Obama campaign: Romney's greatest hits
April 11th, 2012
09:00 AM ET
2 years ago

Obama campaign: Romney's greatest hits

(CNN) – President Barack Obama's re-election campaign marked the conclusion of the Republican primary - and the beginning of the general election campaign - with a nearly two-minute Web video splicing together clips of Mitt Romney's most conservative statements from the trail.

The video comes at the unofficial start of the general election campaign, and highlights the effort Obama's team will make to undermine a potential shift to the middle from the likely Republican nominee.

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"Expect us to keep holding Romney accountable for the positions he committed to during the primary. There will be no Etch A Sketch opportunities this year," Obama campaign press secretary Ben LaBolt said.

The video begins with an invitation to reminisce on the past several months: "As Republicans settle on the nominee, let's take a look at some of the unforgettable moments from this unforgettable primary."

What follows is a series of clips, mostly out of context, of Romney proclaiming positions that will make liberals cringe.

"Corporations are people, my friend," Romney says in the first sound bite. He made the statement in Iowa, making the point that corporate success often leads to profits for individuals.

The video continues with Romney asserting, "I like to be able to fire people who provide services to me." That comment was made in New Hampshire, and the candidate was advocating giving Americans the option of getting rid of their health insurance companies if they weren't pleased with their performance.

The Obama campaign video goes on to show Romney's now-famous proclamation at the Conservative Political Action Conference that he was a "severely conservative Republican governor," a statement made to quell fears among the GOP that he was too moderate to appeal to the Republican base.

Team Obama's video moves to a series of Romney clips featuring the candidate's remarks on reproductive rights, an attempt by the president's re-election campaign to capitalize on the growing gender gap, seen in several recent polls, between Romney and the incumbent Democrat.

Romney is shown saying at a debate that he believed the Supreme Court should overturn Roe v. Wade, and expressing support for a constitutional amendment that would allow employers to deny health coverage for contraception.

He is shown making the statement, "Planned Parenthood, we're going to get rid of that." Romney, who made that comment in March, explained he was referring to ending federal funding to the women's health provider.

The video has a section devoted to Romney's comments on the economy, using video of him saying "Don't try and stop the foreclosure process, let it run its course and hit the bottom."

Another clip shows Romney doubling down on a newspaper op-ed he wrote in 2008, saying "That's exactly what I said, let Detroit go bankrupt."

The video concludes with the tagline: "Mitt Romney: A severely conservative nominee. Remember that."

Romney's team responded to the video with a slam on Obama's economic record.

“It’s no surprise with the worst job creation record in modern history and a platform of raising taxes that President Obama would try to distract Americans from the real issues," Romney press secretary Andrea Saul said in a statement. "Unemployment is up, incomes are down and gas prices are through the roof. Mitt Romney is running to get Americans back to work and the country back on track.”

– CNN's Jessica Yellin and Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report

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Filed under: Mitt Romney • President Obama
soundoff (349 Responses)
  1. William dodge

    Obama 2012

    April 11, 2012 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  2. GI Joe

    No Romney EVER. No Mormon EVER. He knows ONLY how to line his own pockets.

    April 11, 2012 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  3. Enough's enough

    Romney 2012

    April 11, 2012 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  4. GonzoinHouston

    I wonder when the birth certificate issue will come up again. Will the dems try to hang those crazies around Mitt's neck, or will the pubs bring it up to rally the base? How long before we first see W's face in a dem ad? I think the dems have to wait until after the GOP platform is done to really go after the Ryan budget. Just keep plenty of popcorn on hand!

    April 11, 2012 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  5. Ohio man

    Romney is nothing more than a rich guy that plays the stock market, he invest money in a company if it does good he makes a profit, if it goes bad he quickly sells and makes a profit. He has yet to say how he plans on running a country, or what his plans are on creating jobs and he has yet to say what his plans are for the middle class

    April 11, 2012 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  6. Peace

    Can anyone trust this man (Romney)? Really!!

    April 11, 2012 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  7. gt

    hello......its about jobs...gas...housing... the economy.....

    April 11, 2012 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  8. avd

    Amazing how liberals can get away with extracting sound-bites that deter the original meaning of what candidates are saying. If GOPers did that, libs would be all over it. I guess it's only a one-way street for some.

    April 11, 2012 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  9. Rudy NYC

    The title of worst job creation record goes to George W. Bush. [lowest jobs creaton record ever]
    The title of worst economic policy goes to George W. Bush. [add $1 trillion to the annual deficit]
    The title of worst foreign policy goes to George W. Bush. [1st POTUS to start war not raise taxes to pay for it, twice]
    The title of worst energy policy goes to George W. Bush. [profit was his policy, Bush is in the oil business]

    Mitt Romney has endorsed, adopted and now advocates for identical policies.

    April 11, 2012 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  10. Be Sane

    Romney=Toast
    Obama 2012

    April 11, 2012 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  11. Rudy NYC

    A better ad would be George Bush advocating a policy, and Mitt Romney advocating for the identical policy. There are plenty of examples, especially when it come to the economy, taxes, starting new wars, etc.

    You know Republicans are very good at having everyone reciting the same words from the same playbook. Use it against them.

    April 11, 2012 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  12. Rsprings

    Peace..you trusted Obama and he lied to you.

    April 11, 2012 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  13. Rsprings

    It's the same question as before..are you better off than you were 4 years ago? Before you answer..we spent Billions to stimulate the economy..has it worked or made things worse? My opinion is vote for Romney..give someone who knows how to run a business a chance.

    April 11, 2012 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  14. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Mittens is notorious for altering sound bites. Mittens had President Obama quoting John McCain about the economy, making it look like that was Obama's position. Mittens is not truthful.

    April 11, 2012 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  15. Taran

    Obama/biden 2012. The only trusted way to turn the USA into Greece, Spain and France.

    April 11, 2012 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  16. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    I am not sure if Mittens has said anything that was truthful so far in his disasterous campaign.

    April 11, 2012 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  17. pkbkr

    Obama/Biden 2012.....We're on the right track! Can a rich guy like Mittens EVER understand what the average American's life is like? Barack "gets it!" and stands up for ALL of us!

    April 11, 2012 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  18. Randy, San Francisco

    Don't let Romney flip flop back towards the middle. He must be held accountable for adopting extreme conservative positions like denying women's rights to health care.

    April 11, 2012 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  19. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    I am better off than I was when the Bush/republicans created a near depression. My retirement fund is almost back, we are out of Iraq, bin Laden is dead, 4 million jobs have been created, the American auto industry has been saved, women still have rights, and all this without a single republican vote to help Americans.

    April 11, 2012 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  20. Sniffit

    "Amazing how liberals can get away with extracting sound-bites that deter the original meaning of what candidates are saying. If GOPers did that, libs would be all over it. I guess it's only a one-way street for some."

    I'm sorry, but WHEN GOPers do that, everyone but the MSM and GOPers/Teatrolls ARE all over it. This ad, however, isn't even remotely as misleading as the Changeling quoting Obama, who was quoting McCain, and then pretending it was Obama's own words. Rather, there are no other interpretations to be made from the Changeling's words in these quotes: Even where he is intending to say something not quite as offensive, his choice of words and the manner in which he phrases his statements reveal the underlying out-of-touch, privileged, opportunistic, pandering, self-serving 1%er that he is AT HIS CORE.

    Who talks about enoying firing people? Who talks about the insipid legal fiction of corporations being people as though it's true and un-troubling? Who threatens to unfind PP in order to pull it's legs out from under it? Who tells a suffering city dependent upon the auto-industry for survival that the auto industry should just been left to go bankrupt and be liquidated as a result of there being zero private investor interest as a result of the economic collapse? Mittens the Changling...the "severely conservative" primary candidate and nominee...that's who.

    April 11, 2012 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  21. Laverne

    It's on and I would imagine Mitt Romney is somewhere praying that the economy tanks because that would be the only slight chance he would have at winning! Mitt Romeny – ONE TRICK PONY!

    April 11, 2012 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  22. Dave

    Bishop Romney is deciding for himself what is is good for & not good for womans reproductive rights & planned parenthood & forced sonograms & overturning Roe vs Wade & vowing to let insurance companies decline birth control for whatever reason they wish. The key word here is BISHOP. Unbelievable that a bishop of the LDS is going to tell MY daughters & my wife what to do regarding planning a Family. If that doesnt go against everything in SEPERATION OF CHURCH & STATE, I do not know what does. I would like to hear from ALL woman on this!!!!

    April 11, 2012 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  23. Dominican mama 4 Obama (the real one)

    Outstanding.
    Mittens has given the Obama campaign PLENTY of ammunition. Unlike Rmoney Team Obama does NOT have to stoop to misquoting, or outright lying. Not only has Mittens made these comments, he's also been quite proud to repeat and,in an unusual move, stand by them.
    Obama 2012. Seriously America.

    April 11, 2012 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  24. Rudy NYC

    Rsprings wrote on page 1:

    It's the same question as before..are you better off than you were 4 years ago? Before you answer..we spent Billions to stimulate the economy..has it worked or made things worse? My opinion is vote for Romney..give someone who knows how to run a business a chance.
    ---------------
    Sorry, I would rather stick with someone who knows how to run a government full of people who need their best interests protected, and not some guy who knows how to run a boardroom full of people who need their best interests protected.

    We did spend billions to stimulate the economy. Thanks to the congressional Republicans, we have simultaneously spent many, many more billions on tax cuts. Previously, we had spent many, many more billions on tax cuts to stimulate the economy while Bush was POTUS. So when you ask the question did it work, consider your reply with the utmost care.

    April 11, 2012 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  25. Rudy NYC

    Rsprings asked on page 1:

    It's the same question as before..are you better off than you were 4 years ago?
    -------------------
    Maybe not at the moment for some folks, but the national economy sure is better off than it was 4 years ago. To even ask such a question epitomizes exactly what it means to be a conservative. It's all about greed and self-preservation. The only thing that matters is "me". Screw you, I've got mine. If you didn't get yours, then it is your own stupid fault.

    April 11, 2012 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
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