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. Max

    Romney may have had experience, but which Romney are we talking about? He should does have lots of experience at flipping and flopping on ALL the major issues. This will definitely be his downfall.

    November 28, 2011 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  2. Florida Joe

    Right Timmy..........How is your campaign coming along Timmy? Oh that's right you quit cause NO ONE would support you sssssooooo we should listen to anything you say why?

    All the ad did was play clips of Romney on both sides of every're right Timmy we are worried about trying to keep up with all the FLIP FLOPS..........

    November 28, 2011 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  3. beevee

    Did the greasehead Romney offer this guy a promise in his cabinet if he wins. Mr. pawlenty knows better that is never going to happen. people ae slowly getting to know the real Romney.

    November 28, 2011 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  4. Bertina

    Teapublicans should be worried if any of these guys is elected.

    November 28, 2011 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  5. Jim in San Mateo

    Dems worried? About an unelectable Mormon and a has been governor? I don't think so. Romney fired the first shot and this is simply the response. It's like a pea shooter going up against a sledge hammer. If you've been campaigning for six years and only have 25% support within your own party, what are you expecting? I know, Bob Dole II.

    November 28, 2011 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  6. Iconoclast

    Well we all know Tim Pawlenty is one politically shrewd cat. He's been so right on so many issues one can't help but be convinced by his comments. The only thing democrats are worried about is Romney might be so dejected by his yet another failed attempt that he might decide to reinvent himself (again). Maybe something more on the Donny Osmond side of life, or worse!

    November 28, 2011 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  7. Stop the Charade

    "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."

    Tim, absurd comments are a reflection of how desperate you are to pander to Romney to be his VP running mate if he wins the GOP nomination.

    November 28, 2011 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  8. Namejkane

    Every body knows dip romney, is a flip floper , even republicans don't want him.

    November 28, 2011 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  9. David

    Like that dullard knows anything.

    November 28, 2011 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  10. ThinkAgain

    "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."

    No, it's a reflection of the fact that Democrats have accepted that Repubs will continue to do anything and everything to make President Obama and our country fail – and are not taking it laying down.

    BTW, while all these Repub yahoos are running around flip-flopping, President Obama is working every day to better our country. We'd have gone into a full-blown Great Depression if it weren't for the President's policies, and although he's not perfect, I shudder to think what would have happened to us if Dodgy Ol' McComplain and Whiner Palin were in the White House!

    November 28, 2011 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  11. Ex-republican

    "Tykl", you are either stupid, rich or paid by GOP to spread this nonsense! Which is it, my friend?

    November 28, 2011 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  12. ThinkAgain

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

    The only way to guarantee this is for every Dem to get out and vote. The Repubs are doing everything they can to disenfranchise voters, so we have to make sure we all vote. Don't take anything for granted!

    November 28, 2011 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  13. Rudy NYC

    DumbasRocks [R]s

    Well, I'm a [D] and I've been worried for sometime ....
    Things that make you say, "Hmm." Let's look at the last few decades.
    [D} Kennedy/Johnson – took us to the moon, but started a war to stop a new nuclear power, China.
    [R] Nixon/Agnew – both of them resigned in disgrace
    [D] Carter/Mondale – suffered through artificial oil/gas shortages, almost brought about Mideast peace.
    [R] Reagan/Bush – cut taxes 50%, created two recessions, and set record busting deficits. Iran-Contra affair
    [R] Bush/Quale – "read my lips, no new taxes", he cut taxes and recession ensured. raised taxes and was voted out.
    [D] Clinton/Gore – suffered through Republican induced shutdowns, raised taxes and balanced the budget.
    [R] Bush/Cheney – enacted major tax cuts, started two wars, $5T drug program, nearly destroyed the economy.
    [D] Obama/Biden – stopped the economy from free fall, raised GDP from -5 to 9% to +2 to 3%

    Rather different track records between the Rs and the Ds.

    November 28, 2011 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  14. Danel

    worried of weathervane Romney? LOL.

    November 28, 2011 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  15. Outraged

    "Oh, yes, please, Mista, don't trow us into da Romney patch"...

    November 28, 2011 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  16. WesinNCA

    The only ones who should be worried are the corporate welfare recipients who know their days are numbered.

    November 28, 2011 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  17. 5041360

    nice job rudy! many thanks!

    November 28, 2011 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  18. carlos

    yes, we DEMOCRATS are extremely worried that not enough of ours will be elected to both the HOUSE AND THE SENATE, go LIBERALS, MODERATES and INDEPENDENTS, only smart republicans welcome. hehehehe

    November 28, 2011 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  19. Roy

    "stumbling, bumbling, ineffective" Sounds like the sweeping description of the current crop of Teapublican Presidential candidates to me.

    November 28, 2011 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  20. Keith

    Wow. So Romney is so afraid of the ad that he felt the need to counter-attack it. Must be a great ad.

    November 28, 2011 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  21. ConservaFASCISTS/TEAhadists

    Romney has turned around businesses, states and Olympics. Obama has.......
    Obama has.....saved the auto industry, prevented the economy from going into a depression, killed some pirates, killed OBL, Awlawki and responsible for the disposal of Ghaddafi, ending Iraq war, pass healthcare and financial reform, passed Lilly Ledbetter Act, and repealed DADT. This President's accomplishments far exceeds Willard's job exportation.

    November 28, 2011 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  22. GOP = Greed Over People

    Wow, Captain Obvious, thanks for the sharp observation!

    Timmy really is as stupid as he looks, and definitely too stupid to have been President.

    And, Timmy you are obviously too stupid to be the VP choice for Romney, so get up off your knees and put the knee pads away for another day!

    November 28, 2011 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  23. kel


    I guess you have been smoking something because you are out of touch with the real world.

    Now as far as TPaw's comments, his campaign crashed and burned–enough said.

    November 28, 2011 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  24. rs

    Romney has been the apparent "adult" frontrunner (as oppossed to the kids-Cain, Bachmann, Perry, et al) all along. This ad (I think) represnts a shift in Deomcratic response to never ending Republican lies. They lie, we tell the truth- and you know what? The lies ARE damaging, but the truth hurts worse.

    November 28, 2011 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  25. carlos that tyke or tyki.....whatever, think before you type, you are 360 degrees off. It will be a disgrace to this nation if more repugnants are elected, we will make sure that it WILL NOT HAPPEN, EVER again. UGH UGH UGH

    November 28, 2011 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
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