January 9, 2012
GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney made one of the rapidest possible reversals at a debate Sunday morning, when he claimed not to have seen anti-Newt Gingrich super PAC ads, just seconds before explaining what he had seen in one of the ads. “With regards to their ads, I haven’t seen them,” Romney said, after being implored by Gingrich to “calmly and directly” take some responsibility for spots that the former Speaker of the House alleged were “untrue.” But moments later — in the same response, in fact — Romney made it clear that he hadn’t told the entire truth.
“The ad I saw said that you’d been forced out of the speakership. That was correct,” Romney said. After the debate, Romney spokesman Eric Fehrnstrom attempted to clarify that Romney “hasn’t seen all of the super PAC ads, but there was one in particular that he saw which he described.” While Gingrich has taken the brunt of attacks leveled by super PACs — $4,470,935 had been spent by these groups and other non-profits to oppose him as of the end of last week — the former Speaker’s supporters are preparing to retaliate this week with a spot titled “When Mitt Romney Came To Town,” focusing on the former Massachusetts governor’s time at Bain Capital. The Winning Our Future super PAC is responsible for the latest spot.