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Team Romney Spins Obama’s Words in First Ad

Posted on Nov 22, 2011

For its first official foray into the Campaign 2012 TV ad space, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s publicity team decided to take a phrase Barack Obama once used as a quotation clearly sourced to someone else and attribute it to Obama himself. But relax everyone, it was on purpose!

The phrase was actually generated by an aide to 2008 GOP hopeful John McCain. When Romney’s camp was busted by Politico and CBS, among other news sources, the result was a dazzling display of political rhetoric that, true to form, made little sense upon close inspection. The ad itself is posted below the excerpt here.  —KA

“Political Hotsheet” at CBS News:

In the ad, which goes up Tuesday in New Hampshire, Mr. Obama is heard saying “if we keep talking about the economy, we’re going to lose.”

But when Mr. Obama made that statement, he was actually quoting an aide to John McCain, his 2008 rival for the presidency. “Senator McCain’s campaign actually said, and I quote, if we keep talking about the economy, we’re going to lose,” Mr. Obama said.

In an email to Politico, the Romney camp said it used the out-of-context quote “intentionally.”

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By Outraged, November 22, 2011 at 10:45 pm Link to this comment

Mitt Romney in HIS OWN WORDS

I knew it was coming but that was fast.

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By prisnersdilema, November 22, 2011 at 8:45 pm Link to this comment

It would be a mistake for Romney to assume he will be running against Obama….just as
it would be a mistake for progressives to believe that Hillary Clinton could win against
who ever is left standing in the Republican race…

Hillary Clinton has even less to offer than Obama, and all the baggage of a Democratic
party gone bad…

Strange times ahead…...Only Ron Paul can succeed in destroying the Republican party
from the inside, by actually believing in and applying real conservative values….he’s an
inverse Bush who used them, then betrayed them…

But they cannot be beaten from the outside, by a faux Democratic party…

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By grokker, November 22, 2011 at 4:32 pm Link to this comment

Way to go, Mitten, keepin’ it classy! Between that and deleting the administrative records of your governorship, you are a shoo in for the nomination, and then your scummy party can rig the election for the repubs once again.

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By Rodney, November 22, 2011 at 1:43 pm Link to this comment
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Well Romney can decieve all he likes. But his record shows his own deceit. He was for abortion, health care raised taxes on businesses all before he was against them. He was the 47th job creater during his term as governor. He has flipped more than the pancakes on the griddle at IHOP. He has balls of cotton and the spine of a jellyfish. He only cares about the rich and in 2008 tried to buy himself a presidency.He has no values that he believes in other than he wants to be president because his dad failed trying. He spent his life using his dads money to buy up struggling companies screwing the workers and reselling the companies for a profit. He has done everything that his money can buy and need to make himself feel important by running for president. He actually was afraid to run for relection as governor because he was afraid to lose. All or most Republicans know this and they really dont want or trust him to be their president. His only hope of winning to for the economy not to improve in hopes that he can get himself elected. His plan for America is if you are poor, plan on staying poor. If you are middle class plan on becoming poor,and if you are rich pop the champagne because we are going to keep that trickle down rich thing going on.

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