Team Obama pits Republicans against Romney in new video
June 1st, 2012
08:14 AM ET
3 years ago

Team Obama pits Republicans against Romney in new video

(CNN) – President Barack Obama's campaign went up with a new web video Friday, entirely featuring footage of Republicans attacking Mitt Romney's economic record.

The video splices together clips from news interviews and debates of Romney's former GOP rivals, including those who now stand behind the presumptive GOP nominee, such as Sen. John McCain and major candidates from this cycle's Republican primary.

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"As I understand it, his record was that he raised taxes by $730 million," McCain said in a 2008 presidential primary debate. "He called them fees. I'm sure the people that had to pay it-whether they called them bananas-they still had to pay $730 million extra."

McCain, who went on to become the party's nominee that year, is now a top surrogate for Romney on the campaign trail and boasts Romney's economic credentials.

With the tagline, "Romney economics. It didn't work then. It won't work now," the video specifically targets Romney's claims of job creation and record of lowering taxes as former Massachusetts governor.

And while Romney did eliminate some taxes in office, he had to raise revenue, as well, in order to curb a large budget deficit.

Other clips include quotes from Texas Gov. Rick Perry, former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, all of whom ran as Romney's opponents in the primary.

The ad also features one biting attack from Romney's biggest competitor this year, Rick Santorum.

"If Mitt Romney's an economic heavyweight, then we're in trouble," Santorum said, citing an often-used statistic that Massachusetts ranked 47th out of 50 in job creation while Romney was governor.

Politfact, a fact-checking organization, describes the statistic as half true, saying that while the state did rank 47th, Romney as governor was not entirely to blame for the situation.

The new web spot comes the same day as the Obama campaign said it would begin sending elected officials from Massachusetts to swing states in an effort to criticize their former governor's economic record.

States on their list for Friday include Florida, Pennsylvania, Iowa, North Carolina, Colorado and Nevada. On Monday, they will stop in Iowa and New Hampshire, with Ohio to follow.


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soundoff (19 Responses)
  1. to the right

    Pretty lame. If you're going to use what primary opponents have said, then let's use the infamous 3:00 am call.
    I like the GOP using current statements made by ALLIES and SURROGATES, such as Cory Booker, and Devall Patrick against "The One". Much mor effective.

    June 1, 2012 08:19 am at 8:19 am |
  2. Stuffit

    Just read the latest unemployme4nt figures to see how well the most inept, incompetent, corrupt, union toady president in history has done, and then think back on all of his many, many lies. Drug addicts, welfare frauds and corrupt union thugs are the only ones doing well since the corrupt unions stole the election for him.

    June 1, 2012 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  3. Anonymous

    While the people who post here are clearly interested in the election, many Americans are not. Sadly many of those who are uninvolved at this point are still buying the "GOBP/Rmoney is better on the economy" bs. So lets be clear here: Sitting on your butt typing away may give you some sense of involvement and satisfaction, but if you don't turn off your computer and get off your butt to spread the truth to your family, friends and neighbors the GOBP will win based on their lies alone. Get up and start TALKING to people. Point them to the ACCURATE stats and facts, like how the GOBP's recent track record is one of massive failure, that Rmoney has a deficit INCREASE plan while the President's plan reduces the deficit. Point out who cares for the greedy and who cares for everyone else. Most of all, point out and dissect EACH and EVERY GOBP lie about the economy and the deficit. Do not count on the Dems to do it for you with campaign ads and speeches. The fate of America is in YOUR hands.

    June 1, 2012 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
  4. dnick47

    Trickle down economics has been tried and it has filed miserably. It was a flawed idea and it remains a flawed idea. It will never work because it fails to take into account one very basic trait in human nature: greed. All of us are greedy to one extent or another and all of us a selfish to one extent or another, so if given the opportunity to share the basic human responces is, "No!" When shar only when we are induced to such as when children mother making us share the last piece of cake with the brat brother (or sister); the Church urging us to follow Jesus' example and warning us of the outcome if we hoard, the government requiring us to pay tax, etc.... Human are stingy and that is why trickle down economics will not work. Never, ever.

    June 1, 2012 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
  5. ST

    Brilliant. Good job. These former contenders wish they can take back their words.

    June 1, 2012 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  6. Anonymous

    It didn't work then. It won't work now. Romney = Bush.

    June 1, 2012 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  7. Randy, San Francisco

    Unfortunately little has changed over the last three years, Wall Street and the big banks are still calling the shots.

    June 1, 2012 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  8. DC Johnny

    What's this? Obama not speaking to his own record?

    I, for one, am utterly shocked.

    June 1, 2012 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  9. chun silken

    If Romney economics didn't work,How is Obama economics,unemployment ret 8.2%.

    June 1, 2012 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  10. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    After 9/11 thousands of our young men and women answered the call to war to protect us and I'm proud of them. The major thing I don't trust about Romney is that he has five(5) sons and not one serves in our U.S. Military and there is no record of anyone in Romney's family having ever served in the military. Americans have fought and died for this country to keep us safe and generations of Romney's have served themselves for the love of money. This is very disturbing to me because I have six(6) brothers and five(5) of them served in our U.S. military and I recently lost one brother who served honorably in the Vietnam war.

    June 1, 2012 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  11. GI Joe

    Obama hits Romney with the truth. Romney lies thru his teeth (about things that have been debunked all over the news and internet). Who the heck is listening to Robme other than FOX?

    June 1, 2012 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  12. Larry L

    Romney tries to "spin" the results of his leadership to present a good picture – but it won't work. His economy in Massachusetts was a failure and lies won't improve that fact.

    June 1, 2012 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  13. chuck weidemann

    It's tuff for the president to campaign on the economy when it's floundering. The adds need to point out how most of his programs to get the economy going have been either obstructed or severely watered down by a antagonistic congress....one working to oust this president ....not working to solutions that will end the suffering of their communities.

    June 1, 2012 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  14. Rudy NYC

    Most of the MA jobs growth under Gov. Romney was in the public sector. The private sector shrank, and so did the work force. People left the state in droves, which helped make his unemployment rate look better than what it was.

    June 1, 2012 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  15. Lynda/Minnesota

    Can't argue that Mitt doesn't have his "talking points" down to a consistent theme of continual BS. Hasn't changed his BS in what looks to be two decades now.

    Whether or not he'd actually become a better President than he was Governor is clearly falling into the "most likely not" category that America would do well by giving him a "thanks, but no thanks - can't take the chance" pass.

    June 1, 2012 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  16. F Minus

    Obama himself said during 2008 campaign (while he was promoting "Change") that we cannot expect different results by doing the same thing.
    So we now know what Obama did in his first term (national debt grows to 15 trillion, unemployment rate 8.2+%, etc, etc), how can we expect his second term will be any different?

    June 1, 2012 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  17. kakaraka

    Politfact, a fact-checking organization, describes the statistic as half true, saying that while the state did rank 47th, Romney as governor was not entirely to blame for the situation. But why Romney and GOP are saying President Obama is entirely to blame for current slow economic growth situation? GOP obstruct all the president's policies.

    June 1, 2012 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  18. kakaraka

    "Politfact, a fact-checking organization, describes the statistic as half true, saying that while the state did rank 47th, Romney as governor was not entirely to blame for the situation." But why Romney and GOP are saying President Obama is entirely to blame for current slow economic growth situation? GOP obstruct all the president's policies and are to blame for this.

    June 1, 2012 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  19. Gurgyl

    Bain capital theory will collapse, and this idiot wants to go to IRAN WAR, ban SS and Medicare...

    June 1, 2012 09:58 am at 9:58 am |