Would Abraham Lincoln have won re-election in the age of attack ads?

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     Would Abraham Lincoln have won reelection in the age of attack ads?

    Would Abraham Lincoln have won reelection in the age of attack ads?

    Lincoln believes America will “perish from the earth.”

    Lincoln is a tax-and-spend socialist.

    Lincoln is an atheist.

    These are claims that Lincoln’s 1864 presidential opponent, George McClellan, puts forth in a fictional ad campaign imagined by Flackcheck.org, a project of the Annenberg Center for Public Policy at the University of Pennsylvania. 

    NewsWorks Tonight Host Dave Heller spoke with Annenberg Director Kathleen Hall Jamieson about the purpose of the exercise. Listen above.

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