The 2012 presidential campaign is starting to heat up, with both sides having already begun the time-honored tradition of rummaging through the skeletons in each other’s closets. A few days ago, IQ brought you the anti-Obama ad featuring none other than Hillary Clinton trash-talking the incumbent president. Obama’s tough rebuttal ad focuses on Mitt Romney’s outsourcing charges, and embarrasses the presidential hopeful by playing the ad behind Romney flatly singing “America the Beautiful.”
The Obama-approved message hammers Mitt Romney on charges of outsourcing, passing the ball back into Romney’s court after accusations of lying have been flying back and forth over the line throughout the past week, reports the Des Moines Register. Romney wanted the Obama campaign to apologize for their accusations, instead getting an embarrassing anti-Romney ad with more accusations. “In business, Mitt Romney’s firms shipped jobs to Mexico. And China,” says the ad over Mitt’s rendition of “America the Beautiful.” Statements regarding Romney’s bank accounts are also shown.
Unfortunately for Obama’s camp, non-partisan media watchdogs at factcheck.org have debunked most of the claims in the Obama ad (aside from bank statements) or at the very least, suggested that many are over-dramatized. “As Governor, Romney outsourced jobs to India,” says the Obama ad. “As with other claims in the ad, there’s something to this, but not as much as the ad suggests,” responded FactCheck.
Then there’s the much-touted criticism that Romney was running Bain Capital much longer than he originally admitted, which the Obama administration has pushed non-stop since Thursday when new evidence from the Securities Exchange Commission showed Romney had full control for some time after he’d “left” the company. According to FactCheck, “none of the SEC filings show that Romney was anything but a passive, absentee owner during that time, as both Romney and Bain have long said,” but of course the media will continue to hammer the point.
There’s plenty to dislike about Mitt Romney without resorting to half-truths and outright lies.
Here’s Obama’s anti-Romney ad. Aside from some very very bad singing, this doesn’t do much to hurt the presidential candidate’s credibility. You can do better, ObamaCamp.