Romney takes jab at Obama campaign's new slogan
May 2nd, 2012
09:57 PM ET
3 years ago

Romney takes jab at Obama campaign's new slogan

(CNN) – Mitt Romney poked fun at President Barack Obama's new campaign slogan while speaking at a fundraiser on Wednesday.

Though he was attempting to mock the new motto, "Forward," which Team Obama rolled out in a video released Monday, Romney initially tripped up in trying to remember the word.

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"His new slogan is: Progress - no, forward. Forward! That's it. Progress would be better," Romney said, according to a pool reporter in the room. "I must use that one myself, actually."

In the video, the Obama campaign makes the argument that economic conditions are improving and the president's accomplishments were possible despite strong Republican resistance.

But Romney wasted no time in mocking the president's new word choice on Wednesday: "Forward is his new slogan, and it's like, forward, what, over the cliff?"

The presumptive GOP presidential nominee was speaking at a private fundraising dinner in Pentagon City, Virginia. Other speakers at the event included Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus.

While the campaign did not disclose exactly how much was raised at the event, 250 people had purchased tickets for the general reception at $2,500 each, totaling $625,000. There was also a VIP photo reception, tickets for which cost $10,000.

On Thursday, Romney will continue campaigning in Virginia, where U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota is set to officially endorse the candidate at an event in Portsmouth.

– CNN's Rachel Streitfeld and Ashley Killough contributed to this report.

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Filed under: 2012 • Fundraising • Mitt Romney • Virginia
soundoff (31 Responses)
  1. Larry L

    Romney's slogan(s) – "forwards... backwards... sideways... up... down... liberal... conservative... Obamacare... Romneycare... Pro-life... Pro-choice..."... All the positions and no conviction.

    May 2, 2012 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  2. Marley

    Mormon Bishop Mittens even flip-flops when attacking his opponent's slogan! LOL

    May 2, 2012 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  3. Sue

    And, Romney should use the campaign slogan that Reagan used--"Are you better off than you were 4 years ago?"

    Because we know tht the answer for the majority will be-NO!!!

    Or, he could use--"Hope for Change in 2012!!!"

    May 2, 2012 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  4. Cody

    As usual, Romney has no solutions to contribute, only pathetically lame jokes, like he is.

    May 2, 2012 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  5. Debbie

    Forward beats Backwards to the 1950's and GWBush policies again.

    May 2, 2012 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  6. American

    "I must use that one myself..." Romney says, revealing himself as the follower again, not a leader.

    Would rather move forward with President Obama than go backwards to Romney/Bush/Rove policies.

    May 2, 2012 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  7. Mike in Texas

    Romney has no clue how to move the country forward. He offers no plan or vision just that Obama is bad and he would do the opposite. Seriously? For someone who is supposed to be some economic guru or genius he sure is acting more like a simpleton with no clue of reality.

    May 2, 2012 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  8. OBAMAROCKS

    Really, Mitt?! ...grow up!! Attacking his campaign slogan is childish! ...BTW, what are your plans of moving this country FORWARD?...Oh I forgot, you want things to go BACKWARDS so you can appease the TeaPartiers....NOT!!!! ~Mittster, we will be electing PRESIDENT OBAMA/BIDEN in 2012!!!

    May 2, 2012 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  9. Leroy

    Looking "forward" to hearing Willard's election concession speech on Nov. 6th.....

    May 2, 2012 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  10. Randy, San Francisco

    Romney's campaign slogan should be: "Flip to the middle to fool the voters and flop back to the right to satisfy conservatives."

    May 2, 2012 11:13 pm at 11:13 pm |
  11. fernace

    Actually,Obama took us Off the cliff the Bush administration left America on! He has also moved us, yes, Forward in a recovering economy, job creation, healthcare (even for women),education & foreign policy! I realize people who support the repubs are tired of hearing about what Bush & Pals did to their own & our country, or that their party is taking us backwards, but the truth wont disappear through denial & wishful thinking! Obama Is the only way Forward!!

    May 2, 2012 11:14 pm at 11:14 pm |
  12. Common sense grandma

    Wow, a Bachman endorsement? I must switch my voting preference immediately!! Surely that will improve his odds.

    May 2, 2012 11:28 pm at 11:28 pm |
  13. Tony

    Romney said that he will do everything opposite of Obama. This means Romney's slogan will be "Backward." Isn't that the truth?

    May 2, 2012 11:41 pm at 11:41 pm |
  14. greg

    Mitt the twitt is at it again. Forward like in not back to the bush policies. Obama 2012

    May 2, 2012 11:49 pm at 11:49 pm |
  15. FED up

    Romney might as well steal Obamas slogan. The two of them have almost identical policies on almost everything. Romney needs to quit hiding behind the notion that he has already won the GOP (when really the contest is only about half way over) and answer Ron Paul's challenge for a one on one debate. Romney is losing his delegates right and left at the caucuses and has much to worry about at the conventions as well. Obama is much better at debating than Romney but like Romney, when it comes time for Obama to debate Paul this winter, Obama is going to duck as well. I wonder who the media will say Obama is running against when Paul wins the RNC?

    May 2, 2012 11:56 pm at 11:56 pm |
  16. Detached in Canada

    Trust this Mitt guy to trip over the word "Forward". He does not know whether he is coming or going.

    May 3, 2012 12:06 am at 12:06 am |
  17. Name

    Is that all you can do? Is mock and slander and turn thigh negative? I haven't heard a solution from you or a straight answer is that how you won your GOP nomination? I didn't ear anything constructive here also Mitt

    May 3, 2012 12:19 am at 12:19 am |
  18. Independent from NH

    This independent is moving their ballot FORWARD to the ballot box for Obama. I'm not voting for Wall Street, sorry Mitt.

    May 3, 2012 12:21 am at 12:21 am |
  19. J.V.Hodgson

    The only thing wrong with Romneys criticism of FORWARD is:- " forward off the cliff" again generic meaningless rhetoric!! Which cliff are we going over certainly not increasing unemployment, a lower Dow jones, lower corporate profits they are increasing, nor failed bailouts of either banks or the Auto industry, all back to reasonable health growing sales and profits.Construction showing some signs of recovery.
    If we could have had a sensible vote on AJA methinks we would be really better or so the CBO said in terms of lower unemployment, higher GDP and budget and deficit neutral at least.
    The guys ajoke and has just had to fire hie foreign policy recruit ( about which he knows zilch) because he was gay!
    in other words he had to prove he is a very very severe conservative mixing religion with politics. Hey tea partier constitutionlists how can you vote for Romney without being hypocrytical?
    Regards,
    Hodgson.

    May 3, 2012 12:39 am at 12:39 am |
  20. Donkey Party

    What a clown Willard Romney is. However, the bigger clowns are those that hate America so much that they would actually vote for him.

    May 3, 2012 12:46 am at 12:46 am |
  21. mk1

    Considering that Romney's campaign slogan is "Backwards" I'll take President Obama's any day.

    May 3, 2012 12:51 am at 12:51 am |
  22. Morpunkt

    "Initially tripped up in trying to remember the word". This is something CNN and the rest of the mainstream media will poke fun of, but totally ignored their darling, Obama, when he's tripped-up countless times, like mispronouncing the word corps, as corpse. (And how about his bumbling with the Queen of England?)
    Oh. That's right, it's not "cool" to critique Obama, just the white, conservative male.

    May 3, 2012 12:54 am at 12:54 am |
  23. manhandler1

    The more people focus in on this guy, the more of a laughing stock he will become.

    May 3, 2012 01:08 am at 1:08 am |
  24. S.S

    Mitts new slogan!! "I like your vote but build yourselves bigger closest" that's where you I need you!!

    May 3, 2012 01:20 am at 1:20 am |
  25. enuff

    Is there anything that Obama does that Romney doesn't try to mock? He can't even get it straight before he tries to mock him. Funny thing is, he makes fun of Obama, then tries to shadow his movements. He (almost) admitted to said actions when he said he might use "progress" as a slogan. Original ideas dude!

    May 3, 2012 01:31 am at 1:31 am |
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