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

    Four and the Door – You know the difference between 'to prove' and 'to affirm', right? Paul Ryan did not 'proved' anything, he merely made an affirmation/declaration/statement.
    Besides, Rudy's affirmation was 'Those are the exact policies that Republicans have advocated.'
    'Advocated' as in 'they once said so and now they don't'. Which, per your own quote, seems to be right.

    April 11, 2012 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  2. CaliforniaBC

    This is precisely what Obama and the Democrats need to do. Use Romney's own words against him. His shift to the Right is WELL documented and he should be reminded of everything he said as he tries to fool voters when tries to shift back to the middle.

    HE made the mistake of shifting to the fringe right-wing JUST to get the nomination. Now he needs to be held accountable for it. Accountable for is constant fli-flopping on everything and how, if elected, he would simply be a rubber stamp president.

    April 11, 2012 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  3. Ceasar

    We have a taste of our affimative action president. The country may never recover. The guy could only get into occidental college but then harvard which this guy who takes credit and brags about everything will not release his transcripts ever wonder why?

    April 11, 2012 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  4. Taran

    @Truth, Four and Fair, spot on as usual. It is entertaining watching the victim enablers try to argue with facts. That is what community organizers do right, create victims? "If it wasn't for so-and-so, you would have a better life." Replace so-and-so with whatever organization that is being attacked at the moment.

    April 11, 2012 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  5. marcia

    I'm still trying to figure out why anyone would re-elect St. Obama! What has he done for this country??? The man is a failure...abject failure

    April 11, 2012 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  6. Dolly348

    I pray that Americans do not buy into Romney's for the mere fact that he supports a budget that gives the rich a tax break. He would support that tax break by cutting medi-cal, and programs for the poor. In addition, many Americans have shared in the burden of this economy, such as, firefighters, law enforcement, and school teachers that has been laid off from work and higher tuition for many college students. So, why would the rich be excluded from sharing in the burden of helping to recovery our economy by receiving a tax break? It does not make sense. Also, do the math.

    April 11, 2012 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  7. AL In Palm Beach County, FL


    I didn't see you worry much about W. criminal records which were sealed. and never released EVER.

    April 11, 2012 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  8. The Real Truth and Nothing But the The Real Truth

    “The fact that we are here today to debate raising America’s debt limit is a sign of leadership failure,” he said. “It is a sign that the U.S. Government can’t pay its own bills. It is a sign that we now depend on ongoing financial assistance from foreign countries to finance our Government’s reckless fiscal policies. … Leadership means that ‘the buck stops here.’ Instead, Washington is shifting the burden of bad choices today onto the backs of our children and grandchildren. America has a debt and a failure of leadership. Americans deserve better. I therefore intend to oppose the effort to increase America’s debt limit.”
    Quote - Barack Hussein Obama
    Obama was right when he said this, and now. Except HE is the FAILING LEADER.

    By his own words Obama has financed "Government’s reckless fiscal policies" with borrowing.

    By his own words Obama has shifted "the burden of bad choices today onto the backs of our children and grandchildren".

    By his own words Obama admits the failure is his.... "Leadership means that ‘the buck stops here"

    By his own words Obama admits "Americans deserve better".

    And they shall get better leadership in November, 2012 and his name is Romney.

    April 11, 2012 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  9. marcia

    You know...Dolly348 is right! Instead of giving a tax break to the rich, I would much rather bail out the millionaires and billionaires on Wall Street with my tax dollars! Nothing gives me greater pride in my president than giving my tax dollars to a bunch of criminals!

    April 11, 2012 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  10. Marley

    Looks like Team Mormon is trying to pin the Bush/GOP job losses on Obama! LOL

    Bush/GOP lost 8M+ jobs. Obama has 2.5+ years of straight private sector jobs growth.

    April 11, 2012 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  11. AL In Palm Beach County, FL

    As an American, I have had a taste of another President trying to gain DADDY'S approval...that led to:

    One HUGE deficit.
    TWO unfunded wars.
    MASSIVE lay-offs.
    5,000 young men and women dead.
    Undercover CIA agents ousted.
    MASSIVE GROWTH in Govt -> Department Homeland Security

    Why, oh Why would I want to elect another guy who wants to be president because of DADDY?

    April 11, 2012 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  12. Captain Obvious

    Hope and change has been a monumental failure. Like Romney or not, Obama has failed to deliver on the vast majority of his promises. Time to go, Mr. O.

    April 11, 2012 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  13. marcia

    Yeah, that job sector growth is just mighty fine! Great unemployment rate too! And, how about those Wall Street bailouts! OH BOY!!!!

    April 11, 2012 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  14. Heath

    Deception and pandering are, to a degree at least, inherent and inevitable in politics. When a candidate is as blatantly transparent as Romney, however– a man who will say whatever he has to, to please whatever herd of sheep he's talking to –the situation is beyond politics as usual, it is beyond insulting, even beyond reprehensible. It is frightening to think that millions of citizens would be so gullible and uninformed/misinformed to take the risk of putting someone like Romney in the White House to begin with. That's like voting to put a beauty pageant queen in the cockpit of your 777.

    April 11, 2012 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  15. Captain Obvious

    Who else is looking fwd to the DNC spending the next 7 months blaming Bush for Obama not getting the country back on track? I told every single one of my Democrat friends that the best hope for this country was the current Secretary of State. Instead, they rallied behind a used car salesman.

    April 11, 2012 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  16. Tanja

    Ceasar...What the country is trying to recover from is a combination of Bush administration, Wall Street and Corporate GREED that colapsed our financial sytem and caused wide-spread unemployment in the middle-class, which in turn caused millions of newly unemployed/under-employed Americans to default on their homeloans sending the housing market into a nosedive and causing further layoffs.

    Btw...where are all of the jobs republicans running for congress/senate in 2010 promised to create??? Not 1 jobs bill was created in congress since 2010.... WTH???!!!

    Get your facts together!

    April 11, 2012 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  17. Dolly348


    Please talk facts that is the problem in our society, people have a tendency of not speaking the truth or really addressing the issue. Simply, Romney is an extremely flawed candidate. He is the king of flip flop filippity flopper. He supports a budget that gives the rich a tax break during a period of economical recovery. In addition, to support that tax break for the rich, he would cut medi-cal and other programs for the poor. It is time that the rich share in some of this responsibility. Many of our teacher’s, firefighters, and law enforcement have been laid off from work and college students are paying higher tuition because of the economy. The Republican Party wants to reward the rich by a tax break. Are you kidding me? The rich needs to pay their fair share and share in some of the responsibility in recovering our economy for all Americans.

    April 11, 2012 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  18. Heath


    What he's done is put the brakes on a Republican vehicle that was wheels-off out of control. Go back to the savings and loan fiasco– even farther back than that– and you'll begin to get an idea of the disaster W and his ilk set the table for. But if you buy into Romney's tripe, buy and read Machiovelli's "The Prince" and learn why you are the kind of gullible chump politicians like him feed on by the millions. Idiot.

    April 11, 2012 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  19. julie

    so are all lof you flip flop voters for Romne much be part of the 1%......OR is it you just hate a black man in the WH...that you vote against your own interest for someone NOBODY can trust.....so of you are just PITIFUL!!

    Romney doesnot give a damn about ANY of you just like in 2010 Rupubs got in on JOBS and more JOBS the only jobs created have been by the President.............DO yoiu really think Romney has a chance of the WH.keep dreaming

    April 11, 2012 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  20. frag

    Can't wait for the debate! 'Ol Flipper is really going to get his little b%^tt kicked.

    April 11, 2012 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  21. Thomas

    Here comes Latter Day Bush !

    April 11, 2012 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  22. pm ohio

    Captain Obvious

    Hope and change has been a monumental failure. Like Romney or not, Obama has failed to deliver on the vast majority of his promises. Time to go, Mr. O.

    The only reason Obama hasn't accomplished more is due to the Party of No and the Tea Baggers....they are obstructionists and almost caused the US to go into default by thier political games. Just try to figure out what Flipper's agenda is...we can't even predict what he is going to do because we don't know which etch-a-sketch is going to get out of bed in the morning.

    April 11, 2012 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  23. marcia

    Captain Obvious...thank you for your sane words! You are absolutely correct. What I am wondering is how long the blame game is going to go on! If Obamy gets re-elected are we still going to blame his monstrous failures on George Bush???

    April 11, 2012 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  24. julie

    32mMD......................he has way more you your man BUSH........go to you tube you will see his accomplishments

    but if you just hate a person of color in the WH.........get usesd to it 4 more years ...Romney can try yet agai nin 2016 no i mean 2020 after HIllary of course........hahaaha Romney as President the I ove the trees and corps R people too

    you repubs are so out of touch.....chumps

    April 11, 2012 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  25. Rudy NYC

    Taran wrote:

    @Truth, Four and Fair, spot on as usual. It is entertaining watching the victim enablers try to argue with facts. That is what community organizers do right, create victims? "If it wasn't for so-and-so, you would have a better life." Replace so-and-so with whatever organization that is being attacked at the moment.
    Ever wonder why Truth, Four and Fair do not come to your defense? You are indefensible. Your transparent effort at projecting quotes onto others is pathetic. Let's look at what Mitt Romney, Republicans and conservatives are saying.

    "If it wasn't for Obama, the economy would be better. He's made things worse."
    "Repeal and Replace Obamacare."
    "This is an attack on Religion."

    April 11, 2012 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
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