Think Progress has released this video of Mitt Romney in his own words.
Then, the Romney ad clips a section from the same Obama speech, in which the president mocked John McCain’s campaign for saying: “If we keep talking about the economy, we’re going to lose.”
Except in the Romney ad, there’s no mention of McCain. There’s just a snippet of the president saying: “If we keep talking about the economy, we’re going to lose.”
That’s when the soft, non-threatening footage of Mitt Romney comes in, starting with an image of the Republican’s announcement event in Stratham, N.H., and running through a number of other campaign stops. The narration is drawn from Romney speeches in Exeter, N.H., and Dubuque, Iowa, that focused on job creation and fiscal responsibility.
The Romney campaign is even defending this new low:
Asked to explain the Romney camp's decision to use the quote without context, Romney adviser Eric Fehrnstorm sends us the following statement:
We used that quote intentionally to show that President Obama is doing exactly what he criticized McCain of doing four years ago. Obama doesn't want to talk about the economy because of his failed record.