White House Press Secretary Jay Carney told reporters on Tuesday that President Barack Obama did not watch Monday night’s Republican Primary debate in New Hampshire. However, the President might have seen the “highlight reel” the Obama campaign is passing around — a cut-and-paste collection of scenes from the GOP debate, put together by the Democratic National Committee (DNC).
“You should watch this if you or anyone you know is wondering where the leading GOP candidates want to go, this clip makes it clear,” Campaign Manager Jim Messina wrote in an email to supporters, quoted by ABCNews.com.
“The first big Republican debate last night was like a time machine. They want to go back to the failed policies of the past that caused the economic crisis in the first place. They want to go back and reopen every settled debate that they’ve lost over the last few years.”
The video, which can be seen here, asks: “The Republicans: What in the world are they talking about?” The DNC video features selectively chosen clips from the two-hour debate, suggesting the candidates spoke only about Sharia law, an anti-gay-marriage amendment, repealing healthcare, Sarah Palin and the space program.
Of course, viewers who actually watched the debate would be able to discern the video’s misrepresentation. All the topics discussed in the video (and at the debate) were proposed by audience members, journalists and viewers at New Hampshire town halls. Also, the debate covered a wide range of topics, such as the Tea Party, the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP), raising the debt ceiling, taxes, gross domestic product growth, the proper role of government and the effect of religion on governance.
Potential DNC video viewers who did not watch the debate, such as Obama, would, at the very least, get the wrong impression.