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The battle for Senate in New York State has been a close race between Hillary Rodham Clinton and Republican Rick A Lazio It was said to be the most unusual political contest since 1964 when Robert F Kennedy defeated Kenneth B Keating Kennedy a democrat was the attorney general from Massachusetts and he managed to wipe the floor with his republican opponent Clinton was seeking to replace Daniel Patrick Moynihan the retiring democrat while Mr Lazio saw the retirement of Mayor Giuliani as an opportunity to receive funding if he was to run for a spot in the senate Mrs Clinton the fifty-three year old first lady announced her candidacy for senator sixteen months ago at the farm of Patrick Moynihan Her running mate Rick Lazio from Long Island is the forty-two year old republican who had just finished four terms as congressmen What affect did campaign ads have on the 2000 senatorial election Negativity never reveals a positive outcome Both Clinton and Lazio had their own strategies in persuading voters A major issue in this particular election was soft money So called soft money is used by political parties and interest groups to basically bypass legalities on the limits of political fund-raising These political parties and interest groups create televised commercials radio ads and other forms of advertisements to show support and promote a specific candidate Often times these advertisements are not so much promoting a candidate as they are criticizing an opponent Mr Lazio using the soft money issue to create an identity for himself as a candidate said that soft money is the kind of money that has distorted the political process the kind of money that has kept young people from having more confidence in the political system the kind of money that is unregulated unlimited and creates a great deal of cynicism for the publicSeptember 24 2000 This being said Lazio proposed an agreement to
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