Extreme heights of dishonesty involved with the US Elections
‘Dishonesty reaching extreme heights in US elections’
Sat Sep 1, 2012 4:56PM GMT
Both candidates competing for U.S. presidency are hiding their real agenda from the American people in order to garner their votes, says Kevin Zeese, executive director of Voters for Peace.
“Dishonesty has been part of U.S. elections for a long time. But this seems to be reaching extreme heights again,” Zeese, said in a phone interview with Press TV’s U.S. Desk on Saturday.
“I think the major reason you see this is because if both candidates told the truth about what they are going to do, no one would want to vote for them,” he added.
“Both candidates, in the end, are going to be threatening Social Security and Medicare. Both candidates are going to be threatening Syria and Iran. Neither candidate wants to get out of Afghanistan. They both want to surround China and Russia,” he went on to explain.
“It’s an agenda that people do not support”, said Zeese, adding that’s why “they choose instead to play with little falsehood games about each other” in order to keep the American people away from “what is really happening in our country.”
The New York Times reports of widespread distortion of facts by both Obama and Romney campaigns. Both campaigns are dismissive of fact-checkers and their misleading statements in speeches and television advertisements “have raised new questions about whether the political culture holds any penalty for falsehood,” according to the report.
Brooks Jackson, the director of FactCheck.org, a project of the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania, said that at various points this year both sides have blithely gone on repeating statements that were found false, according to the Times. “They don’t care,” Jackson said, “because it gets votes.”