Romney First Tv Ad – Romney launches first TV campaign ad aimed at President Obama.
Democrats are pushing back on his new endorsement which distorts what Obama is saying in a 2008 campaign.
The first endorsement this season from the GOP presidential hopeful, which begins running today as Obama visits New Hampshire, quotes then-candidate Obama as saying: “If we keep talking about the economy, we’re going to lose.”
What the tv endorsement doesn’t say is that Obama is quoting an adviser to Arizona Sen. John McCain, the 2008 GOP presidential nominee. The former governor of Massachusetts campaign says the quote was intentionally used, and acknowledges the reference to McCain in a news release and e-mail to supporters sent out Monday night.
“Three years ago, candidate Barack Obama mocked his opponent’s campaign for saying ‘If we keep talking about the economy, we’re going to lose,’ ” says the hopeful communications director Gail Gitcho. “Now, the tables have turned … President Obama and his team don’t want to talk about the economy and have tried to distract voters from his abysmal economic record.”
Ben LaBolt, a spokesman for Obama’s re-election campaign, is quoted in The Washington Post as saying the Romney spot is “a deceitful and dishonest attack.” The Democratic National Committee says the 60-second spot “continues a pattern of dishonesty and a lack of credibility on issues that matter to the American people.”
What’s clear is this endorsement and accompanying activities today in New Hampshire signal a new phase in the politicians White House bid, in which the former Massachusetts governor attacks Obama even harder than he’s been doing all year.
“Game on,” the Romney campaign says. Hopefully, this first ad is not a sign of thing to come.