Obama campaign: Romney's greatest hits
April 11th, 2012
09:00 AM ET
6 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. CitizenAJ

    Is that all Romney's campaign, press secretary, Andrea Saul, had to say? Jobless rate and gas prrices are high? Everyone knows this, and everyone knows these are the lingerig affects of the previous, failed, out-of-touch administration. Everyone, who has been paying attentiion, also knows that jobs have been created, not lost under the current administration, a turn around from what the current administration inherited. Gas prices, really? What party, what candidate is propped up by and supports "big oil" the most? Not President Obama. He can affect the prices, but "big oil" can. Production is up, demand is lower, yet, prices are up. They goes against classic supply and demand. Give me a break "glove" (that is what ia "mitt" is, isn't it?).

    April 11, 2012 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  2. Rudy NYC

    @DDTM wrote on page 11:

    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!
    You got my point, too. Almost everything you wrote was false, beginning with citing 2008 for a quote that was actually 2006. I hope you realize that your last post is a testimonial confession to the lies that you told.

    April 11, 2012 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  3. Biotechdev

    What a hypocrite. Remember Obama's promises as a candidate? Healthcare reform negotiations would be broadcast on CSPAN. The stimulus would keep UE under 8% Stimulus spending would be posted on a website so everyone could see how it was spent. He would halve the deficit in four years. He would stop Bush's reckless spending. He would close GITMO. He would be a "post-partisan" president. And CNN just goes along for the ride

    April 11, 2012 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  4. Marcus

    Try some facts – Does it change the fact that the report did came from a foundation created and maintained by the Koch Brothers?
    It's not a 'man behind the curtain' whatever nonsense you want to turn it to, it's a fact, isn't it?
    Or 'facts' are only good when they prove/sustain what you want to say?
    PS: Better change your pen name if you continue to be so selective about facts...

    April 11, 2012 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  5. Walt

    If all of you think Obama is for the poor and middle class, then I have some swamp land to sale you. The rich will get richer? true. The Dems had a chance to increase the tax on the rich, why didn't they? You guessed it, because they are rich just like the Repubs. Obmas talks about the 1% not paying their fair share, well, when Obama gets out of office he will do just like Clinton (did owe 8 million when he left office, now is worth over 100 million) did and make millions on speaking and other investments, so if you you buy that bull then you need your head examime. Vote for someone who will not increase your taxes give you a chance to own a small business or find work. Government can not support everyone. For those who want everything free, go to Cuba or China and see if you like it there.

    April 11, 2012 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  6. Woman In California

    Enough. I'm no fan of Romney, but America got taken by this used car salesman of a President. As slick and skeevy as Bill Clinton could be, at least he occasionally delivered on promises and left this country in decent shape. I know the Dems will say "But Buuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuush!!!!!!"...sorry, but you've had four years to even make reasonable gains on reversing the downturn. I don't know a single person whose personal financial position has been improved by the current President. I guess I don't travel enough in welfare circles?

    I guess you don't know when to stop lying either.

    The last year of Bush's presidency my office didn't give raises or bonuses, guess what – they have resumed that due to HIGH profits. Find another lie to try and sell.

    On another note: has anyone else noticed how defensive Willard's supporters are? The reason is they know he doesn't stand a chance or winning anything outside of recruiting more Mormons. They are hysterical (in a strange kind of way).

    April 11, 2012 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  7. Try some facts


    Is that all Romney's campaign, press secretary, Andrea Saul, had to say? Jobless rate and gas prrices are high? Everyone knows this, and everyone knows these are the lingerig affects of the previous, failed, out-of-touch administration."

    Anytime you democrats want to run on the present day vs. four years ago would be great. Because some of us in present day America would like for the current President to actually accomplish something. Thanks in advance and we'll all look fwd to November to see if you've bothered to try and catch up with the current discourse and debate.

    April 11, 2012 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  8. v_mag

    @Try some facts

    Try this fact. Explain to me why the Repugnants have sat on their hands since 2010 and prevented any legislation or appointments to go through. Then explain why you blame the Democrats for not getting enough done. Some crazy, crazy logic you guys invent. Goes along with your 'blame the victim' approach to justice.

    April 11, 2012 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  9. Four and The Door

    I wanna hear at least 1 right winger on this board confront the George W. Bush question.
    Don't you and Obama wish that was the discussion in 2012! Sorry v_mag, but Accountability hath come for Obama.

    Romney/ Ryan 2012

    April 11, 2012 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  10. Dennis

    At least Romney got where is is by what he knows instead of who he knows which is the case for Obama.

    April 11, 2012 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  11. jimranes

    If Mitt Romney the leveraged buy-out specialist were President, both GM and Chrysler would be history. Non existent. Also, the voter will never see Romney's tax returns from the time he was CEO of Bain Capital. There is a reason they call it "leveraged buy-out" which to Bain was to use other people's money to make tons of money and move on. There should be no doubt that he would try to overturn Roe vs Wade and he's now trying to soften his position on women's rights? Romney talks out of both sides of his mount. It is possible he doesn't stand for anything but himself.

    April 11, 2012 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  12. Greater Good

    Mitt is hoping ride that great big car elevator to the top, and try to ensure the rich keep getting richer at the expense of the middle class.

    April 11, 2012 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  13. Bijouandbucky

    First let me say I will vote for Obama. The naysayer republicans can and should acknowledge the tremendous accomplishments he has made in his first three years and how he has taken a centrist position on so many things, not far left. Republicans are unfortunately showing such stupidity by regurgitating the party-generated slogans and chants. I know I say this about intelligent people who are simply being led around by the nose-ring.

    That being said, I had a huge appreciation that Obama ran such a civil, non-negative campaign first time around. I am dismayed that this time he is wasting no time slinging mud. It will be an ugly campain on both sides. Lord, please shoot me now! I don't know if I can take 8 months of this.

    April 11, 2012 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  14. Catherine

    Gas prices are high? What exactly would he do to lower them? Ask his big oil buddies to narrow their profit margin? Ask oil speculators not to drive up prices by speculating? It's kind of an insult that Romney is counting on the electorate to be stupid and not understand economics. He knows darn well there is nothing a President and Congress can do about gas prices, he just hopes we don't know that.

    April 11, 2012 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  15. Arch

    well, i'm happy for all that obama has accomplished – despite having to deal with the tea party. I can only hope that we have at least 12 more years of progressives – it's hard to undue all of the damage done by republicans since 1980 – but it will be done. history is on our side. republicans will only have voter suppression tacticts (and their guns and bibles) to fall back upon.

    April 11, 2012 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  16. HenryMiller

    I'm not a big fan of the up-tight busybodies of the far right, but they're infinitely preferable to the tax-and-spend fanatics of the left who are ruining the economy at a far greater rate than GWB could possibly have achieved. And at least the right's notion of fairness doesn't mean crushing everyone into egalitarian poverty.

    April 11, 2012 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  17. Larry L

    @The Real Truth and Nothing But the The Real Truth
    @Four & the Door
    I would sincerely appreciate specific and honest comments from you on the most pivotal part of the never-ending spending and deficit debate. You're educated and stay on top of issues so you certainly know the situation at the close of the Bush Adminsitration. Most economists felt we were on the verge of a great depression – with 8.5 million jobs already lost, the crash-curve moving upwards with strong momentum, the banking industry seriously challenged with default, and the big three auto manufacturers profits spiraling downward toward the end. We were fighting two wars. Healthcare costs were rising from 7-9% per year with no end in sight. People's lives were destroyed by illness and Medicare & Medicaid were (and are) killing our budget. The President (and most credible economists on the planet) felt money needed to be quickly pumped into the economy to prevent disaster. With America's weak manufacturing capability, and with many jobs shipped offshore and the infrastructure lost, recovery from a depression might never happen. We make most of our living selling each other stuff made in China and would be replaced in the emerging industrial nations. So here's my question... What (specifically), given those conditions and the threat he faced, should the President have done? It would make these debates more honest and actually productive if that question was answered rather than focus on the initial blame for the crash.

    April 11, 2012 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  18. FLIndependent

    "I paid more for gas two weekends ago then I ever paid during the Bush administration.
    Why are the Obama apologists so historically ignorant and/or revisionistic?"
    Who is it that's revising history here? Maybe you got amnesia over the last 4 years. Gas went above $4 under Bush so I don't know where you live but to imply it wasn't as high under Bush is a total falsehood. I remember when Bush was told that gas was $4 and he was so out of touch that he didn't even know it. He was shocked and then it was Bush who said that we Americans are addicted to oil. What did the Repubs do about that?

    April 11, 2012 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  19. Aeromechanic

    Are republicans STILL clinging to the lie that Obama raised taxes?

    April 11, 2012 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  20. FLIndependent

    Here's what I find so funny about Repubs that say they are worse off now than under Bush. These are the same people that say government is too big and shouldn't be in the business of creating jobs, should stay out of our lives, etc. However, they obviously want the government to help them otherwise they wouldn't be blaming everything wrong in their lives on the government. If they are now so miserable then they need to practive what they preach and take personal responsibility and do somethinng about it – why are you counting on a new President to do it for you??

    April 11, 2012 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  21. Oakielife

    Me thinks they got under Mr. Mittens "The Liar" skin. I like that! I'm from Massachusetts and know from personal experience how dishonest this guy is.

    April 11, 2012 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  22. FLIndependent

    @TrySomeFacts – "Soooo..... DNC lies and propaganda are inherently better than RNC lies and propaganda?"
    No, I don't like lies from either party, but unfortunately for all of us that is how these campaigns are run especially now with the Citizens United ruling. My point is that we know the RNC will put out all kinds of lies and distortions about President Obama's term so the Obama team will be justified to respond. There were many lies told about the ACA fromt the Tea Partiers (ie death panels) that were not properly counteracted by the Dems and that is one reason why they lost in the mid-terms. And before you say that "death panels" wasn't a lie, I will tell you that it is a farce in that the insurance companies are the ultimate death panels that we have been dealing with long before the ACA was passed.

    April 11, 2012 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  23. Joe from Ohio

    Just think how much Obama (and America) could have accomplished if the Republicans weren't hell-bent on making him (and America) fail.

    April 11, 2012 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  24. Another Day in the Idiot Mines (not the whiny rightwing liar)

    "I don't know a single person whose personal financial position has been improved by the current President. I guess I don't travel enough in welfare circles?"

    And maybe you have a bizarre circle of friends and acquaintances who for one or more of many reasons simply hasn't improved his or her lot in life. An anecdote is not evidence and the plural of anecdotes is not data. FWIW, though, I know one person who was on welfare, got retrained and is now making good money in the private sector. Those are the people the Dems tried to help and did help. Your GOBP cult, not so much.

    April 11, 2012 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  25. Sorensen

    They will slowly but surely tare the fake and gutless Romney apart and leave a little pile of unrealistc ambitions, naive
    lies, corny and artificial attempts to be "folksy" and a total fiasco in trying to convince the electorate (and the GOP) .that
    he knows anything about how to run the economy, let alone the country.
    Of course, he can always go back to Bain and buy and sell distressed assets. Or become a full time "bishop" in the
    mormon cult.

    April 11, 2012 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
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