Romney on ad: Sauce for the goose, now sauce for the gander
November 23rd, 2011
05:35 PM ET
7 years ago

Romney on ad: Sauce for the goose, now sauce for the gander

(CNN) - GOP presidential hopeful Mitt Romney on Wednesday stood by his first TV ad this week that stirred controversy for taking President Barack Obama's comments out of context.

"There was no hidden effort on the part of our campaign," Romney said at a campaign stop in Des Moines, Iowa.

The ad features then-candidate Obama on the campaign trail in 2008, saying "If we keep talking about the economy, we're going to lose."

But the 60-second spot failed to point out that Obama was actually quoting his opponent, Republican Sen. John McCain, at the time.

Obama's re-election team and the Democratic National Committee went on a media blitz Tuesday attacking Romney's campaign for twisting Obama's words.

"Just last week fact checkers scolded Mitt Romney for distorting a comment the President made about creating American jobs and now Romney launches a deceitful and dishonest attack rather than outline his own record or plans for the future," said Ben LaBolt, the campaign's press secretary, in a statement Monday night.

Saying the ad "obviously got underneath (the Democrats') skin," the former Massachusetts governor maintained his team edited the ad intentionally to show "what's sauce for the goose is now sauce for the gander."

"This ad points out, 'Guess what: It's now your turn.' The same lines used on John McCain are going to be used on you, which is that this economy is going to be your albatross," Romney said, referring to Obama.

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soundoff (36 Responses)
  1. Post American

    Romney's pathetic, flip flopping, always pandering to the lowest common denominator. I wasn't planning on voting for Obama again in 2012, but after Palin, Trump, Bachmann, Perry, Cain, and Newt, I changed my mind. I'd consider voting for Paul or Huntsman over the POTUS, but I don't think Republicans are that smart! Isn't Mitt better then that? Guess not.

    November 23, 2011 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  2. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Mittens is opposed to every program that will help 99% of the population. His very survival as a candidate is based on his ability to flip-flop and pander to whoever will listen to him.

    November 23, 2011 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  3. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Would you buy a car from Mittens? I wouldn't either.

    November 23, 2011 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  4. Rudy NYC

    Romney can rationalize it all he wants. It doesn't change the fact that the ad is a willful deception on the voters. His reasoning would be good if the ad actually showed what he claims it to do. This ad will burn the image of him being a liar in the minds of voters. He took a gamble, and it will eventually lose him the race. He has admitted to lying.

    November 23, 2011 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  5. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Mittens ran for governor and won. He then ran for senate and lost, president and lost in the primaries, ran again for president and lost in the primaries. He has been running for political office for 15 years, and republicans still don't want him.

    November 23, 2011 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  6. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    After Mittens loses this primary, look for him to get a show on foreign owned Fox lies, along with Hanoi Hannity and Baghdad Bill O'Reilly.

    November 23, 2011 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  7. tykl

    I can try and walk you all through this slowly (it may be tough without the Sesame Street animation of slowing moving letters together to form a word) – Obama quoting McCain is intentional to show what Obama was mocking before is now happening to him.

    November 23, 2011 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  8. Name king

    What precident is Romney trying to create, does he want to suggest that morality, dignity and honesty is nno a prt of the american ideals. Hey things can go bad but atleast the American people still have their dignity. Hey mitten if your so concerned about the American future going down the drain, why don't you talk to your repubs coharts to stop distroying the American people to win back power to run this country into the trench again.

    November 23, 2011 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  9. chuck weidemann

    Romneys people are pleased they got under Obamas skin as they said...well that is what normally happens when someone deliberately lies or puts words in your mouth!! Mitt has had so many positions he's used every phrase possible everywhere every way!! No putting words in that man's mouth... He's used them all!!!

    November 23, 2011 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  10. tim

    Nothing is out of context. Obama doesn't want to talk about the economy because he knows he will loose. Like usuall, Obama said something stuipid that came back to haunt him.

    November 23, 2011 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  11. tim

    Any fan of Obama stating that Mit has no dignity or honor is making a funny statement, considering the state Obama's dignity and honor. He's classless. Line up all the presidents and he's dead last in class. Not even close.

    November 23, 2011 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  12. seriously???

    As the Republican flavor of the week merry go round continues to turn, it just goes to show that Republicans have ZERO leadership if there's been 7 different front runners. What a pathetic joke. Republicans should forfeit running in 2012 for failure to bring anyone to the table.

    November 23, 2011 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  13. Tony

    Democrats should respond with videos of Romney saying that his health care plan could be a model for the nation, and that we should let Detroit go bankrupt. Although Romney's ad suggested Obama was talking about himself, Obama actually was quoting a McCain staffer, who quoted McCain as saying that if they kept talking about the economy, they're going to lose in 2008. In contrast, Romney actually made the statements about his health care plan and Detroit, and he meant them at the time.

    November 23, 2011 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  14. Rudy NYC

    tykl wrote:

    I can try and walk you all through this slowly (it may be tough without the Sesame Street animation of slowing moving letters together to form a word) – Obama quoting McCain is intentional to show what Obama was mocking before is now happening to him.
    The ad doesn't say that. Most people who see it will never know that Obama is quoting someone else.

    November 23, 2011 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  15. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    I am a fan of President Obama, and am tired of the nonstop lies by the crazy right wingnuts. We survived the republican culture of corruption, the 8 years of the worst president in history, and the party who swears oaths to a private citizen and puts our country second to their own greed. I refuse to vote for the candidates in the GOP, who will not put the United States first.

    November 23, 2011 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  16. chuck weidemann

    If the Romney camp is saying Obama is only talking and not doing anything about honest( do repubs know that word?) For a year he has been putting it out there to the teapubs running congress who won't do a thing but talk! Oh and destroy our economy trying to prove a point and win a election. Some great values to support there!!

    November 23, 2011 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  17. SecedingfromTexas

    ".what's sauce for the goose is now sauce for the gander"
    That's really deep Mitt.
    So, are you the "goose", aka girly-man
    and President Obama is the gander, aka manly-man.

    November 23, 2011 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  18. chelle

    While this is an obvious lie, I fail to see how it in anyway helps him win the primary. He isn't running against President Obama yet!!!! He stilll has to win the GOP primary. American politics used to be a fascinating coming together of opposing views, now it is just a mire of lies and deception.

    November 23, 2011 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  19. bilk7

    Romney should fire his advisors! It was bad enough to approve the deceptive ad but then to come out and defend it??? You're only adding gas to the fire. Being deceptive may get him the GOP nomination but he needs independents in the general election and they will not vote for someone that does that. Perhaps his aids think by doing this it will take the deleted email scandal off the news. Think again.....that story will be back should he end up as the nominee.

    November 23, 2011 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  20. Dixie AZ

    Mitt, you lie. The quote was taken out of context, and you and the rest of us know it.

    November 23, 2011 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  21. d

    What happened to honesty? oh the gop has twisted it and spun it until they no longer know the meaning of it....well the american people still know what it is! mitt you blew it!

    November 23, 2011 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  22. max

    Liar liar pants on fire ... just like the rest of that pathetic party ... gang of liars

    November 23, 2011 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  23. Rick McDaniel

    That is amusing.......and of course it really bothers the Dems.

    November 23, 2011 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  24. David

    Who cares what Romney thinks, he is a corporate robot with no chance of being president.

    November 23, 2011 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  25. Alex in Wisconsin

    The deciet of the Romney camp is clear, but It's not as big a deal as progressives make it out to be. Clearly Romney. of all people, should be well versed on the dangers of having your words taken out of context. Progressives, don't cry foul, just put TV and Web ads with Romney taking liberal stances from now till April, then Run spots with romney taking Tea Party stances until the general election... If Romney survives that long.

    November 23, 2011 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
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