Obama campaign: Romney's greatest hits
April 11th, 2012
09:00 AM ET
3 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. tv22

    As opposed to Obama who is severely liberal? I'll take my chances with the man who has been successful at everything he's done.

    April 11, 2012 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  2. Tony

    No one who is a real conservative would describe himself as severely conservative. Actually, no one would describe himself as severely conservative unless his first language is not English.

    April 11, 2012 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  3. HenryB

    This is a great ad. Yes, Mittster, we will remember your own words when you try to, once again, pull the Etch a Sketch on us.

    April 11, 2012 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  4. Mitt ain't it

    @Dave

    I imagine the only folks who are truly impressed with Mitt's bishophood are Mormons. The rest of us aren't voting for a Bishop-in-Chief and never were. I do think that Mitt's faith is a determining factor as to why he's running for president. And why he hasn't got a vision he wants to share with us - it's all tied into his "faith". It's also why he's outright lied to get what he wants now. He's spent his lifetime trying to convert others to his religious ideology, including his wife's family, and generally speaking converters do have to use subterfuge to convert the gullible.

    April 11, 2012 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  5. Four and The Door

    "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.
    _______________________________________________________________________________________________
    This is not only exactly true, but it is insightful from someone who has a valuable understanding about American businesses and where their success comes from and who benefits from it. Contrast this with Obama. Has he ever worked for a private company? Most of the decisions coming out of his administration could only make sense from someone who has been locked in academia and government for their whole life. He pretty much ignores private industry which, by the way makes up the majority of the American economy, and the results he is so frustrated with are due to that shortcoming. He is absolutely not the economy guy. He is the political guy and we have seen enough of that!

    Romney/ Ryan 2012

    April 11, 2012 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  6. Etch-a-Sketch Mitt Is Soo Plastic he Makes Mannequins Looks Real

    Soon Americans will start asking Etch-a-Sketch Mitt what is he going to do about getting Americans back to work, instead of spouting off this talking point every opportunity he gets?

    This is the same Etch-a-Sketch Mitt Romney whose jobs record was 47th out of 50 when he was Gov. of Mass. Remember that!!!

    April 11, 2012 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  7. AmericanSam

    It seems weird when a nominee can't just say what he believes and why he believes it. Instead, he has to say why what he believes links to some manmade ideology known as Conservatism. He also has to say why a president who came into office over 30 years ago would like him better than all of the other contenders.

    April 11, 2012 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  8. High Way

    Mitt Romney flip-flopped on so many issues that to make an extra buck, would probably say to China, "We are open for business, buy whatever you want and don't forget the keys to the whitehouse."

    April 11, 2012 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  9. gg

    severely conservative= ship jobs overseas ,off shore banking invest overseas,wars for oil .rich pay no taxes-yep he,s the one

    April 11, 2012 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  10. Romney 2012

    And Obama, how's that economy looking? Any chance of balancing the budget, even with your buffet rule?

    April 11, 2012 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  11. Robert

    Either politicians on both sides drastically underestimate our intelligence or there is a vast segment of our population that's incredibly stupid. Both sides create phony positions to attack the other side with all the while pretending to be outraged at the tactics they themselves are using.

    April 11, 2012 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  12. PJ/Tx

    Romney team might want to re-think it's statement: "Its no surprise that with the worst job creation record in modern history....."
    Actually, according to the WSJ, GW Bush had the "worst record for job creation since the government began
    keeping records". This was after eight years that Bush served.
    Bizjournal states, Jan 20, 2009: "Bush leaves office with the worst employment growth record of any President
    since WWII".
    President Obama is not finished, and has already created more jobs than Bush.

    April 11, 2012 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  13. ALPHA

    Since this man child President has no accomplishments to run on, he has to resort to name calling, distortions and outright lies.

    His re-election campaign will be filled with hate speech, class warfare mongering, racial overtures, and blaming anyone or anything that he can think of.

    He will run the most hate speech filled campaign we have ever seen in this Country. And at the same time lecture the rest of us on civility, maintaining a civil tone in our discourse.

    April 11, 2012 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  14. Bill

    Obama simply cannot afford to deal with real issues, his record is deplorable. Hence, the "Buffet rule" monologue, Romney's tax return monologue, and yes the "servererly conservative" monologue. It's a long time until November, but maybe Obama is such a great entertainer that he can keep the whole nation entertained with his derversions. How about the SC doesn't have the right to rule on the constitutionality of Obamacare? How about three years into his presidency all he can say about a workforce participation rate that is essentially unchanged from the bottoming out of the job market two years ago? How about household net worth still being down by several trillion dollars? How about Solyndra? etc. etc. etc. etc. Obama is desperate to divert attention away from his failed presidency.

    April 11, 2012 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  15. Robert

    tv22
    "As opposed to Obama who is severely liberal? I'll take my chances with the man who has been successful at everything he's done."
    He's been successful at lining his pocket at your expense. Unless you're a millionaire, Romney's got nothing for you.

    April 11, 2012 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  16. Bob

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

    I disagree that these are out of context. Romney's campaign tried to weasel their way out of many of these statements using the "misspoke" or "out of context" excuse. The face it, Romney does think that corporations should have personhood, that Roe v Wade should be overturned, and that he WILL fire people if it means a profit for himself.

    April 11, 2012 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  17. Sniffit

    "As opposed to Obama who is severely liberal?"

    Yeah, it was totally "severely liberal" of him to adopt a health insurance mandate first think-tanked by the Heritage Foundation and proposed by the GOP in the early 90's, re-up the Patriot Act, send more troops to Afghanistan, place more troops and technology along the Mexico border than have ever been there in the country's history, allow active off-shore oil rigs to QUADRUPLE, foster the largest 3 year increase in domestic oil production since 1970, order the military murder of Osama bin Laden, increase the number and frequency of drone attacks that kill innocent civilians, bargain to keep the Bush Tax Cuts in order to sto the gridlock during the 2010 lame duck, pass a new START Treaty similar to Ronny Raygun's and for which Ronny Raygun was praised relentlessly by the GOP, etc etc etc the list goes on.

    The man is largely a centrist, which is why the GOP/Teatrolls have spent the past 3+ years fleeing like a runaway sisterwife to the extremist rightwing positions they could: so they could shift the appearance of where the middle lies and claim Obama lies way to the left of it. You fell for it.

    April 11, 2012 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  18. Bootstomper

    Squash Romney!

    April 11, 2012 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  19. Ray E. (Georgia)

    Well Yes,
    People will have a clear choice between continuing the Nanny State or Personal Responsibility. Obama thinks you are too stupid or too ignorate to take care of yourself and you need the Government to take care of you. The only question is where do you find the Super Brains to do all your thinking for you. And of course all the money to pay for it. If you are voting for the Nanny State good luck!

    April 11, 2012 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  20. Physically Conservative & Socially Liberal

    The GOP believes that the American middle class should be grateful to enjoy the crumbs of the American pie. Only the rich deserve the entire slice after all. I ain't settling for that GOP dogma, no thank you. Obama has been advocating for American companies to bring back jobs to the USA, while Willard has only been advocating for the few wealthy people (excuse me, corporations). I'm voting Obama!

    April 11, 2012 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  21. rla

    Too bad we also remember Obamas flip/flop words! This president has no yet shown me he will do anything with another term except run up debt!!! Prove you understand the meaning of DEBT at the level i is climbing!!

    April 11, 2012 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  22. Harry From Pa

    I don't trust politicians as far as you can through them, but someone like Romney can't be trusted. He wont even disclose all of his income. At the same time he is cold, unfriendly, boring. How can you trust someone that is soooooo cold to help America, especially when he seems in it for himself. What I don't get is they keep pointing to Obama's failed policies but the market is up better than it was, the unemployment is down to levels it hasn't been in years, and a healthcare reform is put in place that Romney has also mandated in his own state before Obamacare was even a dream. So when the time comes around this November, how can Romney argue anything? He is against everything Obama has done, but hasn't given anyone a clue as to what he will do as pres. It seems like most republicans will take the position of opposite even if it means putting what is right on the chopping block. Oh and about the war on religion and class warfare, they shouldn't put fingers, they got some pointing back at them. Remember that whole thing of saying the president was a religion he wasn't? Or how about lower tax rates for the rich while the middle class is paying their percentage and carrying the economy?

    April 11, 2012 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  23. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    So Mitt has pandered to the far Right since November in his attempt to garner their votes and capture the nomination. Now the Republicans are crying "Foul" as President Obama is using Willard's written and spoken words against him. Too bad, Reince. You cannot have it both ways. If your candidate has said something that will alienate a large number of voters, it will be brought back to remind folks of that.
    The one thing Republicans have going for them is party loyalty. Registered Democrats are more likely to vote for a moderate Republican (especially if they feel the Democratic candidate will be ineffective) than Registered Republicans are to vote for a conservative Democrat (even if the Republican candidate has proven to be a total mook that cannot string three words together to form a coherent sentence). Republicans of all stripes (Conservative, Moderate, Progressive, Tea Party, Evangelical Christian, etc.) will vote for Willard in November because the guy he is running against is a Communist, Fascist, Socialist, secret Muslim, Anti-American, etc. Democrat, oh, and he is one of "Them", too – not a "Real American". I am sure that at this point, Fremont, Lincoln and the other founders of the Republican party are spinning in their graves so fast that there are no instruments capable of monitoring their speed when looking at what their party has become.

    April 11, 2012 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  24. Sniffit

    Ch...ch...ch ch changes....

    "I'll take my chances with the man who has been successful at everything he's done."

    BTW, Career Candidate Changeling has been running for POTUS for a decade or so and has failed every time so far. He even failed when he became governor of MA just so he could put that on his "I'm running for POTUS" curriculum vitae, leaving with a 34% approval rating and having no chance of winning re-election. He's also failed to be evidence any consistency in his beliefs and values other than 2 things: being consistently inconsistent and believing and valuing his own self-promotion above all else.

    April 11, 2012 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  25. B

    Words have consequences for everyone.

    April 11, 2012 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
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