During the debate, President Obama kept repeating the $5 trillion tax number despite Mitt Romney’s clear denunciation of the number. The claims don’t hold up, even the Obama campaign has admitted on TV it’s not $5 trillion – but that’s not stopping them from continuing the lie in smear ads. Pat and Stu played one of the ads on radio – check out their reaction in the clip above.
In one ad, MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell is shown on air reading a talking point from the campaign, one that campaign officials have even refuted.
Mitchell has since come out refuting the ad. TheBlaze reports:
“Some viewers might be understandably confused by the fact that the Obama campaign is airing a commercial right now including a video clip of me fact-checking Gov. Romney after last week’s debate,” Mitchell said.
“You should know that NBC News has not granted either campaign permission to use our news material, and immediately requested that the campaign refrain from using NBC News material in this and future advertisements.”
“In this case the Obama campaign uses only a short clip from a ‘Truth Squad’ report that, in fact, pointed out exaggerations and/or misstatements that both candidates had made during the debate,” she said. “Just wanted to make that clear.”
But she’s not the only claiming the Obama administration is misrepresenting themselves. One economist that the Obama campaign has referenced to say the Romney plan would require higher taxes on the middle class has even written to The Weekly Standard to claim his work isn’t being interpreted accurately.
I can’t tell exactly how the Obama campaign reached that characterization of my work. It might be that they assume that Governor Romney wants to keep the taxes from the Affordable Care Act in place, despite the fact that the Governor has called for its complete repeal. The main conclusion of my study is that under plausible assumptions, a proposal along the lines suggested by Governor Romney can both be revenue neutral and keep the net tax burden on taxpayers with incomes above $200,000 about the same. That is, an increase in the tax burden on lower and middle income individuals is not required in order to make the overall plan revenue neutral.
“Think of the awful person you have to be to sit back and know you’re lying to the level that your senior campaign advisors admit on national television and to still, after that, make this ad, which makes the same claims that your own campaign disagrees with. That the actual economists you cite yourself have released statements saying they’re untrue, and you still keep running with it,” Stu said.