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The Obama-Biden Truth Team is hard at work calling out Mitt Romney for his lies: "Mitt Romney says he wants to run on the issues. But the ads he's running are false welfare reform attack ads." The video ends with Mitt Romney speaking at a campaign event:  Mr. Presdient, take your campaign out of the gutter, to which the Obama campaign responds, Mr. Romney ... take your own advice.


Video of Mitt Romney: Let's talk about what it takes to get America working again.

On screen: Mitt Romney says he wants to run on the issues. But these are the ads he's running.

Video of Romney Ad: President Obama quietly announced a plan to gut welfare reform.

On screen: And the reviews are in.

Video of CNN Anchor to Andrea Saul: Politifact, gives this the rating as pants on fire, which means really really false.

Video of Anderson Cooper to Newt Gingrich: You wouldn't have to work. You wouldn't have to train for a job. They'd just send you a welfare check. That is not factually correct.

Video of CNN Voice Over: Ron Haskins, a former Republican congressional staffer, who helped draft welfare reform says Mitt Romney is wrong about the waivers.

Video of Chris Matthews, MSNBC: Is there any truth to the charge that we're getting rid of work as a requirement of welfare payments.

Video of Response of guest to Chris Matthews: No, there is absolutely no truth to it.

Video of Mar Halperin: It's another misleading ad about the President's position on welfare reform.

Video of Alex Wagner on MSNBC: What does Bill Clinton think of this latest line of Romney attack?

Video of Response of guest to Alex Wagner: Well, I think he thinks it's unplugged from reality. We're in a kind of silly season of negative ads, but this one has no basis in fact.

Video of CNN Voice Over: Even though his ad accusing the President of weakening work requirements for welfare recipients got a "pants on fire" from Politifact and four pinocchios from The Washington Post, Mitt Romney is doubling down on the claim.

Video of guest on MSNBC: The ad itself is full about red lies. The notion that work requirements are now going to be ended is a lie.

C-Span Video of Mitt Romney giving speech in Waukesha, Wisconsin: Mr. Presdient, take your campaign out of the gutter.

On screen: Mr. Romney ... take your own advice.

On screen: Obama-Biden Truth Team.

For more information about the reviews mentioned in the ad, see:

● Poltifact.com: Mitt Romney says Barack Obama’s plan for welfare reform: "They just send you your check."

The Washington Post: Spin and counterspin in the welfare debate.

To those who are wondering where the Obama ads are on the Medicare issue, one was released yesterday, but have some patience and faith. Based on the Obama-Biden Truth Team's record so far, I'm sure there will be more great ads coming very soon.

Our job is to help get the information out there. So share, share, share via email, Facebook, Twitter and other social media. Also released today from the Obama campaign: New Obama "Get Real" Ad Calls Mitt Out on "Borrow Money from your parents."

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  •  Tip Jar (46+ / 0-)

    For me, Mitt reminds me of Jeff Bridges in Starman. He's like an alien that hasn't read the entire manual. You know, he's going, "Nice to be in a place where the trees are the right size. -- Robin Williams on Letterman 26 Apr 2012

    by hungrycoyote on Tue Aug 14, 2012 at 02:01:55 PM PDT

  •  What's sad and frustrating about this is Obama (23+ / 0-)

    has to run these counter ads every time. Every. Single. Time. As soon as Obama fails to hit one of the lies it gains traction as "Gee, that must be true because they didn't hit back". Romney and his band of merry liars are counting on telling so many lies that eventually they'll bury the truth. And that's no lie.

    Romney's religion is only an issue because he's a high priest in the Church of Mammon.

    by ontheleftcoast on Tue Aug 14, 2012 at 02:10:03 PM PDT

  •  Can't it be on teevee? n/t (3+ / 0-)
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    That's one more thing to add to my long list of small problems. --my son, age 10

    by concernedamerican on Tue Aug 14, 2012 at 02:10:11 PM PDT

  •  There's one thing (or so it seems)... (11+ / 0-)

    ...the Romney campaign didn't count on when developing its media strategy. While it could saturate standard TV and radio airwaves with its filth, it could not count on the HUGE advantage the president's campaign has in social media. That is REALLY taking a toll on Romney and his band.

    "First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win." --Gandhi

    by alaprst on Tue Aug 14, 2012 at 02:29:28 PM PDT

    •  Yes, that's something that Obama has (7+ / 0-)

      building since the election in 2008 and why he has a huge advantage over Romney is in social media: (Study finds Obama 'blows Romney out of the water' on Facebook.

      And that's why it's so important that we help by sharing the online ads as much and as often as we can. Romney is used to campaigning old style in the 20th Century, where he might have had a better chance of getting away with so many lies before the computers, blogs and smart phones. Obama's campaign operates in the 21st Century.

      For me, Mitt reminds me of Jeff Bridges in Starman. He's like an alien that hasn't read the entire manual. You know, he's going, "Nice to be in a place where the trees are the right size. -- Robin Williams on Letterman 26 Apr 2012

      by hungrycoyote on Tue Aug 14, 2012 at 02:48:53 PM PDT

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      •  OK (1+ / 0-)
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        Lots of people are too busy playing Farmville to actually go vote.

        All the old people who don't know how to use computers vote.

        •  As one of those people who used to be (1+ / 0-)
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          addicted to Farmville, I can tell you what cured me of it.

          I was driving to the store one afternoon and NPR came on. I actually sat in the car and listened to the end of the segment before going into the store. When I got home, I shut down my game playing accounts immediately.

          VOGT: Bogost decided that if he couldn't ruin Cow Clicker, he'd kill it. He got in touch with friends across the world, and had them hide clues in the real world for Cow Clicker diehards to find. Once assembled, the clues spelled out a chilling prophecy.

          BOGOST: Cowpocalypse, and then there was this timer that started running. And with the timer ended, then the game would shut down. Or at least that was the implication. I never really said what would happen.

          VOGT: In a final twist of perversity, Bogost designed his game-ending countdown clock to speed up whenever anyone played the game and to reset if people paid money.

          (snip)

          VOGT: Here's how the Cowpocalypse actually transpired.

          BOGOST: All the cows were whisked away. And all that was left were the little shadows where they had been standing. But the game continued to run. And, in fact, the game continues to run to this day. And there are still people clicking on the spot where a cow used to be.

          VOGT: Bogost still gets messages from confused Cow Clickers. A typical complaint, which Leigh Alexander, the videogame journalist, published, read that after the rapture, Cow Clicker was quote, "not a very fun game" any longer. Bogost answered: It wasn't very fun before. For Bogost, Cow Clicker was never about fun. It was a joke. But as it turned out, the joke was on him.

          Cow Clicker Founder: If You Can't Ruin It, Destroy It

          When I realized how sick it was to sit there and just click and click, I knew I had to quit cold turkey.

          For me, Mitt reminds me of Jeff Bridges in Starman. He's like an alien that hasn't read the entire manual. You know, he's going, "Nice to be in a place where the trees are the right size. -- Robin Williams on Letterman 26 Apr 2012

          by hungrycoyote on Tue Aug 14, 2012 at 05:18:34 PM PDT

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  •  I'm really not all that impressed, (3+ / 0-)
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    with this Ad, Mitt's recent add out today on medicare cuts is far more effective.  Mitt's ad is more effective because he is setting the agenda, he is defining who is cutting medicare.  We need to step up to the plate and answer their lies and this Ad seem very weak to me.

    "It took us a couple of days because I like to know what I'm talking about before I speak." President Barack Obama 3/24/09

    by sfcouple on Tue Aug 14, 2012 at 02:30:48 PM PDT

    •  The "who's cutting Medicare" (5+ / 0-)

      horse already left the barn.  It's August, and FL headlines took Ryan to the Medicare cleaners.

      No honeymoon there, plus they're dissing the press again tonight.

      I think we can count on the MSM to start hitting harder pretty soon - Mitt and Friends have pissed them off rather badly, and even the overlords are starting to worry about who will watch them while the Republicans are in the swamp trying to build 2 parties for the next 30 years.

      I'm not looking for a love that will lift me up and carry me away. A love that will stroll alongside and make a few amusing comments will suffice.

      by I love OCD on Tue Aug 14, 2012 at 02:54:24 PM PDT

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      •  ocd: I know you're correct, I'm just feeling (4+ / 0-)

        frustrated with these thugs and have developed a visceral
        dislike of mitt and ryan. I just want these two spoiled prima donnas, and the rest of their ilk, to have a progressive agenda shoved downed their throats.  

        "It took us a couple of days because I like to know what I'm talking about before I speak." President Barack Obama 3/24/09

        by sfcouple on Tue Aug 14, 2012 at 03:52:08 PM PDT

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        •  Me too. (3+ / 0-)
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          In fact I wondered today if it would doom me to endless wretched karma to start a "Paul Ryan is the Antichrist" theme on Twitter.

          I'm not usually big on that kind of attack, but these two deserve the dirtiest of the dirt IMO.

          I'm not looking for a love that will lift me up and carry me away. A love that will stroll alongside and make a few amusing comments will suffice.

          by I love OCD on Tue Aug 14, 2012 at 04:29:53 PM PDT

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          •  Have you checked out Paul Ryan Gosling (1+ / 0-)
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            on Twitter? The account was created on Saturday, and already has over 35,882 followers. I just posted a diary about it.

            For me, Mitt reminds me of Jeff Bridges in Starman. He's like an alien that hasn't read the entire manual. You know, he's going, "Nice to be in a place where the trees are the right size. -- Robin Williams on Letterman 26 Apr 2012

            by hungrycoyote on Tue Aug 14, 2012 at 05:22:24 PM PDT

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            •  Fell across that this morning while (1+ / 0-)
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              reading @sarcastic Rover, my favorite Twit of all!

              It's very funny, and quite pointed.  Good on him!  Do you think he'd sell the antichrist thing?

              I'm not looking for a love that will lift me up and carry me away. A love that will stroll alongside and make a few amusing comments will suffice.

              by I love OCD on Tue Aug 14, 2012 at 07:18:31 PM PDT

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      •  Mitt and Friends have pissed them off rather badly (3+ / 0-)
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        You got it.  

        The foreign trip was the final straw. Treating the press like a traveling petting zoo and telling them to kiss my axx was beyond the pale.

    •  OFA strategy is very simple (9+ / 0-)

      What OFA's strategy does is let Romney dig his own hole, and doesn't take the shovel away too soon.  Then they bury him with his own words and whining.  Here's how I see it working:

      While Obama / Biden are out campaigning on policy and new initiatives, and are already on to their next maneuver (tying the do-nothing Congress firmly around the Ryan-Romney ticket), Romney is reacting to his own prior blunders. E.g. Obama is spending 3 days in IOWA talking about his record, support for clean energy and how Congress couldn't even pass a new farm bill this year.

      Meanwhile Romney-Ryan are reacting to last weekend's media spotlight on the Ryan budget, and they go on the record with lies.

      OFA patiently waits for the Media response to the lies, so that they can quote "respected" published sources for calling out Romney on his lying. That way Obama/Biden are side-stepping an easy "He said- She said" framing by the other side.

      In short, Romney is running a "trust me" campaign attempting to campaign without committing to details. The latest version is, "My budget differs from Ryan's budget," without being able to list a single specific point on which they differ.

      In contrast, Obama is running a "you don't have to take my word for it" campaign against Romney.  And at the same time is out stumping on his own record and thing he has proposed that Congress has blocked.

      With this strategy OFA and the DNC have knocked out everything Romney has attempted to claim as a positive achievement.

      •  Excellent analysis. I think you're (4+ / 0-)

        spot on. Pretty much sums up the fact that Romney is down to running on thin air, and it's only August.

        For me, Mitt reminds me of Jeff Bridges in Starman. He's like an alien that hasn't read the entire manual. You know, he's going, "Nice to be in a place where the trees are the right size. -- Robin Williams on Letterman 26 Apr 2012

        by hungrycoyote on Tue Aug 14, 2012 at 03:53:02 PM PDT

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        •  About all he has left is a family values claim - (3+ / 0-)
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          since it appears that both Romney and Ryan have been faithful to their wives.  

          Then here too, there will be the liability that Ryan's "convictions" would outlaw IVF, when several of Romney's grandchildren were conceived that way.

          Talk about walking into a buzzsaw.  Who will be the first reporter that asks Ryan-Romney who would go to jail for destroying the unused embryos.  Would funeral services be required for the embryos?  

          That issue is going to cut through a number of other issues for a fair number of people who might not care about politics, but who do care about discover of new medical treatments and who will feel threatened by the simple fact of Ryan wanting to interfere with their right to have a family.

        •  Do you think the Ryan VP announcement was (3+ / 0-)
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          rushed, in part because the Teapublican wing of the party would have wrecked havoc all the way up to the convention?

          I think last week Romney tried to pivot to running on his MA healthcare reform to claim he's best qualified to reform Obamacare.  His strategy seemed to be to set himself up at the convention as a needed REFORMER.

          But his etch-a-sketch team didn't have the Teapublican's buy-in and when the hard right and Teapublicans freaked out on day one of the pivot, the strategy had to be abandoned ASAP.

          That's the best reason I can think of to explain why they jumped their own app and leaked Ryan as VP late on a Friday night.  They did NOT want any discussion of MA healthcare on the Sunday talk shows.

          •  lilithgardener: you've made some great comments (3+ / 0-)

            here and I am already feeling better.  Thanks...and I mean that sincerely.  I'm already so nervous about this election that I wake up at night worrying about it.

            You have an excellent command of OFA's strategy and I just need to relax a little and not get upset over each tactic.

            I know President Obama stands head and shoulders above his opponents and I have an immense amount of respect for him along with his entire team.

            Thanks again !!

            "It took us a couple of days because I like to know what I'm talking about before I speak." President Barack Obama 3/24/09

            by sfcouple on Tue Aug 14, 2012 at 04:43:52 PM PDT

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            •  Will you channel that nervousness into taking (3+ / 0-)

              action?

              Not saying that you should, only that you could.

              Thank you for your kind words, and you're welcome, by the way.  

              In the past, I was too busy making a living to do much in politics other than to vote.  But the nonsense in the primaries this year caught my attention and might just turn me into a progressive activist.  

              There are other people who are just as nervous as you are, I'm sure you can figure out who they are, who will find you really credible when you can relate to their fear, and then explain to them how Ryan-Romney and the Teapublicans are playing on their fear to confuse them about the facts.

              I'm convinced the Republican party no longer exists unless they can expel the Teapublicans, without whom they can't win anything, and with whom they can't pass effective legislation.  I am concerned about the Democratic party being pulled further to the right and am educating myself to learn where I can make a small difference on that front (without jeopardizing the current Democratic center).

              I'm looking into voter registration/voter ID/phone banking into formerly safe red districts, since with the Ryan Veep pick, the House might be back in play.

  •  The meme I want to see reinforced non-stop (7+ / 0-)

    "Mitt Romney: Hiding the Truth"

    It applies to his many lies, tax returns, and who is funding his campaign.

    Don't forget that most men with nothing would rather protect the possibility of becoming rich than face the reality of being poor. - John Dickinson ("1776")

    by banjolele on Tue Aug 14, 2012 at 02:30:50 PM PDT

  •  i'm glad my job is in the bucket brigade. (4+ / 0-)

    i'm not sure anyone looks at all the things i post to facebook, but i still post them. in addition to other stuff i have time for that others don't.
    all i can do is preface the posts with some cool, clean line that's not rude or alarmist. my shoulders get brushed off and i go on... and i visualize a 3-pointer each time. ;)

    hungrycoyote plays shortstop, i'm 2nd base.

    Addington's Perpwalk: TRAILHEAD of Accountability for Bush-2 Crimes.
    * Join: OBAMA'S TRUTH TEAM *

    by greenbird on Tue Aug 14, 2012 at 02:55:51 PM PDT

  •  Time to load the LIAR cannon! (1+ / 0-)
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    Seriously, media just need to come out and say the words "Lie and Liar."  

    The President's surrogates need to use the words 24/7 through November.

    And the Pres and VP need to get dangerously close to the words at least.  I'd love to see the President stop Mitt in his tracks during the debates: "Governor, that's an out and out lie, and you KNOW it!"

    Screw terms like:

    fast and loose with the truth
    misleading
    etc.

    They are LIES and LIARS!

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