Think Progress has struck back against Mitt Romney, mimicking the candidate's tactic of only partially quoting President Obama in a campaign ad so that it sounds like he's saying something controversial. Romney's first paid advertisement rasied a few eyebrows for its sketchy method of quoting President Obama saying "If we keep talking about the economy, we’re going to lose." The president actually said, "Senator McCain’s campaign actually said, and I quote, ‘If we keep talking about the economy, we’re going to lose.'" So then, that's not really the same thing at all. The New Yorker's Ryan Lizza wrote a post asking reporters why they haven't properly called Romney's tactic what it is: lying. "If a journalist or writer quoted someone in such an intellectually dishonest way, you would never trust the person’s writing again," he writes.
But perhaps a more effective response is Think Progress's video reply to the ad. The site has put together a video in which they quote Mitt Romney "by his own standard." If the quotes they clearly took out of context were indeed uttered seriously by Romney, they'd be pretty funny indeed. Some highlights include, "Let us just raise your taxes some more. We just need a little bit more!" and "There's nothing unique about the United States."
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