An 8-year-old admonishes North Carolina candidates running for Senate because they are only showcasing “mean” ads without any offers to actually help the people. Carson Park of Raleigh has become a hit sensation online this week for her direct message to the political aspirants to stop spending money on negative TV announcements. CNN News shares this Friday, October 31, 2014, that in the eyes of a child, the ongoing Senate battle back and forth is not doing our government or nation any good.
As featured in a now viral video (which can be viewed here via WPTV), an 8-year-old admonishes North Carolina candidates for wasting the public’s time and money. Having apparently been inundated with many commercials between Senate runners, a young girl by the name of Carson Park is taking a stand. And with over $100 million being devoted to these negative ad campaigns on TV, it’s about time, Carson says.
The outspoken third-grader from Raleigh took to social media this week to read a letter she wrote for Sen. Kay Hagan, a Democrat, as well as House Speaker Thom Tillis, the Republican challenger this 2014. The 8-year-old’s main goal through her strongly worded letter? To please stop with the “mean” ads and instead allocate their resources to better endeavors, like helping the American people.
“Why aren’t you talking about ways that you will help us?” asks Carson through her writing. “All I hear is your ads where you say mean things about each other.”
According to WPTV News, the harsh and unhelpful ads are not only detrimental to the candidates, but do nothing to actually inform voters about their own policies or goals. In a statement to a CNN affiliate, the young girl admonishes these contenders for the Senate seat, saying that based on their commercials alone, “you don’t know what they’re really like.”
As of this Halloween Friday, Rep. candidate Tillis and Dem. Hagan are narrowly locked in the polls. North Carolina remains one of the closest political races. As cited in the press release, the winner of this heated struggle will be an important one. The state’s race may play a vital role in Republicans’ continued goal to maintain a minimum of six seats and hold control of the Senate.
As this 8-year-old admonishes the North Carolina candidates, it does bring a very adult problem from a child’s perspective. How much money is being spent on ads for these campaigns? It seems that spending in the race has just surpassed $100 million this week; nearly $75 million of that money has come from external groups, standing as the most expensive Senate race this 2014. Perhaps these political leaders should take a note out of Carson Park’s notebook and focus on the issues, not being “mean” to one another.