Friday, April 13, 2012

Rick Santorum erases negative Romney ads, like an EtchASketch?

Rick Santorum announced this past Tuesday, April 10th, that he was dropping out of the race for the Republican nomination of the general election. The Republican primary race had become very heated and tense, with Rick Santorum continuously nipping at Mitt Romney's heels in many states. Rick Santorum had released several attack ads against Governor Romney, one of which was an internet only ad.

Less than 72 hours after dropping out of the race, Rick Santorum's campaign staff apparently was busy erasing all negative mentions of Mitt Romney from Rick Santorum's own website, as well as removing the anti-Romney ads from the official Rick Santorum YouTube account.
Fortunately, I have three of Santorum's attack ads against Romney, as they were originally uploaded and shared on the YouTube channel.

The first attack ad was titled "Rebellion" and it was an internet ad that runs for 1:40.

A second ad Santorum's campaign released against Romney was titled "Rombo", and it was originally released in the middle of February, with my download date showing February 16th.

The last anti-Romney ad from Santorum's campaign that I have is titled "This Man", and was released in either late March, or early April.

Rick Santorum's campaign released very professional ads, with the "Rebellion" ad being very popular on the internet, and the "Rombo" ad being popular not just on the internet, but also on the nightly comedy shows.

What's the problem with Rick Santorum's Romney attack ads though? The big problem, I believe, is that they fail to acknowledge that Rick Santorum endorsed Mitt Romney in 2008, which was after RomneyCare was already passed.
Either this means that Rick Santorum doesn't have reading comprehension, check his voting record and you may agree, or that in 2008 Rick Santorum had no problem with RomneyCare and the myriad of other issues and flipflops that Romney was fighting against then.

Will Rick Santorum endorse Mitt Romney as the Republican nominee? Or, will Senator Santorum stick to the lines he was using during his campaign, and show that he really does believe a "clear contrast" is needed between the Republican nominee and President Obama in order for Republicans to win? It's clear from Senator Santorum's own words during the election process that Mitt Romney, and even Newt Gingrich, does not offer the clear contrast needed.
That leaves only one other Republican candidate remaining Senator Santorum can endorse, Ron Paul. What are the chances of Rick Santorum endorsing Ron Paul? Probably about as likely as real change happening if Mitt Romney wins the general election, or if Rick Santorum had himself. Not much.

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President Obama working hard, or hardly working?

President Obama campaigned in 2008 with a few simple words and slogans. Those mainly being, "Change", "Hope" and "Yes we can". Many Americans bought the simple message that President Obama was running on, and on election night in 2008 then Senator Obama said, "Change has come to America.", during his victory speech.
Many people were really hoping and believing the message of "Change" he was running on, but it now appears that if more voters had looked at President Obama's record on issues before the election, and looked at his carefully crafted answers to questions, he did not have a consistent record to run on.
The only "Change" I can see that President Obama has brought to Washington D.C. is that instead of there being another big government Republican in the White House, there is now another big government Democrat in the White House.
President Obama has golfed more as President, than any other President before him. The First Family has vacationed and taken many trips around the world, many that seem unnecessary and lacking the understanding that many American families are struggling.
Has President Obama really been working hard as he recently said, or has he been hardly working? I expect the President, doesn't matter Republican or Democrat, to not take any vacations until the budget is balanced and the financial house is in order for the country. Perhaps my expectations are too high though?

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Thursday, April 12, 2012

Rick Santorum to endorse Mitt Romney? Pulls all negative Romney attack ads from YouTube account.

Rick Santorum is apparently about to endorse Mitt Romney. What evidence is there for this? Well, Rick Santorum released multiple anti-Romney attack ads, ripping into the former Governor on a host of issues. Upon just checking Rick Santorum's YouTube account though, all of the anti-Romney ads from Rick Santorum's presidential campaign have been pulled from the channel.
Why would a former presidential candidate remove all the negative ads against another candidate, if that candidate were really interested in getting the truth out? The only reason I can see is that Rick Santorum is about to pull another political flipflop, and endorse Governor Romney.

The image below shows how Rick Santorum's YouTube account looks, with no negative Romney ads showing now:

Another presidential candidate during this race, Jon Huntsman, also had many attack ads on Romney posted on YouTube.  When Jon Huntsman dropped out of the race before the South Carolina primary, the anti-Romney attack ads were removed from Huntsman's YouTube account, and then he publicly endorsed Governor Romney.

Will we see the same results with Rick Santorum? Will he take back all the negative things he has said about Governor Romney the last few months, and now fully endorse and start supporting him? If he isn't, then why remove the negative ads from the YouTube account?

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Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Did President Obama's ad team forget about Solyndra? Have the American people?

President Obama's presidential campaign released a new ad yesterday (seen here), and in it he not only plays the defense card against "big oil" companies, claiming they do not like him because he is trying to increase their taxes, but also claims President Obama has done things like raise the mileage standards in vehicles, AND doubling renewable energy.
The video fails to address the more important point though. AT WHAT COST?

President Obama's administration touted Solyndra just 2 years ago as a great example of a renewable energy company, and the company was able to obtain a half a billion ($500,000,000) dollar secured loan from the federal government, but then the company went bankrupt. Who was left with the bill?
The claim in the ad that President Obama has made new higher mileage standards for automobile companies fails to address the bigger issues of rising gasoline costs, and the costs put to the consumers for the mandates from the federal government on the automobile industry to reach those standards.

News broke just today that another solar energy company, Solar Trust of America, received just over $2 billion in loan guarantees, but has now filed for bankruptcy.

President Obama's ad that was released yesterday wanted to make sure that "big oil" and Mitt Romney were associated together, and definitely not seen in a good light. I think President Obama's ad fails to paint the whole picture, and the billions/trillions of dollars his administration has wasted these several years, on bad investments like Solyndra and Solar Trust of America.

Below is an updated version of President Obama's "Remember" ad, with information that his campaign apparently hopes we do not remember this election.

Change, or more of the same?

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Thursday, March 22, 2012

Mitt Romney's Etch-A-Sketch - Shake Until Right!

What happens when you are already trying to overcome being known as the flipflop candidate, and one of your "senior advisers" mentions that you can reset the campaign like shaking an Etch A Sketch?
Well, the political world goes crazy of course.
One of Mitt Romney's senior advisers, Eric Fehrnstrom, was interviewed by CNN and during the interview he was asked if having candidates like Gingrich and Santorum might make it difficult and challenging for Romney to appeal to more moderate voters in the general election, because of positions he is taking now to counter Gingrich and Santorum.
Eric Fehrnstrom replied by saying, "Well, I think you hit a reset button for the Fall campaign. Everything changes. It's almost like an Etch-A-Sketch, you can kind of shake it up and we start allover again."
Will this help or hurt Mitt Romney in the long run? That remains to be seen, but the biggest benefactor from this gaffe is probably Ohio Art Company, the manufacture of the original Etch A Sketch.
You can see a portion of the CNN interview with Eric Fehrnstrom in the spoof video below, Mitt Romney's Etch-A-Sketch - Shake It Up!, and also a link to purchase the original Etch A Sketch on below as well.