Obama campaign: Romney's greatest hits
April 11th, 2012
09:00 AM ET
3 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. Captain Obvious

    All the proof I need to know Obama has to go:

    I just sat in a conference room full of fellow attorneys all of whom made about 2/3 – 3/4 of what we'd have been expected to make per year prior to the economic downturn. In fact I made less this year than last year, and averaged less the last two years than I made in the first year of the downturn, with only moderate expectations of getting back to the earnings track I had been on prior to the downturn. Hope and change FAIL.

    Enough. I'm no fan of Romney, but America got taken by this used car salesman of a President. As slick and skeevy as Bill Clinton could be, at least he occasionally delivered on promises and left this country in decent shape. I know the Dems will say "But Buuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuush!!!!!!"...sorry, but you've had four years to even make reasonable gains on reversing the downturn. I don't know a single person whose personal financial position has been improved by the current President. I guess I don't travel enough in welfare circles?

    April 11, 2012 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  2. Four and The Door

    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!!
    ____________________________________________________________________________________________
    Nope. Not part of the 1%. Just looking for responsible management of the federal government after 3 years of amateur hour and political games. There are a lot of Americans though, that are worse off than me and I don't think they want to sit through another 4 years of excuses about why the economy isn't helping their lives. We can do better.

    Romney/ Ryan 2012

    April 11, 2012 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  3. DDTM

    Funny how politics work. When Obama ran, he said he would have a transparent government. I guess he proved that behind closed doors, slamming Obamacare to us. I can't believe anyone can sit back and think the economy is good, life is good, jobs are good, and then want to vote the same in again? Blaming Bush is so easy to do, but just wait for the blame game to begin in another couple of years. I wonder then if the Democrats will become the new party of NO!

    April 11, 2012 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  4. ted

    Bush trashed the economy and spent one trillion dollars on wars we couldn't afford. Obama has done everything possible to bring the economy back up and get us out of the stupid wars THAT REPUBLICANS CAUSED and the REPUBLICANS HAVE OBSTRUCTED EVERYTHING THEY CAN. We need to have four more years of Obama to continue the healing from the Bush era raping and pillaging the world and the US.

    April 11, 2012 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  5. Captain Obvious

    "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???"

    Until he's out of office either by the will of the American people this November or from term limits in 2016. Oh wait, then we'll have to wait a year or two thereafter for the Obama Memoirs, which inevitably will place every failure of this Presidency flatly on Bush. Complete intellectual bankruptcy, thy name is Obama.

    April 11, 2012 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  6. pm ohio

    The GOP always loves war. Since they are not able to actually start a conventional war, they decided to start a war on WOMEN instead. If you are female, please don't vote for the Party of Rich White Men (GOP). Contraceptives now, then abortion, then pre-natal care, then who knows what else they will take away. Education? Property rights? How far backwards are American women going to allow these white men to take you backwards?

    April 11, 2012 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  7. Rudy NYC

    pm ohio wrote on page 8:
    "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
    -----------
    Don't let yourself get drawn into straw man arguments based upon half truths and lies. Opinions are not facts. Repeating their misleading opinions often enough convinces some people that they are facts because you try to refute and debunk the opinions as if they were indeed factual.

    April 11, 2012 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  8. Charlotte

    Except of course that the Romneybots' claim that Obama has such a horrible job creation record is directly opposite of the facts. But then most of what they, and Mittens, come up with is in fact directly opposite to the truth. And then they change it every time they are addressing a different constituency. Anyone who trusts that guy and votes for him is a lunatic. Greedy Old Panderer.

    April 11, 2012 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  9. Dolly348

    Hello,

    The Real Truth and Nothing But the The Real Truth

    Please state some facts because the debt limit started with Bush. Obama is only trying to clean-up his mess. It is the former President Bush that put America in war that was not necessary and it cost billions. However, President Obama has been very successful in keep America from another severe 1929 depression. If you speak to a true economist the process that Obama has taken to keep this country going was the correct way. You should have watch 60 this past Sunday. Giving the rich a tax break is not the answer. How does a tax break for the rich make sense v.a lay of firefighters, law enforcement, and teachers and higher tuition for students? Lets be real! Are you kidding me? It is about what is right and not feelings.

    April 11, 2012 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  10. happyandmissy

    Just wondering where you're getting your information Cap'n. Maybe you need a new stockbroker.

    April 11, 2012 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  11. Captain Obvious

    "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"

    What the...I don't even know where to begin tearing that gibberish to shreds.

    April 11, 2012 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  12. Peter

    "Mitt Romney is running to get Americans back to work and the country back on track.”

    I just hit myself in the forehead. Of course! THAT'S the solution! Get Americans back to work and the country back on track!

    Man, what are we waiting for?

    Let's elect this guy! You heard him. He's going to get Americans back to work and the country back on track!

    April 11, 2012 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  13. Tom

    For those democrats who want another four years for Obama:

    If you hated Bush's policies so much, why will you vote for the man who has continued the majority of them?

    Bush Tax Cuts? check
    War in Afghanistan? check
    Stimulus? check
    Bailouts? check
    Government power grabs? check
    Reckless spending? check
    Increased defense spending? check
    Debt limit increases? check
    Handouts to political allies? check
    Gitmo still open? check

    And Obama has piled his own spending on that of the previous Administration. Was that the hope and change you wanted? Do you think we can really afford four more years of Bush / Obama?

    April 11, 2012 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  14. julie

    the Repubs know the Prez is going to win again.......Y do you think the repub governors are bringing back Jim Crow my badd I mean the NEW Jim Crow..to cheat so their man can win its the only way....but even voters are fighting THAT

    HOT DAMN its going to be a good damn summer can't WAIT TIL the debates.....obama will CLEAN UP the FLOOR with MItt
    he will eat him alive and spit him OUT>>>>WAIT TIL WILLARD's record is out for all to see

    OBAMA 2012 ** the only way forward**

    April 11, 2012 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  15. 4 More Years!!!

    HA! Mittens will have no chance without his Etch A Sketch!!!

    April 11, 2012 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  16. WhereIsPalin

    Romney can't be elected UNLESS he moves to the middle to capture the independents.
    Romney can't be elected IF he moves to the middle to capture the independents.

    RIP GOP.

    April 11, 2012 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  17. Rudy NYC

    Captain Obvious wrote on page 9:

    All the proof I need to know Obama has to go:

    I just sat in a conference room full of fellow attorneys all of whom made about 2/3 – 3/4 of what we'd have been expected to make per year prior to the economic downturn. In fact I made less this year than last year, and averaged less the last two years than I made in the first year of the downturn, with only moderate expectations of getting back to the earnings track I had been on prior to the downturn. Hope and change FAIL.
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    This one is completely self-checked. It is a complete confession and admission of self serving greed. Not even the avatar name could be a more perfect fit to make the point, Captain Obvious. If you want to know what OWS is so upset about, then please let people read this.

    April 11, 2012 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  18. nolimits3333

    Romney was required to file a financial disclosure form, less detailed than taxes, when he filed for president. In fact, he argued that he should have to release his taxes because the disclosure form showed everything important. But 23 different investment funds shown on his taxes did not appear on his disclosure form - and 11 of those are in those overseas, secret banking centers. That's a sign of what he's embarrassed to reveal - and it's also a felony, if the government can prove it was deliberate and not just a sloppy oversight.

    The biggest concern is Romney's Swiss bank account, one of the items not on his financial disclosure. Mitt had it from 2003 to 2010, when his adviser shut it down. He closed it in the middle of an amnesty that the IRS had declared for owners of previously unreported Swiss bank accounts - if they came clean, they would not face criminal prosecution for not reporting it in previous years (which was illegal – plus most weren't paying taxes on that money). Was the sudden shutdown of Romney's secret Swiss bank account part of this amnesty program? We can't know unless and until he releases prior returns, like his dad who released 12 years of prior returns. And Mitt is still fiercely refusing to do so.

    April 11, 2012 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  19. LJTurner

    Captain Obvious, did it ever occur to you that the Republicans in the House have blocked anything and everything they can to get the economy rolling again because their number 1 stated concern is to win back the White House and to hell with the American people? As an attorney, what happened to your brains ability to collect ALL the facts before coming to a reasonable conclusion?

    April 11, 2012 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  20. Captain Obvious

    "Tom
    For those democrats who want another four years for Obama:
    If you hated Bush's policies so much, why will you vote for the man who has continued the majority of them?
    Bush Tax Cuts? check
    War in Afghanistan? check
    Stimulus? check
    Bailouts? check
    Government power grabs? check
    Reckless spending? check
    Increased defense spending? check
    Debt limit increases? check
    Handouts to political allies? check
    Gitmo still open? check
    And Obama has piled his own spending on that of the previous Administration. Was that the hope and change you wanted? Do you think we can really afford four more years of Bush / Obama?"

    Mett the new boss; same as the old boss:
    Obamush: 12 years and counting of dragging this nation down.

    Say what you will about the RNC, but at least their agendas and positions are clear on their face. Obama has been the biggest shyster going.

    April 11, 2012 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  21. The REAL Truth.. (not the imposter)

    To those of you who support Obama: You are wasting your time providing the trolls with facts. Look at the brainwashed verbiage used in many of these comments. It's opinion. It's rhetoric. For every action there is an opposite an equal reaction. Cause and effect. Much of the cause of our current fiscal situation (econmy) is due the failures of 8 yrs of the Bush administration. FACT. It takes times to step back from the brink of financial disaster.

    For every plus mark in the Obama column, the haters will find some way to negate it and focus on some inane reason.

    April 11, 2012 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  22. Rudy NYC

    DDTM wrote:

    Funny how politics work. When Obama ran, he said he would have a transparent government. I guess he proved that behind closed doors, slamming Obamacare to us. ...........
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    Democrats did not "slam" anything down Republican throats. In June of 2009, The Stimulus was passed and initial allocations were made. Democrats turned their attention to the number one expense facing the government and families; health care. All leading Republicans in Congress were unified in their words, "We will not participate in the destruction of America." And so, Republicans pretty much boycoted all of the committee meetings related to health care.

    For months and months, Republicans fought the legislation privately, while complaining about being left out of the oop publicly. When the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act was released, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi held a press conference, at which she made a now infamouse quote.

    When asked by a conservative reporter, "Republicans say Democrats wrote the bill without them behind closed doors. What is in the bill?" Speaker Pelosi cynically replied, "They have to pass it to find out what's inside of it."

    April 11, 2012 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  23. 1nd3p3nd3nt

    obama is going to smash romney.
    romney = romney care
    the debates will be interesting, i'm hoping for a good showing, but it seems like obama will trounce romney in a debate.
    worst economic crisis since the great depression, and we managed to tread water while most of the world is all sorts of messed up. Look at europe and the economic chaos there, look at china and the slowing demand, and then look at america.

    obama is far from perfect, but he's better than romney. We can't fire a bunch of american workers and then sell the country for a profit, not sure how mitt plans to help us out. Companies are sitting on more money than they ever have, lower tax rates won't get them to spend it any faster. If anything, i'd like to see companies pay a fee if they're not headquarter'd here in the US to have access to our awesome consumer spending power.

    good luck republican party, u're going to need it

    April 11, 2012 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  24. Rogue351

    Let’s not forget the cost of fuel under the last republican president ! Lets also not forget that it was the last republican president that started the "bail out" in the first place. The very same republican administration that allowed wall street and the banks to expand the housing bubble which in turn led to the current economic situation in this country. Lets also not forget the two wars our last republican administration involved our country in. Which I would like to add is the same republican administration that forgot about and no long pursued the number one terrorist in the world. And all you right wing nut jobs want to go back to that ? In addition to cutting the one thing that Americans need more than anything, healthcare ?

    April 11, 2012 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  25. Dave

    Think about the $4 trillion of debt increased over the past few years. Then, read this: “The fact that we are here today to debate raising America 's debt limit is a sign of leadership failure. It is a sign that the US Government cannot 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. Increasing America 's debt weakens us domestically and internationally. 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 problem and a failure of leadership. Americans deserve better.” ~ Senator Barack H. Obama, March 2006

    April 11, 2012 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
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