(CNN) – The latest television attack from Mitt Romney's campaign hits President Barack Obama for his 2008 campaign slogan "hope and change," using clips of television pundits wondering if that pitch has expired in the 2012 contest.
"It seems like a lifetime ago that candidate Obama was talking about hope and change. Today, after four years of broken promises, President Obama is left to simply run 'negative' and 'inaccurate' ads," read a statement accompanying the ad's release.
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The spot uses clips of television personalities questioning the increasing negativity of Obama's 2012 campaign. CBS host Bob Schieffer, shown during an interview with Obama senior adviser David Axelrod, wonders in the ad: "Whatever happened to hope and change? Now it seems he's just coming right out of the box with these old-fashioned, negative ads."
On his show Sunday, Schieffer reacted to the new Romney spot, saying the campaign hadn't sought permission to use his clip.
"That was a question that I posed to David Axelrod for the president's campaign manager. I wasn't stating something there. I was asking somebody else a question," Schieffer said.
David Brooks, the New York Times columnist, also appears in the ad. He's shown saying on NBC in May: "By starting negative, by going extremely tough and extremely hard, looking conventional, and frankly running ads that are inaccurate."
And Mark Halperin, a Time magazine columnist, is shown saying on MSNBC in June: "Barack Obama's campaign and allies will run more negative ads against this Republican nominee, in 2012, than have ever been run in the history of the world."
Halperin also weighed in on clips of him being used in Romney's ad:
To echo what NBC News' Tom Brokaw said in January, when his image and voice were used in a Romney campaign TV ad (cont.)— Mark Halperin (@Markhalperin) July 15, 2012
To echo what NBC News' Tom Brokaw said in January, when his image and voice were used in a Romney campaign TV ad (cont.)
"I am extremely uncomfortable with the use of my personal image in this political ad...(cont)— Mark Halperin (@Markhalperin) July 15, 2012
"I am extremely uncomfortable with the use of my personal image in this political ad...(cont)
CORRECTING 3/3: "I do not want my role as a journalist compromised for political gain by any campaign." (3 of 3)— Mark Halperin (@Markhalperin) July 15, 2012
CORRECTING 3/3: "I do not want my role as a journalist compromised for political gain by any campaign." (3 of 3)
On CNN on Sunday, Axelrod responded to the allegation that the Obama campaign has relied too heavily on negative campaigning, saying its rivals were equally responsible for airing negative spots.
"Ninety percent of the ads that have been run by Romney and his allies since March have been negative and aimed at the president, so I think it's a mistake to say that our advertising has somehow been more negative," Axelrod said.
On Saturday, Obama's campaign released its latest negative ad, which features Romney singing "America the Beautiful" while the ad flashes the names of countries where the Obama campaign charges Romney either "shipped jobs," "outsourced," or stored portions of his financial portfolio.
The ad was the fourth in the past week from the Obama campaign.
Responding to the Romney ad Sunday, Obama campaign spokeswoman Lis Smith asserted the Republican candidate was avoiding questions on his record.
“Mitt Romney can continue to run ads bemoaning serious questions about his career as a corporate buyout specialist, but he can’t run from his record of leading investments in companies that were ‘pioneers’ in outsourcing and investing in foreign tax havens and offshore accounts," Smith wrote. "It’s time for him to come clean about his involvement at Bain Capital from 1999 to 2002 and follow decades of precedent set by his own father and release additional tax returns."
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Obama's team should release Republican Pat Buchannan's comments on McLaughlin Group last year when Buchannan said, "Obama has been a great Commander-in-Chief," and also release Republican Mayor Bloomberg's recent comments that Obama has done a "pretty good" job as President.
Only Republicans (Karl Rove) can run attack ads. When Obama cites Romney's dreadful history, they say he's being negative. The Republican House did everything they could to sabotage Obama's efforts to improve the economy and now they say he has been ineffective.
I'm really tired of both of these clown shoes and their negative ads. Instead of saying what they are going to do to make things better, they are taking cheap shots at each other. Being in a swing state (Ohio), it is non-stop ads on TV from dawn to dusk and all through the night. November can't get here soon. personally, I don;t think either of them are qualified to manage a little league team much less run this country.
I live in a state where these ads are running. In the last 3 months I have not seen one ad put out by either party that was not an attack ad... that includes Romney. I think this is what we call the pot calling the kettle black. Mitt does seem to appear as a bit of a cry baby or the school bully who picks on others all day, but as soon as a kid does something back, he goes running to the teacher crying.
I wouldn't be surprised if Romney is elected by the booboisie and then forced to resign as Nixon was. Oh, pardon me.
Why not? It's worked so well for the GOP in recent years...
How about that, obama wants to bring us another 4 years of:
– 8%+ unemployment
– $6 Trillion more in National Debt
– credit rating downgrades
– troops killing in Afghanistan
– more one food stamps and disability
– illegal aliens being protected
– selling guns to the mexican drug cartels
– taxpayer dollars to failing companies and hamas
– a mosque on GZ
– National Security secrets being released
– and much more...
It is sad that the kenyan clown used religion for a political purpose.
Over the years we saw millions of jobs being shipped overseas, now we know who made big profits over the loss of those jobs.
Let me undertsand this...a REPUBLICAN is actually complaining about negative campaigns? Kick Karl Rove to the curb and we'll talk. Otherwise shut up and quit whining!
The right wing doesn't know anything but negativity. So...
We Americans deserve the honesty from Mitt Romney's personal finance. Being a presidential candidate, failure of filing tax return for 2011 by the deadline bring a fundamental question about his efficiency in keeping good record of his personal finance. His inability to disclose his finance in a timely manner, and not knowing about details of his blind trust investment in Bermuda, and lack of transparency of his role at Bain capital in 2000 and 2001 clearly disqualify him being elected for the Presidency.
Smoke, mirrors and hypocrisy.
Romney says the charge was "disgusting" and "demeaning," He needs to be presidential, suck it up a, get on to campaigning. You think the US President is never faced with anything disgusting and demeaning? It's the world baby and maybe Romney is not fit for it.
Democrats have nothing but negative ads this year. Can you blame them? They can hardly run on their own successes, especially when none exist!
ALL political adds are based on negativity. Axlerod is right when he said that romney's campaign ads were 90% negative since March. But its also true that Obama's have been equally negative. NO POLITICIAN CAN SAY HE HASNT RUN NEGATIVE ADS! For once I would like to ee an entire campaign or positive ads......unfortunately, it cant happen.
Obama has nothing to run on, so this is what was predicted.
I'm sick of how the Republicans say they can't be attacked by attack ads when their use of ads is almost pure attack. Oh, and "Anonymous advocate" = secret millionaire/billionaire and legit supporter since you fought so hard to make that so
One thing you can always be sure of with Republicans, whatever nastiness they're accusing their enemies of they're doing themselves even more.
Romneys latest uses clips from an interview that are now being taken out of context and used for Romney's gain. THATS an inaccurate and bogus ad and an outright lie. More of the same from the GOP!
He will get sued for using people without their permission, like BS and others here
Did not, did to, did not... Just shut up and come clean. Or is that what's really troubling you, Mitt? Are you so frightened out of your "I want to look like you" jeans that, when the truth is told America will totally realize what a phony you are?
This is what playing Team GOP and NOT Team USA gets you. For the Party only, the heck with the people!!
There's no crying in politics, Mitt. Stop whining, as your fellow GOP'ers are telling you. Release your financial info, as you would have to do even to be a Cabinet member of any President's administration – if you won't, then you sure as hell can't BE the President.
You have as one of your major supporters a man who is a birther, in Donald Trump, and you cry about Obama telling it like it is with Bain and your out of America bank accounts and corporations? You simply don't have what it takes, character-wise and courage-wise, to be our POTUS. See ya.
Obama won't be getting my vote a second time, and I will never forgive myself for voting for him the first time.
So...Romney can use TV clippings illegally – without permission. But he won't provide information about himself. That shows character.
If you are a CEO of a company, you are responsible for the company & its major decisions. Period.