Romney: Obama running on “falsehood and dishonesty”

posted at 9:21 am on July 16, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

Mitt Romney took a swing at Barack Obama’s “hope and change” legacy today, starting off his week back on offense. Romney slammed Obama for “falsehood and dishonesty” in his campaign ads, telling Fox and Friends that this kind of nasty campaigning “may work in Chicago,” but it will fail everywhere else:

He also took aim at Obama’s transparency. Shrugging off calls from Republicans to release more of his tax returns, Romney instead demanded more transparency from the President on Operation Fast and Furious:

“A campaign based on falsehood and dishonesty does not have long legs,” Romney said on “Fox and Friends,” later adding: “The president only has one thing going, and that is constant attacks on me. They’re dishonest. They’re misdirected. And I think the American people recognize that kind of politics as something of the past. It may work in Chicago, but it’s not going to work across America.”

The presumptive Republican nominee also dismissed calls from some in the GOP to release more of his tax returns, arguing it would only give the Obama campaign “more things to pick through, more things for their opposition research to make a mountain out of, and to distort and to be dishonest about.”

Romney tried to flip the transparency card back at the president.

“If we want to talk about transparency, the real issue is, why has this president used his presidential power and executive privilege to keep the information about the Fast and Furious program from being explained to the American people?” the former Massachusetts governor said, referring to Obama’s assertion of executive privilege over documents related to the disastrous “gun-walking” operation.

Finally, Romney wondered aloud why Obama doesn’t want to talk about his own record:

“What does it say about a president whose record is so poor that all he can do in this campaign is attack me?,” Romney asks.

He says: “I’d say to the president, wouldn’t it be interesting, Mr. President, if you spent time speaking about your record.”

Indeed.


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Romney didn’t quite say “lie,” but I love the F&F reference and the snarky ‘talk about your record’ zinger.

Keep this up, and I may open my checkbook.

Washington Nearsider on July 16, 2012 at 9:23 AM

The new antonym of “transparent” is not “opaque”. It is “black”, possibly with capital “B”.

Archivarix on July 16, 2012 at 9:24 AM

Actually, Mitt, those kinds of attacks will work just fine across America if you don’t vigorously answer them in a timely manner. Ask George W. Bush.

Blacksheep on July 16, 2012 at 9:24 AM

Pound him, Mitt. Engage your surrogates.

ted c on July 16, 2012 at 9:26 AM

“Actually, Mitt, those kinds of attacks will work just fine across America if you don’t vigorously answer them in a timely manner. Ask George W. Bush.”

Yep, Bob Dole was pounded all summer and became a national joke. Kerry never recovered from the Swift Boat attack. Negative ads work.

gumbyandpokey on July 16, 2012 at 9:26 AM

Keep up the attack Mitt! You have to go on the offensive, and not waste time responding to this thug!

JoAnn1965 on July 16, 2012 at 9:27 AM

Romney will have to prove that. Obama has mad his career on doing exactly what he is doing now.

Obama has never run a campaign on what he has accomplished. Ever.

And for the simple reason being his policies are an Epic Failure.

RockyJ. on July 16, 2012 at 9:27 AM

“If we want to talk about transparency, the real issue is, why has this president used his presidential power and executive privilege to keep the information about the Fast and Furious program from being explained to the American people?” the former Massachusetts governor said, referring to Obama’s assertion of executive privilege over documents related to the disastrous “gun-walking” operation.

BOOM!

Strategery…It’s what’s for Breakfast

workingclass artist on July 16, 2012 at 9:27 AM

I was called by Rasmussen yesterday morning, so there should be a Wisconsin poll coming today or tomorrow. All straight questions with no slant (and a ton of them). Presidential race, Senate race, VP candidates favorability, etc…

gumbyandpokey on July 16, 2012 at 9:28 AM

Pound him, Mitt. Engage your surrogates.

ted c on July 16, 2012 at 9:26 AM

Read here at HotGas in the comment thread on Friday that Gov.Perry is traveling in NV and I’d think he’d likely use this same line of attack.

Release the Newt

workingclass artist on July 16, 2012 at 9:30 AM

Obama and his administratuion are totally incapable of the truth. If the American people are not confused by the lies and deceptions from Obama and his mainstream media propaganda machine, he has absolutely no chance to be re-elected. The truth will keep him from being elected and even Obama is smart enough to know that.

volsense on July 16, 2012 at 9:30 AM

Won’t it be funny when, after all of Barry’s attacks, Mitt releases his tax returns and there is nothing there but a track record of a highly successful, honest businessman?

bloggless on July 16, 2012 at 9:31 AM

“What does it say about a president whose record is so poor that all he can do in this campaign is attack me?,” Romney asks.

He says: “I’d say to the president, wouldn’t it be interesting, Mr. President, if you spent time speaking about your record.”
——-

ha ha ha ha such enormous bullsh*t

Dave Rywall on July 16, 2012 at 9:31 AM

Hey Mittens!

Quit the whining, put on the brass knuckles, and put Chicago Jesus’ teeth on the ground. Then I might open up my checkbook and give you some of the money that normally goes to SarahPAC.

Never play defense! Never talk about your tax returns; that’s a shiny pony that Obama is using to distract from the economy, Fast & Furious, and his coddling of the banksters who put him in power. Always stay on offense and do the things that conservatives told you to do.

You just might win that way.

If this had been Palin, she’d have been all over the Graven Image President by now. Instead, we see the Omega Fraternity playing defense and getting out the paddle like it’s Hell Week for the Pledges.

Jesus, Mitt! Man the heck up and Fight!

victor82 on July 16, 2012 at 9:32 AM

Kerry never recovered from the Swift Boat attack. Negative ads work.

gumbyandpokey on July 16, 2012 at 9:26 AM

Those ads had his Swift Boat peers criticizing him. Apples and Oranges. What do Romney’s peers say about him? What do Obama’s peers say about HIM? Oh, I forgot. He’s peerless!

Paul-Cincy on July 16, 2012 at 9:32 AM

The fact that Mitt is fighting back against every attack makes me hopeful that come November, we have a chance of getting Obama out of there.

Dino V on July 16, 2012 at 9:32 AM

Pound him, Mitt. Engage your surrogates.

ted c on July 16, 2012 at 9:26 AM

I agree. I am admittedly surprised, not that he’s swinging, but that he’s come out swinging so fast. And with no gloves.

Pound him, Mitt.

hawkdriver on July 16, 2012 at 9:32 AM

…get at him like you did your fellow republicans during the primary…but aim your punches…a little lower!

KOOLAID2 on July 16, 2012 at 9:34 AM

ha ha ha ha such enormous bullsh*t

Dave Rywall on July 16, 2012 at 9:31 AM </blockquote

Oh, I totally agree with you. And yet, they still allow you to comment here.

Magnanimous these HotAir administrators.

hawkdriver on July 16, 2012 at 9:34 AM

Actually, Mitt, those kinds of attacks will work just fine across America if you don’t vigorously answer them in a timely manner. Ask George W. Bush.

Blacksheep on July 16, 2012 at 9:24 AM

Pretty much. The nice guy approach is a recipe for disaster. No need to be mean-spirited, but Romney and the rest of the GOP need to hit back and do it using Obama’s record. The Fast & Furious retort is a perfect example of how you do it. If we’re smart enough to figure that out, you’d hope the so-called professionals who are paid to do this crap can do likewise.

Doughboy on July 16, 2012 at 9:36 AM

“Actually, Mitt, those kinds of attacks will work just fine across America if you don’t vigorously answer them in a timely manner. Ask George W. Bush.”

Yep, Bob Dole was pounded all summer and became a national joke. Kerry never recovered from the Swift Boat attack. Negative ads work.

gumbyandpokey on July 16, 2012 at 9:26 AM

Mitt’s campaign is run by the kind of Republicans who made up the Bush White House and ran the GOP into the ground. Team Romney’s disdain for Movement Conservatives is palpable.

You expect them to know how to win a national campaign against a bunch of Alinskyite Left wing radicals steeped in Saul’s Rules?

Why do you think Sarah Palin has been on TV basically begging Mittens to man the heck up and hit Obama in the jaw like a man? Because she’s seen the GOP Elite up close and personal, and she knows how incompetent and feckless they are.

A lot of people don’t get this. A lot of people also don’t get that Karl Rove has Jeb at the 2016 Training Table right now because of Mitt’s inability to fight back and beat up on an eminently beatable Clown President.

victor82 on July 16, 2012 at 9:38 AM

+1 workingclaas

I want ALL. Mitt surrogates to keep pounding on this

cmsinaz on July 16, 2012 at 9:38 AM

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Monday shows Mitt Romney attracting 46% of the vote, while President Obama earns 44%. Five percent (5%) prefer some other candidate, and five percent (5%) more are undecided.

bayview on July 16, 2012 at 9:39 AM

love the pic. mitt looks like a scared kitty cat:)

renalin on July 16, 2012 at 9:40 AM

Convenient lie:
Naming Condi Rice will cause division in the party and suppress turnout of conservatives.

Inconvenient truth:
Not inviting Palin to speak at the convention will cause division in the party and suppress turnout of conservatives.

AmeriCuda on July 16, 2012 at 9:40 AM

ha ha ha ha such enormous bullsh*t

Dave Rywall on July 16, 2012 at 9:31 AM

Nice of you to check in with your usual bullsh*t.

ToddPA on July 16, 2012 at 9:40 AM

I was called by Rasmussen yesterday morning, so there should be a Wisconsin poll coming today or tomorrow. All straight questions with no slant (and a ton of them). Presidential race, Senate race, VP candidates favorability, etc…

gumbyandpokey on July 16, 2012 at 9:28 AM

Well, Here ya go.

esr1951 on July 16, 2012 at 9:42 AM

The presumptive Republican nominee also dismissed calls from some in the GOP to release more of his tax returns, arguing it would only give the Obama campaign “more things to pick through, more things for their opposition research to make a mountain out of, and to distort and to be dishonest about.”

Do they really believe this? Do they really think that without releasing the tax returns, Obama won’t have things to make a mountain out of, distort, and be dishonest about? Obama’s team doesn’t need any actual evidence to work with. They will make things up out of whole cloth. It doesn’t matter whether you release the tax returns or not.

Personally, I’d rather he just release them, and then go on offense against Obama. But regardless of whether he releases them or not, if he is naive enough to think it makes a difference as to Obama’s approach and continues to try to be the nice guy, he’s going to lose. As has been stated repeatedly in this thread, negative attacks work. And you’d think he’d know this, since he used them so effectively against his opponents in the primary.

Shump on July 16, 2012 at 9:44 AM

Obama is stuck in the 44-45% range on all likely voter matchups. He is toast if he’s not near 50% in October and with more economic bad news to come this is looking like Reagan-Carter.

Ta111 on July 16, 2012 at 9:44 AM

Romney tried to flip the transparency card back at the president.

“If we want to talk about transparency, the real issue is, why has this president used his presidential power and executive privilege to keep the information about the Fast and Furious program from being explained to the American people?” the former Massachusetts governor said, referring to Obama’s assertion of executive privilege over documents related to the disastrous “gun-walking” operation.

Good for you Mr. Romney. Just keep hammering him on his lack of transparency in relation to Fast and Furious.

July 11 – Romney strikes back at Obama’s transparency calls: What about the Fast and Furious documents?

Video: Romney questions Obama’s lack of transparency about F&F at 3:58 mark

Flora Duh on July 16, 2012 at 9:44 AM

Obama is a crass liar. A. Crass. Liar. Mitt needs to use those words. Call a Liar a Liar. If he has Lied about this, what else has he Lied about. Easier to list the things he told the truth about. Libtards chanted “Bush lied people died” Well Mitt, point out how Obama Lied People Died and Obama Lied Freedom Died. Not too difficult to substantiate.

NOMOBO on July 16, 2012 at 9:44 AM

Look, this is a winnable race for Romney, but he has to want to fight for it!

He can’t just say, look at the bad economy!

Romney has to assume, as one of Lillian Hellman’s contemporaries said of her, that every word out of Obama’s mouth will be a lie, including the words “and” and “the”.

And point that out, and pound away at EVERY job killing and criminal and corrupt aspect of that record.

If he wants to win, he has to unify conservatives to the cause, stop attacking people like Palin and start attacking Obama vigorously and with relentless pursuit. He has to point out the entire racketeering aspect of the entire regime: the kickbacks, the favoritism, the Nigerian levels of corruption herein.

And he has to do this in a hostile media environment.

It’s been done before: Reagan did it in 1980.

victor82 on July 16, 2012 at 9:44 AM

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Monday shows Mitt Romney attracting 46% of the vote, while President Obama earns 44%. Five percent (5%) prefer some other candidate, and five percent (5%) more are undecided.

bayview on July 16, 2012 at 9:39 AM

Barack is down another point. Gutter politics isn’t selling.

Rational Thought on July 16, 2012 at 9:46 AM

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Monday shows Mitt Romney attracting 46% of the vote, while President Obama earns 44%. Five percent (5%) prefer some other candidate, and five percent (5%) more are undecided.

bayview on July 16, 2012 at 9:39 AM

That’s disastrous for Obama. Those 10% who are undecided are not going to break for Barry(at least not the vast majority of them).

Doughboy on July 16, 2012 at 9:47 AM

The Obama campaign has been running on LIES and more LIES.

Just like Obama himself. His whole life has been one big LIE after another and the Soros funded Moron.org and Organizing for A-Holes trolls on a paycheck cannot defend his lies no matter how hard they try.

Robert Jensen on July 16, 2012 at 9:47 AM

But regardless of whether he releases them or not, if he is naive enough to think it makes a difference as to Obama’s approach and continues to try to be the nice guy, he’s going to lose. As has been stated repeatedly in this thread, negative attacks work. And you’d think he’d know this, since he used them so effectively against his opponents in the primary.

Shump on July 16, 2012 at 9:44 AM

I’m sure he does know this. All he’s saying is that he’s not going to provide them with another shiny object, when the focus needs to be on Obama and his failed record. Period

changer1701 on July 16, 2012 at 9:48 AM

Do they really believe this? Do they really think that without releasing the tax returns, Obama won’t have things to make a mountain out of, distort, and be dishonest about? Obama’s team doesn’t need any actual evidence to work with. They will make things up out of whole cloth. It doesn’t matter whether you release the tax returns or not.

The tax-returns are a misdirection play by the Democrats designed to keep the spotlight on Romney’s money, and Bain, and away from the economy.

Romney, if he has half a brain, knows this and won’t fall for it. Releasing his returns would be stupid. Had he done this years ago, it would have settled the issue, but in this environment, it merely helps Obama’s lackeys in the news media keep the spotlight off the “unexpectedly” bad economy.

Bear in mind: the Middle Class cares more about the bad economy than they do about Romney’s old returns. Romney needs to attack all the criminality in the Obama Regime and start comparing Obama to who he really operates like: Somoza, Peron, and Mobutu Sese-Seko.

victor82 on July 16, 2012 at 9:48 AM

…and everytime they mention Bain as if he were some sort of monster, attack back with a loud and proud:

“Yeah, I had a REAL job that saved jobs for other people, made American companies stronger, and in a few cases, salvaged a little bit of a few dying companies’ assets so that investors who had sunk some of their hard-earned retirement money in others’ American Dreams” wouldn’t lose everything.”

Laura in Maryland on July 16, 2012 at 9:49 AM

If he wants to win, he has to unify conservatives to the cause, stop attacking people like Palin and start attacking Obama vigorously and with relentless pursuit. He has to point out the entire racketeering aspect of the entire regime: the kickbacks, the favoritism, the Nigerian levels of corruption herein.

And he has to do this in a hostile media environment.

It’s been done before: Reagan did it in 1980.

victor82 on July 16, 2012 at 9:44 AM

Where did he attack Palin? This is not about her, and I wish people would stop inserting her into a race that she’s not a part of.

changer1701 on July 16, 2012 at 9:49 AM

That’s disastrous for Obama. Those 10% who are undecided are not going to break for Barry(at least not the vast majority of them).

Doughboy on July 16, 2012 at 9:47 AM

But Romney has to WANT to offer an alternative AND fight back. We need to see better out of him than we have OR ELSE he will lose.

Undecideds are an awfully thin reed on which to hang your hat. As Bin Laden rightly said, they go with the Strong Horse.

victor82 on July 16, 2012 at 9:51 AM

“What does it say about a president whose record is so poor that all he can do in this campaign is attack me?,” Romney asks.

He says: “I’d say to the president, wouldn’t it be interesting, Mr. President, if you spent time speaking about your record.”
——-

ha ha ha ha such enormous bullsh*t

Dave Rywall on July 16, 2012 at 9:31 AM

8.2%.

41 straight months of unemployment above 8%.

Hundreds of billions pissed away in the “stimulus” that wasn’t.

Exploded debts and deficits.

Millions out of work since Obama took over, millions more giving up hope.

Heh. No wonder you don’t want to talk about your boy’s record as President.

Good Lt on July 16, 2012 at 9:51 AM

Won’t it be funny when, after all of Barry’s attacks, Mitt releases his tax returns and there is nothing there but a track record of a highly successful, honest businessman?

Wouldn’t it be funny if Obama released his school transcripts and we learned that he was a mediocre affirmative action student with poor writing skills and attended college as a foreign student from Kenya with a social security number from Connecticut?

Robert Jensen on July 16, 2012 at 9:52 AM

I’d say Mitt went yard. Good for him.

WannabeAnglican on July 16, 2012 at 9:54 AM

Pound him, Mitt. Engage your surrogates.

ted c on July 16, 2012 at 9:26 AM

Looks like Santorum did pretty good this weekend in PA especially on Obama’s aspirations to tyranny…On Welfare Reform

“Santorum charged Obama with “re-writing the law,” asserting that “when a leader of a country can speak changes to laws, we no longer live in a republic.” To this comment, one supporter shouted, “King Barack!”

http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2012/07/15/santorum_debuts_as_romney_surrogate_in_pa_114800.html

Release the Newt

workingclass artist on July 16, 2012 at 9:54 AM

F&F comment=Boomstick!

hillsoftx on July 16, 2012 at 9:54 AM

Where did he attack Palin? This is not about her, and I wish people would stop inserting her into a race that she’s not a part of.

changer1701 on July 16, 2012 at 9:49 AM

Agree…

workingclass artist on July 16, 2012 at 9:55 AM

Where did he attack Palin? This is not about her, and I wish people would stop inserting her into a race that she’s not a part of.

changer1701 on July 16, 2012 at 9:49 AM

I won’t relitigate the last three months of snark and denigration from Team Mittbot against Palin, done at at time when Romney needed to unify the party. Not only did he not reach out to Palin and other Movement people, he swatted her (and others) away, convinced that they had nowhere to go.

This was dumb of Romney and his people. Reagan at this point in 1980 had completely unified the GOP for the Fall Campaign. But, unfortunately for Mitt, a lot of Romney’s team is made up of unreconstructed Bushtard hacks who are Conservative in Name Only.

victor82 on July 16, 2012 at 9:57 AM

The story of today is about the Romney Team not inviting
last election’s VP candidate to speak at the convention.

Amjean on July 16, 2012 at 9:58 AM

…and everytime they mention Bain as if he were some sort of monster, attack back with a loud and proud:

Laura in Maryland on July 16, 2012 at 9:49 AM

Well, he is trying to destroy Gotham City. Oh wait, wrong Bane.

Doughboy on July 16, 2012 at 9:59 AM

Good Lt on July 16, 2012 at 9:51 AM

Drywall belongs to the party that thinks like this:

Democrats: We Prefer Another Recession to Not Raising Taxes

Flora Duh on July 16, 2012 at 9:59 AM

If I were on the Romney campaign team I’d be making hay out of this, it’s more outsourcing/offshoring than anything Romney and Bain could do in 50 years. http://news.investors.com/article/618205/201207150914/russian-soyuz-launch-carries-another-nasa-engineer.htm

Oblamebush outsourced our manned space program.

Mini-14 on July 16, 2012 at 9:59 AM

Obama has never run a campaign on what he has accomplished. Ever.

And for the simple reason being his policies are an Epic Failure.

RockyJ. on July 16, 2012 at 9:27 AM

He is failing the country, yes, but make no mistake, his policies are not a “failure” because he is accomplishing exactly what he intends: Systematic destruction of our nation’s private sector. There should be nobody left who is deceived into believing any of Obama’s intentions are good.
He is a destructive, vindictive sociopath, no matter what the “in all fairness” crowd would have you believe.

Right Mover on July 16, 2012 at 10:01 AM

victor82 on July 16, 2012 at 9:57 AM

Has the list of speakers at the Convention been finalized yet?

Where did he attack Palin? This is not about her, and I wish people would stop inserting her into a race that she’s not a part of.

changer1701 on July 16, 2012 at 9:49 AM

Who are the people who tried to stir that “controversy” up to sow infighting and division among Republicans? Newsweek/Daily Beast.

bayview on July 16, 2012 at 10:03 AM

Do they really believe this? Do they really think that without releasing the tax returns, Obama won’t have things to make a mountain out of, distort, and be dishonest about? Obama’s team doesn’t need any actual evidence to work with. They will make things up out of whole cloth. It doesn’t matter whether you release the tax returns or not.

The tax-returns are a misdirection play by the Democrats designed to keep the spotlight on Romney’s money, and Bain, and away from the economy.

Romney, if he has half a brain, knows this and won’t fall for it. Releasing his returns would be stupid. Had he done this years ago, it would have settled the issue, but in this environment, it merely helps Obama’s lackeys in the news media keep the spotlight off the “unexpectedly” bad economy.

Bear in mind: the Middle Class cares more about the bad economy than they do about Romney’s old returns. Romney needs to attack all the criminality in the Obama Regime and start comparing Obama to who he really operates like: Somoza, Peron, and Mobutu Sese-Seko.

victor82 on July 16, 2012 at 9:48 AM

I Agree.

Romney shouldn’t release anything Obama demands until Obama releases every single record he has hidden from the American People.

workingclass artist on July 16, 2012 at 10:04 AM

Wouldn’t it be funny if Obama released his school transcripts and we learned that he was a mediocre affirmative action student with poor writing skills and attended college as a foreign student from Kenya with a social security number from Connecticut?

Robert Jensen on July 16, 2012 at 9:52 AM

Which are, of course, the very reasons that he will not release any of that information, or at least any true copies of it.

Siddhartha Vicious on July 16, 2012 at 10:05 AM

ha ha ha ha such enormous bullsh*t

Dave Rywall on July 16, 2012 at 9:31 AM

Such a powerful argument.
/sarc

Proof you have NOTHING.

CW on July 16, 2012 at 10:06 AM

I won’t relitigate the last three months of snark and denigration from Team Mittbot against Palin, done at at time when Romney needed to unify the party. Not only did he not reach out to Palin and other Movement people, he swatted her (and others) away, convinced that they had nowhere to go.

This was dumb of Romney and his people. Reagan at this point in 1980 had completely unified the GOP for the Fall Campaign. But, unfortunately for Mitt, a lot of Romney’s team is made up of unreconstructed Bushtard hacks who are Conservative in Name Only.

victor82 on July 16, 2012 at 9:57 AM

And what would you like him to do vis a vis Palin? You may not want to relitigate the last three months, but I don’t understand why she is a focal point when she didn’t run herself and has largely stayed on the sidelines.

changer1701 on July 16, 2012 at 10:07 AM

…….Obama’s record, transparency, tax returns, transcripts…the man himself….

ha ha ha ha such enormous bullsh*t

Dave Rywall on July 16, 2012 at 9:31 AM </blockquote

herm2416 on July 16, 2012 at 10:08 AM

The story of today is about the Romney Team not inviting
last election’s VP candidate to speak at the convention.

Amjean on July 16, 2012 at 9:58 AM

Face it…Palin is now a political pundit for FOX.

Will anybody be outraged if Huckabee doesn’t speak?

This meme is a distraction

workingclass artist on July 16, 2012 at 10:09 AM

Mitt needs to release the returns. I am sure the dollars involved are huge and the tax structures complex and suspicious, but it needs to be done. Release them on the opening day of the Olympics, and it will all be over soon enough. Being a rich financier with Swiss/Cayman bank accounts in the days of daily billion dollar banking scandals is hard. Romney’s magical 102 million dollar IRA is mind boggling. It may be the greatest example of tax avoidance and personal wealth creation in the history of the IRS. Joe Sixpack’s 401K goes down, while Mitt’s increases by a factor of 200X. The superpac commercials on this will be brutal. Get it over with now.

ZippyZ on July 16, 2012 at 10:11 AM

It’s okay for BO to lie in ads, he has the right ideology. Romney, however, needs to stay as pure as the driven snow.

In reality, the whole BO admin smells like week old dead fish, so Rombo shouldn’t have too tough a time getting all the voters to hold their noses.

ClanDerson on July 16, 2012 at 10:12 AM

“If we want to talk about transparency, the real issue is, why has this president used his presidential power and executive privilege to keep the information about the Fast and Furious program from being explained to the American people?…

Stronger Governor. How about “when I am president, I will appoint an Attorney-General that enforces the law the same for all races and religions.”

How about: “When I am president, my administration will NOT illegally supply assault weapons to Mexican drug gangs.”

slickwillie2001 on July 16, 2012 at 10:16 AM

Gingrich and Santorum have got to be secretly smiling right about now.

lea on July 16, 2012 at 10:17 AM

Actually, Mitt, those kinds of attacks will work just fine across America if you don’t vigorously answer them in a timely manner. Ask George W. Bush.

Blacksheep on July 16, 2012 at 9:24 AM

Exactly. He needs troops who consistently win the street fighting while he concentrates on the economy/jobs and Øbama’s record.

petefrt on July 16, 2012 at 10:17 AM

Wouldn’t it be funny if Obama released his school transcripts and we learned that he was a mediocre affirmative action student with poor writing skills and attended college as a foreign student from Kenya with a social security number from Connecticut?

Robert Jensen on July 16, 2012 at 9:52 AM

This is Sheriff Joe week, -just so you’ll know because I doubt HA will touch it.

slickwillie2001 on July 16, 2012 at 10:22 AM

Accusing Obama of lying (“falsehood and dishonesty”) can work with voters because Obama definitely has a problem with all his Hope and Change promises not coming true, his sneaky use of Executive privledge(among other things) and Obama lacks credibility.

albill on July 16, 2012 at 10:22 AM

“But, at least, I thought I could get free healthcare by making someone else pay for it…Now I realize that I am that somebody else.”

A word from the wise to the unwise: Caveat suffragator.

LMFAO!

Resist We Much on July 16, 2012 at 10:23 AM

If I were on the Romney campaign team I’d be making hay out of this, it’s more outsourcing/offshoring than anything Romney and Bain could do in 50 years. http://news.investors.com/article/618205/201207150914/russian-soyuz-launch-carries-another-nasa-engineer.htm

Oblamebush outsourced our manned space program.

Mini-14 on July 16, 2012 at 9:59 AM

The RNC and Romney already made an ad called “The Outsourcer in Chief” showing how Obama outsourced “billions of dollars” from tax payers money to foreign companies in foreign countires. One more huge outsourcing they missed is the GM and Chrysler outsourcing. We bailed out these two companies with 50 billions dollars of tax payers money but yet under the approval and control of the Obama administraiton GM opened factories in China and Chrysler is now mainly owned by a foreign car company FIAT…I hope that they will do one ad about this…

mnjg on July 16, 2012 at 10:23 AM

Hey, Mitt Team !!
Can you find the clip/quote where Zero claims that one of his biggest accomplishments (or was it to build up his business cred ?) was HAVING RUN SUCCESSFUL CAMPAIGNS ??? !!
Anyone else remember that doozy ??

pambi on July 16, 2012 at 10:26 AM

Attention Mitt Staffers: I’m sure everyone wants to give you guys/gals advice, but can the question be asked IRT F&F regarding the whereabouts of Kevin O’Reilly and a few questions that need to be asked of that man??????

por favor

ted c on July 16, 2012 at 10:27 AM

Mitt needs to release the returns. I am sure the dollars involved are huge and the tax structures complex and suspicious, but it needs to be done. Release them on the opening day of the Olympics, and it will all be over soon enough. Being a rich financier with Swiss/Cayman bank accounts in the days of daily billion dollar banking scandals is hard. Romney’s magical 102 million dollar IRA is mind boggling. It may be the greatest example of tax avoidance and personal wealth creation in the history of the IRS. Joe Sixpack’s 401K goes down, while Mitt’s increases by a factor of 200X. The superpac commercials on this will be brutal. Get it over with now.

ZippyZ on July 16, 2012 at 10:11 AM

They can talk about this all the way till elections day but all what Romney needs to do is to show Obama utterly failed record as a President. Only a variation of few adds talking about the highest continuous unemplyment rate in 60 years, the lowest average GDP growth in 60 years, added 5 trillions dollars in debt which more than any other President in history, and highest deficits in history of the country…The annoucer of the ad would then ask the question “do you want 4 more years of this?…” and the announcer would end the ad by saying “Socialism does not work, Socialism has never worked, Socialism would never work”…

mnjg on July 16, 2012 at 10:29 AM

He also took aim at Obama’s transparency. Shrugging off calls from Republicans to release more of his tax returns, Romney instead demanded more transparency from the President on Operation Fast and Furious:

Fast and Furious is a nice start but what about this as well? Here’s how you respond anytime ANYONE in the Oblama admin asks for more transparency from Romney:

“OK, sure I’ll release my tax returns when Obama releases his college transcripts”

All too easy

neyney on July 16, 2012 at 10:30 AM

Was Mitt referring to his own adds in the Primary?

I mean his adds were just as bad as Obamas now.

So what is Mitts answer.

Go on FNC and cry like a baby about it.

Man up Mitt.

Wait.

Do not think that possible after all his spokesman said.

“Obama is doing a great job do not ask me about him.”

Steveangell on July 16, 2012 at 10:35 AM

Right on Mitt. Obummer and his lacky’s are trying to stand on a mound of falsehoods. Between now and November tick them off especially at the debates.

jake49 on July 16, 2012 at 10:36 AM

The annoucer of the ad would then ask the question “do you want 4 more years of this?…” and the announcer would end the ad by saying “Socialism does not work, Socialism has never worked, Socialism would never work”…

mnjg on July 16, 2012 at 10:29 AM

Remember Republicans like Mitt started the huge government spending spree. Mitt supported it and also had much the same agenda as Governor as Obama has as President.

So do not see this would work at all. The press would destroy these ads. Like now the press trumpets revised figures to make unemployment look far better than it is.

Steveangell on July 16, 2012 at 10:39 AM

The pushback all weekend has been weak-ass.

Acting like Reagan will not get Romney anywhere.

“Dishonest” is atypical politico speak. No one hears it.

He thinks he can wait this out until the debates, because Romney likes to fight in-person.

But Obama will turn off sooo many people to the election by then, no one is going to give a damn.

And that’s Barry’s real goal; make it ugly so people tune it out.

budfox on July 16, 2012 at 10:45 AM

Drop the hammer Mr. Romney. You attacked during the republican nomination campaign and you can do it now. Obowma is weak and a liar. Economic freedom trumps class warfare every time, and when your opponent is worse than Jimmah Carter and his record? The polls are false, liberals control them to demoralize conservatives and have for years, see electon polls: Scott Walker, 2010 midterms, healthcare, Obowma’s job performance…..all were off to sway support for liberal causes.

Attack Obowma, share a message of correcting Obowma’s poor economy, explain that everyone gets a chance if they get off their butt and get to work, cut spending and hold low taxes and you win.

And stay on offense, dems hate to be on defense, they lose as they have no answer for truth.

dthorny on July 16, 2012 at 10:48 AM

Romney needs to let the PAC’s do this dirty work. Even if he isn’t exactly whining that is what the other side will (and ARE) defining it as.

Carnac on July 16, 2012 at 10:53 AM

Drip, drip, drip, it’s starting – the dismantling of Romney and it sounds like there’s plenty there to reap from so unless Romney starts getting some backbone and settles a lot of this crap and soon – as the political pundits tell us whoever is ahead by Labor Day weekend usually ends up winning. And since IMHO we should have been running away with this election by this point I’d be a bit worried with the big 0 picking up steam and Romney deflating. And the media flunkies are successfully painting Romney as a whiner – rich and arrogant (reminds me of Kerry, blech!). I’m no political expert but the Romney team seems to be losing it and better get a grip before disaster happens.

mozalf on July 16, 2012 at 10:56 AM

People who live in glass houses…

This President has had so many made for TV moments, where’s the PAC ad using his own words going nationwide?

Speakup on July 16, 2012 at 11:00 AM

Doughboy on July 16, 2012 at 9:47 AM

Three presidential election dates: 1936, 1940, 1944.

chemman on July 16, 2012 at 11:02 AM

I saw a new ad that I think was pretty good. It had Obama and the song “lets get together” juxtaposed with all the crony favoritism and money Obama has given to his “friends.” I think showing this sort of stuff is a good start for Romney

sandee on July 16, 2012 at 11:09 AM

I’ve noticed Obama has high cheekbones so I believe him.

Slade73 on July 16, 2012 at 11:26 AM


Romney needs to let the PAC’s do this dirty work. Even if he isn’t exactly whining that is what the other side will (and ARE) defining it as.

Yes, Romney’s not “whining” so much as whimpering about the unfairness of it all by opening himself up to humiliating refusals when he demands retractions from the editorial boards of media operations like WaPo or the Boston Herald.

A quick scan of the political aggregator memeorandum discloses the effectiveness of Romney’s ‘win with whines’ strategy. He’s getting pummelled. All the headlines are either the charges against Romney or Romney or Romney’s surrogates repeating the charges himself in an unclever reprise of Nixon’s “I am not a crook.” All except for Wapo’s formerly conservative J-Rub. She’s insisting that it’s Obama that’s panicking or something.

casuist on July 16, 2012 at 11:32 AM

I would like to see a series of ads, probably put out by one of the super PACs, specifying lots of Obama lies. There would be a clip of his false statement followed immediately by something showing its falsity. Each ad could contain two or three such examples followed by some sort of general comment about Obama’s truthfulness (i.e., lack thereof). There are probably hundreds of examples to choose from, so it could be a very extensive series. I think it would be very effective in painting Obama as the liar he is.

JayDick on July 16, 2012 at 11:34 AM

casuist on July 16, 2012 at 11:32 AM

wait, so you’re saying the MFM is biased?

holy M to Effin’ shiiiite Batman!

Slade73 on July 16, 2012 at 11:35 AM

mittens best step it up

get some Jindal or West…that’s the ticket

Slade73 on July 16, 2012 at 11:40 AM

Mitt is so tough. They must be shaking in Chicago.

What’s next: “Obama is not a nice guy”???

kevinkristy on July 16, 2012 at 11:44 AM

Gingrich and Santorum have got to be secretly smiling right about now.

lea on July 16, 2012 at 10:17 AM

And Palin and Perry… Rove the genius knows how to pick em.

kevinkristy on July 16, 2012 at 11:45 AM

Release the Newt

workingclass artist on July 16, 2012 at 9:54 AM

This.

NOMOBO on July 16, 2012 at 11:46 AM

Obama running on “falsehood and dishonesty”
He governs the same way.

Bevan on July 16, 2012 at 11:55 AM

Romney is thinking that he can remain dignified in the hope the American public will make a reasoned choice come November. He needs to recall that the American public elected a person with ZERO executive, management, military, foreign policy, private sector experience in the first place.

Mitt, get yourself 6-10 surrogates like Sununu, and have them do the daily rundown of: The Economy Stinks, Chicago Politics doesn’t work, Obama’s Record is Garbage, and Obama consistently lies to the American public and can’t be trusted.

Cubz_Fan on July 16, 2012 at 11:58 AM


wait, so you’re saying the MFM is biased?

Yes, and apparently this comes as a shock–a shock, I tell you–to the super-genius brain-trust of Team Stupid Romney.

Romney earnestly believes he’s entitled to the presidency because he’s “more gooder” than Obama. He hasn’t yet woken up to the fact that no one outside his inner circle of flaks, flatterers, and family shares his absurdly high estimation of himself. Nor has he, apparently, woken up to the fact that he may have already been ‘bracketed’ by his opponents in a coordinated earned and paid media campaign to shape perceptions months in advance of November. Think for a moment of how much of Romney’s time and treasure the Obamas have already neutralized by forcing the hapless former financier to answer charges against himself again, and again, and again, for weeks leading up to the convention, and on into the debates. And it’s not like Romney didn’t already have issues appearing weak, ineffectual, and detached, so this only supports the existing narrative with fresh new data.

casuist on July 16, 2012 at 12:00 PM

Obama running on “falsehood and dishonesty”
He governs the same way.

Bevan on July 16, 2012 at 11:55 AM

So is Mitt. Your point?

Steveangell on July 16, 2012 at 12:01 PM

get some Jindal or West…that’s the ticket

Yes, because Romney is incapable of saving himself whether through outreach to voters or argument based on fact.

What are our third party choices again?

casuist on July 16, 2012 at 12:03 PM

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