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. American

    Four,
    I agree with you that Ron Paul is trustworthy, as he means what he says and stands on his principles. However, you could not be more wrong about Romney, who is certainly not trustworthy, but rather a major flip-flopper trying to run away from his record.

    President Obama & other Americans are right to hold Romney accountable.

    April 11, 2012 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  2. Four and The Door

    Mikey
    ...Fact the stock market was at 8400 when Bama took office. Today it is around 13K. Something is going right.
    ____________________________________________________________________________________________
    Big companies love Obama's zero interest rates on money as he tries to make the housing market recover. Not helping. And definitely not helping retirees who are stuck in the middle trying to scrape by on 2% interest on their savings.

    April 11, 2012 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  3. T's Gr.

    Now that Santorum's out of the race, he can hop back into his time machine and return to the 16th century, where he can resume his role as grand Inquisitor. After the election, Paul can use his medical skills to bring a few of the founders back to life and ask them what they really meant by what they wrote in the constitution. Gingrich can have that operation to reduce significantly the size of his ego, and Mittens can return to the planet Kobol.

    April 11, 2012 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  4. Mitt is it

    Hey, John. Great cut and paste. Want to try giving us the facts behind your very lengthy anti-Obama rhetoric? Odd that the right is still trying to shove everything that has gone wrong this past decade onto the shoulders of the current President who was in fact not responsible for the devastation, without actually addressing what went wrong, and why. Mitt's the same ... all talk, no solutions. Awfully irresponsible of Republicans to continue game of this smoke and mirrors, don't you think?

    April 11, 2012 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  5. B

    The choice will boil down to whether we want to go back to the disastrous polices of the Bush era or continue moving forward in a steady reliable pace that is underway now.

    Do you really want to -change horses- in the middle of the river right above the falls?

    April 11, 2012 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  6. Sniffit

    "GM and Chrysler did go bankrupt. Where were you? Ford didn't. Are you going to give Obama credit for Ford's success?"

    There are different kinds of bankruptcy. Most people think of bankruptcy as the kind where the company goes out of business, liquidates and the corporate entity "dies." THAT would have been the result of what Mittens proposed and, given Mittens' use of the word "bankrupt" in the manner and context in which he used it, is the only way to interpret what he said. The economy had just collapsed and there were no private investors who would have come in to save GM et al. Another kind of bankruptcy, which is not usually what comes to mind for most people when it is mentioned, is one in which the company is restructured in order to save it. THAT is what Obama did, forcing restructuring upon GM and making certain requirements of that restructuring part of the preconditions for receiving the federal money. It worked and the thing that really really angers the conservatives/GOPers/Teatrolls the most about it is that they had hoped that the collapse of so much of the US auto industry would have helped kill the UAW.

    April 11, 2012 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  7. labman57

    Romney judges a person's qualifications to lead based on the depth of one's wallet rather than the depth of one's wisdom. He evaluates a person's net worth based on the value of one's portfolio rather than one's value to their community.

    His ad campaign: “Vote for me. I’m filthy rich and know lots of other very rich people, I like to fire employees, I don't care about the problems of poor people, I don’t believe in federal regulations, I'm totally clueless about international relations (other than the best ways to hide my income in offshore bank accounts), I don't mind spending millions of dollars to sling mud and smear my opponents …. and by the way, did I say I’m rich?”

    Mitt "It's a rich man's world" Romney's campaign is based on unabashed lies, frequent flip-flops, and blatant pandering that he believes will help him to get nominated … strategically planning to hit his reset button during the general election.

    However, Romney's team appears to unaware of YouTube –the online repository of instantly accessible video clips, providing evidence of the previous policy positions of Mitt v.1, Mitt v.2, Mitt v.3, etc.

    April 11, 2012 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  8. MNTaxpayer

    So this is what we can look forward to for the next 8 months? Come on, both parties, let's shock everyone and have a serious campaign with serious discission of FACTS and POLICIES. This childish 'you said, no I didn't, yes you did' crap is so discouraging. Come on, one of you clowns, Obama or Romney, take a chance and run an adult campaign. I'd likely vote for whoever does.

    April 11, 2012 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  9. Ohio man

    @ Four and The Door

    You crack me up.. you make no sense... you have yet to say what the repubs have done since day 1 of Obama comming into office to "help"(since they always cry country 1st)... and when the employment rate goes down you state that its bcuz of the 2010 elections.. when it doesn't move that much you state its bcuz of POTUS failed policies.. make up ur mind Mitt.. gezzzzzz which is it?????

    April 11, 2012 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  10. Taran

    If Americans think that class warfare is the right approach, then Barack Obama will be re-elected. If, on the other hand, Americans believe that expanding opportunities to succeed is the best way forward, then Mitt Romney will be sworn in on January 20, 2013. In mid-April, it's too close to call.

    April 11, 2012 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  11. v_mag

    So, we now have the official Repugnant nominee for president: George W. Bush

    Romney = Bush. Romney is endorsed by the Bush crime family. Romney has not distanced himself from the disasterous policies of GWB who drove this country into debt and recession.

    If you want George W. Bush to be your next president, you're in luck. He's on the ballot, under the name of Mitt Romney.

    April 11, 2012 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  12. SoSad

    Remember Christians, Mormanism is not and will never be Christian! Down with the non believer's

    April 11, 2012 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  13. Liberal, progressive, socialist hate mongering, liberty infrigning, happiness killing pill popping loser

    Peace brother. People can disagree with you and not be evil. From everything I have seen, I believe that Romney will take care of his billionaire pals and corporate "people" and the rest of us can hang. I am only lukewarm about Obama, but totally ice cold about Romney.

    April 11, 2012 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  14. Carlos Murphy

    I am better off than at any time under a republican administration.

    Trickle down did not work for Reagan/Bush or for the next Bush.

    Third time will simply be fascism.

    April 11, 2012 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  15. DbennHS

    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 |

    if the country simply returned to Clintion Era tax rates (before Bush Tax Cuts disaster) and no more doc fixes the budget would be balances by 2017. It's that simple. If he gets the pregressive caucus bugdet passed it balances the budget by 2020. The only group that is proposing a budget that WILL NEVER BALANCE period is the Ryan Plan (Endorsed by Mittins of course. It wount even come close until 2040.

    April 11, 2012 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  16. John

    And the latest of the greatest hits for Obama that Romney's campaign will use:

    America's Debt Is Greater than Entire Eurozone's (and U.K.'s), America's debt is currently $15.1 trillion, while the Eurozone (which includes France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Spain, the U.K., and others) has a combined debt of $12.7 trillion.

    April 11, 2012 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  17. Fair + Balanced

    Romney is an empty suit, albeit a very expensive empty suit.

    April 11, 2012 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  18. dave oldread

    while the gop has noot tried one thing to help americans recover from this mess bush left our president, vowed one term president , fought everything OUR presidents has tried to help americans recover.this country would be well off and been recovered if the gop would have not been such sore losers over the last election, it seems that if we don't win all americans will lose, an infrastructure jobs bill would hhave brought unemployment down and trickle down to other jobs annd housing recovery but that would have ment lower unemployement and no chance of winning anouther election, well americans are not that stupid to not see what the repb. party has done for the country in the last 3 years, birth cert. muslum, socialist and no, no. no. to helping americaa recover. its time to say no,NO.NO. to any repb. running for office, and force a recovery for americans without the gop.

    April 11, 2012 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  19. Dr Knowitall

    NObama 2012 ! That’s all you need to remember.
    It's not about race, or religion. It is about freedom from government tyranny.

    April 11, 2012 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  20. timothy

    When the GOP hammered Obama about Rev. Jeremiah Wright they had no idea a Mormon would ever be the candidate. Wait til America finds out just how kooky those Mormons are...

    April 11, 2012 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  21. Dr Knowitall

    We should also take this time to note that the Democrat Senate has failed to produce a Budget in three years.
    Its time we get some people to actually just run our government instead of dreaming of destroying and remaking America.

    April 11, 2012 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  22. Dr Knowitall

    What was that Richard Pryor Movie " Vote "None of the Above"

    April 11, 2012 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  23. NotFooledByDistractions

    Romney can run, but he can't hide – he can shake that etch-a-sketch, but it won't change a thing. The only consistency in Romneys campaign to date is his shameless lying. Video doesn't lie. His campaign is funded by a handful of the wealthiest, and his campaign is run predominantly by bush admin left-overs. You honestly think he's not going to go back to bush admin policies on steroids? You think he's going to be interested in helping the working class that he knows nothing about? Conservatism these days is regressivism – in the global economy we can't afford republican "leadership."

    April 11, 2012 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  24. 32mMD

    Instead of instilling fear in Americans, why doesn't the Obama campaign talk about its accomplishments? Oh wait, it doesn't have any.

    April 11, 2012 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  25. ART

    Beleive me I definately will remember all the crazy things Romney has done and said and will continue to say and least we forget Obama 2012

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