Democrats ramp up anti-Romney ad attack
November 28th, 2011
05:00 AM ET
2 years ago

Democrats ramp up anti-Romney ad attack

(CNN) - Democrats working to keep President Barack Obama in office are targeting Mitt Romney, releasing a television ad Monday that portrays the Republican candidate wavering on important issues like abortion and health care.

The ad is the latest in a string of attempts by the Democratic National Committee to paint the former Massachusetts governor as inconsistent, and is another indication that national Democrats are singularly focused on Romney as the likely opponent to Obama in the 2012 general election.

The 30-second ad, called "Trapped," will run on broadcast and cable networks in New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Washington, D.C., and Wisconsin, the DNC said. It also said it will hold viewing parties and press events in other states to showcase a longer video that tears apart Romney's record.

The video is made in the style of an action movie trailer, with flashy graphics and throbbing electronic music.

In "Trapped," a narrator says: "From the creator of 'I'm running for office for Pete's sake' comes the story of two men trapped in one body: Mitt versus Mitt."

The ad goes on to show what seem like inconsistencies in Romney's record, including dueling remarks he made on abortion.

Romney is shown saying: "I will preserve and protect a woman's right to choose." He made that statement at a gubernatorial debate in Boston in 2002.

The clip is juxtaposed with Romney saying: "The right next step is to see Roe v. Wade overturned." The quote, which is truncated, came from a 2007 appearance on NBC's "Meet the Press."

The full quote from the interview shows more nuance in Romney's position than the DNC ad reveals, with the candidate taking the position that each state should decide its own abortion rules.

Romney said: "First of all, my view is that the right next step in the fight to preserve the sanctity of life is to see Roe v. Wade overturned. And then to return to the states and the elected representatives of the people the ability to deal with life and abortion on their own."

On another issue, the DNC ad attempts to portray Romney waffling on health care plans. He is shown as saying: "We put together an exchange, and the president's copying that idea. I'm glad to hear that."

That quote, from a 2009 interview with CBS News, also fails to capture Romney's full sentiment. In the same answer, Romney chided Obama for taking the wrong direction on health care.

"You don't set up a government insurance plan because it's going to end up costing billions of dollars in subsidy. It's the wrong way to go," Romney said.

The former governor's campaign came under harsh criticism itself last week for taking comments out of context when it ran an ad showing Obama seemingly making a statement about the economy. The president was actually quoting Sen. John McCain.

Monday's ad release isn't the first time the DNC has paid for advertising space to criticize Romney. The organization previously made television ad buys in Iowa and Arizona, slamming Romney's position on corporations and housing, and bought newspaper ads in Detroit, Michigan, thumping the candidate for not supporting a bailout of the auto industry.

In a statement, Romney's campaign spokesman said Democrats' focus on the GOP candidate was a distraction from real issues like jobs and the economy.

“President Obama has failed to create a single net new job and has wreaked more havoc on the middle class than any president in modern history," Andrea Saul said in a statement. "The last thing the White House wants is to have to run against Mitt Romney and be held accountable for the many failures of this Administration. So, instead of focusing on the economy and creating jobs, President Obama and Democrats are focused on tearing down Mitt Romney.”

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soundoff (125 Responses)
  1. diridi

    this dude is a flip-flop...no use...o.k,

    November 28, 2011 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  2. CommonRaven

    @ The Real Tom Paine: this nation was founded upon the principle of limited government. We now have a massive federal government. Common Sense tells me that whoever grew government to its current size is the one who "screwed things up and has gamed the system." Sure, some republican policies have contributed over the years, but Democrats take the cake here. You speak of sacrifice. The irony is that liberal democrat progressives sacrifice the middle-class in order to widen the wealth gap, and once this is achieved, they use class warfare to grow government and take money from the wealthy, which again ironically does not end up going to the poor.

    November 28, 2011 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  3. jtrain814

    its going to be hilarious when the DNP put all the effort into mittvmitt.com when Romney doesn't even get the nomination.

    November 28, 2011 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  4. jj

    The Dems don't have to overdo it in advertising. President Obama is going to be reelected.

    November 28, 2011 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  5. The Other Michael in Houston

    So what in this add was not true? You Jihadist Hood Wearing Republicans have feared President Obama, the moment he won the Democrat nomination for POTUS. You even fear him even more now due to you know he will win in 2012 and you do not have one candidate who can beat him in a gereral election. Of course the DNC will go after any percieved front runner for the Republican party....they are supposed to. The difference between the DNC commercials and the RNC commercials is for the most part, the DNC commercials against Repulican candidates are true. And because of the internet, all us of can FACT CHECK, something that the Republican party does not do, speak fact! And for all you Ron Paul supporters, if Ron is not part of the Republican establishment, and is such a lone wolf, then why has he remained under the Republican flag. Why hasn't he ran as an independent, since he is supposed to be soooooooo much different than Mitt, Michelle, Hermann and the rest of the bunch? Ron Paul is a fraud like the rest of them. But none of you want to look at his real record, and how he has done nothing for the people he represents in Texas. How he keeps getting re elected boggles me!

    November 28, 2011 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  6. Jay Tea

    I think democrats are wasting their time. They should be attacking Ron Paul because Ron Paul is the only Republican that can actually beat Obama.

    November 28, 2011 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  7. Jimbo

    Ron Paul is the only one I can trust to shoot straight. I might not always agree with what he is saying but I know that is he saying what he believes and he doesn't change his tune to get votes. I admire that.

    November 28, 2011 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  8. Fair is Fair

    "So what in this add was not true? You Jihadist Hood Wearing Republicans have feared President Obama, the moment he won the Democrat nomination for POTUS. You even fear him even more now due to you know he will win in 2012 and you do not have one candidate who can beat him in a gereral election."
    ---------
    It must suck to have to take solace that you "think" Obama is going to win because of some preconceived notion that the republicans don't have a candidate that can beat him. It's going to suck even more for you when you're wrong on that belief as well.

    November 28, 2011 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  9. SiriusVH

    If Romney's point is that Obama has failed to re-create the millions of jobs that Bush 2 has destroyed, I agree. He might have been more successful if the GOP-controlled House had been more willing to help him create jobs instead of doing its best to destroy his Presidency.

    November 28, 2011 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  10. SiriusVH

    Jimbo

    Ron Paul is the only one I can trust to shoot straight. I might not always agree with what he is saying but I know that is he saying what he believes and he doesn't change his tune to get votes. I admire that.
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    Please note that lunatics are unwavering in their beliefs.

    November 28, 2011 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  11. Namejkane

    From a mass resedent, nobody in this state would vote for this quack of a gov, who spent more time out of the state running for pres, while the big dig in Boston, went from 2.5 billion , to over 15 billion dallars. If you want your mom and dad kicked off soc sec, Medicare, medicade, food stamps that they paid taxes for, and that includes republican moms and dads,vote republican!!! The teabag jobs program is working pretty good in China. Come to think of it , I haven't heard a word about their jobs program for a couple of months. I guess they don't have one, for this country anyway.

    November 28, 2011 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  12. nagrom

    The Dems are not afraid of Mitt any more than they are they afraid of Sarah, Michelle, Perry, Cain, Huntsman, or Ron Paul who believe it is more important to tear down the President and his Administration than to work towards creating a more stable and prosperous country for the middle class and less fortunate in this country. If you make less than a million dollars you don't account for anything on their agendas. What the Dems are afraid of are nitwits like you who project Obama losing the White House to any of the aforementioned morons.

    November 28, 2011 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  13. SiriusVH

    Apparently the idiot who keeps deleting my comments is a R. Paul supporter.

    November 28, 2011 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  14. SiriusVH

    Fair is Fair

    "So what in this add was not true? You Jihadist Hood Wearing Republicans have feared President Obama, the moment he won the Democrat nomination for POTUS. You even fear him even more now due to you know he will win in 2012 and you do not have one candidate who can beat him in a gereral election."
    ---
    It must suck to have to take solace that you "think" Obama is going to win because of some preconceived notion that the republicans don't have a candidate that can beat him. It's going to suck even more for you when you're wrong on that belief as well.

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    As far as I can see, you have only your own beliefs to back your claim. It remains to be seen to whom it is going to $uck the most ........

    November 28, 2011 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  15. Emmy Skaddittle

    Romney is dangerous because he is middle of the road and can pick up independent voters, much easier that newt

    November 28, 2011 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  16. Buster Bloodvessel

    . . . and there's your GOP nominee, a man who calls the president a 'socialist' for doing the same thing he once tried to do. A man who will do or say anything to be nominated, a man who will eat a worm on live TV if that's what it takes, a man who will lose big to Obama in 2012.

    November 28, 2011 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  17. Buster Bloodvessel

    Sirius, it's an automatic 'clbuttic' word stopper. Rephrase and it will go through.

    November 28, 2011 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  18. JayDeeT

    I'm a life-lomg resident and voter in Massachusetts. I can objectively state that Romney was just about the worse governor in this state for many decades. Actually, he was governor for only two years, as he left the state during his last two years to campaign in Iowa for the 2004 Presidential primary. I left the Lt. Governor to do all his work for the last two years of his one-term. Today, he advertises himself as an experienced governor who know how to be a successful executive. This is CRAP!! He is a FRAUD. If you fall for his nonsense, then you are a fraud as well!

    November 28, 2011 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  19. closetiguana

    I'd love to see the day when a politician makes this statement "instead of spending tens of millions of dollars for campaign advertising I'm going to use that money towards infrastructure" "Let my actions speak louder than my commercials" .

    It's nice to dream.

    November 28, 2011 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  20. Alois

    Romney or any body else that is running against the dibbic we have in office now ,would be a far better choice than loser,deadbeat, obama . This country needs a true leader not a fraud like loser obama that has been impersonating a president for two years.

    November 28, 2011 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  21. Brenda

    There are no absolutes in life. If you are an elected official, it is your job to uphold the laws of the land. If Row v Wade is the law, it is your job as an elected official to preserve and uphold it. That does not mean that you believe it is right. If you believe there are humane ways to deal with illegal immigration, that doesn't mean, you let everyone stay here illegally, it means you work out a way to try to satisfy both sides. Compromise should not be viewed as a bad thing. Sometimes in order to get stuff done, you have to do just that.

    November 28, 2011 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  22. CommonRaven

    I'll bet for most people, voting for President Obama was like ordering a hamburger and driving off only to find there was no meat between the "Hope" and "Change" buns.

    November 28, 2011 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  23. The Greedy Old Pigs are a neocon deathcult

    Emmy, Romney is dangerous because he is a fully made member of the GOBP neocon deathcult. He will attack Iran, starting WW III, tanking the global economy and skyrocketing gas prices. He's a puppet for Karl Rove and the 1%ers to maintain power.

    November 28, 2011 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  24. Tim

    The best both sides can do is attack and demean eachother, while America goes down the tubes
    We need to focus on solutions, not differences. I am sick of the smears and angry rhetoric, we vote to put people in Washington that has America;s best interest at heart, not their own re election.

    November 28, 2011 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  25. Emam Muhammed

    With G-D's NAME: Hon Citizens, "WE THE PEOPLE" have been let down by the Candidates of both parties, Men make promises and fail in their promise while our LORD CREATOR deliver HIS Promises, please check my FB page, National Spiritual Advisor, best man for President, G-D's Man 2012 INDEPENDENT Ballot, thank you.

    November 28, 2011 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
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