By Candice Leigh Helfand
WASHINGTON, D.C. (CBS Washington) – Newt Gingrich’s campaign has released a new web advertisement that likens fellow GOP presidential hopeful Mitt Romney to 2004 Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry, an argument which concludes by pointing out that both men speak French.
“What has Massachusetts given us?” the ad rhetorically ponders. “A liberal governor who wanted us to believe he is strong on defense. A liberal senator who wanted us to believe he was a man of the people.”
As the narrator reads, shots and past interviews of Romney and Kerry are shown to draw lines between the two politicians.
The ad continues by accusing Romney of favoring the Democratic party through both his funding and voting track records.
It also asserts Romney’s moderate stance by highlighting policy decisions, including “author(ing) government-mandated health care with tax-payer funded abortions.”
It’s standard fare for a negative political ad, until the very end.
“And just like John Kerry … he speaks French, too,” the narrator states, as sound bytes of both men speaking phrases in French are played.
The campaign uploaded the ad to its official YouTube site on Jan. 12, just two days after Romney secured a primary victory in New Hampshire. Gingrich failed to break into the top three.
The GOP presidential primary race has seen its fair share of odd ads, most notably from former front-runner Herman Cain.
Calls made to the Gingrich campaign were not immediately returned.