I imagine Newt Gingrich would he happier if we didn’t see evidence that his past is a little different from his stories. And you can’t really blame him.
After all we are asked to compare his background to that of Romney and Santorum.
Newt regularly brings up the charge that Romney is a successful businessman and that he didn’t pay any more tax than he legally had to. As if the rest of us want to pay more tax than we have to.
It may be that the our tax system is off-balance and needs to be changed, but that doesn’t make Romney wrong.
Newt has tried to use other negative ads in his campaign, but they turned out to be mostly if not completely false.
At the time, in 2002, Romney was actually arguing against giving 16- and 17-year-old girls a legal right to abortion without consent of either parent.
The ad strains to imply falsely that Romney was guilty of criminal conduct. At one point the words “illegal activity” appear superimposed over Romney’s face. But the truth is that Mitt was never implicated in any illegal activity.
The ad says Romney “refused to support” the Bush tax cuts when he was governor, and that’s true.
Romney pointedly refused to endorse the Bush tax cuts in 2003, although he never publicly opposed them, either.
It goes on and on, you can read a report at Factcheck.org
His latest negative ad accuses Romney of being dishonest, is it no wonder that Gingrich would like to be the one that tells his story, the way he wants us to hear it.
As for Romney he has run some negative ads and some of them are questionable. This latest ad features then-NBC Nightly News anchor Tom Brokaw reporting in 1997 on ethics charges against Newt Gingrich. It seems right on to me.
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NBC News today is requesting that the Romney campaign remove NBC material from an ad that went up yesterday in Florida attacking Newt Gingrich for 1990s-era House ethics charges.
The ad prominently features then-NBC Nightly News anchor Tom Brokaw reporting in 1997 on the ethics charges at the top of the Nightly News broadcast that evening, Politico reported this morning.
“The NBC Legal Department has written a letter to the campaign asking for the removal of all NBC News material from their campaign ads,” said Lauren Kapp, NBC senior vice president for marketing and communications, in a statement. Kapp added, “Similar requests have gone out to other campaigns that have inappropriately used Nightly News, Meet the Press, Today and MSNBC material.”
Brokaw also released a statement voicing his personal concerns.
“I am extremely uncomfortable with the extended use of my personal image in this political ad,” he said. “I do not want my role as a journalist compromised for political gain by any campaign.”
Newt Gingrich is good at saying the things that we want to hear.
One thing that he wants to keep quiet is his record, I don’t blame him. But to accuse Romney of being the only one running negative ads says a lot about Newt. What do you think?