Joseph Cummins explains why presidential politics has always been kind of dirty

Author Joseph Cummins‘ new book traces the various ways in which American elections have been influenced through chicanery. He joins Coy Barefoot on WINA’s “Charlottesville–Right Now!” to discuss Anything for a Vote: Dirty Tricks, Cheap Shots and October Surprises in U.S. Presidential Election Campaigns. After the 2004 campaign and the “Swift-boating” of Senator John Kerry, Cummins said he wanted to write a book that describes some of the country’s least flattering examples of democracy, and the result is a year-by-year catalog of various dirty tricks that have helped elect our presidents – from both parties.

Some fun insults are used in this interview: hermaphrodite, atheist, and “lady of the night.”