New Mitt Romney Ad Decries Sex & Violence in Video Games; Opponent Brownback Calls Foul

romney-wave.jpgThe spot is titled Ocean.

A just-released, 60-second campaign commercial from Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney (left) talks about America’s children and his belief that they are swimming in an ocean of drugs, Internet porn and media violence. From Romney’s voice-over:

I’m deeply troubled about the culture that surrounds our kids today… I’d like to see us clean up the water in which our kids are swimming. I’d like to keep pornography from coming up on their computers. I’d like to keep drugs off the street. I’d like to see less violence and sex on TV and in video games and in movies. If we get serious about this we can actually do a great deal to clean up the water in which our kids and grandkids are swimming.

The campaign of Sen. Sam Brownback (R-KS) wasted no time in attacking the Romney TV spot, painting the former Massachusetts governor as a latecomer to the culture wars – and a hypocrite:

In a move rich with irony, Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign released a new television advertisement decrying “the culture that surrounds our kids today,” despite the fact that Romney served on the board of Marriott International, which generated tens of millions of dollars in revenue through in-room pornography services at its hotels.

In stark contrast with Romney’s role at Marriott, which brought him over $100,000 per year, Senator Sam Brownback lead the fight against indecency and asked the hotel chain to stop offering pornography in its rooms.

Senator Brownback has been a leader on decency and media issues… Despite facing intense industry opposition, Brownback has worked to strengthen video game ratings standards and to study the impact of media on childhood development.

Meanwhile, Time’s Real Clear Politics blog reports e-mail reaction to the Romney spot running 3-1 against, including this one:

I think the new Romney spot is dreadful. Video game violence? Could he have picked a more small-potatoes topic? …In an election that will decide the future of our Middle East policy, our tax policy, our immigration policy, and — assuming a Supreme Court vacancy — possibly the future of Roe vs. Wade, I find it unfathomable that he wants to talk about sex and violence on television and in video games…

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