Romney video goes after Obama's comments on economy
June 10th, 2012
01:49 PM ET
3 years ago

Romney video goes after Obama's comments on economy

(CNN) - Mitt Romney's campaign released a new Web video Sunday, forging ahead in its attacks over the president's assertion last week that the private sector was "doing fine."

The spot features President Barack Obama's remarks, followed by a series of dramatic, black-and-white interviews with laid-off Americans talking about their economic struggles.

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"When it's all said and done, I'm making $200 a month," one man says in the video.

"I had to file my own personal bankruptcy and had to close my business," another man says.

Obama made the remarks Friday during a press conference, arguing the private sector was doing better than the public sector.

"The truth of the matter is that, as I said, we created 4.3 million jobs over the last two, 27 months, over 800,000 just this year alone. The private sector's doing fine," Obama said. "Where we're seeing weaknesses in our economy (has) to do with state and local government, oftentimes cuts initiated by, you know, governors or mayors who are not getting the kind of help that they have in the past from the federal government and who don't have the same flexibility as the federal government in dealing with fewer revenues coming in."

However, the Romney video only displays the lines: "The private sector's doing fine" and "Where we're seeing weaknesses in our economy (has) to do with state and local government." The former line is repeated four times in the spot.

The ad ends with text on the screen: "No, Mr. President. We are not 'doing fine.' "

Later Friday, Obama walked back his assertion, saying the "economy is not doing fine." His campaign has insisted the president's words were being misread, and he was merely talking in relative terms.
Romney responded to the remarks that same day, saying the president wants to stimulate the public sector over the private sector.

"(Obama) wants another stimulus; he wants to hire more government workers. He says we need more firemen, more policemen, more teachers," Romney said at a press conference in Utah. "Did he not get the message of Wisconsin? The American people did. It's time for us to cut back on government and help the American people."

In what has since become a spiraling fight between the two campaigns, the Obama team quickly pounced on those statements and released a web video Saturday attacking Romney as being against firefighters, police and teachers.

On CNN's "State of the Union" on Sunday, the president's senior campaign adviser, David Axelrod, argued that Romney and Republicans were "more eager to have a debate over an out-of-context clause" than the "substance of what (Obama) says."

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soundoff (21 Responses)
  1. g

    once you get the republicans out of the way ,the economy will improve

    June 10, 2012 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  2. David

    ROMNEY 2012

    June 10, 2012 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  3. David

    Who would you rather have in the White House?... Someone who spends most of their time being a "Celebrity" and watching NCAA Basketball Games? Or someone who actually cares about the Country and will get it back on the right track through Job Creation and Strong Leadership? Hmm... thats a hard one. I guess since we live in a Society of "Celebrities" it makes sense why people can be blinded by True Leadership.

    June 10, 2012 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  4. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    $250 million, and Mittens is not doing fine. The Kochs netted $26 billion in profits last year, and they are struggling to come up with a billion dollars to help Mittens. Big oil makes record profits, and they are struggling as well. Yet Mittens is not worried about the poor.

    June 10, 2012 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  5. Severely Moderate

    As usual, Romney offers no alternative PLAN, only attacks.

    June 10, 2012 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  6. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    If Mittens would call the republican young gnus and wildebeests in congress and tell them to pass the bipartisan transportation bill, unemployment will drop 1%.

    June 10, 2012 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  7. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    If Mittens thinks this is bad, he should have been around during the Bush republican near depression and deep recession. That was ugly.

    June 10, 2012 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  8. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    My parents survived the first great republican depression, and having survived the Bush republican near depression, I am confident that Mittens will finish off the job. After all, republicans, Taliban, and foreign and domestic terrorists are hoping to see our country go down.

    June 10, 2012 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  9. Ex-GOP Con

    If they aren't doing fine.....then what has Rich Money and the so-called "job creators" been doing their 10+years of tax savings??????

    And Rich Money's plan is to cut MORE taxes for the 1% who admit that they FAILED their duties to create jobs??????

    ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!

    June 10, 2012 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  10. Darryl

    Romney has been running around denounceing Obama but he hasn't said what he intends to do for the people of this country.He says he's going to eleminate this an that an defund plan parenthood get rid of Obama care and lower taxes for corporations ect but really not a thing for the middle class or the poor.Oh ! thats right the poor he doesn't worry about they have a safty net ! LOL Mitt Romney is only concerned about himelf his Mormon faith and his Wallstreet buddies period.I forgot, he did say he is going to turn Education over to Wallstreet to control.I will NEVER vote for anybody like that ever.

    June 10, 2012 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  11. dreamer96

    Gee dirty politics...Just maybe all the GOP state governors fired state employees and told their labor departments to under report the new jobs numbers..and increase the unemployed numbers..Each state can and does play with their jobs and unemployment numbers...they can swing the numbers up or down if they want too...and the GOP governors want too...At the last meeting of the 50 state governors they reported a total of over 100 billion in state deficits...but the real number is higher..Texas alone has a 27 billion state deficit...No matter who wins..the taxes are going up..All the voters get to decide is who will pay more, will it be fair...what the Democrats want or will the top 1% get even more tax cuts...tax cuts that have not worked after ten years...The GOP will not care if they thrown the middle class out into the streets....Regan gave tax cuts to the rich and closed all the Federal Mental Hospitals and threw 500,000 mentally ill men and women out into the streets, with no food but trash, no place to sleep but the alleys...For 30 years the rich have hidden their money overseas to avoid paying Federal Taxes...estimates of 40 to 100 billion is lost Federal Taxes from hidden oversea bank accounts...Obama has lists now of many of those accounts and is going after that money..the IRS is issuing fines and collecting back taxes..That is why the rich fear Obama...and the GOP and the tea party are offering no fine and only 5% tax on that money...Who is working for the top 1% and who is working for a fair tax system and the American people...the difference could not be easier to see then how the GOP and Democrats view unpaid Federal Taxes....

    June 10, 2012 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  12. dreamer96

    Ops I should have said...the estimates of 40 to 100 billion in lost Federal taxes is for each year...that is a lot over 30 years...

    June 10, 2012 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  13. carlos

    what does the cultist bishop doublespeak have to offer......lies, lies and more lies.....negative to the core and no solutions ....his Mass. accomplishments???? ZERO and he was only governor for two years.......a complete disaster....because he was absent most of the two remaining years.....another great point to make: he would not heve been reelected with his dissmal record.....47th in job creation, a busted economy, unemployment in the sewer just like his bain venture,,another disaster....draft dodger and his 5 creatures.....hypocrite and prevaricator.....and there bis a lot more, stay tuned.....

    June 10, 2012 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  14. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Romney sounds more like a "parakee" than a politician repeating everything Obama says now Romney's got my "parakee" repeating everything he says.

    June 10, 2012 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  15. Bootstomper

    So what's your plan Mitt? Oh I forgot you dont have one.

    June 10, 2012 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  16. Moderate Independent

    Black and white ads are so 1950's. Give us a plan Romney and stop waiting to build your campaign on every word President Obama says. I am so sick and fed up with the gotcha ads. Let us know who you are Romney and what your plans are. We are tried of the frat boy and CEO games.

    June 10, 2012 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  17. King

    Obama is right, he had taken the financial sector from the second lowest in history, to its highest this country have ever seen, these folks have nearly three trillion dollars on their books for crying out loud, that's more money than nearly three of the world GDP. all these repubs does is use nonsensical messages to woo the gullible and never talk about the real issue, which is jobs, this president cannot force businesses to hire no onek, or else they will stick their repubs attack dogs shouting. government over reach. and free enterprise to take American jobs to China, for slave labor.

    June 10, 2012 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  18. Josaphat Daniels

    Wasn't romoney saying the same thing when he said that he wasn't concerned about the rich that they were doing fine and
    on top of that he said he wasn't concerned about the poor because they had a safety net, the governor has not done anything significant to lead america, his campaign team are full of hypocrites and they are playing the american people
    for suckers just like bush played them not once but twice.

    June 10, 2012 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  19. Liz the First

    We would be doing fine now if the repugs had been participating in our recovery instead of doing everything they could to scuttle it to make Obama look bad. repug business leaders, the 'job creators,' are sitting on trillions of dollars instead of putting people back to work so the unemployment no.s will stay high in hopes of unseating a president they hate. so much for repug patriotism! they love their country, so they say, but not enough to put their hatred of this president aside and work to fix the mess they made. traitors!!! i'm praying the American people aren't stupid enough to fall for this horrendous tactic.

    June 10, 2012 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  20. jefflz

    The biggest and boldest thing that Romney has accomplished so far is to recruit the team of former Bush advisers who gave us the Iraq War and the financial Armageddon of 2008. Here we go again... 2000 relived, maybe with even more help from the Supreme Court than they have already given the GOP

    June 10, 2012 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  21. JohnReedjr

    Axelrod has it right. The Republicans would rather argue about syntax and syllables rather than discus substantive issues, because they have no real plans except to return failed policies of Reagan and Bush, and if Romney gets elected, you had better grab yourself a tree with roots...

    June 10, 2012 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |