Romney NH ad alleges Obama broke promises
January 4th, 2012
10:08 AM ET
2 years ago

Romney NH ad alleges Obama broke promises

(CNN) - Mitt Romney hit New Hampshire airwaves Wednesday with a one-minute radio spot blasting President Barack Obama for failing to deliver on his 2008 campaign promises.

The ad, called "American Optimism," used clips of Obama campaigning in 2008 spliced with Romney delivering lines from his stump speech.

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"He said he would repair the nation and repair the world," Romney said in the ad. "And then across the nation, he went on and promised that he would put Americans back to work."

Romney highlighted a remark Obama made in Iowa during his campaign there in 2007, when he told a crown in Davenport: "This is our moment. This is our time."

"Well Mr. President, you've had your moment," Romney retorted. "We have seen the results. And now, Mr. President, this is our time."

The radio ad underscores Romney's plan to go after Obama hard in upcoming campaign speeches, particularly in New Hampshire, where polling shows him running far ahead of his closes.

Romney said on CNN Wednesday, "I continue to believe the right place to focus is on President Obama. Of course, people are going to ask us about the differences on our positions on issues and backgrounds and so forth, but, really, if we talk about what the American people want to hear, it's how we're going to be different than President Obama when it comes to getting the economy going, preserving America's security abroad and making sure we rein in the scale of the federal government."

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  1. Name king

    I am tired of mittens trying to treat the federal government like a dictatorship. He doesn't seem to understand we.have three heads of our government, with Congress wheeling the heaviest stick. If this repubs Congress doesn't come up with a legislation to help the country and Obama this country is crap. I wonder what they will come up with to help a president that they vowed to be a one termer.

    January 4, 2012 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  2. Four and The Door

    Good job, Mitt! There are so many just perfect clips of what Obama promised and what he 'said he was gonna do' to use right now in stark contrast with what he delivered and what he actually did. This is what Democrats need to come to terms with. It would be fun to play the one where Obama said the Democrats would not pass ObamaCare using a Reconciliation political manuever when that is exactly how they perpetrated this farce on America. And then there was a good one where Harry, Barry and Nancy defended spending $850 million on the stimulus and swearing that it was all about ," Jobs, jobs, jobs, jobs". This was right before unemployment went from 8.5% to over 10% 18 months later.

    Yes. Call him to task for the promises, poor performance and excuses. We can do better.

    January 4, 2012 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  3. sam

    This guy is a liar. He wants to say Obama broke his promise because he can't get a dumb republican to think rationally. Majority of Americans don't believe that Mitt, that is why you only won by eight votes. Flip flopper and he wants to talk about broken promises. Obama's situation is totally different from yours Mitt. You lied all your life. You and the rest. And they want to talk about bullying. They are the main ones showing the world young and old how to get ahead with bullying, telling lies and discriminating. It shows through their own kids. They are turning out to be more racists at times than their own parents. Did anyone see Ron Paul's son shake in agreement with him when he loudly said "radical government." That's right teach them early how to alienate themselves for the rest of the world. Shame on the republicans of this century.

    January 4, 2012 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  4. once upon a horse

    I agree...the president made the promise that the wealthy would be paying more and that corporate loopholes would close and more infrastructure jobs would be created and big oil would pay more taxes and that so far has NOT happened. But maybe just maybe if he had a BETTER Congress................

    January 4, 2012 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  5. anotherGDlefty

    Two words for all you righties that want Mitt's vision for all of America's workers.
    Bain Capital.

    January 4, 2012 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  6. sam

    Four and the door you know the dumb republican are making that happen. They stood on television and stated they were going to. And I can't believe you think everyone else is as stupid as the Iowan people that voted for these flakes. Quit sitting back and wishing that someone understands the repugs twisted idealistic thinking. No one is listening anymore. They are just watching and laughing.

    January 4, 2012 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  7. American

    Unlike flip-flop Romney who constantly lies about his record, the accomplishments from President Obama are promises he stands strong on as upholding for the American people:

    Passing the largest tax cut ever for the middle class
    Ending the unnecessary war in Iraq
    START Treaty same as President Reagan
    Preventing another depression
    Repealing DADT
    Passing healthcare for Americans
    9/11 First Responders Bill
    Finance reform
    Etc...

    January 4, 2012 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  8. Debbie

    Obama didn't make any promises that every GOP candidate makes and can't keep. It's Congress that is a failure. And has far as promises broke: I'm still waiting for GWBush Jobs bill 2001, 2003, and renewed in 2010 to expire. Yep Bush promised his Jobs bill aka tax cuts for the wealthy would spur the economy and he "promised" they would expire in 2010. Did not so that is a broken GOP/Bush promise. 2010 elections GOP "promised" jobs and its 2012 and still no jobs. That's a broken promise.

    January 4, 2012 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  9. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    The mitt wit is a nit wit. What a lying pile of road apples Mittens has become.

    January 4, 2012 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  10. Ken in MD

    Obama failed because everything he tried to do was obstructed by the do-nothing Congress. Get people in there who are willing to do their jobs and we might see the economy turn around.

    January 4, 2012 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  11. Four and The Door

    Debbie
    ... 2010 elections GOP "promised" jobs and its 2012 and still no jobs. That's a broken promise.
    ________________________________________________________________________________________________
    Except you are exactly wrong. And I'm only saying you apparently have not kept up with the data. The American unemployment rate in January 2011 when the Repubublicans took the majority in the House was 9.8%. It is now 8.5%. And better than that, they have kept very disciplined focus on their promises. For starters they reduced Obama's 2011 budget by $100 billion. Even better, they kept the promise to cut out-of-control government spending by forcing a huge cut across-the-board as part of raising the debt limit. Maybe you forgot.

    January 4, 2012 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  12. WireweirdinSF

    Of course Obama broke promises. He is a product of the corrupt unions They just say whatever it takes to get themselves in to positions of power. It is called democrat liberal.

    January 4, 2012 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  13. Mikey

    @Four – "And then there was a good one where Harry, Barry and Nancy defended spending $850 million on the stimulus and swearing that it was all about ," Jobs, jobs, jobs, jobs". This was right before unemployment went from 8.5% to over 10% 18 months later."
    ************************************************************************************
    Still playing fast and loose with the facts, eh? First, close to 40% of the stimulus was tax reductions. Second, they never spent the entire $500B that was supposed to be stimulus spending. Third, the unemployment was 8.2% in February when the stimulus was passed and went to 10.1% EIGHT months later (it has basically been going down ever since), while we were still hemoraging hundreds of thousands of jobs from the momentum of the economic downturn. That stimulus, along with other measures taken by the Obama Administration reduced the 700 to 800 thousand jobs being lost per month to job gains in less than a year. Since that time, we have had positive private sector job growth EVERY MONTH. December 2011 is expected to be the 22nd consecutive month of private sector job growth. You know, Four, correcting your inaccuracies could become a full time job. However, I am glad you give me the opportunity to set the record straight.

    By the way, what has the new GOP Congress done to help create job growth since they campaigned on "jobs, jobs, jobs" in 2010? Hint: The answer is ABSOLUTELY NOTHING. BTW, to patriotic Americans, he is President Obama or Mr. President. Only his close friends and disrespectful unpatriotic fools call him Barry.

    January 4, 2012 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  14. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    ALLEGES his broke promises??? Are you serious???!!! Obama's record is nothing BUT broken promises, except where he promised to pander to his far left base and union bosses. Joe Wilson's assessment of "You LIE!" was very, very prophetic.

    January 4, 2012 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  15. ThinkAgain

    The GOP has done everything they can to block and delay everything President Obama has tried to do to help our country. Why? Because they care more about regaining power and continuing the redistribution of wealth upward to the already rich.

    How can they do this? For starters, the GOP and their corporate masters can weather any financial storm. They also don't believe in the idea of a middle class, where hardworking people have opportunity, education and the reasonable expectation to earn a living wage.

    Only a fool would vote Republican, given their record of the past three years and the FACT that all their economic, military and foreign policies are PROVEN FAILURES!

    Obama/Biden 2012

    January 4, 2012 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  16. Rudy NYC

    Four wrote:

    Except you are exactly wrong. And I'm only saying you apparently have not kept up with the data. The American unemployment rate in January 2011 when the Repubublicans took the majority in the House was 9.8%. It is now 8.5%.
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    When Republicans House was sworn in, the unemployment rate was at 9.2%, and has been a slow decline since peaking at over 10% in late 2009. This is due to the fact that we had seen over 18 consecutive months of jobs growth prior to the Tea Party coming to town. The trend actually slowed and reversed itself rising to 9.2%. This was because the Tea Party began enacting draconian budget cuts, and throwing government into turmoil by threatening shutdown after shutdown. Once we had some stability following debt ceiling fiasco, unemployment began to drop again. Nope, the Tea Party has had a damaging effect on the economy and the middle class.

    January 4, 2012 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  17. No Trutrh All Lies

    The only promises broken was when the GOP henchmen in Congress took an oath of alligence to our country only to stab us all in the back as they work for their masters on Wall Street and foreign lands.

    January 4, 2012 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  18. American

    Adding President Obama also promised to take out Osama bin Laden when he had actionable intelligence, and he did it.

    Obama for America 2012

    January 4, 2012 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  19. Independent Voters

    Mitt want you show your taxes and them email that you destroy. Romney is not to be trusted and flip flopper never win.

    January 4, 2012 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  20. Sandy

    Broken promises? Like the promise to pass health care? Like the promise to end the war? Like the promise to get Bin Laden? etc......

    January 4, 2012 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  21. The Elephant In The Room

    What type of revisionist lunacy could cause someone to suggest that the actions [more accurately . . . inaction ] of the obstructionist GOP House have had ANYTHING to do with the President`s reversal of job losses under george Bush.

    Amazing that these people believe that someone will believe their alternate reality.

    January 4, 2012 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  22. Sock from TX

    ROTFLMAO at all the right wing O-bummer feedback. The President did not break any promises. check your facts people. Oh1 you heard on Fox news.. so it must be true! R-i-g-h-t! He has attempted to keep all of them. However, the President does not have the authority to CREATE LEGISLATION. That's CONGRESS' job. When you have a Congressional "do nothing but ensure we have a one-term President" majority.. nothing gets done. Obama will win 2012 in a landslide if the only GOP candidate is picked from the current crop of candidates. What a joke !! You seriously want to pick from a flip-flopper, a loon, a liberal, an ethically-challenged has-been, another "good 'ole boy" and whom else???

    January 4, 2012 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  23. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    Nope, the Tea Party has had a damaging effect on the economy and the middle class.
    ==============================================================
    Yes, because we ALL know just how much damage you can do by not spending money we don't have, borrowing money from China that future generations will be saddled with. Yes, it is ALL about today and how much we can spend to save Obama's failed presidency. Our future and grand kids be damned.

    January 4, 2012 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  24. Rudy NYC

    Four wrote:

    Except you are exactly wrong. And I'm only saying you apparently have not kept up with the data. The American unemployment rate in January 2011 when the Repubublicans took the majority in the House was 9.8%. It is now 8.5%.
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    Last month when they announced that unemployment rate you dismissed it as seasonal hires. Stop flip-flopping.

    January 4, 2012 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  25. GI Joe

    Don't worry folks, Mitt will change his mind tomorrow.

    January 4, 2012 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
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