Following a New York Times story about a super PAC that may unearth the Rev. Jeremiah Wright issue to use against President Barack Obama, Mitt Romney distanced himself from the attack, saying he’s focusing on the economy not a “character assassination.” On his radio show Thursday, Sean Hannity asked, why? Had the situation been reversed, Hannity said, “the Obama mania media” would never let Romney live it down.
Romney’s response to the super PAC’s effort was:
“I repudiate the effort by that PAC to promote an ad strategy of the nature they’ve described. I would like to see this campaign focus on the economy, on getting people back to work, on seeing rising incomes and growing prosperity — particularly for those in the middle class of America. And I think what we’ve seen so far from the Obama campaign is a campaign of character assassination. I hope that isn’t the course of this campaign.”
To this point, Hannity asked, “Why? Why can’t this be part of the narrative? What is black liberation theology?” Romney should understand that Obama was “so fortified and inspired” by Wright that he “would listen to tapes of him as he drove around. And the black values system, when he got that pamphlet, he writes about it in Dreams from My Father. I think these things are important.”
Hannity went on to offer Romney some campaigning advice:
Gov. Romney, if you had ever quoted your spiritual adviser of 20 years calling an entire race of people greedy, I promise you, the Obama campaign and the media, and The New York Times and the Washington Post, and the entire Obama media establishment, would be screaming about it every single day from now until Election Day. And they would not pay an ounce of attention to complaints that this was about personal attacks. So what I’m saying to Gov. Romney at this point is, I want you to be as tough on Barack Obama as you were against Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum. And that means not letting the Obama mania media decide what issues you’re allowed to bring up or not bring up during a campaign. Because if you give them that power, trust me, there’ll be a lot of things that are off limits here.
Romney had invoked Wright back in February, speaking to none other than Hannity himself. Earlier today, he said he doesn’t recall the exact remarks, but stands by them.
Have a listen:
(H/T The Right Scoop)
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