Romney ad means Dems are worried, says Pawlenty
November 28th, 2011
03:11 PM ET
7 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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Filed under: 2012 • Ads • DNC • Mitt Romney • President Obama • Tim Pawlenty
soundoff (106 Responses)
  1. us1776

    Pawlenty, no Dem is worried. But we aren't going to sit by and take lie after lie from these GOP nitwits. It is time to respond.


    November 28, 2011 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  2. JayDeeT

    These GOP guys are a joke - they have absolutely nothing to offer, except, perhaps, for some pandering about tax cuts for the wealthiest people, and some social issue crap on the abortion/gay rights/ red herrings. Romney is a fraud and Pawlenty is a stooge. We would be better off with Mr. McGoo!!

    November 28, 2011 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  3. indyfan2

    Every American should be afraid of another Republican President or more Tea Party anti-Christians being elected.

    November 28, 2011 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  4. zious

    What a joke T-Paw is. This is the guy who must most be regretting his decision to quit the race as all the other players' faults have come out of their closets. He was clean but didn't have the balls to carry on his fight and now he claims the Dem's are worried. His candidate is the worst of the lot, worse than even Bachmann so for him to claim that Romney will have a smooth sailing is nothing but a joke. Romney's closet is still full of skeletons that will fall as the election rages on and the Republicans have to worry about him more than the democrats as he will lose worse because of Republicans not liking him more than any other reason.

    November 28, 2011 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  5. Tired of the nonsense

    Then the GOP must be absolutely terrified! They've been attacking the president ever since he's been in office.

    November 28, 2011 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  6. T'sah from Virginia

    I don't think we're "worried" about Romney – We're just beating up on him the same way the Republicans are!!!

    November 28, 2011 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  7. Legalize Industrial Hemp

    Romney's first ad out of the shoot is an outright misrepresentation of Obama's words. Obama was actually quoting McCain but the Romney campaign took it entirely out of context. This is a clear indication of Romney's character. Like Bush who should have conceded the election when Gore won a half-million votes, Romney should do the honorable thing and pull this misleading ad. But he won't, and that tells us pawlenty about his character.

    November 28, 2011 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  8. wgf

    "[Obama is] ill-prepared, stumbling, bumbling, ineffective, rivaling Jimmy Carter"

    Carter was done in by the hostage crisis in Iran. The failure of his high-risk attempt to free the hostages, which made America look weak and ineffectual, was effectiely the end of his Presidency. Obama was responsible for the high-risk decision to kill Osama Bin Laden, and has also been responsible for the death of a host of other high profile terrorists, including Khadaffi.

    So where exactly is the similarity? Pawlenty is just another Republican demonstrating his tenuous grasp of reality.

    November 28, 2011 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  9. My vote counts, maybe!

    This is a brilliant strategy for the democrats, running attack adds against a possible republican presidential nominee for supporting their liberal programs as a governor. I thought compromise was the highest virtue for a republican.

    November 28, 2011 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  10. The Greedy Old Pigs don't do well with reality

    "With the nation roughly 50/50 between repub and dem,"

    See, that's where you tip off the world that your are uneducated or willfully lying. Pollsters have to adjust their polls to reflect the FACT that there are more Dems than GOBP deathcultist, by about 7%. And neither is near 50%. Your guys are at the bottom, though, in the low 30s.

    November 28, 2011 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  11. Larry

    No it just means he's the likely choice from an unlikely group.

    November 28, 2011 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  12. John

    The Republican should be the Ones that need to be worrying. They none of them but a bunch of Clown waiting on the Circus to show up.

    November 28, 2011 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  13. V in Chicago

    Tim, no one is going to ask you to be VP, so just quit while you're ahead. You are making a fool of yourself.

    November 28, 2011 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  14. LouieD

    If criticizing a political opponent means you're "worried" about them winning, what does it say that the entire Republican party, especially Romney and the rest of the GOP candidates as of late, have been harping on Obama 24/7 for his entire first term. I wonder what their excuse will be when they get trounced in the election.

    November 28, 2011 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  15. Jasie

    Obama is toast in 2012 b/c he cannot effectively lead, compromise, nor stop campaigning and playing long enough to get anything done.

    November 28, 2011 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  16. telrider

    Romney is as crazy about this as he thinks he would be possibly get elected for President.

    November 28, 2011 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  17. Danram

    Of course they're worried. Their guy is struggling along with an approval rating in the low 40% range. They know that Mitt Romney can and probably would beat him.

    Let's hope Republicans are smart enough to figure it out too.

    November 28, 2011 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  18. gt

    its anybody but obama

    November 28, 2011 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  19. K3Citizen

    This latest ad is just the beginning. Romney will be eaten alive in the general election.

    November 28, 2011 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  20. Tomis

    What does he expect Obama just to give away the office? Its an election this is what people do in an election. It isnt a sign that anyone is worried. It a sign that its an election this is what people do in an election.

    November 28, 2011 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  21. BellevueMan

    In a country of over 300 million people all the GOP can come up with is this lot? Dems worried? Think again.

    November 28, 2011 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  22. usualone

    This is a game, no more, to distract from the fact that Romney puts out disturbing, untrue ads about the President of the United States. If Romney doesn't want the President to talk now Romney should talk about what he will do for the USA, and not talk about the President.

    November 28, 2011 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  23. ZB

    So by Pawlenty's logic the Republican/Tparty must be worried because he attacks the Democrats.

    November 28, 2011 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  24. Don

    The GOP should be worried about their record of protecting the wealthiest, not the middle class. These republicans are hypocrites.

    November 28, 2011 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  25. Donovan

    Actually the "Romney ad" is exactly why the Dems are NOT worried about Romney.

    November 28, 2011 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
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