By Justin Sink - 01/05/12 07:30 PM EST
A political action committee supporting Ron Paul's presidential campaign released the latest in its series of "fake politician" Web ads, in which impressionists parody Paul's rivals and endorse the Texas congressman.
The videos, which purport to feature the candidates discussing the results of the Iowa caucuses or their policy proposals, are relatively harsh send-ups of the Republican field.
For instance, one impersonator introduces himself as "fake Mitt Romney — which makes me a lot like the real Mitt Romney."
"With the impersonation, we wanted to exaggerate Romney’s most defining features," said Stephen Oskoui, co-founder of the PAC, in a statement. "Writing our script was easy, because the real Mitt Romney is as much an actor as the guy in our video. It seems like everything he says is filtered through focus groups."
The group produced the ads independently of the Paul campaign, which under federal election laws cannot coordinate with outside groups.
Newt Gingrich, who has slammed Paul and Romney for running negative campaign ads against him in Iowa, received similar treatment.
Riffing off comments the real Newt Gingrich made when sitting atop the GOP polls about not being able to envision a scenario where he wouldn't win the nomination, the Gingrich impersonator maintains that his fourth-place finish was part of a "master plan."
"Well, sure, if you find people finding out about my liberal record, flip-flopping, lying, infidelity, hypocrisy and total lack of integrity as a 'scenario,' then it becomes a little easier to imagine me not becoming the nominee," the Gingrich impersonator says. "But you must understand, everyone else is smearing me. Telling people the truth about someone's past is negative campaigning. I prefer lying about the future, just like Obama did."
A forgetful Rick Perry and a war-mongering Rick Santorum receive similar send-ups.
The group's videos have been circulated widely among Paul's Internet devotees, with a New Year's Day Romney ad receiving more than 180,000 views on YouTube.