Mitt Romney repudiates Super PAC for its proposed Barack Obama/Jeremiah Wright ad
One of the concerns that many conservatives have had about Mitt Romney was that–for want of a better term–he lacks the balls to attack Barack Obama. We saw what happened in 2008 when John McCain refused to go after Barack Obama and we worried that Mitt Romney would be John McCain lite, and now it looks as if our concern has been justified.
When Newt Gingrich was still in the primary race and he called on Mitt Romney to condemn attack ads which a Romney Super PAC was running against him Mitt Romney stated he couldn’t do so because federal election law prohibited him from coordinating or communicating with Super PACs.
Fast forward to today: A Super PAC is planning on airing ads which will attack Barack Obama for his twenty year association with the America and Jew hating Reverend Jeremiah Wright, and Mitt Romney was quick to repudiate the efforts of this Super Pac:
I repudiate the effort by that PAC to promote an ad strategy of the nature they’ve described. I would like to see this campaign focus on the economy, on getting people back to work, on seeing rising incomes and growing prosperity — particularly for those in the middle class of America. And I think what we’ve seen so far from the Obama campaign is a campaign of character assassination. I hope that isn’t the course of this campaign. So in regards to that PAC, I repudiate what they’re thinking about … It’s interesting that we’re talking about some Republican PAC that wants to go after the president [on Wright]; I hope people also are looking at what he’s doing, and saying ‘why is he running an attack campaign? Why isn’t he talking about his record?’
This is precisely what Newt Gingrich asked Mitt Romney to do during the primary and yet Romney refused to do so based on federal election law, but suddenly he isn’t so worried about that law when a group decides to attack Barack Obama. This is precisely what conservatives were worried about–Mitt Romney was much more willing to attack fellow Republicans than he is to attack his main rival in Barack Obama because he fears the way he will be portrayed in the media and this is a recipe for defeat in November.
Here is a message for Mitt Romney: the media isn’t going to support you and the media isn’t going to like you no matter what you say or what you do, so if you are afraid you will get on the wrong side of the media think again because you already are simply because you associate yourself with the Republican party. Stop being so damned wishy-washy and go after this man with guns blazing–go big or go home. At least show us you are willing to fight as hard against Barack Obama as you were against Newt Gingrich, that would be a start.