Party committees release dueling videos
May 4th, 2012
08:57 AM ET
2 years ago

Party committees release dueling videos

Washington (CNN) - The Democratic National Committee and the Republican National Committee were on the attack Friday morning, armed with videos critical of the other party's presidential candidate.

With the release of the April unemployment figures Friday morning, the RNC put out an internet video with their new slogan "Hype and Blame," a play on words from Barack Obama's successful 2008 slogan of "Hope and Change."

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The web video includes clips from then presidential candidate Obama from the 2008 campaign, as he described the economy's fragile state, including Obama saying, "The real question is: Will this country be better off four years from now."

The video says that "in 2008 Obama promised 'hope' and 'change',” and then goes on to highlight some of the worsening economic conditions since the president took over in the White House.

The video then asks, "What do you do when you don't have a record to run on" and ends with the new "Hype and Blame" slogan, which the RNC unveiled Thursday.

After the rollout of their new campaign the DNC quickly responded, attacking presumptive GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney.

"If you listen to Mitt Romney, the RNC or their surrogates on any given day, the slogan of their campaign should be 'Distort and Distract'. The attacks coming from the RNC and the Romney campaign completely ignore facts, all of which the American people are well aware – President Obama's actions helped save the America auto industry, created over 4 million jobs in the last two years, and strengthened the manufacturing industry," Melanie Roussell, DNC spokeswoman, said.

Meanwhile, a new web video from the DNC is basically a greatest hits reel of some of the critical comments Rick Santorum made of Romney when the two men were battling for the Republican presidential nomination. When the former senator from Pennsylvania suspended his White House bid last month, he was considered Romney's main competition for the nomination, and Santorum's move made Romney the all-but-certain nominee.

The DNC video came out just hours before Santorum and Romney were to meet in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the first face-to-face meeting between the two men since Santorum suspended his campaign.

"If Mitt Romney's an economic heavyweight, we're in trouble, because he was 47th out of 50 in job creation in the state of Massachusetts when he was governor," Santorum says in the video, in a clip from an interview in March with ABC.

The video also uses a clip from a CNN Republican presidential debate where Santorum, sitting next to Romney, says of the former Massachusetts governor: "He supported the folks on Wall Street, and bailed out Wall Street, was all for it, and then when it came to the auto workers, and the folks in Detroit, he said no."

The Obama campaign put out a similar video Wednesday morning, using clips of former House Speaker Newt Gingrich attacking Romney during the primaries. The video came out just hours before Gingrich formally suspended his bid for the GOP nomination.

The Romney campaign downplays such videos, saying now that the battle for the nomination is over the party is coalescing behind Romney.

"President Obama and his campaign will do anything to avoid talking about today's weak jobs report. Too many Americans are struggling to find good jobs and make ends meet. Instead of working to fix the economy, President Obama prefers to point fingers and launch political attacks. Americans deserve better over the next four years," Romney Press Secretary Andrea Saul said in a statement.


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soundoff (6 Responses)
  1. jim

    "Instead of working to fix the economy, President Obama prefers to point fingers and launch political attacks."

    Weak sauce. No one expects a political attack to go unanswered. Also doubt that the President personally gave this much attention (note that its was the DNC the responded on the President's behalf)

    May 4, 2012 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  2. Dominican mama 4 Obama (the real one)

    The GOP's creative juices extend only as far as zippy, meaningless bumper stickers, and creative lying. Yet when it comes to proposing viable plans to assist in the recovery of the naiton they pay so much lip-service to, but do nothing for, they come up EMPTY.
    Obama 2012. Seriously America.

    May 4, 2012 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  3. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    There is plenty of blame to go around. Part of it rests on the president for not trying everything that he can do on his own. The other part of the blame can go to Congress because they refused to work with the president having the need for the president to try to do things without Congress.

    May 4, 2012 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  4. Larry L

    Republicans worked hard to prevent change and diminish the hope for Americans. All they care about is protecting the rich and big oil. Still, the President pulled us through the worst of the Republican-caused recession and our economy is now getting stronger. Independents are too smart to fall for the hype from the Republicans and know their Ryan Plan is based on low taxes for the rich, trashing Medicare and Social Security, and higher relative taxes for the middle class.

    May 4, 2012 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  5. Joan

    The Romney campaign could be called "Flip and Flop. The record of the Rebulican Congress since 2008 can be summed up as G-gridlock O- obstructionism and P-pray for failure.

    May 4, 2012 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  6. GI Joe

    I've already worn my mute button to a nub-ette during primaries. Off still works.

    May 4, 2012 10:36 am at 10:36 am |