Wednesday, July 18, 2012
Gotcha Morning | Romney's 'Retroactive Retirement' vs. Obama's Burning Money
This morning brings two new attack ads from President Obama and Mitt Romney. Romney's ad is arguably the more straightforward of the two, taking a traditional 30 seconds to continue the attack launched by RNC chairman Reince Priebus that says Obama is the one who has been outsourcing jobs. Romney's ad asks, "Where did all the Obama stimulus money go?" while stock footage of money burning plays in the background. Then the Romney team uses their patented move of inserting video of a Democrat criticizing Obama, this time Chuck Schumer instead of their previous go-to Hillary Clinton. The Obama campaign's new web ad gives their continued attack on Mitt Romney's Bain departure timeline a little more room to breathe. In this longer piece, "regular people" on the street try to decipher Mitt Romney's convoluted explanation about when and how he left Bain. The ad ends with the question that gives it its title, "Mitt Romney: Chairman, CEO, and Sole Shareholder—But Not Responsible?" Both ads are asking questions about what President Obama and Mitt Romney might be hiding in their respective records, but you may notice one main difference between them. Where Obama's ad refers to the Boston Globe's well-researched story and Mitt Romney's own words as source material, Romney's ad contains no sources whatsoever. While there is plenty of evidence that the Obama stimulus did give contracts to foreign companies, Mitt Romney's not doing himself any favors by keeping the actual facts out of his ad. I would easily give this round to Obama. People trying to figure out what Romney means by "entity" is way more relatable than burning money.