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Politics still dirty business

August 13, 2012
The Leader Herald

Politics is a filthy business. New technology provides the mud slingers added opportunities to ply their disgusting trade, as a news story from Ohio illustrates.

In a story datelined from Cincinnati, The Associated Press reported that President Barack Obama's campaign was using the Internet to solicit stories about Sens. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, and Marco Rubio, R-Fla. Both men were considered potential running mates for Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, who ended up tapping Paul Ryan for the role.

In Ohio, a website form seeks "need to know" information about Portman. In Florida, a site asks for the "good, bad and ugly" on Rubio.

Count on anything good about the senators being consigned to a computer trash bin. Clearly, the idea was to dig up dirt about Portman and Rubio.

Technology brings many benefits to our lives. What a shame it is being used in the slimy end of politics.



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