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This Morning, Obama Campaign Advisor Robert Gibbs Doesn’t “Remember” An Attack Obama Lobbed Against Outside Groups During His 2008 Campaign.  NBC’s CHUCK TODD:  “Are you comfortable with that ad that Priorities ran? How about you personally? Are you comfortable with that ad?” ROBERT GIBBS:  “Chuck, I don’t have any control over that ad. I’m not part of Priorities super PAC. I’ve never raised money for Priorities super PAC.” TODD:  “You know, you attacked John Edwards once during the primary campaign on a 527 ad that attacked you guys and said John Edwards could call that and stop doing it.” GIBBS:  “Because look, I don’t remember or get into the John Edwards thing. I know this, you have an ad that our campaign has nothing to do with.” (MSNBC’s “Daily Rundown,” 8/13/12)

FLASHBACK: In 2007, Obama Called Upon His Opponents To Own Up To Outside Group Expenditures On Their Behalf. OBAMA: “[Y]ou can’t say yesterday, you don’t believe in ‘em, and today, you’re having three-quarters of a million dollars being spent for you. You can’t just talk the talk.” (Sen. Barack Obama, Remarks At A Campaign Event, Oskaloosa, IA, 12/22/07)

  • Obama: “I don’t just talk the talk; I walk the walk. … I’ve been doing this all my life…” (Sen. Barack Obama, Remarks At A Campaign Event, Oskaloosa, IA, 12/22/07)
  • December 2007: Obama Used Robert Gibbs As Example Of How A Candidate Would Have Influence Over An Outside Group Like A 527 Or Super PAC. “Obama continued with incredulity: ‘The fact is this is somebody who worked for John Edwards, for the last who knows how many years, who’s a good friend and colleague of Edwards, who’s now running a 527 that is running ads on behalf of John Edwards. [Laugh] You’re telling me he has no influence over him? That’s not true. If [Obama communications director] Robert Gibbs started running a 527 and I called Robert Gibbs and said, ‘Stop running ads on my behalf,’ are you suggesting I would have no influence over Robert Gibbs?’” (Ben Smith and Lisa Lerer, “Obama Questions Edwards’ Toughness,” Politico, 12/23/07)
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