DNC mantra: Romney's a flip-flopper
October 18th, 2011
08:33 AM ET
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DNC mantra: Romney's a flip-flopper

Washington (CNN) – As GOP presidential hopeful Mitt Romney holds onto his front-runner status going into Tuesday's debate, Democrats again went after the candidate in a new video aimed at showing Romney as a "flip-flopper."

"In the past week, we’ve seen Mitt Romney confirm what we already know from his positions on gay rights and a woman’s right to choose – that he’s a flip-flopper who changes his tune to fit each new audience," said Alec Gerlach, regional press secretary for the Democratic National Committee, in a statement Tuesday.

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The DNC and Obama's re-election campaign have been drumming up their message for weeks, consistently pointing out Romney's change of course over time.

In the new video, the latest in a series on Romney from the DNC, the group shows clips of Romney taking different stances on payroll tax cuts, China's trade practices and the auto industry bailouts.

"In each instance, he made a complete 180," said Gerlach.

The nearly two-minute web video ends with one question: "Wonder which Mitt you'll get at tonight's debate?"

The piece follows a string of attacks that Democrats have launched against Romney, who's making his second bid for the White House.

Senior Obama campaign strategist David Axelrod questioned the former governor's record this weekend in an interview on ABC's "This Week" and held a conference call last week with reporters, where he repeatedly blasted Romney as an inconsistent candidate.

Romney's campaign responded Tuesday, saying Obama has overseen the loss of more middle class jobs "than any president in modern history".

"President Obama and his political cronies are more interested in saving their own jobs than creating jobs for these middle class Americans," said campaign spokespersonAndrea Saul in a statement . "President Obama and his campaign will spend the next 13 months trying to distract Americans from their horrible record on jobs and it's not going to work."

–CNN Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report.

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Filed under: 2012 • DNC • Mitt Romney • President Obama
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  1. billy

    It's not a mantra, it's just true.

    Romney has made a career out of running for office and he stands on what ever principals the thinks will get him elected. You can't trust him.

    October 18, 2011 08:39 am at 8:39 am |
  2. Maggie53

    If Romney is a flip-flopper then what do you call Obama? Obama has flip-flopped so many times that we cannot even keep track of them. Obama has been a disaster from day one and he will always be a disaster. He had divided our country to a point that I fear that we are heading back into segrgation but not of race but of class. I thought he was the president for all Americans but he seems to be taking a stance against anyone who gets up everyday and go out there to work and make a good living He wants to take our hard earned money and give it away to people who have no ambition in their life to better themselves but sit and wait for their government check every month. Obama has to be voted out in 2012 before he destroys us all!!!!!!!

    October 18, 2011 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  3. Just a thought

    Ok, the problem is this....Romney realizes that the bailout of the auto industry actually worked. We saved american jobs and a chance to retain our dominance in the industry.

    However, the average Re-Dumblican / GOP Tea Pee Pants will deny until his/her dying breath, this president has done anything right and therefore must continue to be patently stupid when looking at the facts. So the Re-Dumblican party and all the candidates need to continue to criticize the entire industry, all its workers and every customer, by telling them they are all complete failures.....but the facts just don't so that...but take our word for it. LOL

    There ya go. The Re-Dumblican / GOP Tea Pee Pants the unamerican, rooting for failure, avoiding the facts, a party soon to be extinct, when reason and practicality become important to us all again.

    October 18, 2011 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  4. vic , nashville ,tn

    Republicans lack of leaders and couldn’t find one sad situation yes they alienate many good people from the party
    Party need candidate like Former senator from Tennessee Bill First he will be good candidate he is smart

    October 18, 2011 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  5. ST

    If a person changes his mind once or twice thats OK. But if a person makes his habit and changes according to the situation, thats flip-flopping. Romney has done this many times and he deserves to be called a "flip-flopper"!

    October 18, 2011 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  6. Rudy NYC

    Gov. Romney's history of changing his position on issues is major problem for him. To me is shows he is all to willing to tell you what he thinks you want to hear, and not the truth. This country is in trouble. The time for mincing words is past.

    Even if Romney adopted Sen. McCain's 2008 "straight talk" style, who would believe him? Because of his past history of telling you what you want to hear, he would simply not be credible. Romney would be like the boy who cried wolf. When the occasion arises that Romney is actually being honest and truthful, no one is going to believe him.

    October 18, 2011 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  7. Ernie

    Let me enlighten everyone, during the "Great Depression" President Herbert Hoover didn't bail out any banks because banks were failing left and right. When FDR was elected in 1932 he didn't bail out any banks he waited for WWII to get out of the "Great Depression" In October of 1987 when the market crashed and business were going out of left and right President Reagn didn't bail out any body. So now 24 years later when it was said that the big banks are go big to "fail" supposely they did. That goes the same for some of the biggest brokeage firms on wall street. Then there was GM who needed to bailed out. The moral of the story is if none of the banks and GM wouldn't have been balied out nothing would have happened there would have been no financial collapse the liberal and conservative news media were ranting about. The liberal press would have made sure that there would be some kind of disaster. Well when the bail out did happen there was a disaster the voter's didn't like it and they showed at the polls in 2010 and they sent Obama a message and more is going to come in November 2012. Mitt Romeny better be saying that he would have not bailed out anyone it not it will come back to haunt him.

    October 18, 2011 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  8. Tired of the nonsense

    Maggie53
    If Romney is a flip-flopper then what do you call Obama? Obama has flip-flopped so many times that we cannot even keep track of them

    ~*~*~*~*~

    Obama's not a flip-flopper. He said what he wanted to do, he's tried to get it done but he's been hampered by the power-hungry stupidity of the GOP. The GOP doesn't want to help America. They proved that during the 8 years of the Bush near-dictatorial regime.

    Bush divided this country in such a way that it still hasn't healed - again, that's the GOP's fault. President Obama has tried repeatedly to work with those GOP morons but, well, they're morons. It's difficult for someone as intelligent as Obama to stoop down to the single-digit IQ displayed by the GOP.

    Obama is trying to get this country back to work. Again, the GOP keeps trying to shut him down and THEN they blame it on Obama. The simple-minded seem to believe the GOP - why, intelligent people will never know.

    Obama needs to be re-elected in 2012 in order to save this country from the destructiveness of the GOP. Besides, there's not a single person on the GOP ticket that has the intelligence of a dead goat. Anyone with any intelligence or who loves this country would EVER vote for anyone on the Republican side.

    October 18, 2011 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  9. diridi

    They lack Morality, ethics, standard. National Integrity, they lack national security. If not Bin Laden would have been caught long time ago....o.k, They dump this nation to the ground. I vote for Direct democratic ticket. Obama2012.
    We need Manufacturing, Energy Efficiency, Strict Immigration, Agriculture Focus, Infrastructure, etc, not this dog fight by GOP idiots. I do not have time to watch these idiots...Enough Reagan and Bush watch. Folks, tell to three and tell them to tell three to vote direct Dem ticket...god bless.

    October 18, 2011 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  10. LegendRx

    The Republican base can care less about the truth, They just can't stomach a smart intelligent black man occupying their self appointed white house. Even if they have to blow this country up, "GET THE BLACK OUT" PERIOD!

    October 18, 2011 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  11. lgny

    The "flip-flopper" charge is overrated. People want the president to represent the public sentiment. That requires a leader who is willing/eager to change positions as the public mood changes. In other words ... a "flip-flopper"

    I'm not a Romney fan, but let's be consistent about our expectations.

    October 18, 2011 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  12. Anne

    Romney is a flip flop, Perry doesn't know how to talk, Bachmann is only "me me me" and Cain...I agree with fences and protect the borders but his "jokes" are an excess, a candidate selling hate is the last kind of President we want. Maybe Gingrich or Huntsman, because at this point Obama starts to not look that bad.

    October 18, 2011 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  13. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Maggie made some pretty serious unfounded, unsubstantiated, ridiculous charges about Obama, just like Fox and Limbag would do. The divisiveness began with the Gipper taking on the middle class, and continued with the decider giving huge tax cuts for the wealthy.

    October 18, 2011 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  14. Paul Johnson

    The whilte house calling Romney a flip-flopper? Hello pot meet kettle.

    October 18, 2011 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  15. Joe Beckmann

    Yesterday the leaders of Massachusetts health described to their legislative leaders the rapid decline in new cases of HIV that could be attributed to RomneyCare. In fact, the number of really new cases has dropped from 1200 per year in 2001 to less than 300 in 2009, largely because (a) insurers can't drop clients because of a positive test; (b) 97% of the state has insurance; and (c) with insurance almost all who test positive get anti-viral treatment, and don't wait for symptoms. That has three very specific, RomneyCare specific, impacts: high rates of testing, lower rates of infection, and easier access to prevention.

    That has ended the pandemic. New cases occur, but the projections are fewer than 100 per year in a state of 5.6million people. It could, and should, be said that Romney cured AIDS.

    What comment would he want to share in this debate on his impact? And how would his opponents assess this effect?

    October 18, 2011 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  16. Independent from NH

    This argument is getting VERY old and tiresome. I mean seriously, can you not find anything else on this guy? Is this the best you can do, DNC, Axelrod? If it is, you are in much worse shape for 2012 than we thought. The attacks are boring, redundant, and ineffective. Why? Because the choice is clear among the people: the majority want Obama out of office and almost any Republican voted in just as bad as they wanted any Democrat voted in for the Presidency in 2008. Romney may be a flip-flopper but at least he doesn't cave on his principles on a near monthly basis as Obama has. I wish I never voted for him.

    October 18, 2011 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  17. Rudy NYC

    Paul Johnson wrote:
    The whilte house calling Romney a flip-flopper? Hello pot meet kettle.
    -------------–
    I challenge you to name one issue on which, President Obama has "flip-flopped" on. When you do, make sure you do not confuse not being able to get it done compared to trying to do the exact opposite.

    There are quite a number of issues where he has tried to push his agenda, only to have it repulsed by the Republicans. Curiously enough, Republicans continue to push the idea that his policies have been a failure, when in fact he has not been able to enact his policies because of filibusters. In other words, administration policity has been dictated by Republican filibuster ever since Democrats lost their Senate super majority after Sen. Kennedy passed.

    October 18, 2011 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  18. Independent Voter

    My Independents Mantra I have a hard time chooseing betwen the two.
    "Romney isn"t the one" and "Obama's a Communist"

    October 18, 2011 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  19. Lynda/Minnesota

    The only "constant" with Romney is that he has been campaigning for too many years now, and yet, very little about him has made a political impact. Either folks don't care about Romney one way or another, or he simply hasn't been able to "get his message out" ... whatever versioin his message might be this time around. One thing is certain, 8 years is a long time to convince folks he is the right man for the job. Looks like most folks still aren't convinced. Doubt they ever will be.

    October 18, 2011 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  20. DJ in Texas

    Hey Maggie53 – Please list specifically the facts to back up your rhetoric. The fact is over the last 10 years the gap has widened in particular under the GOP and President's Bush time in office. The average Americah wages went DOWN during that time while the top 1% got more. No one is saying take and give. Mr. Obama is saying let's get some jobs so people can EARN their own money and while they are trying to find that work, let's get them unemployment. No one has said take money from the rich and give it away to people.

    One othe thing, all rich people are NOT job makers. Those makeing money of the stock market (which is fine and have no problem with it) are creating jobs. Rich Congressman aren't creating jobs. CEO's (not business owners) are NOT creating jobs. Yes, those who make their money and actually have a business that employs people, give them the breaks, but billionaires who salaries are taxed (but not everything else that actually makes them billionaires) can afford to give a little more.

    So again, prove your statements with facts, not GOP talking points. Everything that ills America is NOT Mr. Obama's fault. This country was in a class warefare long before Obama. Facts DO show that.

    October 18, 2011 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  21. Al-NY,NY

    Mittens is having trouble from both sides. Even the tightie rightie/tealiban sheep don't trust him

    October 18, 2011 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  22. Four and The Door

    Obama obviously does not want to run against Mitt Romney. He knows Mitt Romney will capture more of the independent voters than any other declared Republican candidate. This is where Obama loses the election.

    What you are seeing is the big Democratic money trying to pick who they run against. Their only hope.

    October 18, 2011 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  23. Rudy NYC

    Gov. Romney is the stereotype of the 1% that OWS is demonstrating against. Gov. Romney is a very wealthy man because of his connections and his birth right. All of this talk about work hard and you can succeed in America is past tense. Hard working Americans have lost their jobs, their homes, their retirements, and their kids' futures because of politicians who have catered to the elite 1%.

    Gov. Romney is the ultimate salesman. He will tell you what you want to hear. He will also tell you what he wants you to think that you need to hear. His sales pitch will convince many, but it will not convince enough for him to defeat Obama.

    October 18, 2011 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  24. Peace

    Trust is something which a person earns according to what he does. Flip-flopping totally rubs off the trust whether it is at work or in a relationship. It takes much time and efforts for a person to make people regain trust. In the case of Romney, it becomes difficult for many to put the entire nation in his hands and allow him administer it they way they anticipate.

    October 18, 2011 10:57 am at 10:57 am |