Nightly News | May 17, 2012
>>> in presidential politics , for was an explosive headline tonight. the "new york times" reporting that a republican super pac was considering an expensive anti-obama ad campaign that would have put the issue of race front and center in the campaign and lainked the president to some of the more controversial statements by his former pastor, jeremiah wright . as nbc 's peter alexander reports, it's the latest evidence of the power of money.
>> he tried to distance himself for a $10 million ad campaign designed to renew attention on president obama 's ties to his controversial former pastor, reverend jeremiah wright .
>> i want to make it very clear i repudiate that effort. i think it's the wrong course for a pac or a campaign. i he that our campaigns can respectively be about the future.
>> a leaked copy of the 54-page proposal entitled the defeat of barack hussein obama was presented this week to the super pac funted by joe ricketts whose family owns the chicago cubs . the referral referred to him as the met rosexual black abraham lincoln . and they planned to release wright's statements, including this one.
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>> in a statement to nbc news today, the super pac insists the ads won't air, adding the proposed campaign reflects an approach to politics that mr. ricketts rejects, and it was never a plan to be accepted. still, on a day the romney campaign wanted the focus to be on its raising more than $40 million last month, a reignited debalt over how super pacs can both help and hurt a campaign.
>> voters do not distinguish between ads coming from the campaign versus the super pacs , so candidates run the risk of being held accountable for bad things this super pacs do.
>> romney today tried to cast himself as the one taking the mora high ground , characterizing his new ad out tomorrow as positive and criticizing the obama campaign for what he called character assassination. peter alexander , nbc news, washington.