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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  1. Aviate

    Oh darn. Looks like Mitt's gonna need himself a new Etch-A-Sketch. The one he's using must be defective...

    April 11, 2012 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  2. Aviate

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

    A better question would be, what lie about Obama aren't they still clinging to?

    Romney's picked up so many "Pants on Fire" ratings over at Politifact that he's gonna need a new wardrobe-made of asbestos.

    April 11, 2012 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  3. Another Day in the Idiot Mines (not the whiny rightwing liar)

    "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."

    Just because you keep repeating the Big Lies your GOBP cult leaders feed you doesn't make them true.

    April 11, 2012 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  4. Just Say No to Flipper

    "So, don't try to read anything different into my comment, or to change what you feel I am thinking and saying."

    No worries; your insane disconnection from reality is coming through loud and clear.

    April 11, 2012 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  5. Donkey Talk

    But why can't Mitt's quotes just go away?
    And why can't Mitt go with them?

    April 11, 2012 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  6. Nobodies Pon

    If i were a republican i would shoot myself now not wait for november. The whole political party is run by two brothers. A radio shock jock and a T.V. hate monger. I wont say their names we all know who they are. Obama is not that bad compared to what we had and is by far better than what is being presented. This guy been running for six years and has not one single solution to any problem. He has the money and connections. But not one single solution. He cant even think on his feet. Terrorist attack he will be a replay of bush II he will drop the ball and millions will die. No Romney

    April 11, 2012 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  7. Women in NY

    Woman in California – I'm not on welfare; I was just making the point that Obama is making it a lot easier for the slouchers. So, it's getting better for them. Sorry I assumed you were on the take.

    April 11, 2012 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  8. thomas

    @Fair is Fair

    Romney , five sons who avoided voluntary military service.
    Obama, who himself avoided "voluntary military service". What's your point?

    Obama doesn't have five sons who avoided military service , I believe Obama's children are two young to serve. Obama was to young to serve in Vietnam unlike Mitt Romney who went to France.

    Dose that answer your point fairly ?

    April 11, 2012 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  9. Get Real

    For Marcus on page 11

    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".
    Whether now or later: Obama will kill the country with his health"care" plan.

    April 11, 2012 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  10. Kevin

    Another Day in the Idiot Mines: He hasn't done anything? How about kill Bin Laden (i.e., did the previous president's job ... despite the fact that he had 7.5 years to do it). How about get us out of Iraq? How about averting a major economic crisis? How about 6 straight quarters of economic growth? Yes, the jobless rate is stubbornly high (though it's dropped to below 9%) ... but that's an indication of just how severe the problem was. He also steered a fine path in Lybia – not entangling us beyond what was necessary (a la GWB). He appointed two extremely qualified supreme court justices. And the list goes on. Has he done everything perfectly? No. But he's done quite a bit more than the previous president did in two terms.

    April 11, 2012 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  11. Why Don't Democrats See They've Been Duped?

    All I know is that I supported Hillary in 2008. The last four years of failure is on the rest of y'all.

    April 11, 2012 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  12. caeser

    Mitt is dyslexic at best can't seem to remember who started what.

    April 11, 2012 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  13. Drew

    "The worst job creation record in modern history"

    Yeah, that was actually George W. Bush who saw a net loss of millions of jobs. Within no more than three months, President Obama's job creation record will be net positive, highlighting the work he has done digging us out of the Republican recession.

    April 11, 2012 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  14. sqeptiq

    Just believing the nonsense associated with Joseph Smith's nefarious creation of the Mormon cult should be enough to disqualify anyone from public office. The credulity necessary to believe the theology of the LDS cult borders on retardation. Smith probably called it the Book of Mormon because he was smart enough to believe most people would balk at following the Book of Moron, so he added an M.

    April 11, 2012 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  15. valwayne

    Obama is the most extreme left wing polarizing and divisive President in U.S. history. The worst long term UNEMPLOYMENT since the Great depression. More debt in 3 years than Bush managed in 8. A record number of people on foodstamps, the worst recovery since the great depression, Solyndra and tens of billions wasted on corruption. Obama is simply the worst President in U.S. history. I hope Republicans are prepared for his filthy sewer campaign. Remember against Hillary he and his acolytes in the media actually went after Bill Clinton as a racist. If he'll do that against a former Democratic President what do you think he and his poodle press will do against Republicans?

    April 11, 2012 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  16. Vibrato Yodeler

    The right wing apologists can ignore the facts all they want,.. the truth, and reality is, Obama is a vastly superior candidate to Romney. He's been a great President , against prohibitive odds. Romney is a robotic, bumbling , stumbling puppet of the elite club.

    April 11, 2012 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  17. Blue

    Mitt will be known as the Etch-A-Sketch nominee as our Tennessee Governor will be known as the monkey governor. He is letting evolution teaching go with the wind. We will now be teachng faith in our schools. Where is the Supreme Court when you need them?

    April 11, 2012 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  18. Palin Power

    Romney is just a RINO and an epic fail. He will lose the nomination to Sarah Palin in the convention and Palin will beat Obozo in the largest electoral landslide ever.

    April 11, 2012 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  19. Why Don't Democrats See They've Been Duped?

    "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."

    Thanks for making my point for me. Unfortunately your assumptions regarding my political party are simply incorrect. Registered democrat who supported Hillary vs. the used car salesman you morons got behind. Most of my friends are either quite liberal or are conservative democrats. As usual, the Obamabots simply assume the world fits into their "one size fits all" theory of those who oppose Obama.

    April 11, 2012 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  20. RichSF

    @Captain Obvious states, "All the proof I need to know Obama has to go: I just sat in a conference room full of fellow attorneys all of whom made about 2/3 – 3/4 of what we'd have been expected to make per year prior to the economic downturn. In fact I made less this year than last year, and averaged less the last two years than I made in the first year of the downturn, with only moderate expectations of getting back to the earnings track I had been on prior to the downturn."

    To blame the economic woes on Obama is ludicrous. Leave it to an attorney to grasp onto one small aspect of a situation and conveniently overlook the obvious. That's what attorneys do day in and day out. TRUTH has nothing to do with what they believe or what they advocate.

    April 11, 2012 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  21. Mom to 3

    President Obama has accomplished much especially considering the terrible situation when he entered office and the total resistance of the GOP to anything and everything he proposed. Continually repeating the lie that President Obama has "accomplished nothing" or is "a total failure" just makes the right wingers look stupid. People know President Obama caught Bin Laden and took us from losing jobs to gaining jobs, etc. Those are facts and the GOP looks petty and dumb when they act like facts aren't facts. I will be working for President Obama's campaign again as will my husband and in-laws. In fact, my entire family, with the exception of one misguided Fox-watching brother, will be voting for President Obama. OBAMA 2012

    April 11, 2012 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  22. Reggie

    US politics, the art of half-lies, distorted facts and 15-second sound bytes. In other words, bollocks.

    April 11, 2012 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  23. CBR

    The last four years were problematic that is for sure. However, we also have done a lot of whining and have refused to make our leaders solve the issues facing the country. The GOP blames President Obama and the Democrats and the Democrats blame the Republicans who will not work with them. The finger pointing did not help either. The only people who can force our government to act are the voters. WE should make it clear that we need health care, crime-free cities, jobs, new focus on bringing back the factories.

    WE are buying everything made overseas and then complaining that our jobs are gone. A $5.99 tee shirt is just the top of the ice berg. We pay for that shirt, the store gets a piece of the profits, someone pays the cost of shipping the items to North America, the company gets its share, the CEO and other executives get their share, and the last bit will go to the people who work in the factories. How much could be left to pay these people.

    Let;s stop whining and get Washington moving for us. We should not accept excuses any longer.

    April 11, 2012 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  24. Ann

    NOONE is going to vote for Obama unless they don't care about their life. He and his adminstration should have been FIRED after one year and saved us billions let alone babies lives which is much more important. He's evil, racist and dumber than a doornail.NO OTHER WAY TO PUT IT.

    April 11, 2012 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  25. JerseyJeff

    This article does sum up the problems Romney will face in the general election.
    Obama gets to move to the middle because he was always assured the democratic nomination, Mitt just kept moving to the right to get secure his place.
    This vicious primary has made him only appealing to the defined right and has little room to capture the middle or any of the left.

    April 11, 2012 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
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