Just after offering a robust defense of his hard-line immigration policy, Mitt Romney stepped in it when he claimed to have not seen his own ad attacking Newt Gingrich.
The ad airing on Spanish-language radio in Miami says Gingrich referred to Spanish as a "ghetto'' language. PolitiFact called the ad "mostly true.
"I haven't seen the ad,'' Romney said. "Did he say that?"'
Even if he was telling the truth, Romney came across as disingenuous. That's not helpful for a candidate who frequently struggles to come across as authentic. As CNN moderator Wolf Blitzer helpfully reminded the audience, at the end of the ad, Romney says, "I'm Mitt Romney and I approved this ad.''
As Rick Perry would say: "Oops.''
Minutes later, the Gingrich campaign was happy to e-mail blast a copy of the ad so anyone could hear Romney's disclaimer -- which he recites in not-too-shabby Spanish.
Just a side note: Gingrich has apologized for the "ghetto'' remark but in the heat of the debate he insisted it was "taken totally out of context.''
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