Mitt Romney's first TV ad of the 2012 presidential campaign sparked immediate denunciations Monday night from President Obama's reelection campaign, which complained that the ad was "a deceitful and dishonest attack."
The 60-second Romney ad quoted Obama as saying, "If we keep talking about the economy, we're going to lose."
It sounds like Obama is talking about his own chances in 2012. But it's actually a clip of Obama mocking his 2008 opponent, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz), for not wanting to talk about the economy in the final stretch of that election. McCain's response to the collapse of the financial sector in the fall of 2008 is widely cited as a contributing factor to his loss.
The full Obama quote, included in a Romney press release as part of an Oct. 16, 2008 speech at a Londonderry, N.H., campaign stop, was this: "Senator McCain's campaign actually said, and I quote, 'If we keep talking about the economy, we're going to lose.'"
The fast-moving ad does situate Obama's comment in 2008 by beginning with the statement on screen: "On Oct. 16, 2008, Barack Obama visited New Hampshire."
Obama's reelection campaign spokesman Ben Labolt called the Romney ad "a deceitful and dishonest attack."
"While the President brought us back from the brink of another depression and is fighting everyday to restore economic security for the middle class, Mitt Romney opposes the President's plan to create 2 million jobs and instead proposes a return to the same economic policies that led to the recession," Labolt said in an email to The Huffington Post.
Source: The Huffington Post | Jon Ward