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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soundoff (349 Responses)
  1. FLIndependent

    It's going to be a long 7 months with all these ads coming at us constantly, however I am so happy to see the Obama team taking the first shot here. They MUST stay on top of all the lies that all the GOP SuperPacs will put out there and counteract and get out the TRUTH. I believe they learned their lesson from the mid-terms and will NOT let the Repubs get the upper hand in false advertising this time. OBAMA 2012!

    April 11, 2012 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  2. DDTM

    Everyone thinking that Romney is above us with all his money, what is made of Obama's daughter spending springbreak in Mexico? The cost of 25 Secret Service personnel to accompany the group, how many other kids are able to do that? I think you might have seen a news flash on this during the earthquake but then it was quickly quieted down by the news media. And to think, supposedly, Obama isn't even a member in the 1%.

    April 11, 2012 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  3. Dominican mama 4 Obama (the real one)

    How dare you assume what MY best interests are?
    -------------------------------------------------
    Uh-huh. There goes the phony outrage again. Why don't you tell us what your best interests are then, and how, specifically will the Flip-Flopping Changeling cater to them especially as you just pointed out you're NOT part of the 1%? I for one am quite curious to know what Romney can do for you besides ship your job overseas and make himself and other investors richer in the process., or dismantle your company and make himself richer in the process...and so on.

    April 11, 2012 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  4. Rudy NYC

    Get Real wrote on page 10:

    Rudy NYC – are you kidding? Obama's budget will add another 4.9 trillion in debt by 2016! and if Obamacare is not overturned, as it should be, the deficit will break the back of the country but who is not wondering if that isn't actually his intention?
    -------------
    Strike 1. No, I am serious. What new piece of legislation has added to the deficit? You cannot name anything because there has not been anything that *added* to the deficit. Discretionary spending is down, so you cannnot point the finger there. The Health Care Reform Law doesn't kick in for another two yearrs, so you cannot point the finger there. I ask again. What new piece of legislation has added to the deficit?

    April 11, 2012 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  5. tom clements

    The gov has not proven itself a wise steward of the measily trillions in taxes they already get! Don't give either party more of anything!!!!

    April 11, 2012 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  6. LoriRN

    @"Wake up People"
    Well said!

    April 11, 2012 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  7. a disgrace

    obama's people know the vacation is over!

    April 11, 2012 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  8. v_mag

    So, Duane St.Pete FL had the backbone to praise Bush, and now we have it spelled out what at least 1 of the right wingers wants: a return to the Bush era. There are probably a dozen more people in the country who like that idea, and they should all vote for Rom-money, because he's the guy who will take us backwards to the Bush nightmare. The rest of us, under this broken electoral system, have no choice but to vote for Obama, or stay home.

    Thanks, Duane. You're at least true to yourself for admitting that Bush, a lying SOS, is your kinda guy.

    April 11, 2012 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  9. Dominican mama 4 Obama (the real one)

    If Obama would have been Pres our response would have been to apologize.
    -------------------------------------------------
    Oh I don't know, but I do believe that if Obama had been President he would've READ all the memos and advance warnings of terrorists attack left on his desk. Bush was a great President, yeah right.

    April 11, 2012 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  10. Arch

    as if any sound thinking person not otherwise on the take (or your everyday garden variety bigot) would vote for romney.

    April 11, 2012 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  11. Taran

    @Duane St.Pete FL............ And when the Supreme Court strikes down his attempt to take over 1/6th of our economy (Obamacare) he will whine like the spoiled elitist he is.
    ---------------------------------–
    Spot on, except he will whine like a victim and use it to create more of the victim mentality in his supporters. "You could have all had health care except for that "inconvienent" supreme court." That is what community organizers do, create victims.

    April 11, 2012 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  12. StMike

    If Romney get's in , we are history. Bush light all over again!!!!!!!!

    April 11, 2012 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  13. Get Real

    In response to Rudy NYC – Whether now or later the fact remains: "Charles Blahous, a senior research fellow at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, has produced a meticulous 52-page study, The Fiscal Consequences of the Affordable Care Act, which details the health law’s spending and revenue projections point by point."
    "Obamacare is the embodiment of a fiscal disaster".

    April 11, 2012 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  14. DDTM

    "Those remarks attributed to Obama were made in 2006 in regard to yet another round of deficit laden legislation being pushed through Congress by Republicans. Remember, Republicans had controlled the Congress for over a decade, and the White House for the previous 6 years."

    Very good Rudy!!! I think you now get the point that Romney's "Greatest Hits", is all about this story and how remarks can be made to make one look bad!!!!! Funny how you worked my comments to get the true issue out! And since you are so good with blaming the Republicans for the "previous 6 years", I wonder what party was in charge of the President, House and Senate after that?? And I also remember Senator Nelson's bribe being taken away, only after it came to light. Still, no mention of the added cost now to Obamacare, alot of issues in it not thought through very well, but still had to get it passed before the election before too many smelled a rat.

    As far as Vietnam, I think you got the wrong impression from my comment. I attributed Bush's issue with Iraq the same as Johnson's Vietnam. I think if you remember right, General Westmoreland advised Johnson that if we had more men, we will win this war. My point was, Presidents listen to the advice of their military advisers, and go from there. Then there is the issue of both the Senate and the House voting on these matters, so maybe voting records should be brought forward when dealing with "Bush's War"/.

    April 11, 2012 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  15. Try some facts

    "FLIndependent
    It's going to be a long 7 months with all these ads coming at us constantly, however I am so happy to see the Obama team taking the first shot here. They MUST stay on top of all the lies that all the GOP SuperPacs will put out there"

    Soooo..... DNC lies and propaganda are inherently better than RNC lies and propaganda?
    Wow, you are truly lost, dear.

    April 11, 2012 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  16. Fair is Fair

    "Obamacare is the embodiment of a fiscal disaster".
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    Not to worry. It's getting struck down by the SCOTUS.

    April 11, 2012 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  17. Marcus

    Get Real – just to be on the safe side, could you please tell us WHERE did you get the info that President Obama's budget will add 4,9 trillion dolars by 2016?
    I recall, a few weeks back that the CBO said something like that (how much the budgets would add to the deficit in 4 to 8 years, more or less) under two conditions:
    With the 'tax cuts for the rich' down for good and with them still around.
    In the first scenario there would be another few trillions by 2020, but much more less than with the second.
    Was that report from the CBO your source?
    Or was it that report that came out yesterday from that Foundation maintained by the Koch brothers?

    April 11, 2012 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  18. Try some facts

    "a disgrace
    obama's people know the vacation is over!"

    Their first mistake was Oabama's people treating the last four years like it was a vacation where nobody would pay attention to how much they didn't accomplish.

    April 11, 2012 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  19. Dominican mama 4 Obama (the real one)

    Romney is so rich that he doesn't care what he says, how he says it, or who it impacts. All he knows is that after running for president for the past 8-10 years he damn well is owed at the very least the nomination, and all the friends that he helped enrich during his vulture capitalist days. It's payback time for Mittens. The nomination as far as he is concerned is his due.
    Obama 2012. Seriously America.

    April 11, 2012 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  20. Try some facts

    "Or was it that report that came out yesterday from that Foundation maintained by the Koch brothers?"

    As opposed to the foundations maintained by Soros? Please stop with the "Man behind the curtain" partisan rubbish. The Dems are just as bad with it.

    April 11, 2012 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  21. julie

    Fair is Fair........do U set on the Surpreme Court.................I thought NOT........U need a new name s/b fair and unbalanced

    April 11, 2012 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  22. Dominican mama 4 Obama (the real one)

    Dominican mama 4 Obama (the real one)

    Edit. Incomplete sentence. Pardon.

    Romney is so rich that he doesn't care what he says, how he says it, or who it impacts. All he knows is that after running for president for the past 8-10 years he damn well is owed at the very least the nomination, and all the friends that he helped enrich during his vulture capitalist days better kick it into high gear and make sure it happens. It's payback time for Mittens. The nomination as far as he is concerned is his due.
    Obama 2012. Seriously America.

    April 11, 2012 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  23. Anonymous

    Personally as an Independent, I'm more interested in seeing how many evangelicals will turn out for Mitt Romney. I see a lot of conservatives seem to think Obama has nothing to run on. After watching the republican primary and reading many conservative post, it appears that right now republican voters aren't voting for Romney but against Obama.

    April 11, 2012 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  24. marcia

    Poor Heath. He's such an idiot. Hopefully he will get a high school diploma and be a viable member of society. Hate to think that people of his ilk will be voting. It's scary what that does to the country!

    April 11, 2012 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  25. Woman In California

    Women in NY

    I'm much worse off than I was 4 years ago. That woman in California must be getting more handouts than me! And I thought NY was a better welfare state!

    The ONLY way you would know NY was a better welfare state than California is if YOU WERE TAKING ADVANTAGE OF THE WELFARE SYSTEM. I don't have time to check on such things as I am a full-time professional. Now, get off your lazy behind and get a job Welfare Queen.

    April 11, 2012 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
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