Ed Rendell obviously isn't the best messenger for the Obama campaign -- for one, he's always going off message (just ask 2010 Senate candidate Joe Sestak), he supported Hillary Clinton over Obama in 2008, and he's always good for a gaffe (see: Janet "No Life" Napolitano in 2008.) But the Romney campaign is going too far in saying he's breaking with the Obama camp over its attack ads on Bain capital.
Yes, Rendell was quoted yesterday as saying he was disappointed in the ads. And when he went on "Hardball" last night host Chris Matthews asked him if he was "with the Obama campaign as it's being run right now, or are you against it?" Rendell's first words were "Well, either/or."
That prompted an email (along with the clip above) from the Romney camp called "Former DNC Chairman Won't Endorse Obama Campaign As It's Being Run Now" with this line from a spokeswoman: "It's not every day that a former chairman of the Democratic National Committee declines to stand with his party's incumbent president."
Except in the full remarks Rendell clearly did endorse questioning Romney's record at Bain, while adding he's against attack ads generally. Here are his next comments as quoted by a MSNBC blog:
"Of course he has a right to go after Governor Romney's claim that he's a job creator because of his work at Bain— that's the main thrust of his rationale of why he should be elected president," Governor Rendell said. . .
When pressed by Matthews on whether he was, in fact, disappointed in Obama's campaign, Rendell said he was disappointed in virtually every political ad, because they focus on the negative points of the opposition. His only criticisms of Obama's Bain ads were with the specific wording, he said. "Would I make the ads a little different in tone? Sure I would," Rendell said. "But this deserves a full examination— whether Governor Romney is a job creator."
The full video is available here.