Mitt Romney's campaign is running an ad that attempts to challenge Obama's attacks on Romney's job record by suggesting he has been lying. The Romney ad shows Hillary Clinton during the 2008 presidential primary race accusing Obama of lying about her.
The 30-second ad seeks to counter the recent accusation by the Obama campaign that Romney's Bain Capital outsourced US jobs to low wage paying countries and that he also outsourced jobs as governor of Massachusetts.
The narrator in the Romney ad says: “That’s Barack Obama. He also attacked Hillary Clinton with vicious lies."
The ad then shows a clip of Clinton during the 2008 presidential primary race accusing Obama of lying against her in his campaign. ABC News reports that the clip comes from a campaign event before the 2008 party primary in which Clinton attacked Obama for misrepresenting her position on health care reforms and the North American Free Trade Agreement.
Clinton says: “He continues to spend millions of dollars perpetuating falsehoods. So shame on you, Barack Obama.”
Mediaite reports Clinton was speaking at a campaign stop in Ohio in the company of the then Governor Ted Strickland.
The New York Times reports the ad is part of a strategy by the Romney campaign to suggest the Obama campaign is ruthless and that Obama will say anything to get elected, a political trait that has often been ascribed to Romney.
According to The New York Times, the effectiveness of running an ad showing Clinton criticizing Obama in battleground states hinges on her popularity with women and swing voters.
ABC News reports that Clinton, who is now Obama's Secretary of State, has not commented on the ad. The New York Times points out that a response by Clinton to the advert may, however, undermine its potential effectiveness.
The script of the ad, according to Politico:
NARRATOR: Barack Obama’s attacks against Mitt Romney: they’re just not true. The Washington Post says, ‘On just about every level, this ad is misleading, unfair and untrue.’ But that’s Barack Obama. He also attacked Hillary Clinton with vicious lies.
CLINTON (file footage): He continues to spend millions of dollars perpetuating falsehoods.
NARRATOR: Mitt Romney has a plan to get America working. Barack Obama? Worst job record since the Depression.
CLINTON (file footage): So shame on you, Barack Obama.
ROMNEY (voice-over): I’m Mitt Romney and I approved this message.Politico, in an update, reports that the Obama campaign says it stands by the "substance of its attacks on Romney," but ignores the Clinton comments in the ad. According to Politico, the Obama campaign spokesman Lis Smith, said:
"Mitt Romney might not like the facts of his private sector record: that he was a ‘pioneer’ of outsourcing and reaped massive profits while bankrupting companies and laying off workers, but that is exactly what he did as a corporate buyout specialist. And that’s not just Romney’s record, it’s what he’s proposing today. In fact, he’s promised to give budget-busting tax cuts to the wealthiest Americans on the middle class’ dime and allow corporations to avoid U.S. taxes on overseas profits, which would encourage companies to move jobs abroad. America can’t afford an outsourcer-in-chief in the Oval Office."