Special Ops OPSEC, one of the anti-Obama political action committees formed by ex-Navy SEALs that have been attacking President Barack Obama for inappropriately politicizing the killing of Osama bin Laden has released a new ad slamming the White House’s response to the attacks on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya last month. The Obama administration has faced harsh criticism for allegedly ignoring security warnings ahead of the attacks and offering confusing, evolving explanations for the incident, which left four people dead including U.S. Ambassador to Libya J. Christopher Stevens and two former Navy SEALs who were working as security contractors protecting diplomatic personnel. The ad specifically targets comments the president made referring to the Benghazi attack and other recent unrest in the Middle East as “bumps in the road.”
“President Obama wanted credit after our military killed Bin Laden. Highly classified secrets were leaked endangering real heroes and their families, but when terrorists kill SEALs and diplomats in Libya, this administration doesn’t tell the truth about what happened and the president says it’s just a bump in the road,” OPSEC president and former SEAL Scott Taylor says in the ad. “There is nothing acceptable about playing politics with national security and American lives. Aren’t some things more important than politics?”
A New New Low
Just five days after Mitt Romney’s campaign manager said President Barack Obama’s re-election team had reached “a new low” with super PAC attacks, the Romney-ans are claiming the Obama campaign has reached a new “new low” after Vice President suggested Mr. Romney’s economic policies would enable banks to put people “back in chains.“
After weeks of veepstakes drama, Mitt Romney introduced Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan as his running mate this morning in Norfolk, Virginia. After a small slip-up where Mr. Romney accidentally introduced Mr. Ryan as “the next President of the United States,” the congressman settled in to a speech in which he said President Barack Obama’s policies “didn’t make things better” and vowed that “Mitt Romney and I will take the right steps, in the right time, to get us back on the right track.”
The Romney campaign has already released a transcript of Mr. Ryan’s remarks. Read it below:
Mitt Romney rolled out his running mate, Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan, at an event at the U.S.S. Wisconsin in Norfolk, Virginia this morning, but he made a slight mistake when introducing the man he hopes will serve as his vice president next year.
“Join me in welcoming the next President of the United States, Paul Ryan,” Mr. Romney said as his running mate took the stage.
Mr. Ryan began speaking and, a few moments later, Mr. Romney jogged back to the podium to acknowledge his slip of the tongue.
Louisiana governor and potential Mitt Romney running mate Bobby Jindal is campaigning for Mr. Romney in Iowa today and he also held a press conference call with Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell where they slammed President Barack Obama’s “failed economic record” and “misplaced priorities.” Mr. Jindal began his remarks by slamming the president as “incompetent” and inexperienced.
“President Obama is the most liberal and incompetent president since Jimmy Carter was in the White House,” said Mr. Jindal. “The reality is, he’s a great speaker. Four years ago, he was here in Iowa promising hope and change, but the reality is, he’s never run anything including a lemonade stand, a business or a state before he was elected President of the United States.”
Adam Cook, a Democrat who is running for the House seat in Virginia’s first congressional district got some rather enthusiastic support on YouTube after his first campaign video was posted there today. The first comment added shortly after the video was posted was an especially colorful endorsement of the candidate:
“Adam Cook is the ‘Dank Spank’ going to dominate in Congress!”
The comment was made by Mr. Cook’s younger brother, Simon. According to the only entry for the phrase in Urban Dictionary, which is the unquestioned authority on slang, “dank spank” means masturbating after smoking marijuana.
Mitt Romney has already shown television audiences what he would do on the first day of his hypothetical presidency, but his newest ads reveals what he’d like to do with his first 100 days in office. Mr. Romney released four variations of an ad entitled “First 100 Days” for audiences in Ohio, Virginia, Iowa and North Carolina. The ads contain different promises for each state.
Vivek Jain was standing in the rain outside President Barack Obama’s rally in Richmond, Virginia on Saturday wearing a red armband and collecting signatures for a campaign against one of the most influential Republicans in Washington–House Majority Leader Eric Cantor. A softspoken and extremely articulate man who looks even younger than his 31 years, Mr. Jain is a doctor who also helps teach classes at Virginia Commonwealth University. He’s running as an independent.
“Both parties, the Democratic Party and the Republican Party, are beholden to corporate interests,” Mr. Jain told The Politicker. “You’ve only seen the same kind of pro one percent policies from both parties despite their campaign season populist rhetoric.”
With his latest campaign ad blitz in the battleground states, President Barack Obama would like to remind you that the economic crisis began before he was in office. His ad, which will air in nine states, articulates what are clearly becoming the main early messages of his reelection bid; the economic recovery may be slow, but it is happening and the Obama administration has made a number of acheivements that make it worth keeping the faith for the many voters who believed in him during the last election.
“In 2008 an economic meltdown, 4.4 million jobs lost, America’s economy spiraling down. All before this president took the oath” a narrator says in between grim news clips from the financial crisis as the ad begins.
RICHMOND, VA — In 2008, President Barack Obama was a fresh face who promised to lead the country in a new direction. To score another four years in the White House, the president needs to recapture the swing states and voter enthusiasm he had four years ago as an incumbent with a record that includes the sluggish economic recovery and a war still raging in Afghanistan. The president kicked off his re-election effort yesterday with back-to-back rallies in two battleground states, Virginia and Ohio, where he attempted to assure supporters he’s still the transformative figure who captivated them during the last election.
“If people ask you, ‘What’s this campaign about?’ you tell them, it’s still about hope, you tell them it’s still about change,” he said. “You tell them it’s still about ordinary people who believe in the face of great odds that we can make a difference in the life of this country.”