At Romney rally in Tampa, Adam Putnam pushes ‘Obama gives free cell phones’ myth

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At this morning’s rally for Mitt Romney, Republican Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam claimed that Democrats are rewarding early voters with free cell phones.

“We can’t just show up and cheer and slap a bumper sticker on the back of our car and say, we’re done,” Putnam began. “We got to drag people to the polls, that’s what they’re doing. We don’t have to offer them cell phones like they’re doing, but by golly, take people to the polls.”

As Think Progress (which deserves an h/t for this story, also) notes, “conservative groups and websites have jumped on the racially charged ‘Obama Phone’ myth — the false claim that the administration is rewarding supporters with free telephones — in an effort to portray Democrats as moochers, though this may be the first time the claim was used at an official GOP campaign event.”

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