Romney campaign expected to launch multipronged effort to rebut attacks
July 17th, 2012
08:03 PM ET
2 years ago

Romney campaign expected to launch multipronged effort to rebut attacks

Washington (CNN) – In the face of a barrage of negative ads about Bain Capital–as well as calls from Republicans for Mitt Romney to release more years of tax returns–expect the Romney campaign to launch a multipronged offensive to fight back.

There is some acknowledgement inside the campaign, according to sources, that the attacks by the Obama re-election team have begun to drive up Romney's negative ratings. While the national horserace numbers have not moved, there is a sense that the underlying numbers are showing some changes–and not in a good way.

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The Romney campaign, which has been outspent by more than 3-1 in key battleground states, intends to start its own ad onslaught.
"This gap (in advertising) won't exist forever," says one source close to the campaign.

After Democrats last week pounced on the issue of when Romney left his job as head of Bain, Team Romney released three different commercials attacking the president's re-election campaign for its tactics.

Campaign surrogates have been briefed on going after Obama for so-called "crony capitalism" and giving preferential treatment to his donors, a charge his advisers categorically deny.

One surrogate reports that, oddly enough, he had not been briefed on how to respond to the attacks on Bain Capital and taxes. The campaign is in overdrive trying to turn the page and start going on offense, with the candidate himself making the case Tuesday that Obama has been bad for small business and doesn't understand what drives Americans.

"I'm convinced he wants Americans to be ashamed of success," Romney said in Irwin, Pennsylvania.

Team Obama expects to win Pennsylvania, as have Democratic presidential candidates since 1992. The Romney campaign, however, claims it has more of a shot at Pennsylvania than did Sen. John McCain–because of Romney's appeal to suburban women.

Some Republicans believe that, in order to break out of this bad cycle, Romney needs to change the subject to something bigger–like his vision for the economy.

"I would move on with economic vision for the country," says one senior GOP strategist. "How about calling on Congress to stay in through August, get a solution to the fiscal cliff and elevate the debate?"


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soundoff (50 Responses)
  1. Sorensen

    He can't rebut anything. He is as empty as an old oil-can in the desert.

    July 17, 2012 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  2. Q

    The cat will be released from the bag right after the party in Tampa. Then the sad truth about the mighty leader from the promised land will hit home....

    July 17, 2012 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  3. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Obama wants there to be a more level playing field and not watch the wealth take it all over.

    July 17, 2012 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  4. flavoter

    This is bigger than both parties. And their is little they can do about it because it's greed based.

    As long as offshore accounts allow groups to move money around and secretly invest in various areas of the U.S. business and yes politics. This is why Romney should give up his tax documents. I would love to know how much knowledge he has of these type of practices.. Give us the info.

    The Cayman Islands, a jurisdiction that is “known for secrecy and money laundering.”By Drug Cartels and Terrorist groups.

    Just ask HSBC the bank’s head of compliance confessed to lax controls over money laundering and terrorist financing??

    July 17, 2012 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  5. Lawrence

    There is only one way Romney can rebut these attacks...Release your taxes Romney..going back at least 12 years. Like your father. Quit with all the crying and hiding.

    July 17, 2012 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  6. Anita

    Suburban women in PA like alexithymic Mitt? Sure they do! And a bridge here in Brooklyn just went up for sale once again.

    July 17, 2012 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  7. CBR

    Mr. Romney should release his records. He must realize that most Americans can not use off shore and Swiss banks. We must pay taxes on every cent we make. It must be embarrassing for a candidate to say he has been sending money out of the country and avoided paying taxes on it. However, Mr. Romney has been a candidate for office before and he knows that he must release his records. The longer he takes to do so the more people are going to become suspicious that his accounting would bring some bad press.

    July 17, 2012 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  8. American

    Romney expected to divert multipronged effort from his arrogant refusal to release tax returns for the American people.

    What is Romney desperately trying to hide?

    July 17, 2012 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  9. grist

    The reason Romney does not want to show his tax returns is not because he did anything illegal. It is because if he releases them, they will highlight to the country how the system is rigged to allow the rich to get progressively richer at the expense of the rest of us. That will then become the issue of the election.

    July 17, 2012 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
  10. Reggie from LA

    "I'm convinced he wants Americans to be ashamed of success," Romney said in Irwin, Pennsylvania." What a crock! We all accept that there are wealthy people among us. Some more than others. And I'm sure we are often jealous or envious of what they have access to. That's human nature. Nothing new. However, what Americans are ashamed of is that there is a "presumptive" election in progress where "someone" who has avoided FAIR TAXATION (You know. The kind that real Americans like John Q. pays, like 30% or somethin') is a real contender. HOW'D HE GET SO RICH?!! Oh yeah, shrewd investments. Good answer campaign team. We all buy it. Congrats!!

    July 17, 2012 10:55 pm at 10:55 pm |
  11. g

    al capone considered himself a good business man to and taxes did him in

    July 17, 2012 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  12. cebundy

    Interesting that revealing the truth about Romney is considered an "attack". Facts are facts. And either he is lying now or committed felonies when he filed his SEC paperwork.

    But it's all quite simple, if you just listen to Romney, it's easy to figure out. He s for corporations and not people. He want us all to pay more in taxes so that the money can go to corporate welfare rather than in the services that we expect from our government (schools, roads, law enforcement, healthcare and defense). He wants smaller government when it comes to providing the services that WE PAY FOR. And big government when it comes to dictating what we can do in our private lives.

    Meanwhile he'll be happy to continue to facilitate the shipping of US jobs to overseas, until indentured servitude will start to look good to Americans.

    A corrupt supreme court sold democracy to corporations, and Romney is the first presidential candidate of the new corporate party, formerly known as the republican party.

    July 17, 2012 11:25 pm at 11:25 pm |
  13. Patrick from Minnesota

    Ok Mitt, we know Obama is "outsourcer in chief" and all that crap. But how are YOU a better alternative?

    July 17, 2012 11:40 pm at 11:40 pm |
  14. enuff

    romney's PR team is more than slow in coming up with spin, rebuttals, etc. It takes them at least a week before they even try to have a response. How would he have handled Hurricane Katrina type situation? I don't know... probably would make some comment then we'd wait a week.

    July 18, 2012 12:22 am at 12:22 am |
  15. luke,az

    Gov. Robme is not a leader.He is not presidential material. He is though the perfect candidate for the 1%.

    July 18, 2012 12:47 am at 12:47 am |
  16. Just a thought

    Is this guy for real? Even the GOP insiders, rank and file members are seeing this flounder is already flillet and ready for the grill i.e. the presidential debates. This Robme-Bot is screwed. He can call the president names from a distance but like any other bully, when standing in front of someone that will not back down the turn to cowards. We had guys like Robme-bot in junior high and they withered like lettuce sitting outside in 150 degrees heat. Weak like soaking wet charmin. – LOL

    July 18, 2012 01:04 am at 1:04 am |
  17. sayer

    Mitt's out of his league. What a loser.

    July 18, 2012 01:08 am at 1:08 am |
  18. Thomas

    Romney campaign expected to launch multipronged effort to rebut attacks

    Romney sounds more and more like a Field- Marshall during Operation Barbarossa:.

    July 18, 2012 01:22 am at 1:22 am |
  19. cachead

    Are you serious? RoMoney is going to get the Congress to give up their August vacation!

    July 18, 2012 01:25 am at 1:25 am |
  20. cachead

    Are you serious? RoMoney is going to get the Congress to give up their August vacation! That is not going to happen. The House needs this time to connect with their constituents and push their re-election campaigns. The same is true for one third of the Senate.

    These people can't seem to get anything done even with a gun to their head and RoMoney is going to change the discussion by suggesting doing something responsible.

    How Congress responds to the economy will largely depend on the outcome of the election. RoMoney is finding out going head to head with a sitting president is not the same thing as knocking off a few rivals during a primary.

    Game on with advantage Obama even with this weak economy.

    Republicans win when the ignorant vote.

    July 18, 2012 01:30 am at 1:30 am |
  21. WeR4Freedom

    I say Romney all the way! Outspent 3 to 1 and a huge underdog. Time for the underdog, time for real fiscal change. Time for Romney President 2012/2016

    July 18, 2012 01:41 am at 1:41 am |
  22. J.V.Hodgson

    First off " fighting back" is for this voter a losing battle it only convinces me he has something to hide or he would rather not disclose. So far the excuses like "retroactively retired" are pathetic. He should either put up fully or take the advice of chinese philosphers and warriors of he who fights and runs away lives to fight another day.
    As soon as an attack ad appears against Romney he and his campaign is crying foul.
    My god look at what he did in the primaries to his own Republican colleagues and through out that and afterwards he has frankly attempted to totally, Diss, criticise, throw mud at every single thing Obama has done, and has bent facts in that battle per the fact checkers much more than Obama.
    Regards,
    Hodgson.

    July 18, 2012 04:03 am at 4:03 am |
  23. Fortinbras

    I will try to explain the the growing backlash. Not all of us want to be rich. This isnt a country full of eccentriics. Some of us just want to live a sensible life, provide for ourselves and our families, and maybe retire with good pensions. We dont hate the rich. But where do you, in particular, get the nerve to run president? You have been making a fortune capitalizing on the free world trade which has been gradually costing us entire industries in some cases, and lowering our standard of living in other cases.

    July 18, 2012 04:16 am at 4:16 am |
  24. Victor

    Obama has done to Romney, what Romney did to his rivals during the primaries. Glad to see Democrat play offense.

    July 18, 2012 05:02 am at 5:02 am |
  25. dwilson

    I am the Teaparty Speculator in Chief of Tennessee and we call on the Justice Department and the SEC to fully and completely investigate Mitt Romney for the period indicated in his SEC filings between 1999-2003 that prove he was in charge of Bain Capitol. We welcome this investigation as it will prove exaxtly the kind of man he is for the American people. 10 years of tax returns is expected as well since our Governor Romney has nothing to hide. We challenge those that believe otherwise.

    July 18, 2012 06:55 am at 6:55 am |
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