Road to the White House: Deep Mud Ahead

After upbeat conventions, Romney and Obama will stick to attacks.

Don’t be fooled by the positive mood that prevailed at the Republican convention in Tampa, Fla., and will continue at the Democratic convention up next in Charlotte, N.C.

The route from here to Election Day will mostly follow the low road. Both campaigns will spend millions of dollars on television advertising, and super PACs will throw in millions more on behalf of either GOP challenger Mitt Romney or President Barack Obama. You can bet the farm that most of that money will be spent tearing down the other guy, not building up a particular candidate or his party.

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David Morris
Deputy Managing Editor, The Kiplinger Letter
Morris has covered every presidential election since 1984 and has been based in Washington since 1994. Before joining Kiplinger in 2010, he directed exit polling operations for The Associated Press, was chief White House correspondent for Bloomberg News and was managing editor and executive editor of National Journal's CongressDaily. He was also assistant director of the polling unit for ABC News, worked for three Pennsylvania newspapers and directed AP's bureau in Sacramento, Cal.