Iowans say "enough" with presidential campaign ads
Mon, 05 Nov 2012 22:48:54 GMT —
The countdown to the 2012 presidential election is in its final hours.
While presidential candidates wrap up their final campaign stops, their political ads continue to hit hard across the battleground states. More than $71 million worth of ads have pounded the state of Iowa and its residents say they've had enough.
"The money that they spend ... when you hear the billions and millions, it's just really sad because there's people without jobs and people struggling on the streets because of the economy," Angie Stinson, a Keokuk resident said.
Stinson's concerns echo throughout the Keokuk area. No matter the party, residents say enough is enough with the ads.
"I don't care about the campaign ads, because I think it's just a way for them to make money and we need the money. They could be putting that money back for us," Ryan Schwartz said.
With hours to go before the polls officially open, campaigns haven't backed down. In fact, many people around town say the political calls are getting worse.
"I can't imagine there are many people who don't know who they're voting for, or at least leaning to," Wayne Boltz, a decided voter said.
Many people question the effectiveness of the signs lining the yards, the back-to-back ads on television and the stack of brochures in the mail.
"To tell you the truth, I get so many of them, I just discard them," Boltz said.
"Everybody probably decided last month who they were going to vote for. Nothing's changed since then," Schwartz said.
"I'm just totally burned out with the phone calls, Facebook, the mail. We all know who's running and we all know who we're going to vote for and if we could just leave it at that until the actual election day ... and when the president is elected, no matter who it is, that is going to be our president," Stinson said.
They may not vote the same, but these Iowans can agree on one thing. Tuesday couldn't come soon enough.
"This has been a real long campaign. Speaking for myself and a lot of other people in this country, I'm sure after tomorrow, we'll be relieved to have it all over with," Boltz said.