New Obama ad features a crooning Romney
July 14th, 2012
06:00 AM ET
2 years ago

New Obama ad features a crooning Romney

(CNN) - An ad released Saturday by President Barack Obama's campaign features Mitt Romney singing "America, America" while the screen flashes with names of other countries.

Mexico, China, India, Switzerland, Bermuda, the Cayman Islands: all places Obama's campaign charges in the ad that Romney either "shipped jobs," "outsourced," or stored portions of his financial portfolio.

The ad comes after a week of unrelenting pressure on Romney's business record and personal financial decisions by Obama’s campaign.

In a series of television interviews Friday, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee addressed the attacks.

"One of their insiders said that their campaign was going to be based upon the strategy of 'kill Romney,' " he said of Team Obama in an interview on CNN.

The ad's soundtrack is from a campaign appearance in Florida last January, where Romney led his audience in a verse of "America, the Beautiful."

Romney's campaign has disputed what it called falsehoods about his leadership of the private equity firm, Bain Capital, as well as his substantial personal wealth.

This ad is the fourth in the past week for the Obama campaign.

This month, the president's campaign has purchased at least $25 million in television advertising time in key battleground states.

This new ad will air in Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Virginia, according to Obama's campaign, as well as on CNN.

– CNN’s Paul Steinhauser and Gregory Wallace contributed to this report


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soundoff (44 Responses)
  1. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Now Herman Cain, there was a republican who could sing.

    July 14, 2012 07:07 am at 7:07 am |
  2. clarke

    Tell you what, this is all getting old real fast. That includes both sides.

    July 14, 2012 07:13 am at 7:13 am |
  3. Cam Spurgeon

    This election is not about Bain per se but about ethics and greed and honesty. In my mind he the aspiring candidate has already proven himself to be a prolific liar and perhaps a tax evader. Make him release his taxes or vote accordingly like he ttells so many, go vote for someone else. Well Ii will certainly not vote for him. liar, tax evader. Shame on the Republican party to put this believer in nothing except getting what he wants up as their candidate.

    July 14, 2012 07:15 am at 7:15 am |
  4. megamimi

    Mr. Obama, also, has crooned a few, with no more talent than Mr. Romney. Like the dog debate, this is fluff and serves to neither advance or improve the political stature of either side, especially that of the president. Better to let sleeping dogs lie, and singing politicians quietly move on.

    July 14, 2012 07:27 am at 7:27 am |
  5. megamimi

    If one wishes to open up exporting jobs overseas, then Obama's campaign might wish to beware. Olympic uniforms made in China by big time Obama supporter? Green technology components made in China by failed Obama supported companies. Auto bailout money used to subsidize Chinese production of GM cars? That pointing finger can go both ways.

    July 14, 2012 07:29 am at 7:29 am |
  6. Namejkane fl SEND THE THREE TIME LOSER romney HOME AND MAKE IT FOUR.

    That's romney the clown,yep,that's the Gop bafoon party canadate I know . What's on the disk drives from mass and where are your tax returns?????????you think your going to get elected in Nov . Not happening!!!!!!way to secrative ,could be a crook like rover nitwitquest the lobbyist!!!!

    July 14, 2012 07:29 am at 7:29 am |
  7. Yvonne

    Wait . . . we want to see this ad in CA!!! That sounds like good political comedy.

    July 14, 2012 07:53 am at 7:53 am |
  8. jesse james. take them to street and shoot them like the dogs they are

    Lay it on mr obama . After tampa the gopt will have a new canadite.

    July 14, 2012 08:01 am at 8:01 am |
  9. joewendi

    Obama was never qualified to be President. Did he ever hold a job in the real world(Acorn not included)? He has no real life experiences. Why did he seal all his records? Obviously when he applied for college, he did so as a exchange student(alien). I know of no other President who was not involved in business or similar. Did the voting public ever consider this? The answer is a resounding NO!

    July 14, 2012 08:01 am at 8:01 am |
  10. joewendi

    I have no idea how Obama qualified to be President. Has he ever had a job(forget ACORN)? What real world experiences has he had? Not to mention the questions of eligibility. Why has he sealed all records? Probably because when he applied for college, he applied as a exchange student. h

    July 14, 2012 08:02 am at 8:02 am |
  11. joewendi

    have no idea how Obama qualified to be President. Has he ever had a job(forget ACORN)? What real world experiences has he had? Not to mention the questions of eligibility. Why has he sealed all records? Probably because when he applied for college, he applied as a exchange student(alien). Did the voters consider any of this? I think not.

    July 14, 2012 08:05 am at 8:05 am |
  12. AF

    Romney is an example of those that are sucking American money. How come in the world for Romney get $100,000 a year from a compagny that is not working for? $100,000 a year? Poor American Middle calss people

    July 14, 2012 08:25 am at 8:25 am |
  13. Truthserim

    Romney is a felon or lying to Americans PERIOD

    July 14, 2012 08:37 am at 8:37 am |
  14. American

    Americans need to see the real Romney, who Gingrich even acknowledged as the only presidential candidate ever to place his vested interests in foreign countries instead of America.

    July 14, 2012 08:37 am at 8:37 am |
  15. Marie MD

    Priceless!!! :) :)
    The teapublikkkans were afraid that this bishop would self destruct and it's happening right before our eyes.
    HE HAS TO, IT'S THE LAW, RELEASE HIS TAXES AND MEDICAL RECORDS PRONTO, SOON, NOW. HE IS RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT FOR PETE'S SAKE.

    July 14, 2012 08:43 am at 8:43 am |
  16. beanne

    Obama is VERY disrespectful of anything that pertains to America and our symbols of America...thus he never places his hand over his heart and does not recite the Pledge of allegiance.This is another disgusting add that Obama put together to take the countries eyes off of the fact that he has FAILED us as President. Unemployment is still out of control, the National debt has doubled, Taxes are going up and up on EVERYONE except those 40% that pay NOTHING yet get handouts.
    Tell me again why I should be more concerned with what Mitt does with his own hard earned money than with what Obama does with mine?

    July 14, 2012 08:43 am at 8:43 am |
  17. brian

    Excellent ad that tell the tale about the true Mitt Romney

    July 14, 2012 08:44 am at 8:44 am |
  18. Etch-A-Sketch Mitt RobMe Lying About his Work History @ BAIN while Collecting Salarie$$$ for DOING-NOTHING

    Ouch! That's gonna hurt this little wimp mitt robme!!!

    Etch-A-Sketch Mitt RobMe is asking for an apology for being attacked that he LIED to SEC on his tax forms which is a felony?....well, guess what miit robme, the response from president Obama is on the cover page of your book: "NO APOLOGIES"

    Now can this pos get off his high horse and STOP whinning like a crybaby and release those damn TAX RETURNS!

    July 14, 2012 08:44 am at 8:44 am |
  19. proudmemberofglobalzero

    My $10.00 donation was "Well Spent"! I am an Obama supporter and I approve this message!!!

    July 14, 2012 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  20. 0rangeW3dge

    old men should not wear jeans

    This is his uniform now, trying to be like Steve Jobs? Seriously
    "the presumptive Republican presidential nominee" is gonna be mad (again) for all this "false advertising"
    Have those "Obama" people have no shame, have they no morals, have they no pity on a man who calls "Obama" a liar and a cheater and a destroyer and a failure and a do-nothing and a loser and a......

    July 14, 2012 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  21. vic , nashville ,tn

    Beautiful ad

    July 14, 2012 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  22. Kenny K

    When everyone was saying nasty and derogatory things about Obama on Republicans and Romney's behalves, Romney said he cannot monitor or response to them, however he is calling Obama to monitor other people's comments.

    July 14, 2012 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  23. T'sah From Virginia

    Remember when Romney said this: "So we went to the company and we said, look, you can't have any illegals working on our property. I'm running for office, for Pete's sake, I can't have illegals,”

    Romney also is trying to say this: "So, I had to close my Swiss bank accounts because it would look like I'm hiding under a tax shelter; I'm running for office for Pete's sake, I can't have money in banks located overseas!"

    AND, Romney wants us to believe this: "So, I have to keep stating that I was NOT part of Bain after 1999 even though I was still the owner of the company, I'm running for office for Pete's sake; I can't be tagged to the fact I was outsourcing jobs to other countries!"

    "I’m not familiar precisely with exactly what I said but I stand by what I said whatever it was...?"
    Please WAKE UP AMERICA because from this point on, this will be Romney’s ONLY buzz!!

    Obama 2012 – The Only Trusted Way Forward!!

    July 14, 2012 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  24. WiredweirdinSF

    Kinda strange how this corrupt, incompetent, inept, lying, hypocritical, union taody president has to run ads and use his dope addict surrogates to knock anything about Romney rather than run on his own miserable, failed record. While Mitt was busy actually working and producing, the Kenyan village idiot was sitting in a Senate seat voting present.

    July 14, 2012 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  25. Bootstomper

    Romney is going to snap.

    July 14, 2012 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
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