Political Theater

Ron Paul says Michele Bachmann “hates Muslims”

December 17, 2011

Ron Paul was on The Tonight Show last night, where Jay Leno asked him to say a little something about the other Republican candidates for president. Mitt Romney, according to Paul, is “a nice guy.” Newt Gingrich should “run for Speaker of the House again,” and Jon Huntsman is “a good diplomat” and ” a thoughtful person.”

New anti-Romney ad rekindles — er, mocks? — Francophobia

December 16, 2011

Back in 2002, Mitt Romney welcomed francophone volunteers to the Salt City Olympics with a friendly introductory video he recorded in French. It’s “an incredible experience in your life,” said Romney, who spent more than two years in France as a Mormon missionary in the 1960s. “The kind that you live only once.”

New ad from pro-Romney SuperPAC hits on Gingrich’s weaknesses

December 9, 2011

The pro-Romney SuperPAC Restore Our Future has released a video ad warning that Obama’s “plan” to “brutally attack Mitt Romney and hope Newt Gingrich is his opponent” because “Newt has a ton of baggage” is working.

New Perry ad bashes Gingrich, Romney on health care mandate

December 8, 2011

A day after releasing an incendiary ad condemning gays serving in the military and “Obama’s war on religion,” the Perry campaign has put out a new campaign video, this one focused on his rivals’ stances on the individual mandate.

Huntsman accuses Romney of flip-flop gymnastics in new ad

December 3, 2011

Jon Huntsman has published a new web ad hammering Romney for changing, if not his stance, then at least his tone on key campaign issues.

Romney denies history of “flip-flops” in Fox interview

November 30, 2011

In an long and sometimes tense interview with Fox’s Bret Baier on Tuesday, GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney defended himself against alleged policy “flip-flops” on immigration, health care, and other issues put forward in a DNC attack ad released earlier in the week.

from Tales from the Trail:

Newt, schmoot – Democrats keep sights firmly on Romney

November 28, 2011

 

Newt Gingrich may have jumped into the lead among Republican presidential hopefuls in some national polls, but the Democrats -- at least -- seem convinced that Mitt Romney will be President Barack Obama's opponent in November 2012, at least if you look at how they are spending their advertising dollars.

The GOP national security debate in six minutes

November 24, 2011

The eight leading GOP presidential candidates met at Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday night for a two-hour debate on national security and foreign policy. Here are some of the most significant exchanges of the night:

from Tales from the Trail:

Gingrich takes heat over “amnesty”

November 24, 2011

Electrified fences, predator drones and anchor babies were nowhere to be found when the subject of illegal immigration came up in the latest of a series of Republican presidential debates.

New DNC ad targets Romney on immigration

November 23, 2011

The Democratic National Committee released a new, post-debate ad this morning accusing Mitt Romney of being “dishonest” and “extreme” on immigration. The video, which contrasts Romney’s comments at last night’s debate with those made by rival Newt Gingrich, asks “On immigration, who is being honest about the challenges we face?”