Dem group to attack Romney in Friday ad
January 19th, 2012
03:46 PM ET
3 years ago

Dem group to attack Romney in Friday ad

Charleston, South Carolina (CNN) - A Democratic-leaning third party group will attack Mitt Romney's record on abortion rights in a full-page ad in South Carolina's The State newspaper Friday, CNN has learned.

The American Bridge 21st Century Foundation ties Romney to a controversial chemical and medical waste company called Stericycle. Romney's former firm, Bain Capital, invested in the company after he stepped down as CEO, according to the Huffington Post.

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American Bridge provided CNN an image of their ad, which aims to capitalize on the ire Stericycle has drawn from conservative activists over its role in disposing of aborted fetal remains.

The full-page attack featured a photo-shopped image of Romney alongside bold words written in red: "Pro-life? Pro-choice? Pro-Profit."

It charged Romney "personally profited" from investments in chemical waste disposal company Stericycle, which received an investment from Bain.

The ad is an attempt to dissuade socially conservative voters who have yet to settle on a candidate in advance of South Carolina's Saturday primary.

The Romney campaign did not respond to a request for comment.

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Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney
soundoff (13 Responses)
  1. Rudy NYC

    Whoa! Republicans better think about their choice for nominee instead of listening to an endorsement.

    January 19, 2012 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  2. Mikey

    If Romney steped down, and did not have ongoing material participation in their decision making, before Bain acquired this firm, this sounds like a weak connection. Come on guys, we can win this thing without stooping down to their level. We know the GOP/TP/Conservative groups (and individuals) are going to lie, exaggerate, and distort to smear the President. Let them lower themselves into the mud, while we talk about real issues that impact the MAJORITY of Americans using facts and logic.

    January 19, 2012 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  3. Rudy NYC

    This ad has multiple prongs to it. That profit angle is insidious. Yes, it was investment that came after Mitt Romney left. But, now he has to prove that he divested himself from Bain, which we can probably bet $10,000 he has not done.

    January 19, 2012 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  4. Bill

    The brylcreemed one will never be president.

    January 19, 2012 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  5. Nelson Colorado Springs Co.

    Mr. Romney look better than this picture, Who is A Democratic-leaning third party group.

    January 19, 2012 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  6. Hammerer

    Notice that the left talking heads are going lite on mitt, they want him in the general election in nov. SEEMS THEY ARE AFRAID OF NEWT.

    January 19, 2012 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  7. BOBtheBUILDER

    LOL. MITT just got served up a huge piece of HUMBLE PIE from Santorum. MIS-COUNT! LOL

    January 19, 2012 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  8. Anonymous

    Flipper the Elitist Robot better start practicing his Marriott lyin'. Looks like people are gonna start hearing a lot about the guy he was named after and the dirty dealings while Flipper was a so-called "independent director."

    January 19, 2012 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  9. Marie MD

    LOL So flip flopper of willard. There's so much baggage that all the finalists have that there will be plenty of trash to go around until the end of this century.

    January 19, 2012 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  10. moderate conservatism

    Could someone explain to me why making smart, legal financial decisions makes one an evil, greedy person? i'm not following the logic here: Person gains money legally through honest means; therefore s/he is a terrible person who doesn't care about the "middle class"!

    January 19, 2012 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  11. T'sah From Virginia

    ►Hammerer
    Notice that the left talking heads are going lite on mitt, they want him in the general election in nov. SEEMS THEY ARE AFRAID OF NEWT.◄

    Actually, NEWT is afraid of NEWT!! There is no reason to be afraid of NEWT!! All of those who are not paying too much attention NOW – would get an earful later and will be SHOCKED as to what wants to lead our FREE WORLD!!!

    Obama 2012 – the ONLY choice in 2012, no matters which candidate wins from the RIGHT!!

    January 19, 2012 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  12. unsub

    @ hammerer
    newton is simply un-electable

    January 19, 2012 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  13. fred ca

    Gee...I guess this makes people who retired from GE (another obama owner along with wall street, chicago political thugs and unions) in the 90's and prior guilty of breaking American law because GE traded illegally with iran under obama's buddy in the past 10 years. Even better can we try to figure out how many people died to support obama's cute little playing with drugs while in college...oops, sorry, I forgot. We are not permitted to know anything about obama's college. Or career. Or what he 'did' for a living. Or why, basically, the only items he voted on as a state senator were to give money to slum lords.

    January 19, 2012 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |