RNC releases ad in response to super PAC ad attacking Romney
Latest tactics raise new questions about state of presidential campaign
- Duration 10:05
- Date Aug 9, 2012
Latest tactics raise new questions about state of presidential campaign
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This is Fox News -- just within the last hour Republicans responding to a controversy you'll Obama's super pac ad essentially blaming governor Romney's business practices for the death of the steelworkers wife.
It's a new web response challenging the president's team for claiming they didn't know anything about the details of the attack on Romney -- that event.
Look at this woman died in 2006 and has had basically accuses Mitt Romney practically killing her is that the kind of rhetoric he -- here.
In a campaign like this especially from the side of the president of the United States especially a president who ran for years ago fund raising the level of rhetoric.
That comes after three days of controversy over an -- continuing -- governor Romney is responsible for a woman's death from cancer.
A -- fact checkers say is blatantly wrong.
Meanwhile the Romney campaign got slammed for releasing an add on welfare this week that critics say -- in accurate and relies entirely on assumptions.
We also saw the Obama campaign this week asking the public to help fish for dirt on potential Romney running mates including senator Rob Portman of Ohio among other so.
Where is this presidential race going next for fair bounce debate let's bring in -- he wants former communications advisor to President Obama -- senior vice president ad box global.
He'd appreciate as a former chairwoman a -- Republican party of Virginia and author of the upcoming book divider in chief.
Good to be here.
All right Corey this president said we were going to elevate the tone of Washington but this campaign is particularly nasty do you think it's worse or being -- par -- the course.
Well I think we're -- -- -- that's clearly the pre season prior to the general election getting kicked off here later.
Later this fall we should see began -- quite quite a matter of factly and a couple weeks during the conventions.
But look when it comes to the -- that was put -- -- progress USA I think if anything that -- -- subject to interpretation based on.
Who is looking at it when I looked at it.
I -- talking primarily about the importance of access to health care and the importance of portability of health care and quite frankly when it comes down to Iran -- said that if he becomes president.
He's generous and he's -- repeal health care he's gonna repeal the American the affordable care.
So if you look at it from that standpoint is a very relevant at.
And that's in contrast to you what Romney has -- earlier this week as far as welfare is concerned and once again.
Running away from its previous positions just like you have on health care just like they have an abortion.
Just like he -- on gun reform gun gun control so.
You know it's it's a very interesting time -- can't.
-- am -- bringing KK you've seen the ad what was your impression -- -- Well I'm fascinated how the Democrats are twisting themselves and the pretzels to sort of explain.
This at a weigh the bottom line is this -- flagrantly.
Accuses Mitt Romney of murdering this man's wife.
It's just a tragic -- it's a tragic.
And display ads.
Dissing ingenuity and it really this president was elected saying that he was going to answer and this post partisan arraf.
Where petty politics is going to be a thing of the past name calling.
And yet it's only when conservatives ever step that he comes out and on the bully pulpit -- condemns and this is the perfect time for the president to come out and say this is shameful.
We're gonna have a debate based on ideas but he won't do it because frankly he loves the fact.
That this is distracted from his performance on the economy and what.
Republicans could turn around and do -- has some ads on the 360000.
Americans who have lost their jobs during president Obama's tenure.
That would be the same sort of -- although just talk about what there how their minds have been impacted that would be a genuine commentary as opposed to saying that Mitt Romney wasn't even.
At Bain was responsible for this press is woman's death are right let's listen to the president in his own words because you mentioned that he has called for a more civil tone.
Here's a bit of what he's had to say.
Is negative ads these negative attacks -- wrong this time talking about -- and started talking about what he's gonna do.
That's not -- lower your gas prices.
It doesn't -- single -- To help the American big.
It's politics -- -- game we don't need to slash and burn say anything do anything politics.
The divides -- the -- that terrorism is apartments that are bringing us together.
Because if you don't have any fresh ideas.
That you use stale tactics to scare voters.
If you don't have a record to run on.
You -- your opponent is someone people should run -- That's why you're spending these last weeks calling me every name in the -- That tiger play the game in Washington.
If you can't beat your opponent's ideas units start those ideas that maybe make some.
Aren't those are from the 2008 presidential campaign -- -- the president is staying true to those words those calls he made four years now.
I absolutely do and if you take a look at the source of this that it wasn't from the Obama campaign it was from.
The super -- but he added -- duty when asked repeatedly whether he would distance himself from it -- -- -- duty to step up and say I do think it goes too far.
I think he has a duty to make sure that he's communicating his message his intent his vision to the American people about what he would do and a -- in terms president.
Now you can also take a look at what's happening on the other side as well.
Romney said early this week didn't come from a third party didn't come from a super packet came directly out of his own -- once again running away from his own position.
Another self inflicted wound to his campaign and -- -- Obama ratings are undermining worry campaign so I mean you know that that's that's where you have to draw the line here.
The super pac that put this ad out clearly did so when their own mr.
Romney -- saying these things himself.
And that's that's why that he's been hit as hard he has by by the truth squad.
-- let's talk a little bit about the numbers because we look at polling in the negatives and the positives of these -- candidates.
There's recently had been in addition as for the Romney side of the ticket and not a positive way and -- picked up points on the negative ratings for Mitt Romney so.
Kate you know if these ads are going to work can we blame either campaign for engaging in -- we know and I that's.
Work absolutely we can blame and I mean this is pure scare tactics fear mongering.
And it's not true no I mean of course we should hold the Obama campaign responsible.
Especially when it's clear that there was coordination between a campaign.
And the super pac and I've heard a lot of Democrat analysts today say.
I know it happens all the time it happens on both -- that doesn't make it right this is that cleared came when they're when they're all there what color you -- a conference -- said that she.
That campaign knew without this man they knew about his so called his story.
And they -- today in fact it's just stunning thank particularly given the president's whole.
You navy claiming it was going to be the most unifying president in history he is ripping his country -- -- it is -- is we were warned.
Because not easy yeah.
-- this nice man in talks about his wife dying no time line.
No frame of reference no mention of the fact that Romney wasn't even add -- at the time or that this this one and that's why -- have health insurance.
Before she lost it was a long before.
A lot after her husband lost his -- that pain there are still many problems with this.
But what Republicans need to realize is they need to shift the focus.
Back to the economy back to the fact that we're 42 straight minds with the unemployment numbers over 8% and is a wonderful opportunity actually as horrible as -- -- is to say let's look at the impact on working Americans.
From the Obama policies of raising taxes raising regulations.
Coming down actually on the middle class on the working class.
And let's look at some examples of favoring unions such as the Kansas City I'm auto manufacturer but plant where they took away the pensions.
These salaried employees while protecting unions said their -- you.
For the Romney campaign Republicans to come back and hit hard on the facts of how this economy has undermined.
On how Obama's policies have undermined this economy and hardworking American -- is that where we are though where where it's about the lobbying you know and missiles at each other do you think there is going to be a change in American politics after this.
This particular election season where there will be more civil discourse and you think.
This is where it's ratcheted up too if you wanna be in the game this is -- have to play.
Well it's like we said before negative ads work the American people don't like to admit to the fact that they -- but the fact is that they do.
What's important is how those -- are interpreted and as I said before the wave.
A lot of people are interpreting the -- that progress USA put out is that.
That was an ad talking about health care the importance of having access to health care and the portability of that -- so we're really talking about.
What Ronnie -- -- you as president Romney to roll back.
The Affordable Care Act in the -- I don't imagine millionaire.
-- -- -- -- -- Thirty million Americans who either.
And that apparently felt -- when it's fully -- -- I NN abruptly when you're talking.
I got left Corey has like -- finished family -- -- I -- and are you all I'm saying is.
-- deliver what our what our President Obama president Romney would do.
If he became president and that is the roll back the Affordable Care Act -- talk about -- access to care.
Reducing the -- the ability to move your health care from one employer to another.
That's absolutely important that absolutely relevant to this campaign and again -- and is subject to interpret that are right.
-- clearly you know clearly -- -- it's.
-- it clearly it would -- read differently.
So we're gonna have to leave it there agree to disagree Corey Kate thank you both very much we'll see what voters think it is rolling out and he has swing states across the country twenty million dollar ad by its priorities USA by the way.
So we properly credit that add.
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