Mitt Romney dropped a negative ad in New Hampshire attacking John McCain. However, it seems that Romney, again, has some truthiness problems. Given the factual errors below, it is clear why McCain goes straight to Romney’s credibility problem.

Factcheck.org, "More Mitt Malarky":

Romney’s latest ad attacks McCain in New Hampshire with false and misleading claims

WaPo’s Howie Kurtz:

Mitt Romney, who targeted Mike Huckabee in an earlier commercial, is now running the most negative campaign of any presidential candidate in either party. … Romney’s description of McCain’s failed immigration bill — which was backed by President Bush — is so selective as to be misleading.

New York Times:

Specifically, Mr. Romney assails Mr. McCain on both tax policies and immigration. On both topics, the commercial presents facts that could be construed either as selective or worse, misleading.

Mark Halperin from Time points out:

First negative ad against Romney by any candidate, first negative ad by McCain, first negative ad by any candidate besides Romney.

Negative campaigning. Lying. Debating what the definition of "saw" is. Who does that sound like?


6 Comments

cbs · December 29, 2007 at 3:29 AM

Mickey Kaus actually did some fact checking himself and found that, lo and behold, the so called fact checkers were wrong: http://www.slate.com/id/2180876/

Care to revise and extend your remarks?

sampo · December 29, 2007 at 5:43 AM

Check out Slick Willard’s attack ad!

Mitt Romney “opposes amnesty for illegal immigrants.”
Source?
-Romney, Strategy for a Stronger America.

No wonder McCain says Romney needs to repect voters before he can expect them to earn his.

CBS, take a chill. Soren linked to the exact same page Slate did in factcheck.org which concludes “Romney’s latest ad attacks McCain in New Hampshire with false and misleading claims”

But I digress. Unlike me, McCain didn’t resort to haggling over symantics and instead delivered a serious blow right where it hurts: Mitt’s integrity. That’s why he’s a better man than I.

ee2793 · December 29, 2007 at 9:18 AM

These are comparison TV ads, not position papers. For heaven’s sake, Soren, are you that simple-minded?

cbs · December 29, 2007 at 12:17 PM

Sampo,

Soren did not link to the Mickey Kaus page where Kaus found that “Romney’s right about McCain. Don’t tell the MSM.” Kaus said that the NY Times, which used the same arguments as factcheck.org, were incorrect.

Everything in the Romney ad was accurate. Regardless of Soren’s unhinged dislike of Romney, the facts are on Romney’s side in this instance. I think he should acknowledge he was wrong.

neil · December 29, 2007 at 5:02 PM

Negative campaigning. Lying. Debating what the definition of “saw” is. Who does that sound like?

You’re right, he is the true successor to Bush.

I’m Calling Shenanigans on John McCain. : The Sundries Shack · March 21, 2008 at 9:02 AM

[…] Dayton also seems to like calling Mitt Romney a liar. He did it in posts here, here, and here. That came after he accused Romney of “childish personal attacks” and called him “dishonest, venal, and hypocritical” as well as “so brazen”. He was also quite willing to call Matt Drudge a Romney “shill” without any actual evidence. […]

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