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Romney Should Thank Gingrich and Santorum for Their Attack Ads

Right now Romney should be calling Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich and thanking them for their attack ads in the primaries against him and his work with Bain Capital. Because of those attack ads, Romney was able to explain the 100,000 jobs that he had helped to create while at Bain Capital. Romney made it clear that some of the companies Bain invested in did very well and created 110,000 new jobs and some companies they invested in could not be saved and lost about 10,000 jobs for a net gain of 100,000 jobs created.

Even though most Americans may not have been paying attention to the primary campaign, the media was. And it is the media who is not buying the Obama attack ads against Romney’s work at Bain. Just the other day Ashley Banfield of CNN called out Ben LaBolt of the Obama campaign for the lies and distortions in the Obama attack ad.(See video at RealClearPolitics.com)

Without the primary attack ads from Gingrich and Santorum, Romney would right now be explaining to the main-stream media why the Obama attack ads are false and misleading. But the press already knows why the ads are false and misleading. They saw this playbook in the primaries.

If the Obama campaign is going to attack Romney, they will need new material. At least that way, the ads would be on the airwaves for a few days and have done damage to Romney before getting labeled as false and misleading. And, no, using main-stream media stories dug up from Romney’s high school days does not count as new material that can be used against him. The American people would just see that as pathetic and desperate.

Right now it appears as though these ads are not working. Instead, by inference, they also call attention to Romney’s successes at Bain. The real proof, however, will be the upcoming round of polls over the next two to three weeks. If these attack ads do little to dent Romney’s poll numbers then he can thank Gingrich and Santorum for giving him a coat of Teflon for the upcoming general election.

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