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STEPHANOPOLOUS: It is a time-honored tradition in politics: twisting your opponent's words by taking them out of context. And we're seeing it even more than ever this time around.

For John Berman's take on it here's closeup this week.


JOHN BERMAN, ABC NEWS CORRESPONDENT: What is Ron Paul's favorite Michael Jackson album?


BERMAN: What is Newt Gingrich's favorite type of dark meat?

NEWT GINGRICH, REPUBLICAN PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: Elephant. They have 105,000 muscles in their trunk.

BERMAN: OK, neither of those things are true. We took their words out of context. But in politics it's safe to say that out is in.

MITT ROMNEY, REPUBLICAN PRESIDNETIAL CANDIDATE: I like being able to fire people who provide services to me.

BERMAN: This got a ton of buzz, but Mitt Romney was talking about firing insurance companies not down and out workers.

ROMNEY: In politics, people are going to try and grasp at anything, take it out of context, and make it something it's not.

BERMAN: Sure can. A little like say this ad from Mitt Romney.

BARACK OBAMA, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: If we keep talking about the economy, we're going to lose.

BERMAN: President Obama wasn't talking about this economy, he wasn't even talking about this decade, he said those words in 2008.

OBAMA: Senator McCain's campaign actually said, and I quote, if we keep talking about the economy we're going to lose.

BERMAN: Context has played the Romney family for generations.

GEORGE ROMNEY, FORMER GOVERNOR OF MICHIGAN: I just had the greatest brainwashing that anybody can get. When you go over to Vietnam --

BERMAN: In 1967, that derailed George Romney's presidential ambitions because people thought he was talking about some kind of Manchurian candidate brainwashing. He was talking about briefings from our military. He was taken out of context. Howard Dean --

HOWARD DEAN, FORMER GOVERNOR, VERMONT: We're going to California, and Texas!

BERMAN: That scream sounded crazy on TV. But the room he was in was really loud. He needed to be heard. He called that --

DEAN: Out of context.

BERMAN: Yes, context might be the most abused substance in politics. But there are three key groups to rehab. Group one, to all the candidates complaining about being taken out of context. Let's give you some context. You're running for president, how is that for context?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Don't act surprised if people twist your words.

BERMAN: Group two, us, reporters. Good ones, and there are plenty, point out the context.

KARL: It's complete misrepresentation of what happened.


BERMAN: In group three, you voters, find out the context. Because if you just believe every ad or soundbite, without asking any questions, that would be as Michael Jackson might say, simply -- dangerous

That's my closeup on this week. John Berman, ABC News, New York.


STEPHANOPOULOS: And we'll be right back with answers to some of our questions.

But first, a moment to honor those who served and sacrificed.

This week, the Pentagon released the names of seven soldiers killed in Afghanistan.


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