Super PAC aims to bolster Gingrich using animated debate between Obama, Romney
January 18th, 2012
05:53 AM ET
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Super PAC aims to bolster Gingrich using animated debate between Obama, Romney

Columbia, South Carolina (CNN) – The super PAC Winning Our Future will launch three television ads Wednesday, including one spot featuring an animated debate between Republican frontrunner Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama.

The cartoon splices together statements Obama made about Romney, casting the two candidates as politically similar. The ad gets at the heart of Gingrich's campaign pitch that a "Massachusetts moderate" like Romney will not create enough contrast to effectively debate Obama this fall.

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Winning Our Future is trying to bolster the former House speaker's presidential bid by injecting millions of dollars in advertising into South Carolina, a make or break primary state for Gingrich.

"Obama's Dream Debate Part I" begins with the cartoon debate moderator – who has striking resemblance to ABC's George Stephanopoulos – asking "Mr. President, just how different are you from Gov. Romney?"

Cartoon Obama says he agrees with the former Massachusetts governor "on many things," and lists abortion, gun rights and universal health care as examples.

"And on health care, well I was so inspired by Romneycare that I nationalized it and called it Obamacare," says cartoon Obama. "But now presidential candidate Romney is against the individual mandate and universal health care."

Cartoon Romney has very few response lines in the 60-second ad. When the health care issue is brought up, the animated version of Romney simply says, "whoa, whoa."

Winning Our Future super PAC is releasing three ads Wednesday to try and bolster Gingrich's candidacy and cast doubt on Romney ahead of the South Carolina primary.

Super PACs are political action committees allowed to raise unlimited funds from individuals, corporations, trade groups or labor unions to spend on advocacy for or against political candidates. But unlike regular PACs, they cannot donate directly to candidates nor can they coordinate their actions with candidates.

Winning our Future Executive Director Gregg Phillips said they are spending $1.8 million to air the new television ads leading up to January 21, in addition to approximately $3 million spent on previously released television and radio ads.

Unlike Winning Our Future's previous work, the other two ads, "Fighter" and "Prosperity," focus on the former House speaker and convey a positive, inspiring message.

Phillips said he expects the cartoon ad to generate more buzz than the Mitt Romney "King of Bain" video, that stirred up controversy when it was released last week.

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Filed under: 2012 • Newt Gingrich • South Carolina • TV ad spending
soundoff (11 Responses)
  1. Mary

    These two moderate candidates (Obama and Romney) are neck in the polls, whereas both of them are beating the very conservative candidates often by double digits.

    If that is not a sign that the country as a whole wants a moderate for President and not some far-right guy like Santorum or Gingrich, then I don't know what is.

    January 18, 2012 06:12 am at 6:12 am |
  2. clarke

    Newt, will take free hand outs from the super pac. But thinks poor black children should get a job and give back the food stamps.. He is so out of touch with ehe real world, he will never get back.

    January 18, 2012 06:28 am at 6:28 am |
  3. Uomo Del Ghiaccio

    Newt Gingrich is running an inept campaign. He has missed the deadline to be on the ballot in Virginia and Missouri. Ohio is in jeopardy and possibly more.

    January 18, 2012 06:46 am at 6:46 am |
  4. diridi

    Mitt Romney is totally crazy. He will ship jobs overseas. His record on Bain Capital is vulture capitalist as private equity capitalist guy. He will go to Iran for Oil. So I am voting for Obama. Period.

    January 18, 2012 07:13 am at 7:13 am |
  5. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Mittens has all the qualities that the Kochs and Rove are looking for: Corporate raider, vulture capitalist, tax evader, in the upper .00001% of wealth, off shore businessman, job destroyer, liar, flip-flopper, consevative liberal, Wall Street hand puppet, environmental deregulator, and chicken hawk warmonger. All this makes him the perfect disaster for our country.

    January 18, 2012 08:05 am at 8:05 am |
  6. el-gordo

    I guess if you want to appeal to the average republican voter, cartoons are the way to go.

    January 18, 2012 08:08 am at 8:08 am |
  7. ST

    I do not blame the Super PACs with all these debacles. I blame the Supreme Court that allowed this to happen. For god's sake, we are now listening to cartoons instead of candidates themselves. Ya, I believe change has already come to America!

    January 18, 2012 08:17 am at 8:17 am |
  8. GROVER NORQUIST IS AN ENEMY OF THE STATE

    LMAO. "Whoa, Whoa." Willard, just admit it! You're a Massachusetts moderate willing to portray yourself as a republican just so you can get elected.

    January 18, 2012 08:24 am at 8:24 am |
  9. Indy

    There is little doubt that Obama will win any debate against Romney and Newt would be a tougher debate opponent but the problem remains with the theme of all Republicans that is to bring back the Bush and Reagan policies that are failures over and over and over again. Obama has policies that have helped the economy if you look at black and white facts and ignore the bumper sticker soundbites from the right. Newt was an insider that caused a lot of the problems that exist today and the Republicans never fixed all that Newt ruined during the Bush administration. I am sure Obama would rather go up against Romney as they have the book on his anti American business practice and a thin resume as Governorbut Newts public record is just as bad.

    January 18, 2012 08:33 am at 8:33 am |
  10. Rudy NYC

    The Republican Party has been looking lilke a pack of mad men/women for quite some time. I don't mean angry, either. It seems like there is some sort of zombie flu circulating within the ranks and it drives the people bug nuts crazy wacko.

    January 18, 2012 08:44 am at 8:44 am |
  11. Bill

    seems what newt and rick perry should be telling republicans is what they think about the prospects of republicans nominating a european socialist in mitt romney. he lived in europe for 2 and half years learning and obsorbing the culture and laws and policies and came back and implemented them fully in massachusetts; with health care and numerous social programs, state policies and procedures. by comparison, romney makes the president seem like a right wing republican.

    January 18, 2012 09:15 am at 9:15 am |