Would political ads be different if politicians had to voice them?

Earlier this week Meg Whitman added a bit more of her own money to her campaign war chest and became the “biggest ever campaign self-spender,” according to the Sacramento Bee.

Personally, I’m not opposed to someone spending their own money to be elected to office.  What I am opposed to is where the money is going.  I’m being over-run with negative TV ads for the California governor and Senate races.  It’s not just one party doing it, both are responsible.  The ads this election cycle seem to be reaching further and further from substance and seem to be going out of their way to make fun of the opposing candidates.

I think I might have a solution.  We’re all familiar with the taglines in the candidates’ voice that appears at the end of all television and radio political ads, saying their name and that they “approved this message.”  What if all campaign ad voice overs had to be in the candidates voice? If that were the case do you think the Whitman and Brown campaigns respectively would have distributed the ads below?  Would you be able to vote for someone if you heard them saying the things contained in these ads?  I wouldn’t.

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