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Published — July 12, 2012 Updated — May 19, 2014 at 12:19 pm ET

AdWatch: Romney ad accuses Obama campaign of lies

Introduction

WASHINGTON (AP) — TITLE: “No Evidence.”

LENGTH: 30 seconds.

AIRING: Several battleground states.

KEY IMAGES: A narrator asks: “When a president doesn’t tell the truth, how can we trust him to lead?”

The words “Obama’s Outsourcing Attacks: ‘Misleading, Unfair and Untrue'” fill the screen, quoting from a Washington Post fact-checking article as the narrator echoes the charge.

“There was no evidence that Mitt Romney shipped jobs overseas,” says the narrator, citing an article from FactCheck.org. with the narrator’s words superimposed.

“Candidate Obama lied about Hillary Clinton,” says the narrator, followed by a clip of Clinton angrily accusing Obama of falsehoods during the 2008 Democratic primary fight. “So shame on you, Barack Obama,” she says.

The narrator concludes, “But America expects more from a president. Obama’s dishonest campaign: another reason America has lost confidence in Barack Obama.”

ANALYSIS: The hard-hitting ad from the Romney campaign comes as President Barack Obama and GOP rival Mitt Romney accuse each other of lying, a rancorous new turn in the race. Obama’s campaign for weeks has been attacking Romney’s record at private equity firm Bain Capital. “Mitt Romney’s companies were pioneers in outsourcing U.S. jobs to low-wage countries,” a recent Obama ad said.

Obama wants to undercut the former Massachusetts governor’s pitch that his business background makes him more qualified than the president to fix the nation’s struggling economy.

Romney’s new ad is an attempt to blunt those charges, and is considered a sign that Obama’s negative attacks are working.

The ad all but calls Obama a liar. It accuses Obama of falsely depicting Romney as someone who shipped jobs overseas when he ran Bain Capital, and it uses Clinton to try to show that there’s a pattern to Obama’s alleged dishonesty.

It’s unclear the full extent to which Romney-owned companies have outsourced, but there’s no question Bain invested in businesses that moved jobs overseas to cut costs — a trend that began in the 1990s and which many U.S. companies followed.

Still, that doesn’t mean Romney personally directed those companies to move jobs overseas.

The Romney campaign has said the evidence the Obama team has used in its attacks is from after Romney left Bain in 1999. Romney insists job outsourcing was not a Bain policy when he was in charge.

Yet in one case, the Bain-controlled Holson Burnes Group Inc. specifically told federal regulators it outsourced manufacturing of 75 percent of its photo frames to “Far Eastern countries,” including China, Taiwan, Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia. The company said it “significantly strengthened its relationship with those sources” in the late 1980s and early 1990s, according to Securities and Exchange Commission documents filed in March 1993, when Romney was at the company’s helm.

For Bain, the company was a financial success: Holson Burnes raised $24 million from its initial public offering on the over-the-counter trading market, with Bain executives retaining the majority of the company’s shares. Bain more than doubled its initial investment, according to a financial prospectus.

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Associated Press writer Jack Gillum contributed to this report.

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Trump needs to conduct these activities because the entire MSM media, excluding Fox, is campaigning against him 24/7/365.

Didn’t Monica’s boyfriend’s wife and various criminal enterprises outspend Trump by almost 2-1?

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Why wouldn’t he get an early start on fund raising? Hillary outspent him two-to-one in 2016. The Dem’s are the party of big money. The President knows this and is attempting to get a jump on it. Of course the Dem candidate will outspend him in 2020 so it’s only rational that he starts fund raising now.

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Oh brother. We just 8 years of the Campaigner – in – Chief. Where was this journalistic rectal thermometer then. Just another article about 2000 words too long that merely takes another slap at Trump for something he far from initiated.

j stevenson
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j stevenson

The big difference between Trump and all the rest is his refusing to accept funds from lobbyists, so they don’t have the White House access they are used to. These are the donors who buy the presidency and are as pixxed off that he won the election as are the media and the Dems. Lobbyists have never been shut out of the WH and Trump has told them he is not for sale.

jan v
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jan v

all the lobbyists are running all our government agencies and all the career civil servants who know how to run the country have been fired. YOU think this is a good thing ? what a crock…

thomas alessi
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thomas alessi

I am for Trump

Anonymous
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Trump needs to be impeached and tossed in prison. Then have the key thrown away so he will never be free. Then he can see how it feels not to have freedom.

Mark Sullivan
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Mark Sullivan

Thank you for the usual insightful leftist low IQ Snowflake response.

barney
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hes not imprisoning them hes sending them back to their country chill tf out

SOUTH JERSEY
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SOUTH JERSEY

WHY DONT YOU HAVE FREEDOM?

Tom Larkin
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Tom Larkin

First, something positive. I was happy to learn of empirical information in article. BUT, the article was so slanted against President Trump as to be deemed fake news (“Perhaps Trump just lied.” (Two different issues)). The article mentions that President Trump raised over $67 million, but ended 2018 with $19 million. President Trump spent over $40 million 2016 and 2017. President Trump conducted 57 political rallies. The article notes the hats and T-shirts sold, but NEVER MENTIONS THE INCREASE IN THE NUMBER OF REPUBLICAN SENATORS during a mid-term election that lost the House and the number of political rallies in… Read more »

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Ted Sirois

At least Trump is getting donations from willing donors. Fresh from his first election, Obama used billions of our children’s tax dollars to save thousands of union jobs in the car industry and bailed out the banks and many Wall Street businesses. This secured his source of reelection funds for his reelection four years later.

South Jersey
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South Jersey

TRUMP 2020; IS AN AMAZINGLY SMART MAN! VERY ORIGINAL & CREATIVE. I AM HAPPY TO HAVE HIS AS POTUS.

SOUTH JERSEY
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THIS ARTICLE WAS OBVIOUSLY WRITTEN BY, A TRUMP-HATE-GROUP. THAT FEELS; IT IS NOT NORMAL TO BE SUCCESSFUL WITH YOUR OWN BRAND NAME. WHEN, IF FACT, IT IS NORMAL! >>>>> THIS IS >>> FAKE NEWS!!! <<<< ie: A PACK-OF-LIES; SPUN INTO; DEFAMATION OF CHARACTER. FOR A SINISTER-AGENDA OF; FASCIST DEMOCRATIC SOCIALIST, COUP D'ETAT

David
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Are you on some kind of drugs? Writing in caps makes me think that you are grumpy old fart or a uneducated hillbilly.