Yes, Mitt Romney really said this:
“You know, in the past, when people pointed out that something was inaccurate, why, campaigns pulled the ad,” Romney said on the radio. “They were embarrassed. Today, they just blast ahead. You know, the various fact checkers look at some of these charges in the Obama ads and they say that they’re wrong, and inaccurate, and yet he just keeps on running them.”
I sympathize with Romney’s plight. I’ve said that the Priorities USA ad suggesting Bain is to blame for the steelworker’s wife goes too far. I agree that the Obama ad labeling him as an “outsourcer in chief” was false. It was unfair and misleading of Dems to quote Romney this way: “I like being able to fire people.”
And yet it remains puzzling that Romney would go here. After all, fact checkers have called out his ads as wrong, inaccurate, misleading or false again and again and again and again and again and again and again. If Romney pulled any of those ads, I’m not aware of it.
Many of Romney’s main attack lines been panned by the fact checkers. As the above links demonstrate, many of his ads have been based on complete distortions of what Obama has said or proposed, whether we’re talking about the “didn’t build that” ads, the “it worked” spot, or the latest ad claiming Obama wants to send “welfare checks” to those who don’t work.
And then there’s the king of them all: Romney’s comically dishonest ad wrenching this Obama quote out of context: “If we keep talking about the economy, we’re going to lose.” Heck, the Romney campaign even boasted that the dishonesty in that last ad worked, in the sense that it drew lots of free media attention.
And now Romney is lamenting that campaigns shouldn’t keep running ads when fact checkers call them out? Paul Krugman’s question continues to remain relevant: “Has there ever been a candidacy this cynical?”