August 8th, 2012
01:35 PM ET
2 years ago

Campaign 2012: Smokescreen or outright lies

Washington (CNN) – The presidential campaigns are blowing smoke so thick that some voters are having a hard time peering through it.

But both are using a time-tested tactic in trying to define their opponents' weaknesses while distracting voters from their own, experts say.

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  1. IF YOU SIGNED GROVER'S PLEDGE, YOU ARE A TRAITOR TO THE U.S.

    The fact of the matter is that Willard is a vulture capitalist and didn't care about communities falling apart after his corporate raiders hung them out to dry. End of discussion.

    August 8, 2012 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  2. demwit

    Obama and his lamestream media are running a campaign that has the sensibilities and IQ of a middle school election.

    August 8, 2012 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  3. Stufit

    Has anyone checked out the story of this Joe Soptic that is claiming that Romney somehow killed his wife in one of the latest Obama ads? If any of you have the faintes shred of decency left after all of these years of buying in to the democrat liberal propaganda machne, chekc out the real story here. This is Obama and the democrat liberals at their most dishonest and hypocritical. The liberally biased media is not going to tell you the truth, so you are going to have to do some digging.

    August 8, 2012 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  4. demwit

    And since 50% od public school students don't graduate from HS.., like me. That's the perfect way to fire up his base..

    August 8, 2012 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  5. Rudy NYC

    Mitt Romney fired the first punch below the belt when his very first ad grossly misquoted Pres. Obama. The campaign was unapologetic, in fact they took pride in the decpetion. The ad is still running on their web site.

    August 8, 2012 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  6. RealityBites

    42 months of 8+% unemployment, smokescreens. dirty deals and outright iies. The Obama Legacy.

    August 8, 2012 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  7. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Stufit – The ad is not Obama's and it has not been run. Go back to Fox foreign owned media and learn about how Mittens would never use drones against terrorists.

    August 8, 2012 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  8. Lynda/Minnesota

    And here comes CNN trying to add more smokescreen ...

    Psst ... CNN. Per your own reporting a current article suggests that (see Recent Posts) the controversial pro-Obama ad hasn't actually run yet. Not to be confused with CNN giving the controversial pro-Obama ad all the air time neccessary to "confuse" folks into thinking that it HAS run.

    Now THAT is what I would term "blowing smoke" ...

    August 8, 2012 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  9. MTATL67

    Romney was a corporate raider that did not care for the trail of human wreckage he and his group left behind and more to the point. He still doesn't care.

    August 8, 2012 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  10. Obama 2012 - BEND Forward America, take another 4 long years of OBAMA FAILURE

    Campaign 2012: Smokescreen or outright lies
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    Where the heck have you been CNN???? Obama 2009-2012: Smokescreen and outright lies!!!! Did somebody just slip you the blue pill and you woke up to the real world?

    August 8, 2012 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  11. ZECHARIAH14 THIRD MISHKAN

    Hey just look at Massachusetts from 2002 to 2007 when the one term would not run again former governor mitt ROMNEYHOOD
    CUT AND RUN AWAY FROM MASSACHUSETTS

    August 8, 2012 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  12. Chipster

    This ad may be reaching but it is at least possibly true, if not likely, that this man's wife would still be on his insurance at the job he lost had it not been for Bain's scorched earth destruction of his original company. Romney's claims about the HHS waiver memo, however, are completely false and easily proven as false by simply reading the memo.

    August 8, 2012 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  13. myviewis

    Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Stufit – The ad is not Obama's and it has not been run. Go back to Fox foreign owned media and learn about how Mittens would never use drones against terrorists.
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    I saw the ad this morning after CNN went into commercial so it is running and the ad fails to tell the voters that this man's wife was carrying her own insurance through her employer and she quit her job in 2003 due to an injury so she was covered by insurance until she resigned her job, regardless of her husband losing his job, most likely like any marriage she put her husband on her health insurance policy.

    August 8, 2012 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  14. cali girl

    it is neither. Robmey's won commercials have come out being false in many directions.
    This has much truth to it, neither a smokescreen or lies.

    August 8, 2012 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  15. 2020

    Romney and his gang LIED in straight face.

    President Clinton called out Romney, straight lie. Romney as governor wrote the president to relax on work and training requirements on welfare receipients. THAT IS A SHAME ON ROMNEY.

    ROMNEY WOULD SAY ANYTHING TO ANYONE JUST TO GET VOTES. SHAME, SHAME, SHAME.

    WE VOTERS DO NOT CARE ABOUT POLITICS, WE WANT TO GET THE FACTS WHO WE DECIDE WHO TO HIRE AS PRESIDENT.

    ROMNEY, HAND OVER YOUR 10 YEARS TAX RETURNS. YOU HAVE PROMISED ABC NEWS IN LONDON YOU WILL DISCLOSE THEM UPON YOUR RETURN.

    LIVE UP TO YOUR OWN WORDS. TAX RETURNS PLEASE

    August 8, 2012 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  16. Lynda/Minnesota

    @Myviewis: You say you saw the ad on CNN, yet CNN has stated the ad isn't running.

    Perhaps CNN ought to clear this up. Per their own reporting:

    "It's grabbing a lot of media attention, but a new controversial television commercial from an independent group supporting President Barack Obama's re-election has not yet run as a paid advertisement on TV. "

    August 8, 2012 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  17. Peace

    Come on folks if you listen carefully to the (clip by Brianna) you really get the logic of it.

    1) 2001 the man lost the job when Bain closed the plant, hence the family lost health care
    2) 2002 Romney formerly left Bain Capital
    3) 2006 The wife diagonised having cancer at the late stage (stage four)
    4) A year later unfortuantely the wife passed away

    To my opinion it seems the woman got cancer after or a little before they lost the family health care in 2001. That time Romney hasn't left Bain Capital yet. Cancer doesn't kill instantly as an heart attack. The man that time was totally helpless and I assume the wife realised it and decided to suffer quietly without telling her husband.

    August 8, 2012 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  18. myviewis

    Lynda/Minnesota

    @Myviewis: You say you saw the ad on CNN, yet CNN has stated the ad isn't running.

    Perhaps CNN ought to clear this up. Per their own reporting:

    "It's grabbing a lot of media attention, but a new controversial television commercial from an independent group supporting President Barack Obama's re-election has not yet run as a paid advertisement on TV. "
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    I remember seeing it right after CNN went into commercial and I kept the channel on while I fixed my coffee and I didn't see any reporting or discussion of it which is why I thought it was running on its own paid time.

    August 8, 2012 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  19. CB FL

    I am waiting for someone to hack the IRS and put Willard,s tax returns out for him

    August 8, 2012 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  20. Darryl

    This election will forever be remembered in History. The 1st Black President in our History with the guts to fight the opposition with all his might . Good for him. Be a Pit-Bull Pres. Obama !

    August 8, 2012 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  21. myviewis

    to Peace
    To my opinion it seems the woman got cancer after or a little before they lost the family health care in 2001. That time Romney hasn't left Bain Capital yet. Cancer doesn't kill instantly as an heart attack. The man that time was totally helpless and I assume the wife realised it and decided to suffer quietly without telling her husband
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    The lady had her own health insurance plan from her employer up until 2003 when she quit her job due to an injury. From what I read died 2 weeks after she went to the doctor because her lung cancer was completely advanced, it seems she was a heavy smoker (just what I read).

    August 8, 2012 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  22. Governor 47th In Job Creation (Excluding Off-shored to China and India)

    Nonetheless, Mitt the twit's campaign couldn't keep their powder dry and have given us yet another gaffe. Asked about Joe Soptic's story, RMoney's campaign spokesperson Andrea Saul (Democratic super secret operative?) said Soptic should have moved to MA where he wouldn't have lost his insurance.....you mean the same type of provision that is now national thanks to our President? the one with the mandate or tax? Where does Willard stand on state's rights for this one??
    Beyond that, talk about out of touch, Willard expects people (that his company just made unemployed) to pack up and move away from where they would like to be living (surrounded by family and friends) because they all have about 12 grand laying around to cover moving expenses - while unemployed and facing mounting medical bills to boot. The Romney guy just does not get it.
    And show us the taxes Willard!.

    August 8, 2012 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  23. Ancient Texan

    More of the same: the Obama ads are totally void of truth and honesty. He has nothing of value to run on and is intent on just slandering Romney.

    August 8, 2012 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  24. Obama 2012 - BEND Forward America, take another 4 long years of OBAMA FAILURE

    Congressman Joe Wilson on September 9, 2009.... "You LIE!" to Presdient Barack Obama. Joe was absolutely correct and was an oracle of what Obama is all about. It has been nothing but lies, smoke and mirrrors for 4 years. Obama and that Democrats think the American people are stupid and haven't been paying attention. Thye didn't get the message in November, 2010. The final message will be sent this November. You might want to buy luggage early, before the big post election rush.

    August 8, 2012 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  25. Peace

    @ myviewis
    The lady had her own health insurance plan from her employer up until 2003 when she quit her job due to an injury. From what I read died 2 weeks after she went to the doctor because her lung cancer was completely advanced, it seems she was a heavy smoker (just what I read).
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    They lost family health care in 2001 and according to you she lost hers in 2003. This means she used her insurance for only 2 years and after that she had nothing. The man is talking on his side (his job). Without Bain Capital closing the plant, the family could had their health care continuing.

    August 8, 2012 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
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