November 9th, 2007
11:00 AM ET
10 years ago

DNC auctions Romney 'Flip Flop Kit'

The DNC is auctioning of a "Mitt Romney Flip-Flop Kit"

WASHINGTON (CNN) - The Democratic National Committee criticized former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney Friday for encouraging supporters to sell their old belongings to help stock his presidential campaign war chest and said that he has "outgrown" his policy positions.

Romney's campaign launched "Mitt Market," a Web page where people can sell their possessions and direct the proceeds to be sent to his presidential campaign in the form of a donation. His campaign asked for "bicycles that the kids have outgrown to old electronics or baseball cards" and said "your stuff may be someone else's treasure."

As a response, the DNC is auctioning its own "Mitt Romney Flip Flop Kit" on ebay, which includes a DVD and flash cards with Romney's "more infamous flip-flops." The DNC said the proceeds will go a local animal shelter in honor of Romney's dog, Seamus, which he acknowledged rode in a dog carrier on top of the car during a family road trip.

Romney spokesman Kevin Madden said this shows that Democrats are worried about running against the former governor.

"The DNC spends an awful lot of time both worrying about and attacking Governor Romney," Madden said. "It just proves that the last person they want to run against is a chief executive like Governor Romney with a proven record of accomplishment who is determined to change the status quo of Washington and the free-spending, high-taxing ways of the Beltway Democrats."

"I’d put a list of actual Democratic accomplishments in this year’s Congress up for bid on e-Bay too if I could, but there aren’t any," Madden added.

–CNN Associate Producer Lauren Kornreich

Filed under: DNC • Mitt Romney
soundoff (23 Responses)
  1. joseph, austin, tx

    cant wait to see hillarys' flip flop kit too. is this really how adults act, espesially ones that are our elected officials. however it is pretty funny.

    November 9, 2007 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  2. Brad, from the great state of Texas

    The DNC might want to take a look at some of its own before labeling anyone a "flip-flopper." Has anyone been paying attention to our wonderful Democrat nominees? Hillary is without a doubt the ultimate flip-flopper, Obama is never around when a vote comes up, and Edwards is a big time hypocrite with his "we-can-help-the-poor-as-long-as-it's-everyone-else's-money-except-mine" platform.

    November 9, 2007 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  3. Mark, Shreveport, La

    the dems are getting nervous already?

    November 9, 2007 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  4. Steve, Lyons, CO

    That's humorous. Romney. Scaring anyone, including Democrats.

    Good one. Mormon boy has no chance. Zero.

    November 9, 2007 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  5. Jeannie, Sacramento, CA

    Question for the Republican candidates, ESPECIALLY Giuliani: If Republicans are so strong on terrorist, why aren't we in Afghanistan looking for bin Laden, the source of our terrorist heartburn and W's keeping-Americans-safe rhetoric?

    November 9, 2007 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  6. J.Crobuzon

    An awful lot of time? That probably took fifteen minutes to set up and was some intern's idea. Mitt's just an easy target. Outgrown his possessions? Sell your catcher's mitt for Mitt? He might as well wear a clown suit.

    November 9, 2007 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  7. Rodney Dallas TX

    Apparently Kevin Madden forgot about the recent override of the presidents veto. Congress is doing something right. And once we get more repubs out and more dems in, ALOT will be done. The majority is there, just not the two-thirds they need to override Bush's never ending veto's.

    November 9, 2007 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  8. Saul, Austin, TX

    "Free-spending" democrats??! The tragedy is that most people are going to read that and take it at face value. Ronald Reagan and George H. W. Bush built an enourmous deficit that was fixed by Democrac Bill Clinton - actually turning it into a surplus. W has dones us the favor of bringing back a huge deficit - in the name of the war on terror, all while Al Queda and the Taliban regroup. It is not the Democrats doing the spending, it is the Republicans, because apparently spending does not count if it on bulding and using means of mass violence - that most "conservative" of values.

    November 9, 2007 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  9. roger, conway sc

    Way to go DNC give the HYPOCRITES-GOP some of their nasty medicine...they enjoy critizing & judging everyone else give them some of their own democratic 08....

    November 9, 2007 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  10. Robert, Shelton, CT

    After his personal attacks on two of the Democrats, Romney had it coming.

    November 9, 2007 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  11. Bill, Bloomington IL

    I plan to donate to the defense fund for the Clinton Crime Family (CCF)

    November 9, 2007 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  12. Rick, Chicago Illinois

    Mark, Shreveport La, joseph, austin tx, and Brad, from the "great" state of Texas,

    Feel free to step up and list as many Hillary flip flops as Romney.

    Got game? Here we go ...

    A (probably only PARTIAL)list of Romney's flip flops:

    1) He was a liberal in Massachusetts, where he TWICE ran for statewide office as a pro-CHOICE candidate but now says he opposes Roe v. Wade;

    2) he was dedicated to "full equality for America's gay and lesbian citizens" and now describes himself as "a champion of traditional marriage";

    3) he signed a no-new-tax pledge (that he once mocked) in an attempt to hide his tax-raising record;

    4) in Massachusetts, he bucked the National Rifle Association by supporting the Brady Bill and an assault-weapons ban, boasting, "I don't line up with the NRA.", yet (in August of 2006) he bragged that he joined the gun-rights organization as a life member;

    5) he was FOR gays serving open in the military before he was AGAINST it;

    6) he endorsed federal funding of embryonic stem-cell research in 2005, but now claims he opposes it;

    7) he may or may not be an avid hunter since he said "I purchased a gun when I was a young man. I've been a hunter pretty much all my life," he told a man sporting a National Rifle Association cap – even though he’s been on a total of TWO hunting trips in his 60 years!;

    8) Romney said he doesn’t believe in overturning juries, yet he fully supported Dubya’s commuting of Scooter Libby’s sentence before a single day of jail time was ever served;

    9) thinks that his sons driving around in SUVs to campaign for him is equal to, or better than, serving his country helping patrol the streets of Baghdad then said ihe doesn’t;

    10) flip-flopped on amnesty for illegals when he criticized cities that offer sanctuary to illegals via a radio ad saying: "Immigration laws don't work if they're ignored. Legal immigration is great, but illegal immigration, that we've got to end. And amnesty is not the way to do it.". But this was AFTER he said he supported selective amnesty (to those who have ignored and BROKEN those same immigration laws by coming here and staying here ILLEGALLY) in the March 30, 2006 Lowell Sun, saying: “I don’t believe in rounding up 11 million people and forcing them at gunpoint from our country …Those that are here paying taxes and not taking government benefits should begin a process towards application for citizenship, as they would from their home country.”

    LOL ... I'm waiting kids .. for at least ELEVEN Hillary flip flops on her campaign!

    Let me guess, like most repubs, you'll never actually put up when called out right?

    November 9, 2007 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  13. Tom Dedham, Mass

    That's humorous. Romney. Scaring anyone, including Democrats.

    Good one. Mormon boy has no chance. Zero.

    Posted By Steve, Lyons, CO : November 9, 2007 1:29 pm

    Always intelligent and progressive Stevie to mock someones faith when you have nothing of relevence to offer.

    Go back under your rock and whine and cry that the Rockies lost the world series.

    November 9, 2007 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  14. jose

    When it comes to being a mafia, the Clintons are absolute amateurs compared to the Bushes. Please.

    November 9, 2007 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  15. Matt Kachaluba, Phoenix AZ

    It's true. I'm worried about Warren Jeffs becoming president.

    Oh, there I go mixing up names again!

    November 9, 2007 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  16. Rick, Chicago Illinois

    Bill, Bloomington IL,

    "I plan to donate to the defense fund for the Clinton Crime Family (CCF)"

    Here's an idea ...

    Why not save your money for the reimbursement of burial expense for the FOUR biographers/reporters who dug up dirt on various aspects of the Bush family that "comitted suicide" (one with TWO shots to the head)?

    What's that? ... What are the odds of that happening you ask?

    Try about 1 in 10,000,000,000,000,000!

    Nope. Nothing to see here Bill ... move along!

    Thank God a vast majority of people in Illinois aren't as learning disabled as you.

    November 9, 2007 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  17. joseph,austin,tx

    Rick, Chicago Illinois

    could care less who flips the most all I need to know is that you admited that hillary does flip flop by your stupid game. because if she never flips on anything what is the point of the game right? Here's one for you the Iraq war, when america was gun ho about it she was for it, however once it became unpopular she wanted to retract her vote. Have a WONDERFUL evening, I know with this great weather here I will.

    November 9, 2007 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  18. christian, selden, ny

    look at you people, no no no the democrats are not HATERS and the fact is ROMNEY FLIP FLOPPED so blatantly and so much more then any democrat thats running. look his flipflopping up on youtube. he was pro choice 2 years ago!!!!!! now hes pro life!!!! thats a pretty obvious flip flop the dems should be having infomercials about the way he flip flops......another thing i dont know anyone that would be scared of a mormon. he is a liar and its been caught on tape look it up on youtube if you dont believe me

    November 9, 2007 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  19. christian, selden, ny

    Rick, Chicago Illinois

    great post!!! you know that these repubs are searching all over the internet to match what you wrote. people talk so much crap about hillary but never say anything that means anything!!! they just dont like her....why? the same reason middle eastern men make there women wear a burka probably.......just like repubs, scared of women but love the men

    November 9, 2007 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  20. saul, austin, tx

    Bravo, Rick. Romney is a flagrant hypocrite with a cynicism to at leat match that of the current administration, in my opinion. W at least has the excuse of not being really bright - Romney scares the heck out of me, the man clearly suffers from power lust and has complete disregard for principle.

    Having said that... Folks, does it occurr to anybody that at some point we are going to have to talk about how to get our nation back in one piece?

    The gulf between the right and the left is widening daily and I am not sure this benefits the bulk of us, either on the left or the right. There is, in my opinion, way to much ideology being tossed around. This in turn leads widespread assumed predicates. For example, somebody points out that Mr. Romney does not really seem to believe in anything for any period of time and people imagine that the the predicate is something like "therefore we need to give free money to lazy people", or "therefore we should cuddle Al Queda". Or, somebody points out one of many Hillary's weaknesses, and people, on the other side of the aisle, imagine that the predicate is "therefore we need to give free money to wealthy people". In most cases neither predicate is meant and if it is then we need to ask whether such a predicate really needs to follow.

    This perpetual sniping at each other leads nowhere. In the end we have to believe that there is such a thing as common American principles and we have to work to find them. But this is going to require work - cannot be done if we adopt W's "I dont do nuance" stance, we *have* to do nuance. The alternative could well be the end of the Republic as anything vaguely resembling what it was meant to be.

    November 9, 2007 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  21. Len, Fallbrook, CA

    Maybe the RNC and come up with a Clinton Truth Detector?

    That would be a tall order.

    November 9, 2007 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  22. Rick, Kansas City, MO

    If only PETA would litigate in the best interest of the poor little dog....

    We need more frivolous lawsuits. Where is Edwards when you need him?

    November 10, 2007 01:20 am at 1:20 am |
  23. Rick, Chicago Illinois

    joseph, austin tx,

    Yep. Hillary flip flopped. But my "stupid" game proves that so does Romney ... by a 10-1 margin.

    I'm not even a Hillary supporter, I'm just pointing out how idiotic it is for people to be talking about Hillary when it's verifiable FACT that Romney makes even John Kerry look like Honest Abe!

    Now after you're done enjoying the weather, you might want to stop pointing fingers at Hillary until Romney decides what, exactly, his platform is – cuz he's obviously still making it up as he goes along.

    November 11, 2007 01:54 am at 1:54 am |