Opinion

Does the truth matter to voters?

Unfortunately, the Obama campaign is not yet in a position to do what Tim Kaine did — i.e., to use these lies against Romney and to prove that negative ads can backfire.

This past Sunday, June 24, Kessler documented another false and misleading Obama campaign ad, this one about Romney’s alleged record at Bain and as governor of Massachusetts supporting the outsourcing of jobs to foreign countries. Kessler wrote, “On just about every level, this [Obama campaign] ad is misleading, unfair and untrue, from the use of ‘corporate raider’ to its examples of alleged outsourcing. Simply repeating the same debunked claims won’t make them any more correct.”

Ultimately, Kessler gave the Obama campaign the same grade of “Four Pinocchios.”

Nothing for any Democrat, much less the president, to be proud of.

So once again I ask President Obama’s campaign about its tactical judgment here:

When you have the facts and the issues on your side, why stretch the truth at all, much less intentionally state demonstrable falsehoods? Why not win the campaign on the issues — and on President Obama’s positions on the issues and his vision for creating jobs and economic recovery, which, in my view, are far superior to Romney’s?

To the president I say: Yes, you can.

Lanny Davis, the principal in the Washington law firm of Lanny J. Davis & Associates, which also specializes in legal crisis management, served as President Clinton’s special counsel from 1996-98 and as a member of President George W. Bush’s Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board (2006-07). He currently serves as Special Counsel to Dilworth Paxson. He is the author of the book “Scandal: How ‘Gotcha’ Politics Is Destroying America” and the forthcoming book, “Crisis Tales – Five Rules for Handling Scandal in Business, Politics and Life,” to be published by Simon & Schuster.