Romney's latest campaign surrogate: Hillary Clinton
June 29th, 2012
12:10 PM ET
2 years ago

Romney's latest campaign surrogate: Hillary Clinton

(CNN) – Mitt Romney's latest ad features an opponent familiar to President Barack Obama – Hillary Clinton.

The ad uses video of 2008 presidential candidate Clinton campaigning against candidate Obama in Cincinnati ahead of the Ohio primary. Clinton accused Obama of "blatantly false" attacks against her in campaign mailers, which Romney is now using to highlight a recent fact check by the Washington Post calling one of Obama's current ads "misleading, unfair and untrue."

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The Romney campaign bought over $2 million dollars in ad buys beginning Friday in seven battleground states, according to a Republican ad buying source. The Clinton ad is part of that, already airing in Ohio where the original press conference took place. Unlike all other ads it has run since Romney became the presumptive Republican nominee, the campaign did not publicly announce this one's premier.

The breakdown of the ad buy, which runs through July 3rd, is as follows:

Colorado – $295,449
Iowa – $273,800
North Carolina – $385,570
New Hampshire – $61,050
Nevada – $225,270
Ohio – $571,120
Virginia – $222,940

The ad also attacks the president's job creation performance, calling it the "worst job record since the Depression." It questions the president's campaign tactics by saying, "He also attacked Hillary Clinton with vicious lies."

After the government announced that the national unemployment rate in May rose to 8.2%, Obama said, "Our businesses have created almost 4.3 million new jobs over the last 27 months, but as we learned in [May's] jobs report, we're still not creating them as fast as we want."

Romney raised $4.3 million with 43,000 donations online in the first 24 hours after Thursday's Supreme Court decision upholding a majority of the president's signature health care reform bill, according the Romney campaign.

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Obama campaign to opponents: Move past health care fight

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soundoff (48 Responses)
  1. Governor 47th in Job Creation (excluding jobs off-shored to China)

    off-shored vs out-sourced, bottom line between Bain and failed stint in MA......job killer.
    When will Willard release all of his tax returns for the last 10 years?

    June 29, 2012 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  2. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    The ad is illegal, Romney can't use active Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as a campaign tool and neither can she campaign. THE AD IS ILLEGAL, PULL IT NOW.

    June 29, 2012 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  3. ja

    romneycare/obamacare is romney's latest surrogate, hands down, all else is gasping for air

    June 29, 2012 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  4. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    I really believe that Bush's losing 8 million jobs in his last three years is the worst since the great depression. Bush had an overall job creation of 1 million jobs in 8 years, while Obama has created over 4 million in just over 3 years. If you take away lies and negative ads, Mittens has nothing.

    June 29, 2012 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  5. Pam from Iowa

    Mitt Romney wouldn't know the truth if it came up and slapped him in the face!
    Hint, Hint.....

    June 29, 2012 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  6. Obama 2012 - BEND Forward America, take another 4 long years of OBAMA FAILURE

    Romney raised $4.3 million with 43,000 donations online in the first 24 hours after Thursday's Supreme Court decision upholding a majority of the president's signature health care reform bill, according the Romney campaign.
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    Buy your dumb T-shirts lefties.... It's still not going to top Romney's hual thanks to true Americans that want to save this country. I was very glad to send him my contribution. I don't need a juvenile T-shirt.

    June 29, 2012 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  7. ryan

    This smells desperate.

    June 29, 2012 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  8. Vote the Tea Party OUT in 2012

    with as many negative things said about Mitt Romney by his OWN party and of course they are still on tape, you would think he would not try to pull a stunt like this.

    June 29, 2012 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  9. The Other Dale

    Say, Romney, if we're supposed to agree with Hilliary on things, does that mean we should have voted for her Health Care plan back in 1993? Oh, we're only supposed to listen to what you cherrypick? Yeah, that's what I thought.

    June 29, 2012 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  10. incredulous

    Romney's campaign is really getting desperate. Why can't Romney run on his record?

    June 29, 2012 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  11. kakaraka

    Why Romney always denied what he has done? He never take responsibility for his bad behavior. What is dishonnest and low he is.

    June 29, 2012 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  12. Gurgyl

    Mitt is a total nonsense to USA and world. Bain capital.

    June 29, 2012 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  13. Vote the Tea Party OUT in 2012

    @ Obama 2012

    Romney raised 4.3 million dollars.......sorry but when you have guys like the Koch Brothers can pull that out of their wallets I am NOT impressed. Hell Mitt could have donated that amount himself.

    June 29, 2012 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  14. Obama 2012 - BEND Forward America, take another 4 long years of OBAMA FAILURE

    I like the fact that Romney is reaching out to Hillary supporters and reminding them of all the dirty tricks Obama played on Hillary. I think Romney should run clips of Bill Clinton saying the Obama campaign played the race card as well. If the leftists and Obama don't like it well that is just too bad. Stop being dishonest deceitful weasels and there won't be any of these commercials or sound bites.

    June 29, 2012 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  15. Milton K. Wiah

    Romney does not have anything to say to the American people. He wants to buy this election like he bought primary.
    He never got it still that the American do not want someone who does not stand on one policy.
    He was for mandate in 2008 and now he against it, he was an independent in 1994 and now he is a
    severely conservative, he was for abortion and now he is it. What kind of politician is he?

    June 29, 2012 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  16. carlos

    incredulous

    Romney's campaign is really getting desperate. Why can't Romney run on his record?

    in answer to your question: because the ROBME has NONE

    June 29, 2012 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  17. needNewGov

    just wait Mitty, Obama campaign has all those debate sound-bites to hit you with. Open the box and it will all pour out.

    June 29, 2012 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  18. Governor 47th in Job Creation (excluding jobs off-shored to China)

    Noted that Willard did not attack the Washington Post who wrote a fact detailed scathing article on Bain. Can't attack the message, attack the message's beneficiary; dseperate tactics.
    Had to go back to 2008 for that one, I suspect Obama has plenty of clips from much more recent times using Santorum, Newt, Oops, and Huntsman to showcase Willard's vast shortcomings.
    Speaking of Bain and healthcare, Willard should try the tactic "I know how private industry and healthcare works, I cut insurance and benefits for all those little people like a champ when I was at Bain. I got mine, too bad for you!"

    June 29, 2012 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  19. Fair is Fair

    Claudia, Houston, Tx

    The ad is illegal, Romney can't use active Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as a campaign tool and neither can she campaign. THE AD IS ILLEGAL, PULL IT NOW.
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    The ad is perfectly legal. Want some cheese with that whine?

    June 29, 2012 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  20. paulcat

    Okay Romney, you're going to far now. You do NOT mess with Hillary. Do you hate women that much?

    June 29, 2012 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  21. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Is it OK to bring out the ads against Mittens. McCain, Bush, Santorum, Bachmann, Newt, Huntsman, Perry, Paul, Limbaugh,and Huckabee, pretty much sum up Mittens'.

    June 29, 2012 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  22. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    This too will backfire on Mittens. As the elitist Plutocrat says, "What is sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander."

    June 29, 2012 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  23. vic , nashville ,tn

    I hope the best ad Romney campaign came up NO, No
    Hillary supporters are strongly supporting Obama ,

    Yesterday many people thanks to Bill and Hillary for the health care reform, only media couldn’t hear those thanks
    Many Americans praising Hillary in their hearts when its comes health care reform

    June 29, 2012 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  24. Investment Advisor

    President Obama does not lie to or try to deceive the American voters. He is above those tactics and has been transparent to the citizens of this country. ie.... when addressing George Stephanopoulos who was grilling him about the health mandate not being a tax. After a few minutes of asking,answering, asking,and and refuting the accusation that the mandate was a tax by Stephanopoulos, here is the final word by then candidate Obama.......Stephanoupoulos: "But you reject that it's(the mandate) a tax increase. Obama: " I absolutely reject that notion." Hmmmmm. Just pointing out a fact that seems to get glossed over when we talk about now President Obama.

    June 29, 2012 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  25. Cal

    The amateur as President Clinton calls Obamanation is the master of misleading, inaccurate, and outright lies. "It’s is not a Tax". "You can keep your own insurance." The really funny one is like he created 4 million jobs? What a joke and we are headed towards Taxmageddon (which of course the Supreme Chancellor wants) so even more uncertainty lies around the corner.

    June 29, 2012 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
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