A story appeared today on Voice of America that shows how the issue of integrity has become so crucial today that U.S. presidential candidates are now using commercial marketing tactics in their campaigns to deliberately position themselves as being the candidate with the most integrity. Consider the following excerpt (I added the bold for emphasis):

In the most recent segment of a series called "How America Elects," Voice of America’s Jeffrey Young looks at how campaigns mold and package their candidates for their White House bid. U.S. presidential candidates market to the public their personal integrity and their policy positions, much the same as selling a consumer product such as pizza or a car. It’s political marketing.

What Young is pointing out is that big-time marketing tactics are now being used to ‘package’ a candidate’s integrity in order to appeal to the public. The fact that presidential candidates are now going to these lengths shows without a doubt that the issue of integrity has dramatically risen in importance. Integrity has become one of the top voting considerations in this year’s elections.

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To read the Voice of America article in full, click HERE.