Candidates compete for the best (and saddest?) story

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    It’s political season in Pennsylvania, and you may have noticed a lot of campaign ads that focus on sad childhoods and hard luck stories.

    Play the audio above, and you can hear a sampling of the ads and a thought or two about why ads in the primary season seem to focus particularly on personal narratives.

    And, if you missed it, check out my post on the spat in the 13th Congressional District contest over who is — and isn’t — a millionaire, and who has the humblest origins.

     

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