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Romney lied about whether he has seen his Super PAC Ads

January 26, 2012 at 9:28 p.m.


Tonight, “Which Mitt” Romney denied he and his campaign were running an attack ad against Newt Gingrich. But CNN’s Wolf Blitzer called him on it just moments later, and pointed out that at the end of the ad, it’s Mitt Romney’s voice that says, “I’m Mitt Romney, and I approve this ad.” This isn’t the first time that Romney’s lied about his ads. In a previous debate, Romney said he hadn’t seen super PAC ads attacking Gingrich… just seconds before admitting that he’d seen them, and then he proceeded to repeat the ad’s claims. And four years ago, Romney denied the content of one of his ads attacking John McCain… which fact-checkers said was wrong. “Which Mitt” will say anything to get elected.



Romney Said He Hadn’t Seen Restore Our Future’s Ads Before Admitting That He Saw One. Romney: “They wouldn't be putting money into a PAC that supports me if they weren't people who support me. And with regards to their ads, I haven't seen them. And, as you know, under the law, I can't direct their ads. Speaker, hold on a second. I, I can't direct their ads. If there's anything in them that's wrong, I hope they take it out. I hope everything that's wrong is taken out. But let me tell you this, the ad I saw said that, that you'd been forced out of the speakership, that was correct.” [Meet The Press Debate, NBC News, 1/8/12]

  • Romney: “With Regards To Their Ads, I Haven't Seen Them.” [Meet The Press Debate, NBC News, 1/8/12]
  • Romney Goes On To Describe The Restore Our Future “Ad I Saw”: “But let me tell you this, the ad I saw said that, that you'd been forced out of the speakership, that was correct… It said that, that you'd sat down with Nancy Pelosi and, and argued for, for a climate change bill. That was correct. It said that you called the, the--Ron Paul's, Ron Paul, Paul Ryan's plan to, to provide, to Medicare reform, a, a, a right wing social engineering plan. It said that, that as part of an investigation, an ethics investigation, that you had to reimburse some $300,000. Those things were all true. If there was something related to abortion that it said that was wrong, I hope they pulled it out. Anything wrong, I'm opposed to.” [Meet The Press Debate, NBC News, 1/8/12]

Romney Said Restore Our Future’s Anti-Santorum Ad “Is Accurate” But “I Haven’t Seen The Ad.” Romney: “No, they -- well, of course. And Rick Santorum says, Look, it's not fair that the super-PAC, I guess -- and I haven't seen it, but says that he wants to give voting rights to felons. Well, he wants to give to it people who were former felons. I think they still call people who were in jail convicted of a felony -- they still call them felons. … So it is -- apparently, it is accurate. I mean, I -- I haven't seen the ad, but it sounds like it is accurate.” [Post-Debate Spin Room With Sean Hannity, Fox News, 1/16/12]

Romney Went On To Describe In Detail An Ad Against Gingrich After Saying: “I Have Not Seen All The Ads, I Don’t Even Know What’s Up In The Super PACs.” Romney: “And my principle is I think that any ad should be telling the truth. And in the case of Speaking Gingrich's ad I think by far the most compelling part of the ad, as I understand it, I have not seen all the ads, I don't even know what's up from the ad folks in the Super Pacs but what I understand is that they have a picture of the Speaker with Nancy Pelosi, that was true. Promoting cap and trade and legislation on climate change, that's accurate. They have him saying that the plan put forward by Paul Ryan is right wing social engineering, he actually did that as well. They point out he was investigated for ethics violations and had to pay three hundred thousand dollars as part of that investigation that's also true. So, there's a lot of truth that's been put out there.”  [Romney Presser, Florence SC, 1/17/12]


FOUR YEARS AGO ROMNEY DENIED ANOTHER IMMIGRATION AD AGAINST JOHN MCCAIN, AND FACT CHECKERS CALLED HIM ON IT Romney “Was Wrong When He Denied That His Attack Ads Described McCain's Immigration Bill As ‘Amnesty’ For Illegal Aliens.” “Romney was wrong when he denied that his attack ads described McCain's immigration bill as ‘amnesty’ for illegal aliens: McCain: [T]he fact is it's it [sic] not amnesty. And for you to describe it as you do in the attack ads, my friend, you can spend your whole fortune on these attack ads, but it still won't be true. Romney: No, no, no, no. I get a chance to respond to this. I'm sorry. I'm sorry. I don't describe your plan as amnesty in my ad. I don't call it amnesty. What I say is – and you just described what most people would say is a form of amnesty. In fact Romney has been running an ad since Dec. 28 that says ‘McCain pushed to let every illegal immigrant stay here permanently’ while Romney ‘opposes amnesty for illegals,’ adding: ‘Mitt Romney, John McCain, there is a difference.’ That's pretty clearly accusing McCain of supporting ‘amnesty.’ Otherwise there would be no ‘difference’ on that issue.” [, 1/6/08]

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