Mitt Romney is smart not to use this in the campaign. This will only cause the extreme left to cry racism (even though they've been doing that for the last 3 and 1/2 years).
Romney wants to stay focused on the things the left cannot defend Obama on, and the biggest of those is the economy. They can't defend Obama's dismal failures that have brought us to where we are now with the economy and with record unemployment.
From the article:
The billionaire said to be weighing a proposal to resurrect incendiary commentsby President Barack Obamaâ€™s former pastor shelved the idea Thursday after Obama and Republican presidential challenger Mitt Romney denounced the tactic.
An aide to Joe Ricketts, founder of TD Ameritrade, said the proposal to draw the Rev. Jeremiah Wright into the presidential campaign â€” and the issue of race, by extension â€” went too far.
The New York Times reported Thursday that Rickettsâ€™ Ending Spending Action Fund, a conservative super PAC, was considering a proposal for a $10 million TV ad campaign highlighting Wrightâ€™s sermons. The original Times report read, in part:
Timed to upend the Democratic National Convention in September, the plan would â€œdo exactly what John McCain would not let us do,â€ the strategists wrote.
The plan, which is awaiting approval, calls for running commercials linking Mr. Obama to incendiary comments by his former spiritual adviser, the Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr., whose race-related sermons made him a highly charged figure in the 2008 campaign.
â€œThe world is about to see Jeremiah Wright and understand his influence on Barack Obamafor the first time in a big, attention-arresting way,â€ says the proposal, which was overseen by Fred Davis and commissioned by Joe Ricketts, the founder of the brokerage firm TD Ameritrade. Mr. Ricketts is increasingly putting his fortune to work in conservative politics.
Romney had urged the independent group, which favors his candidacy, to abandon the Wright strategy and to focus instead on his bedrock issue, the economy.
â€œI repudiate the effort by that PAC to promote an ad strategy of the nature theyâ€™ve described,â€ Romney told the conservative website Townhall.com. â€œI would like to see this campaign focus on the economy, on getting people back to work, on seeing rising incomes and growing prosperity â€“ particularly for those in the middle class of America.â€
Read more of what Jeremiah Wright had to say about the Obama's.