After kicking off his media campaign with a congenial ad about his hardscrabble upbringing and his career in education, U.S. Rep. Roy Blunt went another direction this week, unveiling a new commercial Tuesday that hits his Democratic opponent for her ties to the White House.
Blunt uses images and audio from the July 8 fundraiser to hew the GOP refrain that Carnahan would “rubber stamp” the Democratic agenda on Capitol Hill.
“I need another vote,” Obama is heard saying in the commercial. “It’d be helpful.”
Part of the piece, however, is potentially misleading. While White House transcripts confirm that the footage in the commercial is indeed from the president’s recent stop in Kansas City, some of his comments are arguably taken out of context.
After lamenting about “more government control of health care,” the commercial warns about a “new energy tax.” That’s followed by Obama saying: “It would already have been done, if I had Robin Carnahan there.”
But when the president made that comment, he wasn’t referring to a proposal to cap carbon emissions — which Republicans have derided as an an “energy tax.” Obama was referring to the Wall Street reform bill, which the Senate did pass soon after Obama’s Kansas City appearance.
A spokesman for Blunt said Obama’s comment is meant to refer to the phrase that appears on the screen a moment later — “more job-killing regulation.”