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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  1. Fair is Fair

    "The stimulas money gave funds to local and state goverment to save police, fire, teachers...jobs. "
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    What's going to happen to those police, fire, teachers... now that the "stimulas" [sic] is gone?

    April 11, 2012 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  2. SlowGun

    @ahswayah

    expect us to hold Obama accountable for his failed record

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    Why would you start holding people accountable for their failed records. The GOP policies fail and put our country in it's worse economic shape since they great depression, yet you don't hold them accountable for it...in fact it sounds like your going to vote for them and the same policy that fail, which you don't hold them accountable for...

    April 11, 2012 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  3. ReallY!!?

    R we better off than we were 4yrs ago. Hell NO!!!
    Obama inherited $1.80/gall gas. It is now $4.00/gallon. No fanfare fr the likes of Pelosi, Obama, Ried, and the other Dems that said that GWB & Cheney were oil men & that's why gas prices r up back in 2008. Where is the outcry for the poor who cannot afford these horrific prices & having to make decision of whether to eat or put gas in their cars?
    Obama inherited $9Trillion debt and spent more than all presidents combined. No peep about the deficit like we heard fr the Dems back in 2007/2008. He has spent our children and grandchildren taxes. They are going to be left with the burden and no matter how much u taxk the rich you will never be able to pay it off at the current spending levels of this govt.

    April 11, 2012 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  4. Fair is Fair

    These comments are hilarious. All of the sudden, Obama is running against GWB for the second consecutive election, even though he's never had him as an opponent. That's what you get when you don't have a positive record to run on.

    April 11, 2012 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  5. ReallY!!?

    Can your college kids find a job? No. When the Dems with Obama took over Congress in 2007 the economy started tanking. No one mentions this. Bush got all the blame. Well it is time to do the same for this president.
    Price on food in 2008/now. Prices on every food item had gone up on average of over 50% since Obama has been in office. The poverty rate has gone up and more people are on food stamps or some form of govt assistance now than in 2008. Those are facts one can research.
    Housing markets made worse under this president and no end in sight. More people are underemployed or gave up looking for work.
    No we are certainly not better off at all!!!! Yet the media don't talk about the high gas prices, high unemployment, depressed housing market and how expensive things are nowadays and more importantly any real solutions. All u hear is tax the rich and it's the rich fault u don't have a job, education, etc. We went fr a society of "give me liberty" to gimmie, gimmie my Obama freeness!!

    April 11, 2012 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  6. FollowMe

    Obama didn't inherit anything! He asked for it. He made promises he hasn't kept, steered the country into socialist ideology (which unfortunately many have bought in to), and has sunk the country so into debt that his followers are so dizzy they can't see straight anymore. Just like the demos voted him in in 2008 because they didn't want another republican (no matter who it was) so will the republicans turn to Romney. Obama has already lost many of those who voted for him because they felt we needed a change, but the changes that he's made have sunk all of us so into the mud that we're ready for another change. Except this time, I doubt you'll hear Romney spend four years blaming Obama.

    April 11, 2012 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  7. Gnarlycyde

    Mr. O, divider in cheif, has only a record of failure to go on. It is certain that the only tools left to him and those that follow him and is the path of critisism and blame. These floks cannot even do a budget and are going to continue the dividing of the American people and blame others instead of taking responsibillity for anything. Let's look at the record, the persons that have been appointed, the bad decisions and lack of real leadership. The best thing Mr. O has done in his wait and lead from behind on everything process is to use Mr. Romney's idea to try to get health care for all people. Of course he never really did any due dilligence on this. This fact /issue alone makes Romney strong. Unfortunaetly, when you are only using others ideas and do not have the right people around you to not really do the due diligence and the detail required, what do you get? Nothing, but a preacher wrapped in politicians clothes.

    April 11, 2012 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  8. Catmandew

    Are people kiddin Obama has failed at every turn

    April 11, 2012 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  9. phoenix86

    Coming from the far left fringe groups that Obama belongs to, everyone appears ultra conservative to him. Obama is a loser and the US cannot afford 4 more years of a loser.

    April 11, 2012 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  10. Rudy NYC

    Fair is Fair wrote on page 5:

    If I had a dollar for every time Rudy blames Fox News for the indefensible, I'd have tons of dollars. Booga booga booga Fox News.
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    You're right. You have no defense against actual facts and the truth.

    April 11, 2012 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  11. SlowGun

    phoenix86

    Coming from the far left fringe groups that Obama belongs to, everyone appears ultra conservative to him. Obama is a loser and the US cannot afford 4 more years of a loser.

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    Yea!!! so lets give the country back to the folks that create the freaking mess to begin with...thats the ticket!

    April 11, 2012 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  12. Sniffit

    "Can your college kids find a job? No. When the Dems with Obama took over Congress in 2007 the economy started tanking. No one mentions this."

    That's because it is patently absurd to claim that "the economy started tanking" (or even getting better) simply because one party or the other took over Congress. The problems that led up to the economy's collapse were long-standing and put in place largely by Bush and the Republicans BEFORE the Dems took Congress in 2007. What's so hard to understand about that? Moreover, the GOP and Bush set records during 2007 and 2008 for filibustering and vetoing almost every single thing the Dems tried to do (records they have since broken), so it's completely ridiculous to claim that the Dems taking over Congress in 2007 is somehow what caused the economy to tank. That whole line of argument is broken thinking.

    April 11, 2012 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  13. immy

    I kinda hope romney wins that way he crashes the country and we go bankrupt and have to dismiss the government and reelect on that gives us real reform. Reform of health care of the markets of the taxes everything. And maybe that kinda crisis would prove as a lesson to future governments... stop the political infighting an focus on the people you are elected to represent... not the special interest groups that pay you thousands of dollars.

    April 11, 2012 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  14. SlowGun

    What's going to happen to those police, fire, teachers... now that the "stimulas" [sic] is gone?
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    Classic example of not knowing what you're talking about. it isn't gone...most of it hasn't even been distributed yet.
    Find a better source of information than FOX New and Rush

    April 11, 2012 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  15. gg

    want gas prices to go down quit exporting it faster than you can drill for it

    April 11, 2012 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  16. citizenJP

    Ms. Saul says: "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.”

    1. If the Romney team does the math correctly, they will find that unemployment is significantly down from where it was at its peak and the country is saved from the dramatic unemployment trend caused by President Bush and the policies that Mr. Romney supports.

    2. I want to remind Ms. Saul that during Mr. Bush's era, the middle class income went down drastically (do proper research). Thanks to President Obama, the middle class has more in their pocket through less social security deduction, more than doubled stock market, and other incentives. It is time that the rich paid their fair share in taxes. They are the only ones whose income has sky rocketed when the middle class was loosing its pants. Mr. Romney's policies only help the rich.

    3. Gas prices are through the roof and and they were even higher during Mr. Bush's time. Gas pricing does not seem to have a good correlation with partisan politics. However, I am confident that with Mr. Obama's energy policy the prices are ultimately going to come down because more of the gasoline power will be replaced by low cost renewable alternatives. I say strip the oil merchants off the subsidies and offer those to those who are going after cleaner energy.

    So basically Ms. Saul and the Romney team are wrong 3 out of 3. This is pathetic!

    April 11, 2012 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  17. Sniffit

    "Except this time, I doubt you'll hear Romney spend four years blaming Obama."

    Actually, despite all the data, historical record and evidence showing where the economic problems Obama inherited came from, Mittens is busy RIGHT NOW trying to blame it all on Obama. We don't have to wait for the Changeling to spend "four years blaming Obama"...HE'S DOING IT RIGHT NOW DESPITE THE FACTS THAT SHOW HE'S WRONG.

    April 11, 2012 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  18. The Real Truth and Nothing But the The Real Truth

    SlowGun – The stimulas money gave funds to local and state goverment to save police, fire, teachers...jobs.
    =======================================================================================
    PRECISELY my point! Thank you for making my point as well. Obama and the Democrats saved their union backers jobs FOR A YEAR. The cost of all those people was NOT the responsibility of the federal but the STATE and LOCAL government. So when the money ran out, the states and local governments had to accept reality and cut back. End result only delayed and billions lost in the process.

    Obama and the Democrats think they can manipulate the economy like they manipulate people. But they cannot create their own rules and eventually REALITY sets back in. Obama's policies have only made the problems last longer, for more people. The cost to the country and the many people he has kept unemployed ha sbeen tremendous and it must be STOPPED. November 2012 is when that will happen.

    April 11, 2012 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  19. American

    Gnarlycyde,
    Then, why is Romney running away from his idea, lying as though he never said / wrote something when in fact Romney called for the same national mandate? Not to mention, his numerous other flip-flops.

    April 11, 2012 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  20. Mitt ain't it

    "Unfortunaetly, when you are only using others ideas and do not have the right people around you to not really do the due diligence and the detail required, what do you get? Nothing, but a preacher wrapped in politicians clothes."

    The "preacher" fits Mitt to a T, don't you think? He is, after all, a Bishop. And, going one step further down your "using others ideas road", I will include former President Bush's economic advisers. They are, after all, Mitt's advisers too. A bit overwhelming when one considers these fools still haven't been able to explain what went wrong during the Bush years, yet want to reenact to a T the same policies they gave Bush.

    April 11, 2012 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  21. Rudy NYC

    Fair is Fair wrote on page 6:

    "The stimulas money gave funds to local and state goverment to save police, fire, teachers...jobs. "

    What's going to happen to those police, fire, teachers... now that the "stimulas" [sic] is gone?
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    You cut taxes for corporations. You cut taxes for the job creators. Then you cut your state education budgets, and assistance to cities, towns and villages run by Democrats so that they can be the ones to do the actual dirty work of laying them off.

    April 11, 2012 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  22. Four and The Door

    SlowGun
    ...Why would you start holding people accountable for their failed records. The GOP policies fail and put our country in it's worse economic shape since they great depression, yet you don't hold them accountable for it...in fact it sounds like your going to vote for them and the same policy that fail, which you don't hold them accountable for...
    _____________________________________________________________________________________________
    The American economic problems were rooted in Barney Frank's Fannie Mae and Freddy Mac liberal housing policies. He was a Democrat. In fact, he admitted these mistakes later in an interview:

    "I hope by next year we'll have abolished Fannie and Freddie," he said. Remarkable. And he went on to say that "it was a great mistake to push lower-income people into housing they couldn't afford and couldn't really handle once they had it." He then added, "I had been too sanguine about Fannie and Freddie."

    But Obama continues to throw federal tax dollars at housing. That's his politonomics giving predictable results.

    Romney/ Ryan 2012

    April 11, 2012 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  23. Jerry

    Sure, since Mr. Divisive-in-Chief has NO REAL record to run on, my fellow misguided Democrats have no choice but to resort to attack ads. Mr. Romney, PLEASE stay on the high road.

    Wow! I never dreamed that as a life-long Democrat I would be posting a message like this one. However, my beloved Democratic party has been highjacked by Mr. Obama and his spiked Kool Aid drinking zealots.

    America, WE SHAL OVERCOME!!!

    April 11, 2012 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  24. Sniffit

    "What's going to happen to those police, fire, teachers... now that the "stimulas" [sic] is gone?"

    More federal money. State and municipal governments around the country are financially incapable of running themselves without major help from the federal government. Fact. And before you start spouting some nonsnse trying to blame it on liberals, just look at red states like MIssissippi and other holdfasts of conservative 'thinking" and the fact that those states receive more federal tax money back than their citizens pay into the pot.

    April 11, 2012 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  25. John

    Mr. Romney is NOT Presidential material. Mr. Obama is. Period.

    April 11, 2012 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
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