Lincoln Campaign & Anti-McClellan Super PAC

By the election year of 1864, the nation had been at war with itself for three years – and divided for much longer. Although the Union struggled early on, key military victories and the inclusion of Andrew Johnson–a Southern Democrat–on the ticket propelled President Lincoln’s reelection campaign. He was no longer running simply as a Republican, but as a member of the National Union Party.

Many Republicans and pro-Lincoln supporters who made up the National Union Party were quick to paint the Democrats as traitors and Confederate sympathizers. And when George B. McClellan, who had served as major general for the Union, became the Democrats’ presidential nominee in 1864, he, too, was targeted.

FlackCheck.org looks at how Lincoln’s ad campaign might have been run if today’s technology existed in 1864 and imagines how both Lincoln’s soaring oratory and less-than-flattering quotes from McClellan would be featured.

Just Words

Gen. McClellan said that he "could become dictator." Is that what America wants?
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Own words

President Lincoln makes his case for a second term in his own words: "Let us strive on to finish the work we are in…"
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Unfit

Unfit to command an army. Unfit to lead a nation.
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Battle Hymn

"September 2, 1864: After a long summer siege, Atlanta surrenders to General Sherman. President Lincoln never doubted this day would come…"
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Leading from the rear?

"It's considered generally that McClellan has been completely outwitted..." Abraham Lincoln's campaign asks whether we can afford to have a President who leads "from the rear."
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McPoleon

Who will stand tall for the Union?
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Pro-Lincoln super PAC ‘Steam Boat Veterans for Truth’ attacks McClellan’s Military Service Record.

After standing by silently for five months as their beloved president Lincoln was savaged by FlackCheck.org's McClellan campaign, Steam Boat Veterans for Truth have risen up to reveal what those who served under General George McClellan thought of his leadership. This ad responds to what its creators see as the shameful Logrollers for Truth attack on Lincoln posted by shadowy McClellan supporters last week.
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