June 6th, 2012
10:10 PM ET
2 years ago

Obama, Romney go country in CMT Music Awards

(CNN) - President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney courted the country music vote Wednesday night, both making appearances in the opening segment of the CMT Music Awards.

The video featured a faux news report in which the show's co-hosts - actress Kristen Bell and country star Toby Keith - refuse to share the stage, prompting a campaign between the two over who will win the spotlight.

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Included in the mock news story were interviews with actor Matthew McConaughey, journalist Steve Kroft and rocker Jon Bon Jovi, all of whom debated the choice between Bell and Keith.

"As they say, as country goes, so goes the country," Bon Jovi said, tweaking a famous political phrase about the swing state of Ohio.

The segment then switched to Obama, seen staring pensively out an Oval Office window as someone off camera asks with urgency, "Mr. President, do you have a decision?"

Turning to the camera, Obama replied, "This is one of the toughest decisions I've had to make since I've been in office. But I think I've decided."

He then walked to his desk, leaned over an official-looking document and circled both names on the sheet of paper.

"I want them both," he said.

The segment immediately cut to Romney, who was staring into the camera with a giant Texas flag hanging behind him. (The presumptive GOP nominee has been campaigning in the Lone Star State this week.)

"Boy, I thought the presidential election was a tough race, but it's nothing compared to the politics at the CMT Music Awards," Romney said.

Offering a solution, he proposed that both Bell and Keith host the show.

"See, I just put two people back to work," he joked. "You're welcome, America."

After the candidate cameos, the story line turned to reveal that the race between Bell and Keith had turned "negative."

The segment aired a Bell opposition ad against Keith, slamming him for such crimes as having all-ivory teeth, leaving the toilet seat up and forgetting to call his mom on Mother's Day.

Meanwhile, Keith's attack ad against Bell hit her for telling lies - as an actress.

After some final input from none other than country legend Willie Nelson, the actress and the musician agreed to take on the show together.

In a nod to Keith's 2011 hit, the pair arrived on stage in a giant red Solo cup.

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Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • President Obama
soundoff (63 Responses)
  1. Tony

    It is worth repeating, before Fox News can rewrite history, that the exit polls from Tuesday's recall election in Wisconsin showed that the same voters who voted to keep Scott Walker, 53% to 46%, also would vote for Obama over Romney, 51% to 44%. The election's results nearly matched the predictions of the Marquette University poll about a week earlier, which gave Walker a 7-point lead over Barrett and gave Obama a 8-point lead over Romney. Republicans should consider recalling their nominee, since Romney is much less popular than Scott Walker.

    June 7, 2012 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  2. Jaison

    i know it's the country music awards but i'll take kristen bell over toby kieth. even in a singing contest!! she is a hottie!!

    June 7, 2012 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  3. GI Joe

    Romney is a liar. He's a robot. I don't trust him 2 feet. He stammers and stutters and tries to act normal. He is not a human.

    June 7, 2012 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  4. Norm

    This is under politics?
    The bumpkins should have just gotten Ted Nugent to host the show.
    When they said Faux News...I thought they were making fun of the morons over at Fox news...

    June 7, 2012 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  5. Chut Pata

    From Sarah Palin to Mitt Romney, the Republican governors are often socialist or communist by Republican standards. It just that when they enter national politics, they shift to far right. That is the reason Republican governors may win big but Republican presidential candidates would lose big.

    June 7, 2012 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  6. Delusional Democrats Whining Crying Blaming, My Dream Has Come True

    Tony - It is worth repeating,
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    Probably not Tony. Were these scientific polls and if so, what was the margin of error? But besides all that, for a challenger that has done NO campaigning in the state to be so close to an incumbent President definitely puts what is normally a solid blue state, into play for both parties. All of the Walker campaign sites have ALREADY been converted to Romney campaign sites. Expect Wisconsin to be heavily fought for. It is telling that Obama has to defend traditionally blue states. He's a very weak candidate because of his 4 years of failure.

    June 7, 2012 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  7. The Real Tom Paine

    -Delusional Democrats Whining Crying Blaming, My Dream Has Come True

    Tony – It is worth repeating,
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    Probably not Tony. Were these scientific polls and if so, what was the margin of error? But besides all that, for a challenger that has done NO campaigning in the state to be so close to an incumbent President definitely puts what is normally a solid blue state, into play for both parties. All of the Walker campaign sites have ALREADY been converted to Romney campaign sites. Expect Wisconsin to be heavily fought for. It is telling that Obama has to defend traditionally blue states. He's a very weak candidate because of his 4 years of failure.
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    Traditional blue states? Ohio has been a aswing state for decades, as has WI. The vote that saved Walker's job hinged on independents who were ready to throw him out because they want to see him get his day in court before canning him. As far as failure is concerned, GM and Chryler are still here, and Bin Ladin is not: that must really gall you that he's been able to do things the Texas idiot was unwilling or incapable of doing. Cleaning up 3 decades of lousy rightie policy can't happen in 4 years or 8. WI will go blue ( again), as will the country, and you will be crying and blaming all over the net. By the way, read all the amils showing how Mitt crafted the individual Mandate in MA, or are you still waiting for permission from Uncle Rupert's hacking/propaganda machine to tell you its ok to do so? Righties really cannot think for themselves, can they?

    June 7, 2012 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  8. The Real Tom Paine

    WI has been a state that has always potentially been in play for decades. Both parties have a strong tradition in the state, so the idea that WI is a swing state should come as a surprise to no one. Neither nominee is in a strong position at this point: Obama is hobbled by a weak recovery, and Romney is still not well-known or liked despite running for the office for 6 years, and he is also handicapped by the pounding he took in the primaries.

    June 7, 2012 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  9. Delusional Democrats Whining Crying Blaming, My Dream Has Come True

    The Real Tom Paine – Traditional blue states? Ohio has been a aswing state for decades, as has WI.
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    Yes, Ohio is a swing state but that wasn't part of the discussion so not sure why you brought it up. WI has voted Democrat in the last SIX Presidential elections. Reagan was the last to carry it in 1984. So the recent history says it is not so much a swing state from election to election. Please do your research.

    The vote that saved Walker's job hinged on independents who were ready to throw him out because they want to see him get his day in court before canning him.
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    Interesting and creative spin I had not heard before so let's just call it what it is, BS. Independent voters thought the whole recall thing was BS and others saw the results Walker was getting and voted for him because he didn't deserve to be recalled based on the facts. In the process, the Democrats wasted millions of dollars (theirs and taxpayers) and PO'd a lot of voters and their buddies in the unions well, they took a beating and were totally humiliated. They are showing the world how impotent they truly are. Paper tigers for sure. Walker not only won but won by more than he did in 2010, so he is actually in a much stronger position. Thanks to the ridiculously greedy unions and their Democrat sycophants.

    Not worth responding to the rest of your inane post as it is all ridiculous drivel. Try remaining serious in your responses and it'll be worth debating.

    June 7, 2012 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  10. Jack

    Mitt never disappoints when it comes to coming off like a dork.

    June 7, 2012 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  11. Delusional Democrats Whining Crying Blaming, My Dream Has Come True

    Jack - Mitt never disappoints when it comes to coming off like a dork.
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    When it comes to leading the country, I'll always take the experienced competent dork over the incompetent comedian we have now.

    June 7, 2012 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  12. Malory Archer

    Delusional Democrats Whining Crying Blaming, My Dream Has Come True

    Jack – Mitt never disappoints when it comes to coming off like a dork.
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    When it comes to leading the country, I'll always take the experienced competent dork over the incompetent comedian we have now.

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    The imcompetent comedian left the building on January 20, 2009.

    June 7, 2012 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  13. Woman In California

    Actually, I think this is a good thing. At least our president is NOT afraid to reach out to EVERYONE unlike Willard who only picks and chooses which crowd favors him.

    Go Mr. President.

    June 7, 2012 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
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