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September 21st, 2010
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Political Theater: New Dem ad takes on Republican over 17th Amendment

In today's installment of AC360°'s Political Theater, Tom Foreman is taking a close look at a new ad out from the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.

Here’s the script for "Different," the DSCC's new ad about Colorado Republican Ken Buck's views on the 17th Amendment to the Constitution:

Narrator: "For nearly one hundred years, we the people have picked our Senators."

Narrator: "But Ken Buck proposed a radically different idea. Buck said he wanted to rewrite the Constitution to let state legislators pick our Senators instead of voters."

Narrator: "That’s right. Ken Buck actually proposed ending our right to vote for our own Senators."

Narrator: "Rewriting the constitution? Ending our right to vote? Ken Buck's just too extreme for Colorado."

Narrator: "The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee is responsible for the content of this advertising."

Take a look at the ad's claims and then render your own verdict in the comments section below. You have 4 choices: “Right on,” “It’s a stretch,” “Tall tale,” or “Big fat lie.” Be brief but please give us the evidence in support of your verdict. And two more things: CNN’s comment policy applies and be responsive to our request for help; only submit comments that will help us fact check the ad.

Earlier in Political Theater: Dueling ads in Delaware


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  1. William Courtland

    So here is a take of my advertisement against the party system.

    Narrator: The party system is found to be the greatest corruptive base in America...

    Narrator: Found is that Trey Parker and Matt Stone would if given the Constitution and asked to define the role of A Senator so taken from it: then asked to fulfill that role after being voted in without the assistance or first corruption of the party system.

    That understanding the basic principles of a Senate as taken from the example of the house of Lords, Rome, and Athens: that they would do more good, get more accomplished, and do such more correctly than all the current senators sitting in the house today so found belonging to a party.

    The two have a politically-bias background, have little fear of conventional expectations, and thus are perfect to define the purpose of the Senate again: because they would not screw arround if given such responsibility: even considered as the Clowns of Hollywood they are..

    Narrator says: if you are going to elect clowns who live life like it is a party: you best elect those who would at least do it in a way which defies the corruptions known today in a way which would prove that at least those who accept themselves as clowns can be released to do and achieve much greater than a stuffy shirt old person who is afraid of making the whole party look bad for his remark or suggestion.

    They belonging to no corporation but their own... Free and able... So long as the occult does not get involved...

    September 21, 2010 at 6:39 pm |
  2. David Smith

    Apparently Democrats forgot that obama wants to rewrite our national Constitution. Or, wait. Maybe they didn't forget. Maybe they just left that out. Maryland Democrats are trying to rewrite MD's Constitution, also. It seems the Democrats have the term "Constitutional Convention" flying around all over the country. And, since the Constitution is sacred to true Republicans, this Buck dude is either a Democrat running as a Republican, or this ad is typical liberal B.S. (most likely the latter)

    September 21, 2010 at 6:38 pm |
  3. William Courtland

    Huh?

    But the party nominates the Senators for the people to pick... the Party in office in the State accepts those nominations as based on an affiliated party...

    It is like the tea party issue... 'The people of America want change', 'they want no taxes and all the liberties to sin and not be at fault'

    The government is not a tool to provide for the people: it is a tool to govern the people with justice and equal liberty for all.

    The Tea party exists because a problem with the government exists... But the Tea party solution is to fix the problem with the same corruption method which started the problem in the firstplace...

    A Senator should be a person of global business or be found expanding global culture... The creators of Apple spring to mind, or a CEO of a videogame company... A person who pulled a failing company back from the brink... A person who has accomplishments far greater than most others: has character that most would trust just due to the honesty they gave in the works they did.

    The party elects puppets of lobbiests. Without the lobbiests these party elect puppets have no greater opinions...

    The party is a fake method in government: it replaced the idea of one nation under god, so found indivisiable: yet has been devided into parties of different forms... The parties themselves the corruption to government. The people elected not those you truly want running government, and so they perpetuate themselves and the oppress the very thing they want to corrupt... The Treasury of America now robbed: the party system must give a response for who was in control of the treasury to drive it so far into debt...

    The economy failing for many reasons: but the party system in government is the main reason for this problem. While those of the nation go unprotected verses equality: the few who gain election are dominated by a sworn fealty to the party system: a direct violation to the oath of office taken by a member of Congress so to serve the President... they not serving the Administration: while the President and Vice Presidents of the Party system re-inforce the off correctness of that jacobin idiocy holding power over office...

    The Tea party has no direction: thus will only contribute to the foolishness and violations of the party method... It will elect moronic figure heads who just take up the reigns and drive their own name before that of a Nation called the US of A... Palin gains because the party created her and she has the freedom to seek such power in the and by petting peoples first intent then warping it to receive party whoreships from those turned people who are still blind to see a justified truth founded by great men more than 250 years ago...

    September 21, 2010 at 6:27 pm |
  4. Ziggy

    How can we make a judgement without actual facts? Try being JOURNALISTS and telling us the facts behind the ad's claims.

    September 21, 2010 at 5:59 pm |
  5. Karen

    "Don't ask-Don't tell"? To all who are opposed, I suggest that we require that they serve at least 2 years fighting in Afghanistan. I won't ask you but I'll tell you!

    September 21, 2010 at 5:47 pm |
  6. Steven in Denver

    As one who realizes that "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" undermines civil liberties and our claim to be an "exceptional" country in our practice of freedom of thought, etc., I am disappointed in the Senate's failure to move forward with its repeal. As an anti-war proponent, however, the silver lining is that anyone (even a "straight" person) who wants to get out of military conscription still has a "get out free" card: just "tell" that you might consider intra-gender romance, then later report getting "cured" so you'll be a hero to the political right.

    September 21, 2010 at 3:36 pm |
  7. Liz Carter of Georgia

    Furthermore, how would it make a difference? If 'we the people' voted them in or if they were selected by state legislators, they'd still end up in WASHINGTON, with a greater possibility becoming 'corrupt'! It would be worse if state legislators sent them because, our state legislators are corrupt as it is; and that would only widen the 'stretch' of the sesspool of thievery! WILLIE LYNCH WILL BE PROMISING JIM CROWE, 'WHEN YOU GET UP THERE, IF YOU SCRATCH MY BACK, I'LL SCRATCH YOURS'! GREED=RECESSION!! GEEEZ

    September 21, 2010 at 3:23 pm |