Republican Mitt Romney is discouraging supporters from going forward with an advertising strategy that would highlight President Barack Obama's ties to his controversial pastor
Romney said Thursday he would "repudiate" efforts by a super PAC to spend at least $10 million to dredge up the Rev. Jeremiah Wright's incendiary statements.
Romney says he would prefer his allies focus on the economy, on getting people back to work and on seeing rising incomes and growing prosperity.
In a rare press conference on the matter late Thursday, distanced himself further.
"I want to make it very clear that I repudiate that effort. I think it's the wrong course for a PAC or a campaign," Romney told reporters. "I hope that our campaigns can respectively be about the future and about issues and about a vision for America."
The likely Republican presidential nominee says Obama's campaign has been focused on "character assassination" but that he would prefer to campaign on records.
The plan, which was presented by Strategic Perception and Republican Fred Davis to Joe Ricketts, the owner of the Chicago Cubs, earned heavy backlash from the Obama campaign and by late Thursday even stalwart GOP followers said it was too much.
Ricketts later disavowed the plan, and Strategic Perception had taken sole responsibility for the proposal, on which they said no action was taken.
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