While the economy has dominated the presidential campaign, and there is a sense it will be the decisive issue in the race, both campaigns have started running more negative attack ads against each other.
NBC5 political reporter Mary Ann Ahern reported on Monday that both Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama and Republican candidate Sen. John McCain both released the ads. McCain's ad accused Obama of being dangerous, while Obama's Web site links viewers to a documentary on McCain's role in the Keating 5 financial crisis.
As much as both will probably say they don't like it and which they didn't have to do it, negative ads do work. Voters will probably see and hear much more of them, Ahern reported.
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On Saturday, GOP vice presidential candidate Gov. Sarah Palin referred to an alleged relationship with Bill Ayers, whose group, The Weather Underground, claimed credit for bombings during the Vietnam War, and 30 years later, did charity work alongside Obama.
"Our opponent is someone who sees America as imperfect enough to pal around with terrorists who targeted their own country," Palin told a rally.
Obama shot back that the comment smacked of desperation by the McCain campaign.
"That's what you do when you're out of touch, out of ideas and running out of time," Obama told a campaign crowd.
On Tuesday, the two candidates are scheduled to appear in Nashville, Tenn., for the second of three presidential debates. On Wednesday, Obama will visit Indiana on Wednesday, while McCain will visit Wisconsin on Thursday.