Obama Ramps Up Campaign Truth Squad
How worried is President Obama about the Republican attack machine in 2012? Today his campaign is unveiling not one, not two, but three web sites devoted to truth squadding.
Anticipating a half billion dollars in attack ads this year, the campaign is launching www.KeepingHisWord.com, www.KeepingGOPHonest.com and www.AttackWatch.com. The web sites address misleading claims by Republicans about the president and their own policies.
In 2008, Obama's campaign created a web site called Fight the Smears, largely in response to false assertions about his citizenship and religion. This year, the campaign is anticipating a much broader assault on the president's record.
This is the second time in recent days that the Obama campaign has let on that it feels outgunned by the pro-Republican gauntlet of super-PACS. Last week, the campaign said Obama was endorsing a super-PAC created in his behalf, Priorities USA, which has posted lackluster funding so far.
Of course, Obama's hands are not totally clean when it comes to truth telling in the heat of a campaign. Politifact, for example, has dinged him for saying his Republican rivals would eliminate all aid to Israel. And with Democrats insisting the election will be a choice between two competing visions, it's expected that the Obama campaign will spend plenty of time and money trying to discredit the Republican nominee.