It's official. "When Mitt Romney Came to Town," the controversial anti-Romney documentary has been released (we already brought you the trailer). The film simply adds fuel to a fiery campaign season has been characterized by intense infighting between 2012 Republican contenders who are vying for the White House.
As can be expected, the film stops a few steps short of channeling some of the angst created and present within the Occupy movement. While slamming Romney's record and painting him out to be "more ruthless than Wall Street," the 28-minute docu-drama deals some startling blows to Romney's record.
In addition to dubbing the presidential contender as an individual characterized by viciousness and corporate greed, the film takes aim at the former Massachusetts governor's time at private-equity firm Bain Capital LLC. It is there, the film alleges, that Romney was responsible for the loss of thousands of workers' jobs.
Below, watch a clip from the film that highlights the plight of workers who were allegedly impacted by Romney's actions:
In every political cycle, candidates and their supporters often stretch details and make assertions that don't always pass the smell test. According to Bloomberg, this film is no different. For instance, the film claims that Romney's financial statements show a personal fortune that amounts to "at least a quarter billion dollars." This, based on a Federal Election Commission disclosure report last year, may be an overestimate (he may have assets that value $190 million).
Additionally, the film features a woman who claims that Romney owns 15 homes; according to current knowledge, he owns three -- one in Massachusetts, one in California and another in New Hampshire.
The Daily Caller's Jamie Weinstein dubbed the film a "Michael Moore-style attack ad." And considering the bankroll that's driving Willing Our Future as well as the timing of the film, there's a lot at stake for both Gingrich and Romney. Reuters reports:
The group behind the video, Winning Our Future, plans to spend $3.4 million advertising in South Carolina before the January 21 primary there, according to source familiar with the organization's advertising buys.
The ad bashing Romney is essentially an answer to one attacking Gingrich that was produced by a pro-Romney group and is widely credited with hammering Gingrich's standing in public opinion polls.
South Carolina's primary is crucial because it could be the last chance for conservatives such as Gingrich, a former House speaker, to keep Romney from sailing to the Republican nomination.
Here's another clip from the film:
"When Mitt Romney Came to Town" was released today in South Carolina and will likely be seen by many eyes before the state's primary later this month. Considering the fact that this is Gingrich's last possible opportunity to gain new-found traction, it's likely to be heavily promoted and heralded by his supporters.
You can watch the entire documentary here.