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. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Gas in Ft. Myers is under $3.90. During the last summer of the Bush/republican experiment, it was $4.15.

    April 11, 2012 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  2. Republican who supports President Obama

    Fantastic. Call him out for every comment. The man will have to do some serious gymnatics to show what he actually stands for. The man will say anything to get into the White House so he can help his buddies make more money and also raid our economy for his own benefit.

    April 11, 2012 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  3. vic , nashville ,tn

    I am not that rich to vote for Mitt Romney

    April 11, 2012 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  4. v_mag

    @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.
    -
    Your got it in one. ROMNEY = BUSH! He's endorsed by the Bush crime family, he hasn't distanced himself from Bush policies (he even wants a new useless war with Iran), and he will follow the policies of Bush that, as we all know, inflated the deficit, multiplied the national debt, and strangled the economy. Why would Obama even bother defending his record? It's so much better than Bush/Rom-money's record that there is no reason to do anything other than point out the obvious: Rom-money would be another George W. Bush!

    If Rom-money is any different from Bush, it is probably that he will be even more aggressive in shoveling money to the 1%ers and driving us into a complete economic collapse.

    April 11, 2012 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  5. John

    You can keep up the lies and misinformation about President Obama wanting to destroy the country and take our guns away. My life has improved since Bush left office – my wife now has health insurance, we are saving money again, and I can even get my bathroom re-modeled this spring. MY ECONOMY is better. Then again, I'm not some rich idiot who is afraid of being less rich. Romney made his money by taking over companies, firing people, and sending jobs over-seas for Profit.
    Nice Swiss bank account ya got Mitt – Shows what a Patriot you are.

    April 11, 2012 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  6. Fair is Fair

    SlowGun

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

    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
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    Not at all, Slow man. My source of information is recovery.gov, the website established by the Obama administration for the tracking of funds used for the stimulus. According to the Obama administration's website, $750.4 Billion of the $800 Billion stimulus has been paid out.

    Just like Rudy... Booga booga booga Fox News...

    April 11, 2012 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  7. Mitt ain't it

    "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."

    Dems aren't running against Bush as much as they are running against the same Bush policy ideology which Romney has now endorsed and is running on. Can't say that I blame Obama for reminding everyone how disastrous Republican policies have been over the years for many millions of Americans. I do understand the unwillingness for Republicans accept they were also responsible for Bush Derangement Syndrome - or whatever the hell it is you were trying to suggest in your previous post.

    April 11, 2012 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  8. Marcus

    Four and the Door – So, instead of coming with a fact or a data or a research or anything like that in order to prove your point, or that Rudy was wrong, you quote Paul Ryan and expects that this is enough?
    Really?
    And what was Bernanke's answer to that Ryan's affirmation?

    April 11, 2012 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  9. Fair is Fair

    "More federal money. State and municipal governments around the country are financially incapable of running themselves without major help from the federal government. Fact."
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    Really, Sniffit? Given federal $1.5 Trillion deficits as far as the eye can see, I'd say that State and Municipal governments are doing FAR better than the federal government.

    April 11, 2012 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  10. Four and The Door

    Marcus
    Four and the Door – So, instead of coming with a fact or a data or a research or anything like that in order to prove your point, or that Rudy was wrong, you quote Paul Ryan and expects that this is enough?
    _______________________________________________________________________________________________
    Yes. His contention was that zero interest rates were a Republican policy. Paul Ryan's quote proved it is not.

    April 11, 2012 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  11. The Film Professor

    Bush was quoted today as saying that what he missed most about being President was "not having to stop at the stop lights." Ah, we miss u too W! You were so wonderful for the country, and your policies worked so well. Tax Cuts for the Rich, going to wars that you didn't want to pay for, turning a huge surplus into a roaring deficit, even as your Wall Street buddies brought the economy down while they got first rich and then bailed out. And now we have Mittens as the nominee, to continue the Theater of the Absurd. I hope the Democratic ad had the famous "I like Cheesy Grits" comment; that is the most hilariously awful example of political pandering I've seen since Dukakis rode around in the tank that day back in 1988.

    April 11, 2012 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  12. Dominican mama 4 Obama (the real one)

    This may be the funniest comment I've ever read
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    DC Johnny you should proof-read yours for although they're not ha-ha funny, they are "funny" in the way that living in a state of constant delusion would be. I guess.

    April 11, 2012 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  13. Sniffit

    "@So-sad: Thanks for the non-sequitor nonsense. But you are wrong, and should do some homework before you post nonsense again."

    Here's two things you need to understand what is happening over the next few weeks as suddenly there seems to be this giant new outcry from liberals a-hatin' on Mormons. You can

    1. Changeling has a very VERY big problem with the fundamentalist/evangelical christian conservatives that form a core part of the GOP/Teatroll base. As he tries to look more moderate to lure independents, it will not help this problem, so he needs something that might help neutralize it in a way.

    2. Astroturfing exists. Astroturfing to create a false impression that "liberals are all attacking me because I'm a Mormon," gives Changeling (he hopes) the ability to play the vicitim card, accuse liberals/Dems of doing something that might alienate independents away from Obama and towards Changeling, gloss over the fact that the real problem for his campaign created by his religion comes from teh GOP itself, and perhaps recoup some of his built-in losses that are created by the christian right losing all enthusiasm and not bothering to vote.

    April 11, 2012 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  14. Rudy NYC

    Wire Palladin, S. F. wrote:

    Gas in Ft. Myers is under $3.90. During the last summer of the Bush/republican experiment, it was $4.15.
    ---------------
    That's almost as cheap as New Jersey. I paid $4.45 over the weekend and was paying $4.97 during the worst of Bush if I looked around hard enough.

    April 11, 2012 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  15. Sniffit

    Sorry, edit...left a sentence unfinished:

    "@So-sad: Thanks for the non-sequitor nonsense. But you are wrong, and should do some homework before you post nonsense again."

    Here's two things you need to understand what is happening over the next few weeks as suddenly there seems to be this giant new outcry from liberals a-hatin' on Mormons. You can rest assured that most liberals dislike him for a whole host of things, not because he's a Mormon, but I expect you will see more and more posts that try to paint the opposite picture.

    1. Changeling has a very VERY big problem with the fundamentalist/evangelical christian conservatives that form a core part of the GOP/Teatroll base. As he tries to look more moderate to lure independents, it will not help this problem, so he needs something that might help neutralize it in a way. In fact, this problem added to the problem with women voters is very much what is likely to kill his election bid in November.

    2. Astroturfing exists. Astroturfing to create a false impression that "liberals are all attacking me because I'm a Mormon," gives Changeling (he hopes) the ability to play the vicitim card, accuse liberals/Dems of doing something that might alienate independents away from Obama and towards Changeling, gloss over the fact that the real problem for his campaign created by his religion comes from teh GOP itself, and perhaps recoup some of his built-in losses that are created by the christian right losing all enthusiasm and not bothering to vote.

    April 11, 2012 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  16. Dominican mama 4 Obama (the real one)

    Last time we checked it looks like our President will be running against Magic Undies Mittens, Bush appears to be running against himself, and Reagan, alas, is dead.

    April 11, 2012 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  17. Anonymous

    "Then again, I'm not some rich idiot who is afraid of being less rich."

    Ann Romney is. She's just been quoted as saying she likes Hampton/Holiday Inns because they have free internet.

    April 11, 2012 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  18. BK

    Romney really set himself up for this sort of attack, and to be honest its true. Romney could do ~anything~ once elected; there is no way to predict what he actually intends to do. At least with Obama we know what he does and that it's never as bad as the tin-foil-hat extremists in the Republican party think.

    April 11, 2012 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  19. Linda

    It's beyond my comprehension why Romney would receive more than 1% of the votes in November. There is a very brash difference between the political parties and Obama cannot let up on defining the GOP's agenda to squash valuable programs while there is no sacrifice expected from the the 1% but more tax breaks. Obama/Biden 2012

    April 11, 2012 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  20. John in Colorado

    The disaster for the GOP is the improving economy. The bad economy that they left us with has actually gotten better and they had 8 years to screw it up royally from neglect and trickle-down policies. Obama has put it on a good path in less than 3. Vulture Mittens doesn't have a single original idea to make things better. Also the man has no core values. How could anybody trust someone like that to have their "finger on the button." I question why he wants to serve as President. I fear it is for his own personal enrichment, his ego and to re-institute a grand welfare program for his rich buddies and their corporate personhood. I am very concerned about his lack of financial transparency. We need to see his tax returns going back as far as they exist. We need to know if he received huge amounts of money from under-the-table payoffs from the Communist Chinese for shipping hundreds of thousands of American jobs to China. Perhaps this is the source of the money in the unnamed, numbered Swiss Account he held for years or the cash in the Cayman Islands. I don't mind Mittens being rich. Heck Americans admire the rich. My concern is that his money is ill-begotten.

    April 11, 2012 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  21. Liili

    Romney is SCARY!!! And the video speaks volumes.....

    OBAMA/BIDEN 2012

    April 11, 2012 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  22. Rudy NYC

    Four and The Door wrote:

    Yes. His contention was that zero interest rates were a Republican policy. Paul Ryan's quote proved it is not.
    --------------
    The only thing that it proved is that Republicans are against anything that the Obama administration does. The interest rate has remained virtually unchanged during Pres. Obama's entire term.

    I missed Ryan on this past Sunday's talk shows. There are also quotes out there from prominent economists and Republicans alike stating that raising the rates would trigger inflation and kill jobs. Ryan was just talking out of the side of his mouth. Yesterday Ryan said about his budget plan, "We are not cutting revenue. We are cutting rates." Same guy. He's nuts, and anyone who believes any of what he says is nuts, too.

    April 11, 2012 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  23. carlos

    the mittsy smiles and walks in a very funnnnnnnnny way......hehehehe

    April 11, 2012 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  24. Mitt ain't it

    "Gas in Ft. Myers is under $3.90. During the last summer of the Bush/republican experiment, it was $4.15."

    And just think how low the price of gas would be if the President of the United States - no matter who s/he is - had the authority to manipulate the prices. Especially in an election year. Sorry to say, but gas prices are a wasted argument all around politically and takes the blame off those most responsible: the oil barrons and speculators.

    April 11, 2012 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  25. Dolly348

    I know for Romney supporters the truth hurts. You have a flawed candidate that is very out-of-touch with the average American. He has much to hide. He refuses to release more than two years tax return. He refuses to show his true assets. He is unable to take a stand on significant issues. He is just another millionaire trying to preserve his own money at the expense of the poor and middles class. Give me a break!! In a time period when the economy needs to recover, he supports a budget that gives the rich a tax break. Americans care less about his wealth. However, we will never accept that the rich should be given a tax break and much needed programs for the elderly and poor are being taking away. It does not make sense. It does not matter if the tax break did not reduce the budget by one red penny. It is a matter of principle in that all Americans should share in the burden for an economical recovery, poor, middle class, and rich. There have been many individual in our society laid off from work because of the economy and the Republicans want to give the rich a tax break. Give me a break!! The Republican Party always make the same argument that the top 1% are the jobs creators. I would say, really. You have had this tax break for some time, so where are the jobs!!

    April 11, 2012 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
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