mudslinging

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mudslinging

casting malicious slurs on an opponent, esp in politics
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Avoiding negative campaigning eliminates criticism of your opponent and, if he or she is the frontrunner, it may help assure victory for that candidate.
But the SNP are convinced the most effective bit of negative campaigning they can focus on is over the NHS.
Sarwar said: "She is right to say there has been a lot of negative campaigning.
Hopefully, this will help clean up all the negative campaigning and dirty tricks that go on.
But, negative campaigning has a negative side effect; able and decent people are opting out of politics.
That's because negative campaigning has limited appeal and because--like it or not--the Christian right genuinely represents a solid minority of Americans.
According to the statement, "Neither racism, sexism, ageism, nor xenophobia is well disguised in some of these attacksOWe are particularly shocked by statements distinguishing some citizens as 'real Americans,' apparently implying that other American citizens are something less than 'real'OWe call on both the Obama-Biden Campaign and the McCain-Palin Campaign, the Republican Party and the Democratic Party, candidates for offices across the land and all who support any of these to turn away from negative campaigning, racism, sexism, and lies that separate Americans.
I'D like to thank Jane East for her reply to my concerns about the negative campaigning of the Labour Party locally.
THE "go home" vans that the Tories have introduced, not only show them as the party that relies on negative campaigning, but shows the true right-wing for what they really are.
What was achieved was a very substantial increase in the total of Tory MPs and a significant swing against Labour including the loss of seats here in Wales Before a single vote was cast, it was clear that Labour had embarked on negative campaigning, as illustrated by Labour ministers' call for tactical voting.
If we have another four or five months of this negative campaigning to endure, I'm afraid nobody will be earning my vote.
In addition, most analysts believe that most varieties of negative campaigning work, at least to some degree.