Flush with a new $5 million donation from the wife of a Las Vegas casino mogul, a pro-Gingrich super PAC on Tuesday made a $6 million ad buy in Florida and launched an ad attacking rival Mitt Romney as a moderate by using his own words against him.
“I’m not a partisan Republican,” Romney says in a previous interview featured in the Gingrich ad. “I’m someone who is moderate. My views are progressive.”
The ad, which will air throughout Florida in advance of its pivotal primary next Tuesday, focuses on Romney’s embrace of a government mandate for people to buy health insurance when he was the governor of Massachusetts.
“Those who follow the path that we pursued will find it’s the best path,” Romney says in an old interview on NBC’s Meet the Press. “And we’ll end up with a nation that’s taken a mandate approach.”
And in a moment the Romney campaign would rather forget, President Obama is shown praising him for the state’s health plan, which served as a model for the one Obama later championed and which is now anathema to conservative primary voters. “I agree with Mitt Romney, who recently said he’s proud of what he accomplished on health care,” Obama is shown saying in the ad, which also displays a 2011 Wall Street Journal headline that says, “Romney: Obama’s Running Mate.”
Romney spokesman Ryan Williams said of the ad, “Speaker Gingrich has demonstrated that he can’t tell the truth about his unprecedented ethics reprimand, his resignation in disgrace at the hands of his own party, and his work as a highly paid Washington lobbyist for Freddie Mac. It’s not a surprise that his allies can’t tell the truth either.”
This is the first ad buy in Florida for Winning Our Future, which spent more than $4 million in attack ads aimed at Romney in South Carolina during the 10 days before its primary last Saturday. The PAC got help recently in the form of a $5 million donation from the wife of casino owner Sheldon Adelson.
The new ads are designed to help blunt attacks on Gingrich’s record being financed by the Romney campaign and the pro-Romney super PAC, Restore our Future, which has already spent more than $4.4 million in ads in the state.
Voice-Over: Think you know Mitt? Think again.
On Screen: “Romney: Obama’s Running Mate.” WSJ 5/12/11
Mitt: Those who follow the path that we pursued will find it’s the best path, and we’ll end up with a nation that’s taken a mandate approach.
On Screen: Obama used “health care law as blue print for federal law” NBC News 10/11/11
VO: When Mitt Romney invented government-run health care, Romney advisers helped Barack Obama write the disastrous Obamacare.
On screen: Romney advisers held “a dozen meetings…with Obama team” Forbes 10/31/11
Mitt: We put together an exchange, and the president’s copying that idea. I’m glad to hear that.
Obama: I agree with Mitt Romney, who recently said he’s proud of what he accomplished on health care.
Photos: Obama signs bill (Pelosi in background) … Romney signs bill
On Screen: Romneycare “disaster unfolding in Massachuestts” Forbes 10/31/11
VO: Romneycare sent costs spiraling out of control. Hiking premiums. Squeezing household budgets.
Mitt: “I’m not a partisan Republican. I’m someone who is moderate. My views are progressive.”
REWIND Mitt: “My views are progressive.”
Obama: “I agree with Mitt Romney.”
VO: “Now desperate to save his failing campaign, Romney promises to repeal Obamacare. How can we trust him?”
On Screen: “Mitt Romney can’t be trusted to fulfill this promise.” Forbes 10/31/11
VO: Think you know Mitt?
Mitt: “I’m someone who is moderate. My views are progressive.”
VO: Think again.