Mud Slinging is Nothing New
All the whining babies out there, talking about how "mean" and "dirty" our candidate's campaigning styles have become, have a look at this and get used to it. People vying for power have been talking trash about each other for decades...or rather, centuries.
While clearly more civilized than today's mud-slinging, the following :60 TV spot for JFK's 1960 campaign has a clear message: "Richard Nixon is a liar, and here's a sound bite from his boss to prove our case. We'll play it twice so you're sure to get it."