Friday, November 02, 2012

Behind the Ad: The man has no shame

By Richard K. Barry

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

Who: Obama-Biden campaign.

Where: Michigan and Ohio

What's going on: So much has been said about Mitt Romney's willingness to lie his ass off about nearly anything if he thinks it will help him win the election.  His campaign has said that they would not allow themselves to be influenced by fact checkers. He might as well have said he would not allow his campaign to be influenced by the truth.

Romney knows he needs Ohio to win the election, He knows Michigan would be a major victory, so he simply starting telling people that because of Barack Obama's efforts to save the auto industry, Chrysler would be shipping jobs to China for the production of its Jeep line. Not a word of it is true and Chrysler has said so.

Steve Benen talked about this today, citing a couple of newspaper pieces:

The New York Times editorialized today, "It's bad enough to be wrong on the policy. It takes an especially dishonest candidate to simply turn up the volume on a lie and keep repeating it." What's more, the Toledo Blade chastised Romney today for "conducting an exercise in deception about auto-industry issues that is remarkable even by the standards of his campaign."

The Obama campaign has an ad calling Romney out on his latest lie: "Cynical." I'd say this is what desperation looks like, but Romney has run his whole campaign like this.

(Cross-posted at Lippmann's Ghost.)

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