, but none good fr the US.

  • WakeForestLiving Jan 17, 2012

    I don't think Beverly Perdue wil win thew Democratic primary

  • WakeForestLiving Jan 17, 2012

    Obama has been an absolute failure. Many Democrats and African Americans are now saying that they made a huge mistake. I like him as a person, but he is not presidential material.

  • wildcat Jan 17, 2012

    this country survive any president for 2 terms.


  • wildcat Jan 17, 2012

    Will not matter to me or my family. We are still going to vote for President Obama. No one right now can sit in that seat. PERIOD!