Obama, Romney attack ads meek compared mud-slinging of yore

In recent weeks, the gloves have come off in the U.S. presidential election, revealing — nasty attack ads? Vacuity? Dishonesty? Or just more gloves? Compare 2012’s gentle hints about inability to understand the private sector or reluctance to pay high taxes with this blast at the Democratic candidate in 1828: “General Jackson’s mother was a common prostitute brought to this country by British soldiers. She afterward married a mulatto with whom she had many children, of whom Gen. Jackson is one.”

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