Let’s Just Lie — Romney’s FIRST Ad Just Lies!

It’s going to be a looooong and nasty campaign season. Here is Mitt Romney’s very first ad, now running in New Hampshire:

19 seconds into the ad you hear Obama saying, “If we keep talking about the economy we will lose.”

So you’d think this Romney ad is using Obama’s words against him, right? But the clip is Obama quoting someone else. In the 2008 campaign Obama’s opponent John McCain said that, and Obama used McCain’s words against him. Romney’s ad quotes Obama, making it sound like Obama was the one who said it!!!

If the Romney campaign starts with a flat-out, bald-faced, “pants-on-fire” lie, where will it go next?

And the election is a year away.

Update: To illustrate the point, Think Progress uses “Romney’s own words,” the same way Romney used Obama’s:

About Dave Johnson

Dave Johnson is Founder and principal author at Seeing the Forest, and a blogger at Speak Out California. Dave is a frequent public speaker and talk-radio guest and a leading participant in the progressive blogging community. He does a regular weekly segment on the popular Fairness Doctrine radio show. A featured contributor at Huffington Post, his work also appears at many other sites including TruthOut, AlterNet, Smirking Chimp and Common Dreams. Currently Dave is a Senior Fellow with Renew California working on progressive messaging, a Fellow at Campaign for America's Future, where he writes about issues involving American manufacturing, trade, what might be called industrial policy. In another life Dave helped co-found Carbon Tracing, Inc., a company developing the desktop systems to validate carbon trading in the US. Before this, Dave had over over 20 years of technology industry experience and has previously held senior industry positions including CEO and VP of Sales and Marketing. His earlier career included technical positions, including video game design at Atari and Imagic, and he was a pioneer in design and development of productivity and educational applications of personal computers.
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