Ad War Update: Newt Plays The Holocaust Card

The Gingrich campaign came out with a doozie of a robocall in Florida, accusing Romney of taking away kosher food from Holocaust survivors as governor of Massachusetts.

Alana Goodman reviews the facts:

Romney was trying to rein in costs by blocking additional spending. The kosher food bill that he vetoed would have provided an additional $600,000 in funding to nursing homes. Whether you believe he was right or wrong to veto it, this was clearly a position that made Romney appear insensitive to the elderly and Jewish communities. In the end, the veto was overridden by the Massachusetts state legislature, and the facilities kept their kosher kitchens after all. But Romney’s decision was not, as Gingrich claims, a choice to "eliminate kosher food for elderly Jewish residents under Medicare." First of all, it was a choice made by the nursing homes themselves, not the Massachusetts government. Second, it was never actually going to prevent kosher residents from accessing kosher food. And third, Romney’s decision wouldn’t have cut anything – he simply vetoed additional funds, keeping funding at the status quo during a budget crisis year. 

Calling it "the robocall of the year," Ed Kilgore adds

[W]hat’s interesting is that at this late date, Team Gingrich thinks there are enough Jewish registered Republicans in Florida who are willing on any grounds to vote for a theocrat like Newt to make this a worthy investment of their time, money, and ever-shrinking credibility. (It’s not like it’s under the radar or anything, since Gingrich himself talked about it, even throwing in a strange gratuitous shot at George Soros). Maybe it’s one of those convoluted voter-suppression things; I don’t know. But more and more, Newt’s Florida campaign looks like it was designed by people who could screw up a one-car funeral.

Igor Volsky has more.  Meanwhile, Santorum takes aim at Gingrich in a new Nevada ad: 

In response to Mitt's claim that he was outspent in South Carolina, Alex Burns corrects the record:

In South Carolina, Romney’s campaign, the super PAC Restore Our Future and another pro-Romney group, Citizens for a Working America, spent a combined $4.6 million on television and radio ads. Gingrich and his super PAC, Winning Our Future, spent $2.2 million. In Florida … Pro-Romney forces have spent $15.4 million versus $3.4 million for Gingrich. Given that Romney looks like he’s on his way to an easy win here in Florida, it’s understandable why he’d want this — and the South Carolina race — to seem like a tougher fight, money- and advertising-wise, than it is. 

In fact, according to Kantar Media (via Jon Karl), 68% of all ads that ran in Florida were attacks on Gingrich, 23% were anti-Romney, and 9% were pro-Gingrich. Only 0.1% were positive Romney ads. 

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