Romney ad means Dems are worried, says Pawlenty
November 28th, 2011
03:11 PM ET
6 years ago

Romney ad means Dems are worried, says Pawlenty

(CNN) – Team Romney sought to refute an attack ad from the Democratic National Committee on Monday by painting the former Massachusetts governor as the right choice to what they call President Barack Obama's wrong choice for America.

In a conference call with reporters, former presidential candidate and Romney supporter Tim Pawlenty said Democrats and the Obama campaign are zeroing in on Romney in an effort to tear the frontrunner down before the general election.

"It's a reflection of Mitt's strength and a reflection of how worried they are about the prospect of facing him in a general election," Pawlenty said Monday.

The DNC commercial, which will run on TV in New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Washington, D.C. and Wisconsin, portrays Romney as a political flip-flopper, wavering on issues including abortion and health care.

But Pawlenty characterized the attacks as a deflection from the president's record on jobs, government spending, the deficit and taxes.

"[Obama is] ill-prepared, stumbling, bumbling, ineffective, rivaling Jimmy Carter I think in that dismal list," Pawlenty said referencing the former one-term Democratic president.

The national conference call was one of 12 sponsored by the campaign on Monday to "respond and pre-but what the Democrats are doing," Romney Communications Director Gail Gitcho said. "We're not going to sit back and not respond."

Romney, the largely consistent leader in the 2012 GOP primary contest, has received the brunt of the Democratic attacks attempting to poke holes in the former executive's record.

Playing the role of campaign spokesman, Pawlenty, the former Minnesota governor who dropped his bid for the GOP nomination in August, highlighted Romney's tenure as governor and experience in the private sector. He also downplayed the importance of rival candidate Newt Gingrich's endorsement from the "New Hampshire Union Leader" editorial board Sunday.

"Every candidate is going to get their share of endorsements," Pawlenty said, before touting Romney backers in the first-in-the-nation primary state, including former Gov. John Sununu, former Sen. Judd Gregg and Sen. Kelly Ayotte. "He'll [Romney] get his fair share."

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soundoff (106 Responses)
  1. diridi

    This guy is an idiot. It is the reason, he did not even come close. No one is afraid. All know Romney is nothing but Flip-Flopper. OK, He does not know anything about Foreign Policy. Said, he would aid Pakistan and now see they are warning. What a shame.

    November 28, 2011 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  2. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Since when is telling the truth an attack ad? As for taxes under President Obama, they are the lowest in 50 years as a result of the stimulus. 3.5 million jobs have been added under Obama, stopping the 8 million jobs lost in Bush's last three years. Bush and the republicans added $5.5 trillion to our national debt. T Paw knows that the stumbling bumbler who lied us into a war with Iraq, and who let bin Laden slip away will always be the worst president in history.

    November 28, 2011 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  3. Natalie

    Is that right? So all those GOP nasty ads mean that the GOP is worried too? They should be. Brilliant comment, Timmy.

    November 28, 2011 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  4. v_mag

    The ad actually means that the Dems recognize that Romney is the only one the Repugnants can possibly nominate, unless someone else jumps in the ring. It also means that they are returning fire, as Mittens has been taking shots at the President already.

    November 28, 2011 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  5. MTATL67

    The lack of respect is just unbelievable. GOP has forgot the golden rule. In the unlikely event that GOP wins the White House that President will have just as if not more difficult time than President Obama's because the low standards the Republicans have set. I remember when our elected officials were an example to follow and emulate. Now I doubt I would some of them shake m y hand…..shame on you Mr. Pawlenty.

    November 28, 2011 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  6. Paul1st

    The simple analysis (which often is the most accurate) is that Mitt has placed consistently in the top three of the GOP polls so it makes sense for the Democrats to target him in their ads. To use tortured DC analysis, the Democrats target Mitt to make Republicans think Mitt is the candidate the Democrats are worried about while the Democrats know all along that many Republicans would not vote for Mitt.

    November 28, 2011 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  7. ConservaFASCISTS/TEAhadists

    And T-Paw's opinion is important why? Because his campaign was the first to flop? I'm as scared of Willard like I am of Santa Claus.

    November 28, 2011 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  8. Rudy NYC

    I think that the anti-Romeny ads mean that the Obama team wants to pull the other Republican candidates to join in firing dodge balls at Mitt Romney. They are saying, "Look how easy it is to hit one out of the park on Romney. Try it, you'll like it."

    November 28, 2011 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  9. Anonymous

    Stop sucking up Tim.
    You are not going to be on the ticket

    November 28, 2011 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  10. Anonymous

    Stop sucking up Tim.
    You are not going to be on the ticket!

    November 28, 2011 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  11. steven harnack

    Why do the Republicans always have to bring fear into every thing? As for the DNC ads, it's never smart to let the opposition air lie after lie about you for a year and a half before the election without any kind of rebuttal. The Republicans know very well, and count on the fact, that a lie told often enough WILL fool some of the people all of the time. The way they have labeled the Democrats as "tax and spend", although the facts point to the exact opposite, is a case in point.

    November 28, 2011 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  12. tykl

    Just remember, the Tea Party, OWS and the largest midterm election landslide in over 50 years never existed until Obama. If Obama and all you want to blame everything on Bush (and 3 years into Obama's term, this is becoming about as laughable as the 9-9-9 repeats), then step aside and allow somebody somebody else to right the ship since this administration is incapable of even coming close. Also, Romney has more experience than the current community organizer/Obama. Romney has turned around businesses, states and Olympics. Obama has.......

    November 28, 2011 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  13. Larry L

    The Democrats couldn't hand-pick a better group of Republican candidates! It's particularly amusing to see former President Clinton messing with Newt Gingrich.

    Romney lost my consideration when he put out (and later defended) the ad which tried to make the viewer believe President Obama was speaking for himself – when he was quoting John McCain. That kind of ad shows the character of the candidate – in this case the willingness of Mitt Romney to use dishonorable practices to try to fool voters. His flip-flopping on every issue is bad enough, but a dishonest flip-flopper is too much!

    November 28, 2011 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  14. DumbasRocks [R]s

    Well, I'm a [D] and I've been worried for sometime. I've been worried that despite all the evidence of abject [R] failure over the last decade, there are so many idiots in this country that swallow [R] fairytales about how they should lead this country again. I'm worried that people are so dumb that they believe that the Iraq war, Abu Graib, and torture are all OK because rightwing talk show hosts tell them its OK. I'm worried that despite a record 2 recessions during the last [R] administration, there are people still stupid enough to think that [R]s know best how to run the country.

    It took a [R] administration asleep at the wheel to allow the towers to go down, and to allow the perpetrator to escape and hide for a decade. It took a [D] president to eventually find and execute this perpetrator. Yet we are to believe that [R]s are best for national security?....because an x-vice president who traitorously outed a CIA operative tells us its so?

    I must say, unless [R]s go down in landslides this election we should all be worried for the longterm existence of America....not becasue of [R] politicians and their policies, but because of the malignantly stupid people who CHOOSE to vote for them.!!!

    November 28, 2011 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  15. 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 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  16. Rick

    The republicants should be worried, the dems are going to sweep in 2012.

    November 28, 2011 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  17. Marry

    Tim/Mitt, don’t you wish! You did not expect the DNC to react but I think in this election they will! Perhaps, Mitt, it would be a good idea to tell us about real solutions to the country’s problems that YOU have. But, they cannot be to convincing when you have to attack the President with lies instead to present them to the voter. 2012 cannot come soon enough to get the GOP/TP “pledges” out!

    November 28, 2011 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  18. suesark

    That would be funny...if it wasn't so pathetic!

    November 28, 2011 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  19. Mitt is my first name

    Hey CNN....Mitt is going to win. With the nation roughly 50/50 between repub and dem, it looks like this message board is heavy democrat. HHmmmmmm....and what do we say about FoxNews that is not applicable here? Quite partisan...
    GO MITT....your first name!

    November 28, 2011 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |

    @ Tykl. . . Please cite data and reference your sources; oh, don't forget to cite the the Dept. of Labor's rank for Mass. under Romney's stewardship as 47th in job creation. . . .

    November 28, 2011 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  21. Sniffit

    Right, because when Team A steps on the field and actually tries to beat Team B by trying, that means Team A was "worried." Polenta needs to climb back under his rock.

    November 28, 2011 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  22. The Greedy Old PIgs are mentally defective!

    Ah, the cowardly cry from the unhinged righties. Whenever their words and actions are used to show their unfitness for office they scream the reason is because someone is "scared" of them. In truth, it's these phony "conservatives" who constantly live in fear.

    November 28, 2011 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  23. jaywingfuller

    Sorry Mitt and Timmy, but the GOP Traveling Carnival Clown Car of Misfit Candidates does not strike fear into anybody.

    November 28, 2011 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  24. Max

    Flip flopping Mitt?

    Which Mitt is Obama campaign scared of? The liberal Mitt, the conservative Mitt or the Flip flopping Mitt?When did Pawlenty himself cease tearing down Mitt as a flip flopper? He is only interested in a post in Mitt's administration. Mitt does not really have far to go. Pawlenty himself if a loser. We wish to ask Pawlenty which Mitt is he supporting? Which Mitt did he endorse. Was it the Liberal Mitt or the conservative MItt?

    Which Mitt? We will all see two differently Mitts in the voting booths of America, but which Mitt will we actually vote for? I'm sure most of us won't support the flip flopping Mitt.

    November 28, 2011 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  25. Buster Bloodvessel

    Psst! Don't tell them we really want them to nominate the unelectable clown named Mittens. Make them think it was their idea all along. Heh heh heh.

    November 28, 2011 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
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