Romney Camps Attacks Negative Ads With…A Negative Ad
KultureKritic.com Staff Writer
The laugh-o-meter against the Mitt Romney presidential campaign meter is at an all-time high after the White House wannabe issued his latest set of ads designed to go after President Obama. The funny thing about the ads is that while Romney attacks Obama for negative campaign ads, he is using negative ads himself. That’s the Mitt Romney way of saying, “What you did to me was unacceptable, but I’d be doing the same thing if I were as good at it as you.”
“It seems like a lifetime ago that candidate Obama was talking about hope and change. Today, after four years of broken promises, President Obama is left to simply run ‘negative’ and ‘inaccurate’ ads,” Romney’s team said in a statement.
The ad starts with an interview between Bob Schieffer and Obama senior adviser David Axelrod, asking: “Whatever happened to hope and change? Now it seems he’s just coming right out of the box with these old-fashioned, negative ads.”
Schieffer said that the Romney team never asked his permission to use him in the clip.
“That was a question that I posed to David Axelrod for the president’s campaign manager. I wasn’t stating something there. I was asking somebody else a question,” Schieffer said.
Mark Halperin, the one who called President Obama a “d*ck” on MSNBC, is seen saying, “Barack Obama’s campaign and allies will run more negative ads against this Republican nominee, in 2012, than have ever been run in the history of the world.”
But even Halperin said that he was not happy with the ads. ”I am extremely uncomfortable with the use of my personal image in this political ad…I do not want my role as a journalist compromised for political gain by any campaign,” he said on Twitter.
Axelrod had some things to say about the Romney camp allegations. He said that Romney has been every bit as negative as Obama and actually even more so.
“Ninety percent of the ads that have been run by Romney and his allies since March have been negative and aimed at the president, so I think it’s a mistake to say that our advertising has somehow been more negative,” Axelrod said.
The Romney campaign is not the only side releasing negative ads. The Obama campaign just released an ad with Romney singing “America the beautiful,” while showing all the countries that he has shipped jobs to or kept pieces of his financial portfolio. The Romney campaign has refused to release his latest set of tax returns, largely because they would likely show significant holdings in offshore bank accounts.
“Mitt Romney can continue to run ads bemoaning serious questions about his career as a corporate buyout specialist, but he can’t run from his record of leading investments in companies that were ‘pioneers’ in outsourcing and investing in foreign tax havens and offshore accounts,” said Liz Smith, a spokeswoman for the Obama camapign. “It’s time for him to come clean about his involvement at Bain Capital from 1999 to 2002 and follow decades of precedent set by his own father and release additional tax returns.”
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