Priorities USA’s ad, attempting to link Mitt Romney to a woman dying of cancer, has been declared out-of-bounds and below-the-belt by independent fact-checkers. And because of it, the Obama campaign and White House has tried to distance itself from it by claiming it didn’t know the man’s story in the ad.
But there was a shift yesterday. Obama campaign spokeswoman Jen Psaki said on Air Force One yesterday: “No one is denying that he was in a campaign -- one of our campaign ads. He was on a conference call telling his story.”
The campaign and spokeswoman Stephanie Cutter had earlier suggested they didn’t know his details: “I don't know the facts of when Joe Soptic's wife got sick or when she died,” she said.
Obama adviser Robert Gibbs said on “Morning Joe” Wednesday: “This is an ad by an entity that's not controlled by the campaign. I certainly don't know the specifics of this man's case.”
This once again highlights the phony separation between the campaigns and Super PACs, which BOTH sides are guilty of.
Maggie Haberman writes: “[I]t's worth noting that neither side — either the campaigns themselves or the super PACs — have been known for the high road this cycle. The pro-Mitt Romney super PAC Restore Our Future accused Newt Gingrich of supporting China's brutal one-child policy, for instance — and the pro-Gingrich super PAC was the one that first launched Bain-related attacks. Obama backers and Democrats also demanded Romney renounce ads that a super PAC funded by businessman Joe Ricketts had discussed that would feature the president's former pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright.”
In Wisconsin, Obama leads Romney 50-43% among all voters (50-45% among likelies) in a new Marquette Law School poll. He gets a 50% approval rating. Obama’s favorability rating is 53/42%. Romney, meanwhile, is a net-negative – 36%/48%.
USA Today: "People using Twitter in swing states -- with the heaviest doses of political advertising -- appear to have developed a very negative view of both President Obama and Mitt Romney. In tweets from 12 key battleground states, sentiment toward Romney had been generally more favorable than Obama early this summer, and Romney's Twitter favorability was higher in swing states than nationally. But by mid-July, the Republican presidential candidate's advantage had dropped off, and he and Obama were both mired in swing state tweet doldrums, with bottom-end ratings below their already low national scores. These are the first results of the swing state sampe of the USA Today/Twitter Electino Meter. The meter tracks the daily Twitter Political Index, a measurement of national Twitter sentiment toward Romney and Obama."
MASSACHUSETTS: “The cloud stirred up by a group’s effort to increase voter registration among Massachusetts welfare recipients dovetails with the Democrats’ primary plan for winning this fall’s US Senate race, even if it is not sanctioned by the Patrick administration or state Democratic party,” the Boston Globe’s Johnson writes. “That plan is this: increase turnout among traditional liberal Democratic constituencies by all means possible, swamping Senator Scott Brown and the Republican Party during a presidential year. Brown’s rival, Harvard Law School professor Elizabeth Warren, is doing her part with tough talk about Wall Street, as well as policy proposals including an infrastructure plan aimed at winning votes from lunchbucket Democrats such as labor unions. … And now Brown and the Massachusetts Republican Party are charging that Patrick’s administration itself, as well as an outside group guided by Warren’s own daughter, are trying to do their part by spending public funds to increase turnout among welfare recipients. That’s the kind of downtrodden constituency that usually leans toward the Democrats and their belief in a strong social safety net. The challenge to all that is that by tacking hard to the left, Warren and her party risk alienating unenrolled voters. At 52 percent of all registered voters, they represent the majority of the Massachusetts electorate.” But: “Never mind that such outreach is compelled by the National Voter Registration Act of 1993, also known as the ‘motor voter’ law that has already made registration commonplace at the Registry of Motor Vehicles.”