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The 2012 Presidential smear campaign is starting up

Posted on: February 1, 2012

This should be in the category of the pot calling the kettle black. According to the Washington Examiner, the Obama-Biden reelection campaign is stepping up fundraising to help them fight back the “smear” machine from GOP front-runner Mitt Romney.

In an email to supporters this morning, Obama campaign manager Jim Messina warned that the Republicans will have a fat bank account to tap for negative ads, something both Romney and Newt Gingrich did in Florida.

“They’re going to try to spend and smear their way to the White House,” Messina said about Republican groups and candidates.

One thing is for sure: the fall election is already setting up to be the most expensive in history, with Obama expected to spend $750 million-$1 billion and the eventual GOP challenger and Republican-leaning groups likely to join to spend over $500 million.

In fact, as President Obama was feting donors last night at the posh St. Regis hotel in downtown Washington and then a private home in Chevy Chase, Md., a Romney associate told the Examiner, “He’s going to need a lot of money.”

Here’s Messina’s note:

“I’m not going to beat around the bush. Take a look at these numbers from Florida and then chip in $3 or more to support a much different kind of presidential campaign.

Here’s just a sample of what went down:

— $15.3 million: How much money Mitt Romney and his backers spent in the state (compared to $3.4 million spent by Newt Gingrich and his groups). (Note: because he had the money to spend, so what!)

— 13,000: The number of advertisements put on the air on Mitt’s behalf as of mid-week last week. Newt had about 200. (Note: so what again!)

— 92: The percentage of these ads that was negative. (Note: some were and some told the truth nothing different from what the Democrats will be doing.)

That’s ugly, and it tells us a lot about what to expect from Romney, or whoever wins the Republican nomination. They’re going to try to spend and smear their way to the White House. (Note: I’m sure you will be doing the same!)

These super PACs can dominate the airwaves, but what they can’t do is mobilize volunteers on the ground.

We’re doing this the right way — will you help?

Thanks,

Jim Messina

Campaign Manager

Obama for America”

This is so unbelievable! Already the Democrats are smearing Romney and just about every Republican candidate as well as Congressmen and women and Senators. My comments are in the “Note” section because Jim Messina is nothing but a hawker for the Democrats. I guess he understands fully about “smear” tactics because he also employs the same tactics he’s accusing the GOP of doing!

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