April 27th, 2010
08:46 AM ET
4 years ago

DNC takes aim at Romney

A DNC Web ad is taking aim at Mitt Romney.
A DNC Web ad is taking aim at Mitt Romney.

(CNN) - The initial stages of the next race for the White House won't gear up for months, but Democrats are already taking aim at one of the Republican Party's most likely presidential hopefuls.

As Senate Democrats are struggling to attract Republican support for their version of a financial reform bill, a new Democratic National Committee web video portrays former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney as a longtime defender and beneficiary of Wall Street practices.

Romney does not have an official role in the current financial reform debate, but he has been one of the measure's most vocal critics among those considering a presidential bid.

The nearly 90-second video - titled "Mitt Romney: Wall Street's Best Friend" - highlights several past remarks from Romney defending Wall Street practices and chastising President Obama for comments critical of the banking industry.


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soundoff (39 Responses)
  1. Felicia Rolley

    It is too stupid for the democrats to do this. Many democrats are themselves users/receivers of benefits of Wall Street, but they act like they never heard the term "Wall Street". There's nothing wrong with profiteering; it is just that, profit-making, that built our country into the greatest economic state of the world. The government, by the way , did not make the US great, it was the hard-working, profit-making citizens of this country who did. Get real, democrats. Nobody believes your stupidity except receivers of the hard-working, profit-making taxpayers.

    April 27, 2010 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  2. Dave

    I think the DNC is wasting their time on Romney. Flip-flopper Romney will never win the Republican primary, let alone be a serious contender for the Presidency. The Bible-thumpers in the GOP will never have him and he knows it. He's just a smooth-talking used-car salesman who alters his positions to based on the issue of the day.

    April 27, 2010 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  3. Richard Komi

    Comments are one way we know one's position on issues and Romney's comment show that he is for wall street and not main street. If he is thinking of running for president then he should be for main street not wall street.

    April 27, 2010 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  4. Peace

    Oh gosh! Is that the real Romney?? Thanks DNC for alerting us about him.

    April 27, 2010 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  5. Stacie

    AND all Democrats thank him for creating the template for their Health Care Reform bill! Thanks Mitt! Now if you only became pro-choice again, we could really love you.

    April 27, 2010 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  6. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    BWAHAHAHAHA!!!

    Boy, talk about a picture being worth a thousand words!! Mittens, if you run make sure that your theme song is "Money, Money, Money" by I forget who!

    A totally accurate characterization of Republicans. Money coming out of their pocket, stuffed into their suits and their mouths. The unabashed glee in their eyes while holding currency in their hands was a precursor of things to come.

    Art imitating life and all that....!

    April 27, 2010 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  7. D.

    The people's party (populist Democratic republic party of America) is against wall street now, after getting gzillions of money! Enough with cheap un-believed populism!

    April 27, 2010 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  8. Michael Armstrong Sr.

    It would be nice to have different people to choose from in 2012 its like having rejects forced down our throats .

    April 27, 2010 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  9. jeremy..Big D..Tx

    Oh. Where is Drill here,drill now baby campaign to help our Gulf states. What do they have to say about this disaster? Please can they come forward and help our people down there? The Fed goverment is doing all they can but are being overwhelm. Btw it is better to avoid disaster than to stop it.

    April 27, 2010 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  10. Moderate

    I guess you were for it before you were against it !

    Kinda like abortion, government run health care,.........

    Romney is the best example of politics. If you say whales are bad one day and make some strange case to back it up, Mitt will come out the next day for killing all the whales. The next day you admit it wasn't whales because they are good but sharks are the problem, Mitt will change his anger and focus it on sharks. you could do this for days and he would flip flop constantly.

    Fun test Huh !

    April 27, 2010 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  11. ByeByeBarry

    Of course Mitt was Wall Street's best friend: He co-founded the Private Equity firm Bain Capital and aided the venture capital of Staples!! Not to mention his Leveraged Buyouts of Brookstone, Domino's Pizza and Sports Authority. The man knows how a successful business should be run and the governance that needs to be implemented in its practices. With the economy on a slow, jobless recovery, why wouldn't we want someone who has a successful track record of helping businesses become profitable and ethical?

    April 27, 2010 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  12. SJ

    But unlike President Obama, Gov. Romney actually knows what he's talking about. Not just "pandering populism" as Sen. Gregg so succinctly put it last night.

    April 27, 2010 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  13. joec

    Since when did it become a crime to make money in America? Since the advent of obama's presidency thats when! I would much rather have a capitalist society where everyone strives to get better than a over bloated government trillions in debt raping the private sector every chance they get. Government management of Social Security and Medicare has been horrific. This country needs to get to the thought process of where thriving to improve means something and get the government intrusion out of our everyday lives.

    April 27, 2010 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  14. Nadeem

    This is a joke, standing together for the purpose of standing together is a joke. We are becoming a British style party system. Ironically the Tea Party Movement is suporting a model that the original Tea Party was against, putting party before country, party before citizen. That is what the GOP appear to be doing.

    April 27, 2010 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  15. Marge

    Since the media is supposed to support this country, since they are supposed to be real American as we all are, where in Hades is the outrage that the republicans are fighting tooth and nail to undermine this financial bill. Something that will stop the big banks from doing this all over again.

    The media should be held as accountable as the crooks on wall street. I think since CORPORATIONS are people they CORPORATION of each media outlet should be taken out in handcuffs and made to account for what they are doing. Enabling the republicans to rape and pillage this country all over again. Lock em all up.. Clean house.

    April 27, 2010 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  16. DS

    Once again the DNC exposes its fear of Romney. They had attacked him far more than any other GOP candidate in 2007 and 2008 until they got their preferred lamb to run against in John McCain. Now they're doing it again because they have witnessed Romney only rise in popularity and favorability. If Republicans nominate properly in 2012, then Obe and his lackies in media will be fired before election day comes.

    April 27, 2010 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  17. Terry From West Texas

    Romney is often accused of changing his views based on popularity polls rather than his own beliefs. This is not strictly true. Romney has the CEO mindset, and he sees political policies to be much like advertising.

    He simply tells the customer whatever will cause the customer to buy your product. If your marketing guys tell you that a blonde in a red bikini sells product, then you hire a good looking blonde for your commercials. If they tell you that blondes are out and nerds are in, then you hire a nerd for your commercials.

    If health care is in, Romney is for health care. If health care is out, Romney is against health care. To him, it's just marketing.

    April 27, 2010 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  18. William Jefferson

    Why bother? romney has little to no chance of getting nominated. religious zealots hate his Mormonism, and conservatives in general don't trust him because he switches positions like a weather sock.

    April 27, 2010 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  19. maf

    Man, that's rich. Nothing like a little video tape footage to bring to light how hypocritical this guy is.
    As Yogi Berra put it, "Deja vu all over again"!!

    If this isn't traditional GOP policy, then nothing is. See ya Mitt!

    April 27, 2010 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  20. Mark

    Romney doesn't have a chance to win Pres. Won't happen.

    April 27, 2010 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  21. Ruty

    How can this man be serious about being president? He was born RICH–has NO idea what it is to live from payday to payday. He is another George Bush-just wants to be president for the glory of it. This nation is sick, sick to want a man in the white house like this.

    April 27, 2010 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  22. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    Mitt's a Wall St. tycoon. He's so out of touch with real working Americans.

    April 27, 2010 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  23. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    41 Republicans voted against financial reform and we have a right to know their names and how much Wall Street paid them with our taxpayer money.

    April 27, 2010 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  24. pa mom

    Why must the politicians keep slinging the mud when infact, it will come back to bite them? Go after Romney when you have our Pres and Harry Reid taking campaign money from Wall Street. Pure hypocracy!

    April 27, 2010 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  25. Cosmo

    Nice photo Mitt. I especially like your playpals that seem to be eating money. Is that a normal practice on Wall Street?

    April 27, 2010 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
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