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Washington Post: 4 Pinocchios for Obama's Newest Anti-Romney Ad

Thursday, 21 Jun 2012 09:35 AM

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A new anti-Romney ad put out by President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign is being slammed for being “misleading, unfair, and untrue.” The Washington Post’s fact checker awarded it four Pinocchios, designating the ads claims as “whoppers.”

The new ad claims that GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney was a “corporate raider” who sent jobs overseas to China and Mexico when at Bain Capital and sent state jobs to India when he served as governor of Massachusetts.

“The Obama campaign apparently loves to ding former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney with the charge of ‘outsourcing,’” the Post wrote. “On several occasions, we have faulted the campaign for its claims, apparently to little avail. Now, all of the claims have been combined in one 30-second ad, with the added incendiary charge that Romney was a ‘corporate raider.’”

The Post faults the ad for its use of the term corporate raider, which generally is used to describe a person or group engaged in a hostile takeover of a company. Romney and his firm Bain Capital did not act in such fashion and instead worked “in close association with management” at companies it invested in, the Post writes.

The Post noted that the claims of outsourcing by Bain and Romney when he was governor are “overblown.” In defense, Kara Carscaden, deputy press secretary for the Obama campaign, told the Post that “Romney can’t run from his record.”

“At Bain and in Massachusetts, he had the chance to keep jobs in America and sent them overseas instead,” she said. “Even while he was at the Olympics, Romney owned and profited from Bain, continues to profit from it today, and cannot ignore what Bain did during that time. Whether it’s outsourcing public jobs to India or shipping private ones to Mexico and China, Romney’s record is clear.”

However, the Post concluded that the “Obama campaign fails to make its case.”

“On just about every level, this ad is misleading, unfair and untrue, from the use of “corporate raider” to its examples of alleged outsourcing. Simply repeating the same debunked claims won’t make them any more correct,” the Post said in awarding the ad four Pinocchios.


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