December 30, 2007


Romney and the candor gap (GLEN JOHNSON, 12/30/07, Associated Press)

When confronted with questions that might conflict with his message of the day or political record, the Republican candidate has shown a tendency to bob and weave or simply dismiss history. He has done so all year, providing an easy target for his opponents. [...]

This past week, Romney did it again over questions about whether he was planning to air negative ads — in particular on the subject of illegal immigration — against John McCain. The Arizona senator has been surging in New Hampshire, where Romney is angling for back-to-back victories after a hoped-for win in this week's Iowa caucuses.

"I haven't made any decisions on what issue ads might come forward, down the road, but those aren't what we shot today," Romney told reporters on Wednesday. "What we shot today was just me to camera."

On Friday, his campaign went on TV with a new commercial, a so-called contrast ad that did not feature Romney speaking, but a narrator comparing his record to McCain's on immigration and tax matters.

Perhaps the hairspray fumes addle his mind.

Posted by Orrin Judd at December 30, 2007 10:43 AM

Perhaps hairspray is what you're drinking, Glen. I find Romney's comparative ads very informative and a great deal better than the nasty character assassinating responses his adversaries are coming back with. It is one thing to compare policy based on facts of public record (Romney's approach) and quite another to call someone a liar or worse. The reason McCain and Huckabee are so upset is because they have difficulty hiding their hideous records, which is what Romney's comparative ads are all about. Romney's kept his ads above nasty personal attacks, which is a lot more than I can say about little people like McCain and Huckabee. And a lot more than I can say of your hit piece here, too.

Posted by: Rockyspoon at December 30, 2007 7:01 PM

Just because Romney's politics have always been liberal doesn't mean he's not lying.

Posted by: oj at December 30, 2007 9:19 PM

He would not give notice to the media about his campaign tactics - so what? I don´t get it. This looks like a non-issue to me.

Posted by: wf at December 31, 2007 6:48 AM

Each lie is a non-issue. A pattern of lying is one's political identity.

Posted by: oj at December 31, 2007 9:27 AM