Team Romney hits back on 'outsourcing' in new ad
July 12th, 2012
08:33 AM ET
6 years ago

Team Romney hits back on 'outsourcing' in new ad

(CNN) - Mitt Romney's campaign released a new television ad Thursday, accusing President Barack Obama of spreading "dishonest attacks" about the presumptive GOP presidential nominee.

"When a president doesn't tell the truth, how can we trust him to lead?" the ad's male narrator says.

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The 30-second spot, "No evidence," responds to one of Obama's latest slams that claims his opponent's former private equity firm, Bain Capital, in part specialized in advising companies on 'outsourcing.'

Surrogates for the Obama campaign have been hanging their argument on a Washington Post story released last month. The president himself has repeatedly mentioned the claims in his speeches on the campaign trail, pinning Romney as someone who would place the interests of CEOs over that of workers.

"Gov. Romney has experience owning companies that were called 'pioneers' in the business of outsourcing," Obama said Tuesday at a campaign stop in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. "My experience has been working with outstanding members of labor and great managers to save the American auto industry."

However, Romney's campaign in the new ad points to the independent fact-checking group,, which has said there is "no evidence" that Romney was directly responsible for shipping jobs overseas while he headed the company.

Team Obama took issue with's report and sent a six-page memo to counter the group's argument. It wrote that FactCheck's assessment "is not a fact at all, not by any fair reading of the record.”

The new ad also recycles a quote from then-Sen. Hillary Clinton during the 2008 Democratic primary, when Clinton fired off on Obama over her opponent's latest round of blows.

"Shame on you, Barack Obama," Clinton says in the clip.

This isn't the first time Team Romney has used Clinton in an ad. They used the same clip in a commercial two weeks, responding to similar attacks about outsourcing.

"Obama's dishonest campaign: Another reason America has lost confidence in Barack Obama," the ad's narrator says.

Romney's latest ad comes as Republicans and donors have been pressuring the candidate to be more aggressive in responding to attacks.

The campaign, along with the Republican National Committee, even launched a new blitz this week, turning back the 'outsourcing' charges onto Obama and faulting the president for loose trade policies that have results in the loss of jobs to markets overseas.

"If there's an outsourcer in chief, it's the President of the United States, not the guy who's running to replace him," Romney said at a campaign event Tuesday in Grand Junction, Colorado.

While Romney's campaign does not disclose ad buy locations and amounts, his team purchased almost $5 million in air time beginning Wednesday in eight battleground states. The ad buy marked the second week in a row the campaign has made a purchase of almost $5 million.

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soundoff (27 Responses)
  1. tv22

    Hey CNN, this ad has been running for a couple of weeks now. It's a good one too. President Obama will say anything to get elected but his biggest complaint about Romney seems to be that he's been a remarkably successful businessman.

    July 12, 2012 08:38 am at 8:38 am |
  2. Mack

    This just in..."Romney Invested Millions in Chinese Firm that Profited on U.S. Outsourcing" . You can run, but you can't hide....well you can hide your money in offshore accounts I guess.

    July 12, 2012 08:39 am at 8:39 am |
  3. Rico

    The Democratic camp has been caught lying and they've been caught being hypocrites on the issue, but they can't change tactics because they have already invested too much in this direction. Major fail. Americans care more about what Obama is doing with our money than what Mitt did with his.

    July 12, 2012 08:45 am at 8:45 am |
  4. Al-NY,NY

    Leave it alone Flippy. It only keeps your record of outsourcing in the spotlight and your denials of doing so are complete lies

    July 12, 2012 08:47 am at 8:47 am |
  5. Dave

    LOL! Not only can this clown not come up with any plans of his own, he has to steal attack lines from Obama! Face it, Mitt, you're a greedy, arrogant slob who doesn't have a clue.

    July 12, 2012 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
  6. carly

    The right wing nuts calling someone else dishonest. That is really rich. What a bunch of losing hypocrites.

    July 12, 2012 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
  7. Rudy NYC

    Romney's campaign in the new ad points to the independent fact-checking group,, which has said there is "no evidence" that Romney was directly responsible for shipping jobs overseas while he headed the company.
    The Obama campaign isn't accusing Romney of being "directly responsible". Notice also that FactCheck does not deny the FACT that the outsourcing jobs overseas occurred. FactCheck does not deny the fact that Mitt Romney was at the helm of the company when the outsourcing occurred.

    The Obama campaign IS questioning the veracity of Mitt Romney's claim the "HE helped to create 100,000 jobs while AT Bain." A claim that could be so easily debunked if Romney was "directly responsible" creating that many jobs. I find it ironic that Romney is quick to claim credit for the benevolent work of others, and even quicker to deny the malevolent work that he performed. Bain made profits and "returns on investments" for their clients. It's in their mission statement on the web site. Go read it some time.

    July 12, 2012 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  8. Maxx

    Please, Romney, who's obviously not even honest with himself, accusing someone of not telling the truth is pretty bold. It's all part of his "I know you are but what am I" campaign.

    July 12, 2012 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  9. ST

    The ad doesn't carry any weight. The narrator saying how can anyone expect Pres. Obama to lead??? For god's sake, Pres. Obama is incharge now (leading). This question is expected to be imposed from Pres. Obama's side to Romney and not vice versa. I also expected explanation from Romney why he decided to open Bank Accounts overseas. He has opted not to answer and clear out the air. Nevertheless, the debates are on the way coming. We voters, want to know the reason/reasons.

    July 12, 2012 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  10. Ted

    Pathetic response. Mitt can't run from his record at Bain.

    July 12, 2012 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  11. Governor 47th in Job Creation (excluding jobs off-shored to China)

    Atta girl, Willard. Keep the outsourcing talk up. People keep thinking about just who it was that made millions and millions on other people's suffering and then stashed it away in the Caymans to game the system.
    While you're at it, keep invoking Bill Clinton' name time and again since President Obama would like to restore tax rates on the wealthiest to a level where they were during Clinton's time. And we'll all look back fondly on the Clinto years before Bush killed our country...then we'll all be reminded that your policies are just like W's, except on steroids.
    Keep up the clown campaign Willard, stay the course.

    July 12, 2012 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  12. Gurgyl

    Mitt Romney, let me advise you in an electronic era, these nasty stuff worked in Reagan era, they will not, and do not work. You always bash Pres. Obama, tell me what are your plans for this nation. Show me tour taxes. Tell me why you hid money in Cayman island, Swiss?? Why you fired people in Bain-Capital? Massachusetts was 47/50 in job creation. You said, "let Detroit go bankrupt", you bankrupted KB Toys, before proceedings, you pulled money, gave 5million dollars to each of 5 sons. Why????? Do not let facts skip, nor Flip-Flop. Obama12.

    July 12, 2012 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  13. MaryM

    Romney and the Republicans are not for the American people. They are for Republicans and their wealthy buddies They have had absolutely no interest in the economy improving for the last 3 1/2 years and done everything in their power to make it worse. And they call themselves Patriots. Boehner, Cantor. McConnell, Jindal, Perry, Gingrich, Romney. My God, they have done more damage to this county in the last 3 years than Bush did in 8.

    July 12, 2012 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  14. Donkey Party

    Another "I know you are, but what am I?" ad from the America-hating, spineless, lying GOP and the Jellyfish-in-Chief Romney.

    July 12, 2012 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  15. AF

    Here is where politicians are really dishonest: Romney has 60% of his 250Millions invest in Sweetzelandand 3 other countries. Who is the most dishonest candidate? ASK ROMNEY WHY HE CREATES JOBS FOR PEOPLE IN FOREIGN COUNTRIES BUT NOT IN AMERICA

    July 12, 2012 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  16. Ancient Texan

    Dishonest personal attacks are the only tools this president has in his re-election bid. The economy and unemployment are the last things on earth that he wants to be reminded of or questioned about.

    July 12, 2012 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  17. Vets2Work

    While each side keeps blaming each other on outsourcing, we can do our part in keeping these jobs in America on your next call.

    The next time you receive and/or place a call into your bank, credit card or support, ask the person on the other end if they are located in the USA. If the answer is no, respectfully ask for a USA representative. You may experience a delay and/or a supervisor but be persistent for your call will be transferred. By doing this demand for USA agents increases while reducing call volume into offshore centers. Companies staff within weeks of a trend therefore they will start adding personnel into the USA centers while decreasing the offshore. This small effort by each individual on a national basis could increase USA employment upward of 3,000 per month within the call centers.

    Let’s all do our part by bring these jobs back to America One Call at a Time.

    July 12, 2012 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  18. cmnsncu

    Do you really think those large corporate donations are to make things better for average America?

    July 12, 2012 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  19. GI Joe

    Deflecting HIS problems to the president isn't going to cut it.

    Romney has been lying since 2006. I don't trust him two feet.

    July 12, 2012 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  20. American

    Karl Rovian projection again, considering Romney's Bain is the biggest outsourcing of American jobs in this campaign.

    Not to mention, flip-flop Romney has sadly become the worst pathological liar ever witnessed in piolitics. Just this week Romney tried to lie about what's in his offshore accounts.

    July 12, 2012 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  21. Keeping it Real

    "Team Obama took issue with's report..."

    If Fackcheck, who's evaluations tend to lean to the liberal interpretation, could not even support Obama's claims, then you'd have to believe that Obama is fabricating the story.

    July 12, 2012 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  22. Rick

    Anybody that decides who to vote for based on TV commercials is a moron who should have his/her voting rights taken away.

    July 12, 2012 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  23. freelancer

    Go Romney! expose them liberals!! Also, don't be defensive. Let the world know that Bain Capital and Koch Brothers are Patriots supporting the advancement of our country.

    July 12, 2012 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  24. Sandi Mc

    No loss of confidence here, are you kidding? The only confidence I've lost is with our do-nothing Congress who vowed to see our President fail on day one. Well, that's my biggest motivation to see that he wins his 2nd term. The GOP crapped on this country big time under Bush, starting 2 unfunded wars, tax breaks for the wealthy with not way to pay for it all. Now they point their money-grubbing fingers at t his President. Anyone who studies the issues can see through their transparent power trip. It's all playground politics led by Rove and his merry band of liars. Money will not buy this election!

    July 12, 2012 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  25. The Other Dale

    Yeah ... nobody buying this.

    July 12, 2012 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
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