By Mitt Romney
Mitt Romney's campaign released a new Web video Monday hammering President Obama over remarks he made contrasting Republican and Democratic economic successes and arguing the presumptive Republican nominee offers "the right kind of leadership."
It's the second time that a Romney campaign ad has highlighted remarks the president made during a Democratic fundraiser last week. In the clip, the president is shown saying "we've tried their plan, we tried our plan -- and it worked. That's the difference."
The Romney campaign said in a statement that in the clip, the president "proudly proclaimed that his economic plan had 'worked,' " although the Obama campaign and independent fact-checkers -- including The Washington Post -- have pointed out that the full context of the remarks show Obama contrasting the Clinton and Bush economies. Nevertheless, the quote -- much like the president's earlier "you didn't build that" remark -- will likely be used by Republicans eager to draw a contrast on economic messaging.
In the video, the president's remark is played as onscreen text shows news reports bemoaning the economic recovery. The ad then transitions to Romney discussing his economic vision.
"I am going to do something to government. I'm going to make it simpler, and smaller, and smarter," Romney says, as video shows the candidate meeting with factory workers. "Everything I do is going to be focused on getting this economy going. I'll make sure that America is a job-creating machine like it has been in the past. With the right kind of leadership, we can get there."
Romney adviser Eric Fehrnstrom defended the use of the potentially out-of-context clip to the Post.
"Obama can't have it both ways on this. He's either running on the Clinton record, which is completely superior to his own," Fehrnstrom said, "or Obama's running on his record, which is a failure and why his campaign is now in the awkward position of saying the president was not referring to his own plans when he made the "it worked' statement."