Obama pushes two new ads against Romney
June 20th, 2012
06:41 AM ET
6 years ago

Obama pushes two new ads against Romney

(CNN) –President Barack Obama's re-election campaign blasted Republican rival Mitt Romney in two new TV spots released Wednesday.

The ads targeted Romney's record as former Massachusetts governor, mostly hitting him for tax increases and accusing him of outsourcing jobs while he headed the Bay State.

"Running for governor, Mitt Romney campaigned as a job creator, but as a corporate raider, he shift jobs to China and Mexico," says a narrator in one of the ads. "As governor he did the same thing, outsourcing state jobs to India. Now he's making the exact same pitch."

The Obama campaign raised the same charge in a previous ad, using claims that the fact-checking organization PolitiFact has rated "half-true."

While it's accurate that Romney vetoed a bill as governor that would have banned existing state contracts with companies that outsourced, the ad fails to point out that implementing the ban would have cost taxpayers money without guaranteeing those jobs would return to Massachusetts.

Also notable, at the time Romney vetoed the measure, 43 states had some form of contract with companies that outsourced, according to a Government Accountability Office report.

The other Obama commercial, named "Mosaic," takes aim at the presumptive GOP presidential nominee for raising taxes and fees as governor, despite pledging to cut taxes during his gubernatorial campaign.

"As governor, Mitt Romney did cut taxes on millionaires like himself, but he raised taxes and fees on everybody else," says the narrator in the ad. "Romney economics didn't work then. It won't work now."

According to PolitiFact, Romney faced a $3 billion deficit coming into office in 2003, and overtime he had to raise revenues in order to make a dent in the budget gap. However, the taxes and fees were not squarely aimed at middle income workers, as the Obama ad suggests.

Romney spokeswoman Andrea Saul characterized the ads as "misleading" and the "latest efforts by the Obama campaign to distract attention from the President's failed policies that have led to high unemployment and falling incomes."

"Mitt Romney was a successful businessman and governor with a decades-long record of helping to create American jobs, in contrast to President Obama's hostility to free enterprise that has left millions of Americans out of work. It's still the economy and the American people aren't stupid," Saul said in a statement Wednesday.

The commercials will run in the crucial battleground states of New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, Virginia, North Carolina, Florida, Ohio, Iowa, Colorado and Nevada, according to a campaign official. CNN reported last week that the Obama campaign had purchased an additional $12.8 million for broadcast and cable ad time running from last Thursday to July 2 in nine battleground states.

The Romney campaign has yet to respond to the new spots, but last week criticized the previous round of Obama campaign commercials that attacked Romney's record as Massachusetts governor.

"President Obama will do anything to distract from his abysmal economic record and – despite that record – the fact that he thinks the private sector is 'doing fine,'" Romney spokeswoman Andrea Saul said in a statement. "Mitt Romney knows our country can do better and, under his leadership, it will do better."

- CNN Political Editor Paul Steinhauser and CNN Senior Politcal Producer Kevin Bohn contributed to this report.

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soundoff (37 Responses)

    Mass is one of the worst states in the country for taxes and fees and it all started with the failed gov ,romney the clown .

    June 20, 2012 06:49 am at 6:49 am |
  2. Gurgyl

    Mitt Romney for CHINA, INDIA...so jobs go there.

    June 20, 2012 07:03 am at 7:03 am |
  3. n

    Maybe it's me, but have anyone notice, how easy these so called journalist are on Romney. They never fact check his lies or misstatements, they just report them. It is almost like, Romney is such a bad candidate, they have to promote him on a curve. You know, like giving him a handicap, as it were. Romney this and Romney that. Romney has a sense of humor, The Romney's family video, Romney and their olympic bound horse. If you ask me, I will say, The Romney's isn't wearing any clothes. Obama 2012, all the way!

    June 20, 2012 07:09 am at 7:09 am |
  4. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    While I was watching the Heat dismantle the Thunder last night, I switched to the Daily Show and watched Hanoi Hannity discredit our president with an edited tape on his immigration position. At least Stewart played the whole tape, and we were able to see that Obama did what he said he could legally do. Fox foreign owned media has done a terrible disservice to our country.

    June 20, 2012 07:19 am at 7:19 am |
  5. Scott

    Half Baked truths, smear, lies, just what you would expect from someone like Obama. Anything to cover his complete failure as a President and a man.

    June 20, 2012 07:38 am at 7:38 am |
  6. rla

    Yea Obama is against anyone who has the ability to cut a deficit or make executative decisions that work! Something he has never done. Then editing in his favor by the media and deceptive negative ads will really make a dent in Obamas record????? WE are not better off as a nation no matter how you cut the numbers.

    June 20, 2012 07:39 am at 7:39 am |
  7. Dean

    Obama, be a man and try to defend your own record (good luck)!

    June 20, 2012 08:10 am at 8:10 am |
  8. The GOP should pack up and leave

    Match fire with fire, Mr. President. Only thing is that you've got the truth on your side and Romney uses lies and innuendo to try to control the masses.

    June 20, 2012 08:19 am at 8:19 am |

    Willard's bus tour ironically skips pass towns that Bain Capital destroyed. I thought "Every City Counts" Willard? You better find a better campaign slogan.

    June 20, 2012 08:26 am at 8:26 am |
  10. Peace

    I don't trust this man (Romney) at all. He has hidden his Tax Returns up to now, just counting days to passby. He is going to repeat what he did while gov. in Mass. Handing him the country will be a huge catastrophe.

    June 20, 2012 08:27 am at 8:27 am |
  11. Jules

    Actually, Dean, President Obama has quite a good record with no thanks to the GOOP. Imagine what he could have accomplished if he did not have the GOP members of congress fighting him every step of the way. Even when there was a Dem majority in both houses of congress, he never had a fillibuster proof senate because Teddy Kennedy was not able to be there due to health reasons. So Dean, think where you would be today without President Obam putting the skids on the free fall economy he inherited from George Bush. But, if you get your way, you may get to see that first hand since what Romney is proposing economically is the same policies that put in that free fall to begin with.

    June 20, 2012 08:34 am at 8:34 am |
  12. Stuffit

    This is so laughable. The most corrupt, incompetent, inept, union toady president in the history of this country running ads against an honest hard working man with experience. How is theat "reset" button with Russian working bozo.

    June 20, 2012 08:37 am at 8:37 am |
  13. SafeJourney

    Romney does not have a chance in the General Election. The majority of Americans know Romney and the Repubs are for the Rich Only

    June 20, 2012 08:40 am at 8:40 am |
  14. wrongfacts

    To my republican friends please explain to me how giving more tax breaks to big business is going to do anything different then when GW did it. We were losing 700,000 jobs PER MONTH with that plan and Mr. Romney wants to give even bigger breaks(how come he won't say what programs he will cut to pay for them) . It didn't work then and it won't work now.

    June 20, 2012 08:44 am at 8:44 am |
  15. SafeJourney

    Romneys choice of VP is irrelevent-the American people are sick of the GOP , the party of NO !

    June 20, 2012 08:49 am at 8:49 am |
  16. L. R. Long

    One unecassary war ended. One economy that was in free fall turned around. The GOP says to there base that they think every American should be held responsible for themselves and the government should stay out of their lives. Then they say to everyone else that Obama hasn't done enough to help them and that there are better policies the government can implement to create jobs in the private sector... Guess what, Obama doesn't make laws, the Congress does. Romney wants tax breaks for "job creators". Well they've gotten breaks for the last decade and they haven't done a thing. Congress should be giving up recess time to fix the economy, instead we hear about Obama golfing, as presidents often do. GOP in the past, Obama will win us the future.

    June 20, 2012 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  17. MaryM

    The majority of Americans know the Republicans ran of jobs, jobs, jobs in 2010. Well Repubs, where are the jobs.
    Jobs bill stuck in the House , Repubs the party of NO JOBS

    June 20, 2012 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  18. Sandy

    Good ads. Don't forget that over 200,000 people left Massachusetts to work in other states because of the jobs situation under Romney. So if Romney comes at you with his unemployment numbers going down, that's the reason why.

    June 20, 2012 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  19. Malory Archer


    To my republican friends please explain to me how giving more tax breaks to big business is going to do anything different then when GW did it. We were losing 700,000 jobs PER MONTH with that plan and Mr. Romney wants to give even bigger breaks(how come he won't say what programs he will cut to pay for them) . It didn't work then and it won't work now.


    Right on wrongfacts! If the "job creators" took all the $$$ they're spending on ads to defeat President Obama, they could hire tens of thousands of American workers and pay them $40k a year in salary & bennies. Of course the arguement then becomes that there's no demand for their products, therefore no reason to hire (but they can't explain how giving more tax breaks will create jobs, and history has shown it doesn't happen). However, if they did hire tens of thousands of workers, those workers would purchase products and services which would further create jobs.

    June 20, 2012 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  20. SafeJourney

    Romney said on face the nation radio show that he would attack Iran if they did not stop enriching uranium. There you have it folks, MORE wars from the Repubs.

    June 20, 2012 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  21. deb0155

    While everyone is criticizing the "rich" Republicans – let's look at the Democrats. Nancy Pelosi ($230 million), John Kerry (he actually owns a yacht worth $700,000 in which he moored in another state to save on taxes), the Kennedys, Harry Reid, Barney Frank, etc. are all worth just not millions – but hundreds of millions of dollars with the exception of the Obamas – they made $7 million. Let's face it – if you are an elected government official – if you are not wealthy starting out in that position – you will be when you're done. It doesn't matter whether you are a Democrat or a Republican. That's our system of government. And we are all to blame for that because we keep voting these morons into office!

    June 20, 2012 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  22. g

    like mitt keeps saying –where are all those jobs I sent to china, mr obama

    June 20, 2012 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  23. Four and The Door

    Romney said on face the nation radio show that he would attack Iran if they did not stop enriching uranium. There you have it folks, MORE wars from the Repubs.
    Yeah, because Obama has the Iranian situation firmly in control. Actually, No. Thank goodness Israel is determined enough and strong enough to stand up against nuclear proliferation in the Middle East. Especially Iran who openly talks about attacking Israel. But you would think that with all of the direct support Iran has given the insurgency in Iraq and the Taliban in Afghanistan killing American soldiers and Marines, the US would begin taking a hard line. But not under Obama.

    June 20, 2012 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  24. DG

    Yes, the ad is correct - Romney created jobs alright for other countries – for China, India, Mexico, etc. He was a master of outsourcing our jobs to foreign countries.

    June 20, 2012 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  25. demwit

    Y'ah!! "Outsourcing" giving US jobs to people overseas is MUCH WORSE then "Insourcing" giving US jobs to young illegals.

    June 20, 2012 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
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