Romney Hates Super PACs. Except When He Doesn’t.

Mitt Romney thinks super political action committees (super PACs) have “made a mockery” of political campaigns, and it would be easy to agree with him if not for the fact that Mitt Romney’s own super PAC is currently outspending all of the other candidates combined in Iowa.

On Morning Joe this morning, Romney came out firmly against the Super PAC that’s currently spending more in Iowa on ads running on his behalf than the entire GOP field combined spent in 2008. Romney was responding to Newt Gingrich’s criticism of the Super PAC’s ads that are battering Gingrich in the Hawkeye State. Gingrich has promised to disavow negative campaigning and has called on his supporters to abandon any Super PAC that runs negative ads on his behalf.

Romney, on the other hand, has helped raise money for Restore Our Future, the Super PAC laying into Gingrich. Romney’s defended the right of a former colleague to dump $1 million into ROF.

But now he says the Super PAC — which is staffed by members of his 2008 campaign — is everything that’s wrong with politics today.

“Campaign finance law has made a mockery of our political campaign season,” Romney told the Morning Joe team. “We really ought to let campaigns raise the morney they need and just get rid of these super PACs.”

Mitt Romney is currently out-spending Newt Gingrich in Iowa by a margin of 4 to 1, and roughly 3/4 of that spending is coming from Romney’s own super PAC which he supposedly wants to get rid of. Or something.

Maybe the real reason Romney feels super PACs have “made a mockery” of the campaign is because he can’t win over conservative voters even while his super PAC is outspending the entire presidential field.

And they tell me Mitt Romney is the more “electable” and “safe” candidate.

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  • muselet

    Why do I have the sneaking feeling that Harry Frankfurt looks at Mitt Romney and shake his head in sad recognition?

    –alopecia

  • D_C_Wilson

    Is that any different than Gingrich vowing to destroy Fannie and Freddie after taking millions from them as a “historian”?