Obama super PAC takes on Romney in Michigan ad
February 22nd, 2012
02:18 PM ET
2 years ago

Obama super PAC takes on Romney in Michigan ad

(CNN) – The primary super PAC supporting President Barack Obama's reelection campaign is airing a new ad in Michigan which knocks Mitt Romney's business credentials in a state which suffered when the auto industry stumbled.

"Let Detroit go bankrupt," Romney says in the Priorities USA television advertisement, repeating the headline of an op-ed he wrote in 2008, arguing for a managed bankruptcy process rather than a bailout for the industry.

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A baritone narrator criticizes Romney around the quote, saying "There's little question he made a fortune from businesses he helped destroy," and later asking, "Are those the values we want in an American president?"

The brief clip of Romney is from a 2011 interview on CBS, as Romney explained his argument in the op-ed. In the interview, he said that "those companies needed to go through bankruptcy to shed those costs."

The 30-second spot will air in the Detroit and Flint area Wednesday through Feb. 28, the day of the Michigan primary, according to Priorities USA.

In response, the Romney campaign criticized the president, arguing he has "failed Michigan."

"The last thing President Obama wants to do is run against Mitt Romney – and that is why his political machine continues their deceptive attacks to 'kill Romney' and is desperately trying to tip the scale in the Republican primary. President Obama has failed Michigan," campaign spokeswoman Amanda Henneberg said. "On his watch, thousands of Michiganders have lost their jobs, homes and businesses. No other candidate cares for Michigan or the automotive industry like Mitt Romney does, and he is heartbroken to see what has happened to his native state.

"The only way for Michigan to realize its tremendous economic potential is to defeat President Obama, and Mitt Romney is the only candidate that can do that," she said.

With the Michigan vote less than a week away, voters in the Wolverine State will see ads from the competing campaigns lighting their airwaves. Romney's campaign has purchased nearly $1.2 million in ad time, a media buying source told CNN last week, and Santorum had made small buys for three separate ads.

The super PAC supporting him, the Red, White, and Blue Fund, announced on Tuesday a $600,000 buy – which, combined with a previous $663,500 purchase in the state, would match Romney's ad spend. The super PAC supporting Romney, Restore Our Future, has purchased $1.5 million in Michigan, Arizona, and several Super Tuesday states.

Surveys of Michigan voters, including a CNN/Time/ORC International poll released Tuesday, show a dead heat between Romney and Santorum in the state where Romney was born.

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Filed under: 2012 • Ads • Michigan • Mitt Romney
soundoff (31 Responses)
  1. Emmy Skaddittle

    its a dead heat in the state he was born, that is sad

    February 22, 2012 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  2. Voice of Reason

    I am NO fan of negative advertising. That said, we've been seeing Romney squirm from this statement for a week or two now. "Let Detroit go bankrupt" will be written on the tombstone of Romney's campaign in Michigan. There's no way he can distance himself from such a specific statement. It is recent – not something from the distant past. It was specific – he wasnt referring to prinicples, he was referring to the American auto industry in particular. And it was a real, deliberate thought – not some off-the-cuff remark that has to be 'walked back'. He cant say he was tired when he said it, or that it was out-of-context, he deliberately wrote it out, and submitted it to a national newspaper, knowing it would in print.

    This is part of Romney's 'forever legacy'. He made this bed, and now has to lie in it.

    February 22, 2012 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  3. CRUTCH

    Well I can see someone running an ad on Mitt Rommey and how he bends the truth. It is a shame that politicics has to lie about anything and everything that comes out their mouths. Mitt you can not fool the American people anymore they hook to you game. Tell the truth and then people may start liking and understanding your policies you are trying to put in place. All the lies you have told, You do not have a chance in the world to be President. Honesty works try it.

    February 22, 2012 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  4. Oscar Herbert

    Romney has more to offer us than the other candidates: business savvy, economic understanding, absolute patriotism, unquestioned high moral and ethical standards, and a deep respect for individual liberty. Romney will protect our freedoms by sending certain issues back to the states where they can be made to fit the needs of the local people. Romney will defend and protect religious liberty, but will not force religious opinions on others. Romney is the right man to lead our nation in these difficult times.

    February 22, 2012 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  5. Loren, Keene NH

    @ voice

    If this is the case, then Rick needs to be held for his Satan remarks, Contraception remarks, etc. Obama for his "shovel ready jobs remark", calling American's lazy, etc.

    February 22, 2012 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  6. COME-BACK TO WASHINGTON...NEWT....

    What we need in Washington is to replace Obama not with Romney or Santorum but the come-back....NEWT...

    February 22, 2012 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  7. EricMorganSr

    Gov. Romney can't hide from his past. He made his fortune by acquiring companies, liquidating them, and leaving hard-working Americans to suffer the aftermath. He calls it Venture Capital. There’s nothing wrong with being a great businessman. BUT now he wants to use this same model to run our great country. His vision is to support the wealthy Americans and let the middle class and working poor Americans fend for themselves. He’s not worried because there are safety-net programs like social security and welfare to help the less fortunate.

    I hope he realize, those programs were not developed for that reason.

    February 22, 2012 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  8. David

    Oscar you sound like a Romney staffer. Santorum is less of a flawed candidate than Romney although he also makes dumb comments like Romney.

    February 22, 2012 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  9. kayla

    i pity the fool who believes romney is the right man for president.

    February 22, 2012 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  10. Rudy NYC

    Mitt Romney just loves to deceive the public with his words. He says that his idea to let the auto industry "go bankrupt" meant to let them go through a structured bankruptcy, would not have cost $60 billtion taxpayer dollars. His first lie is that it cost the taxpayers that much. Most of it has been paid back.

    The worst lie that Romney is promoting on this topic is that the private banks would have extended $60 billion in loans to finance the structered bankruptcy. That was not going to happen. In fact, that was *the whole point* of the auto industry approaching the Treasury for help is because the private banks *would not* finance them. The banks were reeling with problems of their own, and none would extend that much credit. Suggesting otherwise, coming from an "expert businessman" like MItt Romney, is tantamount to outright lying.

    February 22, 2012 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  11. Thomas

    Mitt Romney and Kondaur Capital Corporation ,

    Predator Economics

    February 22, 2012 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  12. James Smith

    Mr. Herbert, I find it ironic that you view Mr. Romney as patriotic, yet none of his five Sons served in this Country's are forces.

    February 22, 2012 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  13. V in Chicago

    Stay away from Washington Newt. The last thing we need is you back in the mix. You've done enough damage to the Country.

    February 22, 2012 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  14. V in Chicago

    Santorum may be less of a "flawed" candidate, but he is definately NOT the right man for this job! I will vote for President Obama, but if I had to choose from any of the four that will be on stage tonight (and thank God I don't have to make that choice) Romney is the only one that I would trust. Santorum is a not too bright, crazy religious zealot, Gingrich is scary and evil and Ron Paul, well I like some of his stances, but his foreign policy would be the end of this Country.
    Like I said: Obama 2012!!

    February 22, 2012 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  15. george of the jungle

    sock it to them . If you look at the pac numbers Obama has very little money coming from the pacs but most of his money comes from average people giving 200.00 dollars or less. Over 60% the other 40 is from doaners giving more than 200.00 dollars. Romney has most of his from pacs. Not many average people support this clown.

    February 22, 2012 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  16. Voice of Reason

    @Loren – Maybe you miss my point. What I'm saying is, this was a printed statement that Romney took the time to think out and write down, knowing ful well that this would be out there in the public. In print. Forever. He cant weasel out if it,. Santorum's 'Satan' remark can be said to be out-of-context – something that made sense talking to a church group, but not a journalist. The 'shovel ready jobs' remark might be waffled around because its vague, or becuase it's referring to future plans. Off-the-cuff remarks about contraceptives, etc. might be made in the moment. Like Romney's $10,000 'bet' with Perry – it's a spur-of-the-moment statement that might reflect poor on-the-spot judgement, but not a flaw in deliberated policy.

    The fact remains that Romney THOUGHT THIS THROUGH, deliberated, and came to the conclusion, "Let Detroit fail."

    February 22, 2012 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  17. Jake

    this is an important message to get out for all Americans, but most importantly for Michigan!

    February 22, 2012 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  18. Voice of Reason

    @Loren – Maybe you miss my point. What I'm saying is, this was a printed statement that Romney took the time to think out and write down, knowing ful well that this would be out there in the public. In print. Forever. He cant weasel out if it,. Santorum's 'Satan' remark can be said to be out-of-context – something that made sense talking to a church group, but not a journalist. The 'shovel ready jobs' remark might be waffled around because its vague, or becuase it's referring to future plans. Off-the-cuff remarks about contraceptives, etc. might be made in the moment. Like Romney's $10,000 'bet' with Perry – it's a spur-of-the-moment statement that might reflect poor on-the-spot judgement, but not a flaw in deliberated policy.

    The fact remains that Romney THOUGHT THIS THROUGH, deliberated, and came to the conclusion, "Let Detroit fail.".

    February 22, 2012 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  19. Thomas

    CNN , I love that photo of Mitt sitting at the big desk.

    I hope Christopher Walken plays the part of Mitt in the The Mitt Romney Story.
    Walken who was on the set filming the Al Davis movie , said he would considering playing the role of Romney.

    February 22, 2012 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  20. Dave

    The fact is Mr Personality aint no Warren Buffet! He is the anti Warren Buffet! He destroyed so many peoples dignity & well being , only to SPIT IT RIGHT IN THEIR FACE & get tax breaks for doing it from the recent Governments/loobyist decision a few years back to cut taxes for thos people who dont phisicaly work & just recieve money off Investments. He also spit it in their face by getting Federal dollars & boatloads of it after desroying Good Companies. He is a true job killer & the fact that he got all those SEVERLY high dollar Earmarks at BAIN tells you exactly what you would get if we elect this guy. The fact that he also took a BIlion on a slver platter for the 02 games well before 911 hit said it was for security. This fake human being is Truely ANTI- AMERICN to the 10th degree!!!

    February 22, 2012 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  21. Satberry

    It's about time someone started calling him on his lies.Once we see one of the evil willard's,he will be toast.He really has the ability to be all things to all people.

    February 22, 2012 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  22. Observer

    His Record is fair game. Its his record, Romney cannot run away from how he made his money. It is what it is. That he cannot deny. Overleverage a company, lay off workers, hollow out research and development, takeout hundreds of millions paying himself and Bain and run as the company sinks filing for for bankruptcy. That is Mittens way of management.

    February 22, 2012 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  23. Loren, Keene NH

    @voice

    Yes, he said it but I don't believe he wanted them to literally fail. He meant that he wanted to see the private sector stop looking for government handouts and bailouts and rely on their own creativity.

    Also, the Detroit news endorsed Romney today...so Detroit knows he can fix the economy far better than Santorum, Gingrich or Obama. I can see Marco Rubio as VP helping him grow the economy. It is a far better match than Biden!!!!

    February 22, 2012 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  24. Rudy NYC

    Oscar Herbert wrote:

    Romney has more to offer us than the other candidates: business savvy, economic understanding, absolute patriotism, unquestioned high moral and ethical standards, and a deep respect for individual liberty. Romney will protect our freedoms by sending certain issues back to the states where they can be made to fit the needs of the local people. Romney will defend and protect religious liberty, but will not force religious opinions on others. Romney is the right man to lead our nation in these difficult times.
    -----------–
    That sounds most impressive, but they are just mostly words that Mitt Romney has never spoken. Once again, you fail to mention anything about jobs, the economy, the middle class, or anything else that is most important to Americans. Spoken like someone who is truly *out of touch* with the severity of the blows suffered by the middle class over the past 3 decades. Did you know that the financial collapse in 2008 was a near fatal knockout punch?

    February 22, 2012 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  25. Satberry

    Please deliver the final blow to this snake.Willard the destroyer of wounded companies.I hope Michigan does it,because he does not deserve to be president or the nominee.

    February 22, 2012 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
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