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. RealityBites

    Funny how CNN's truth squad seems to be AWOL on Obama ads.

    April 11, 2012 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  2. Bob

    tv22: "'ll take my chances with the man who has been successful at everything he's done."

    Unlike Romney, Obama wasn't born with a silver spoon in his mouth. Raised by his grandmother, he became a successful lawyer, professor, Senator, then President. Wrote two best selling books and paid off his college debt that way. Obama is quite the success story.

    $Mill Romney, on the other hand, rode his father's coattails to the governor's mansion and hasn't wanted for a thing his entire life due to his wealthy connections.

    April 11, 2012 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  3. Four and The Door

    Peace
    Can anyone trust this man (Romney)? Really!!
    ____________________________________________________________________________________________
    He is the most trustworthy man campaigning. Along with Ron Paul. There is one honest and forthright man. Watch him talk. The ideas come from his core, not a speechwriter. Obama does not know how to do that. Obama is a political hack with fewer and fewer people buying his schtick. I guess that's because it failed miserably when given every chance in the world. Too bad. If he knew what he was doing he could have made a difference with the entire congress in his pocket in 2009 and 2010. That might have been his curse. Proof his policies don't work.

    Romney/ Ryan 2012

    April 11, 2012 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  4. DC Johnny

    Two minutes? Is that the best Obama can do?

    We have three years worth of abandoned campaign promises and betrayed oaths to uphold the Constitution from this moron.

    April 11, 2012 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  5. RealityBites

    Not that intellegent people actually believe in media honesty..

    April 11, 2012 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  6. Lynda/Minnesota

    "It's the same question as before..are you better off than you were 4 years ago?"

    Indeed, Rsprings, my ecomonic situation is much better than it was in 2007. My husband and I actually dug ourselves out of a layoff situation and once again have a few dollars in the bank set aside for emergencies.

    April 11, 2012 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  7. Mike

    So, this is a slam? I like it. Why is that bad? Conservative values BUILT this country and made it what it was. For those who think the Founders messed it all up and should have incorporated a PM, King or whatever....get out...plain and simple. There are MORE conservatives in this country by virtue of value than Liberal, progressive, socialist hate mongering, liberty infrigning, happiness killing pill popping losers.

    April 11, 2012 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  8. JWR

    Hey Mitt, if "corporations are people", why don't people get the same tax loopholes and breaks as corporations. Why aren't people able to deduct travel expenses to and from work each day, including auto insurance? Why aren't people able to deduct lunch expenses, health care costs and other advantages that corporations have? Explain that!!!

    April 11, 2012 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  9. Ezra

    The funny thing is you can make another video with him saying pretty much the oppsite of everything he said. That is even more telling than this one. The man is a serial liar.

    April 11, 2012 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  10. Etch-a-Sketch Mitt Is Soo Plastic he Makes Mannequins Looks Real

    Etch-a-Sketch Mitt Romney's argument on the economy is....are you better off than you were 4 years ago?

    4yrs ago when Presdient Obama came into office, the US economy under GW Bush was losing an average of 700,000 to 800,000 jobs per month....but today, the economy is on a rebound and it's producing an avg of 200,000 jobs per month; that's a net of 1 million jobs per month. Remember that!!!!

    4yrs ago when Presdient Obama came into office, the US economy under GW Bush was at a downward spiral and contracting at negative -1.2 GDP, but today, under president Obama's watch the US GDP is on a rebound at a positive +2.0 GDP; that's a net of 3.2 GDP economic growth today. Remember that!!!!

    4yrs ago when Presdient Obama came into office, the US Auto industry under GW Bush was going bankrupt, but today, under president Obama's watch, he did NOT "Let Detroit Go Bankrupt", but the US Auto industry is on a rebound and they are profitable once again and millions of jobs were saved. Remember that!!!!

    4yrs ago when Presdient Obama came into office, OBL Osama was running amock in Pakistan under GW Bush (he claimed killing OBL is not important in his war on terror), but today, under president Obama's watch, OBL Osama is DEAD, our troops have been brought home from the IRAQ WAR, and the Afghanistan war is winding down....oh, lest I foget Gaddafi is NO MORE, and not one American soldier was killed or neither did we put boots on the ground. Remember that!!!!

    4yrs ago when Presdient Obama came into office, the world is in recession, but to Today we are on a REBOUND....and I'm NOT GOING back to 4yrs ago with to relive the sad economic & foreign policies disaster under the leadership of a Etch-a-Sketch Mitt Romney & GW Bush. Remember that!!!!

    April 11, 2012 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  11. Fair Taxes

    "Unemployment is up" – compared to when? Compared to 2007? Seems like republicans would want to down play the unemployment numbers, or at least not refer to them as "up" given that they are the ones that drove them "up."

    April 11, 2012 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  12. DC Johnny

    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

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    This may be the funniest comment I've ever read. If I had a dollar for every time Obama misquoted Reagan or took Reagan's great words out of context, I would have tons of dollars, but sadly they wouldn't be worth nearly as much anymore because of Obama's loose fiscal policy.

    Obama and his fascist administration are absolute experts when it comes to destroying the opposition with the full power of the office, some extra unconstitutionally seized power, and the power of the media's wind in his sails.

    April 11, 2012 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  13. Gotta Be Kiddin

    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.
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    Romney's very first political ad did this same thing with his first political ad. He used President Obama quoting John McCain and said they were the President's words. In this case Obama's campaign are using words actually spoken by Romney. Both sides have done this for years....where have you been?

    Obama/Biden 2012

    April 11, 2012 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  14. SAM

    We all know this will happen and Obama will rip this guy off ..And truly MITT is NOT an Electable guy..because WE middle class americans CANNOt trust this flip flop guy..And if anyone noticed the contribution he and his super pack received..99% of that money is contributed by big banks and corporations and there top wealthy families..See Rick and Gingrich contributions..It is in line with Obama..So My prediction is MITT will be a BIG TIME Loser in General Election even if unemployment grows to 8.5%

    April 11, 2012 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  15. Rudy NYC

    Ray E. (Georgia) wrote on page 2:

    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.
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    Unfortunately, facts debunk your ominous remarks. The only "nanny states" in the US are red states. Almost every state that recieves more federal dollars than what they contribute are red states. The blue states support the red states. The "nanny state" is alive and kicking in the US, and their are ruled by conservatives and their ideology.

    You should think about what you are being told, and what you are saying. It runs tangent to reality.

    April 11, 2012 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  16. John

    Romney's campaign: Obamas greatest hits:

    Unemployment increase of 50 % since 2007; hovers at 18% to 19%.
    His jobs plan that, if passed, would add one and half trillion dollars in new tax burden on the American people.
    Home foreclosures rise by 75 percent since 2007; sales have fallen in four of the past five years, the worst showing in 13 years.
    No budget since 2008
    Obamacare strips $500 Billion from Medicare.
    Down Grade of Americas Credit Rating for the first time
    Poverty in America Hits 52-year High as Economy Worsens
    44 Million Americans On Food Stamps, increase of 74 percent since 2007
    Debt Increased By $35,835 per Household.
    Nearly 15% of the U.S. population relied on food stamps in August 2011, as the number of recipients hit 45.8 million. Food stamp rolls have risen 8.1% in the past year.
    America’s debt has exceeded the country’s GDP.
    Americans' wealth suffered its biggest quarterly loss (July 2011-September2011) in more than two years; household net worth fell 4 percent as stocks, pension funds and home values lost value.
    American public's dependence on the federal government shot up 23% in just two years, the biggest two-year jump since Jimmy Carter was president.
    Price of gasoline, increase of 50 % since 2008, up 83% since Obama took office.
    – Obama administration, gas prices increased by 103.79 percent.
    – Carter administration, gas prices increased by 103.77 percent.
    – Clinton administration, gas prices increased by 30 percent
    – Both Bush presidencies, gas prices rose by 20 percent.
    – Reagan administration, gas prices actually dropped 66 percent.

    And last but not least, (Obama now has the lowest job approval of any president ever).

    April 11, 2012 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  17. Mikey

    I find it funny that the right wingers on here find so much fault with Obama and the economy that the republicans led by Bush drove into a ditch and now whine about how they could fix it quicker.
    Fact the stock market was at 8400 when Bama took office. Today it is around 13K. Something is going right.

    April 11, 2012 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  18. ST

    During the primaries, Romney has blown dog whistles to the base pretending that he is one of them. I can't wait to watch him pretending again he is not when primaries are over.

    April 11, 2012 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  19. Four and The Door

    Etch-a-Sketch Mitt Is Soo Plastic he Makes Mannequins Looks Real
    ...4yrs ago when Presdient Obama came into office, the US Auto industry under GW Bush was going bankrupt, but today, under president Obama's watch, he did NOT "Let Detroit Go Bankrupt", but the US Auto industry is on a rebound and they are profitable once again and millions of jobs were saved. Remember that!!!!
    _____________________________________________________________________________________________
    GM and Chrysler did go bankrupt. Where were you? Ford didn't. Are you going to give Obama credit for Ford's success?

    April 11, 2012 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  20. Rudy NYC

    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.
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    The rulings over the years have basically declared that money is freedom of speech, and now corporations are people. How long will it take for these "people" to demand the right to vote? How many votes should they be able to get with their newly found "freedom of speech"?

    Is any of this nonsense in the US Constitution? Talk about a liberal interpretation of the Constitution!

    April 11, 2012 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  21. Jill-IN

    I AM better off than I was 4 years ago as the U.S. was heading down a fast moving roller coaster crash in Sept. 2008 – just the final Bush disaster gift to the American people. Yes, I AM better off! And, I do not want to go back to those kinds of political policies or wrong-headed trickle down thinking. We all deserve better than what the Republicans are sellling.

    April 11, 2012 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  22. Sniffit

    "He is the most trustworthy man campaigning. Along with Ron Paul. There is one honest and forthright man. Watch him talk. The ideas come from his core, not a speechwriter."

    Rondroid's ideas come from a core...and very unrealistic, ultra-ideological, randian fantasy land core. He strikes me as actually pretty sincere in his nutty beliefs, which is what makes him all the scarier. However, if by "he" you meant the Changeling, then yuo just said the single most ridiculous thing I've yet read on the Ticker...and that's even topping some of the ridiculous things I've said (e.g., the Spongebob nonsense from yesterday). Seriously. You can't actually believe that the Changeling's "ideas come from a core, not a speechwriter." For one thing, he doesn't take positions on ANYTHING unless you consider carefully positioning himself on an issue and leaving out fundamental details of what he would propose as a solution so he can make vague, generalized statements that are tailored to please whatever audience he happens to be in front of at the time. For another, his "ideas" are taken straight out of the GOP/Teatroll playbook and the polls and then converted into frequently regurgitated talking points and Luntzian code-language...not to mention that his campaign strategeries are just a rehash of tried and true GOP shenanigans like playing " I know you are but what am I."

    Unless, of course, you mean to admit that the Changeling's "core" is, in fact, a malleable, amorphous, unknown quantity that adopts the shape and color of whatever appears to be most convenient and expedient for self-promotion at any given time? Would you like to admit that is the nature of his "core"? If so, then we can agree that your statement was accurate.

    April 11, 2012 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  23. Sue

    Hey John – Get a grip or take a refresher math class!!

    April 11, 2012 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  24. Sniffit

    "Romney's campaign: Obamas greatest hits:"

    It would be great for the Changeling to rely on most of those things. Polls show that Amurikans blame the GOP for the majority of them.

    April 11, 2012 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  25. Gurgyl

    I am for Obama. Period. Flip-Flop. Bain-capital. I hate mith.

    April 11, 2012 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
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