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The Romney campaign has released a new television, titled “Strong Leadership,” touting Romney’s economic record as Massachusetts governor:
“As governor of Massachusetts, Mitt Romney demonstrated strong leadership—reducing the unemployment rate and balancing budgets without raising taxes. As president, Mitt Romney will do the same to help create jobs and get our country back on track.”
The ad highlights three of Governor Romney’s economic achievements:
Like Romney’s two previous ads, “Day One” and “Day One Part II,” the new “Strong Leadership” tells us a little more about what a Romney presidency would look like. These three ads present a positive and optimistic message and don’t even mention Obama.
The new ad is also designed to counter Obama’s latest misleading attacks against Romney. In two recent attack ads Obama has attempted to disparage Romney’s record as Governor of Massachusetts. Unfortunately, Obama attacks are misleading as best.
The Obama attack is so misleading that the nonpartisan, FactCheck.org of the Annenberg Public Policy Center, in an article titled “Obama Twists Romney’s Economic Record,” summarizes its analysis stating Obama’s “We’ve Heard it All Before” ad overreaches with several of its claims:
The Washington Post’s Fact Checker column awarded the Obama campaign two Pinocchios for its latest ads attacking Governor Romney.
The disappointing May jobs reports, with unemployment again rising to 8.2 percent, makes Obama’s discredited attacks on Governor Romney’s economic record appear desperate.
In 2009, team Obama told us that without Obama’s so-called stimulus the unemployment rate would reach nine percent, but if Congress passed Obama’s boondoggle, unemployment would peak at eight percent. The unemployment rate scare tactic was contained in Obama’s “The Job Impact of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Plan.” So far we have had 40 straight months of unemployment during the Obama presidency.
The Obama Campaign’s dishonesty in its attack ads is no surprise. We have seen such misrepresentation from Obama before. Presidential candidate Obama’s distortion of McCain’s “one hundred years” statement about the Iraq war is the most egregious example. Even as fact checker after fact checker found that Obama misrepresented what McCain said, Obama continued the distortions for weeks.
More recently, Obama refused to back off of his misleading attacks on Romney’s experience at Bain Capital. In fact Obama apparently thought it was important to continue his effort to discredit Romney’s competent private sector experience even though recent NBC News/Wall Street Journal and ABC News/Washington Post polls suggest the Bain attacks did not hurt Romney. Some said Obama was staking his reelection on the Bain attacks.
In his book, The Audacity of Hope, Obama wrote that voters are “tired of distortion, name-calling, and sound bite solutions to complicated problems.” This is exactly the opposite of what Obama is doing with his continuing distortions and misrepresentations about Romney’s record.
Obama promised better.