Thursday, October 25, 2012

Behind the Ad: Richard Mourdock is Mitt Romney's kind of candidate

By Richard K. Barry

(Another installment in our extensive " Behind the Ad" series.) 

Who: American Bridge (pro-Obama super-PAC).

Where: Web video.

What's going on: Indiana Republican Senate candidate Richard Mourdock said pregnancies resulting from rape can be "something God intended." And while the Romney campaign has said they don't support the comments, they indicated yesterday they would continue to support the candidate. In fact, they made an ad for Mourdock featuring the GOP presidential nominee that Romney is not asking Mourdock to take down.

The Obama campaign had this to say:

"The president felt [Mourdock's] comments were outrageous and demeaning to women," Obama spokeswoman Jen Psaki told reporters on Air Force One.

"This is a reminder that a Republican Congress working with a Republican president Mitt Romney would [feel] that women should not be able to make choices about their own healthcare... This is an issue where Mitt Romney is starring in an ad for this senator [sic] and it is perplexing that he wouldn't demand to have that ad taken down," she said.

American Bridge, a pro-Obama Super-PAC, has produced an ad to draw attention to Romney's support for Mourdock. Mitt may be able to convince some people he has moved to the middle, or was always there, but it's harder to do when he has so many radical conservatives on his team.

In this ad, attention is drawn not only to Mourdock's views on rape but also other positions that place him far outside the mainstream.

(Cross-posted at Lippmann's Ghost.)

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