When Mitt Romney Came to TownSubmitted by Mauibrad on Tue, 01/10/2012 - 00:25
Part 1: http://youtu.be/FVy8hT4x-_w
(Full 27min. version to be released soon.)
Get Romney: Republican rivals prepare for 'bare knuckle' fight with frontrunner
Mitt Romney's opponents set to launch no-holds-barred attack ad campaign as race moves to South Carolina
by Paul Harris guardian.co.uk, Wednesday 11 January 2012
As the fight for the Republican party's presidential nomination departs the frozen hills of New Hampshire for the balmier climes of South Carolina, the temperature is not the only thing heating up.
A brutal battle is on the horizon as opponents to the frontrunner and former Massachusetts governor, Mitt Romney, prepare to launch an all-out negative ad war. In particular, Newt Gingrich and his allies have vowed to stop Romney with a no-holds-barred media campaign.
Supporters of the former House of Representatives speaker in a group called Winning Our Future, which is not officially tied to Gingrich's campaign, have bought a lengthy online documentary about Romney's time as head of private equity firm Bain Capital. When Mitt Came to Town portrays Romney and his firm as ruthless corporate raiders whose actions have cost many Americans their jobs and ruined communities.
The film is due to be released as the battle for South Carolina begins in earnest after the New Hampshire primary.
With the help of a $5m (£3.23m) cheque from billionaire casino-owning supporter Sheldon Adelson, Winning Our Future is reported to have booked $3.4m of air time in South Carolina. In a state with cheap broadcast ad rates, the film will run almost constantly in the days before voting.
There is no more suitable state for the Republican scrap to get nasty. The first in the south to hit the polls, on 21 January, it has a long and deserved reputation for political dirty tricks.
"South Carolina is known as the absolute nastiest and most bare knuckles kind of place for campaigning," said Prof Scott Huffmon, a political scientist at Winthrop University, South Carolina...