Campaigns resume attacks
July 23rd, 2012
11:39 AM ET
2 years ago

Campaigns resume attacks

(CNN) – The bitter partisan fights that have been waged for months reappeared Monday after a weekend of reflection following Friday's deadly shooting in Colorado.

David Axelrod, a senior adviser to President Barack Obama's campaign, was the first to break the silence on Twitter.

The message directed readers to a report that some records from Romney's tenure as head of the Salt Lake City Olympic games had been destroyed.

With the silence seemingly broken, a few hours later Mitt Romney's campaign resumed their attacks on Obama's handling of the economy, sending a press release highlighting a series of reports detailing America's still-weak economic recovery.

"Millions of middle-class Americans are struggling in the Obama economy and there's no relief in sight," Romney spokeswoman Andrea Saul wrote. "After three and a half years, the results of President Obama's policies are clear: businesses aren't hiring, poverty is climbing, and manufacturing is weakening. Middle-class Americans need a new direction, and a new president who can get our economy back on track."

Friday's shooting at a Colorado movie theater prompted a shift in the political tone, as both Romney and Obama turned previously scheduled rallies into solemn events to express sorrow for the Colorado massacre. Both campaigns canceled later events on Friday and pulled political advertising from the airwaves in Colorado.

On Sunday, Obama's campaign said it would keep ads off the air through Friday, and Romney's team said the ads would remain down "until further notice."


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  1. thats funny right there

    yep because romney has never outsourced any american jobs and had people laid off right. you sold me, I am voting gop. Not

    July 23, 2012 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  2. Obama 2012 - BEND Forward America, take another 4 long years of OBAMA FAILURE

    Latest polls show Obama falling like a rock, as he should. Their campaign is rather pathetic. Who wants to give money for nothing but negative and deceitful ads to get another 4 years of Obama failure? Thank God the American people aren't falling for the Obama smoke and mirror show. He's been a disaster and we can't afford another 4 years of this disaster. Time to MOVE ON and get a competent successful person in the Whitehouse.

    July 23, 2012 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  3. Donkey Party

    CNN, why do you call it "attacks" from David Axelrod, when Romney wants to run on his business experience and Olympic involvement, and Axelrod is talking about Romney's business experience and Olympic involvement? If anyone is on the offensive, it's the Romney team for lying about and distorting the President's record. Your journalistic integrity is sinking to Fox lows.

    July 23, 2012 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  4. chris

    Romney keeps say that companies need profits to hire....well, they have been sitting on record profits for nearly a year and the larget in over 60-years.....that premise is false. consumers only creat jobs and that means the burden on the poor and middle-class must be relieved. Only they create demand and forces companies to hire to me the demand.....economics 101.

    July 23, 2012 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  5. Pete

    It was nice of Romney to say bravo to the president for going to Colorado to speak to the victims and families of those killed that were involved in this Fridays massacre.Romneys got guts,was he there of course not,he's not the personal ,compassionate person the president is and he never will being the arrogent wealthy elitist that he is.That's what seperates these two candidates,the incumbent being for the regular people and Romney being for the wealthy and big corporations,its for you to decide this November,I'm voting for Pres.Obama and Biden,no thinking twice there!!

    July 23, 2012 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  6. Robert Jay

    Where are all the jobs that supposedly the rich have created with their Bush tax breaks? Why haven't the Republicans in congress let the incentive funds do what they were designed to do? Why because of morons like Mconnell / Graham / Boehner and Cantor who put party above and first before America / USA Throw all the Republican morons out in November and then we can rebuild the USA like it should be and cab be done!

    July 23, 2012 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  7. California Gary

    Gotta love that clip of Romney telling the Olympians that they didn't get there on their own. After all the hoopla over Obama telling business owners the same thing........The Obama camp should immediately put out a clip of an Olympian telling us how "he is the one that put in all the hours in the gym and on the training field.....and it was his vision and dedication that got him there......nobody else. How can Romney attribute all his hard work to the collective efforts of other people?" How "un-American" of him!

    July 23, 2012 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  8. Logic N LA

    Obama 2012- Your statement is incorrect. the Preisdient is not falling like a rock in the polls and his fundraising while leveling off, started long ago and far stronger and there fore the only number that matters is the total. Only 3 months ago, Romney was still battling for his party's nomination.
    Polls taken anytime berfor June reflected a GOP that still was hoping for anyone but romney, so the numbers accurately reflected the in-party split. now I know everything I said would be understood by sensible people but given your post- I figured you needed a civics lesson.

    July 23, 2012 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  9. Erick

    Why doesn't CNN cover Gary Johnson, the Libertarian party candidate? He is on the ballot in all 50 states, something that takes a lot of work and dedicated supporters. He is currently polling at 13% in New Mexico and could have a major impact on the outcome in all states as he gets support from Reps, Dems, and more importantly a LOT of independents.
    CNN dropped him from their polling and debates very early in the primary when he was at 2-3%, yet they REGULARLY ran positive press stories on John Huntsman and kept him in the polls and debates despite the fact that he was polling below 1%, they also kept Santorum covered and talked about regularly although he was below 1% in the polls.

    Gary Johnson has more executive experience than Obama and Romney combined and turned around the state of New Mexico's budget in an extremely impressive way that included working with both sides of the isle. He was elected governor over a fairly popular incumbent Democrat and was re-elected in a landslide.

    Why does CNN continue to talk about 2nd grade level attacks between Romney and Obama instead of talking in depth about solutions to our country's massive problems and including the candidate on the ballot in all 50 states who has a superior track record of success to either Obama or Romney?
    Why?

    July 23, 2012 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  10. Obama 2012 - MOVE Forward America, NOT another round of DUBYA's FAILURES

    Willard is doomed to fail in Nov. If it wasn't for the massive Super PAC funding from the 1% – both here and overseas – he'd already be doomed. Luckily, there are enough American's who can see thru the right wing propaganda and will do the right thing in Nov and let Obama finish getting this country back to the top of the fiscal cliff that the Republicrats drove us over.

    July 23, 2012 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  11. Myviewis

    Nancy Pelosi said that the issue of showing tax returns was trivial compared to the economic issues and she herself won't release tax returns and only 17 of 535 Members release their tax returns. So based on Nancy Pelosi I don't see why Governor Romney is doind something wrong in not releasing all his tax returns.

    July 23, 2012 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  12. Ed

    Romney's lack of a specific plan to right the US economy; his failure to release his complete tax returns; and his general sidestepping of pointed questions, indicates he has much to hide and he cannot be trusted. He is running on one issue; the economy created and made worse by the republicans in the house of representatives. He refuses to bring up his foreign policy or any other important issue. A vote for Romney is a huge mistake!

    July 23, 2012 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  13. BHPT

    Foreign banks are pouring money into Romney's campaign. Romney refuses to release his income tax returns and refuses to get specific on what tax "loopholes" he would close (although he apprarently has not problem creating a huge loophole by repealing the estate tax). The guy is secretive and slippery on every major issue. We simply cannot trust Romney.

    July 23, 2012 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  14. Etch-A-Sketch Mitt RobMe Out-sourcing Jobs-Outsourcing-his-Money and Outsourcing America

    Etch-A-Sketch Mitt RobMe keeps talking about the economy, yet he can't show the AMERICAN how good he was as a business man...buying off MA state Govt. & the Olympics paper trail!!!

    mitt robme is a phoney and class act corporate raider!....Just what is mitt robme hiding? NO TRANSPARENCY...NO RECORDS. ALL BLUSTER WITH NO SUBSTANCE!!!!!

    July 23, 2012 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  15. demwit

    Tax returns. Bundlers. Bain. MA records & key docs from Olympics! ANYTHING BUT OBAMA BROKEN PROMISES!!

    July 23, 2012 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  16. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Would someone please point out to the right wingnuts that Mittens is running for president, and he needs to be above board and release his taxes. I think if he were running for something that he was more qualified for, like meter reader, he would not have to release any of his forms.

    July 23, 2012 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  17. Axel

    What is Romney running on because it certainly isn't a specific policy or any of his business or leadership history.

    July 23, 2012 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  18. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    What is Mittens afraid of? He should know that his right wingnut base does not care about republican transparency. He meets the GOP standards because he is rich, white, job killing, tax evading, corporate raiding, foreign investing, and a member of the plutocracy.

    July 23, 2012 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  19. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Does it not matter to right wingnuts that their multi millionaire candidate, chosen by the Kochs, did not pay any taxes during any of the years he was running for president?

    July 23, 2012 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  20. PatriotArmyGirl

    It irritates me that so many people believe all the negative ads on television. They are ADS!

    July 23, 2012 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  21. Obama 2012 - BEND Forward America, take another 4 long years of OBAMA FAILURE

    OK, so Obama ran on "Hope & Change" in 2008. We found out that mean't a trillion dollar debt to keep government workers employed, money for "shovel ready projetcs" which did not exist and money for failed green energy companies like Solyndra. It also mean't a $2-3 TRILLION new government entitlement called Obamacare that will result in 21 new taxes and millions losing their existing health plan and/or doctor.

    And now we are being sold "Forward" with absolutely no details. "Forward" to what? Well, that seems pretty clear but they won't tell you. "Forward" to the financial cliff and jump. "Forward" to depression and massive unemployment. All of which the Democrats will blame on others, like they always do.

    July 23, 2012 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  22. Pete

    Can Romney run on his record at Bain with the extensive history of bankrupting corporations,selling off assets,stealing employees pensions,healthcare and say with a straight face he helped Americans with jobs,if he can,he most certainly is delushional and needs help.Republicans say the president is against business,but if you looked at what he's done with regards to tax breaks and other incentives you would be surprised at the Romney attacks that lie about these same facts twisting them.Pres.Obama is for the little guy and you're ignorent if you think otherwise,he just had a job bill turned down recently because congress wanted Bushs tax cut extentions for the wealthy made permanent,but he wouldn't add it to the bill so they turned it down,its not his fault,they're the problem,you republicans should straighten out your help,you voted for these obstructionists ,take responsibility for them then!!!

    July 23, 2012 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  23. Kelly

    I am an independant voter, Based on the thoughtfull and informative comments here I have decided to vote for Romney. Thank you all..

    July 23, 2012 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  24. v_mag

    One thing I can guarantee about the presidential election this year is that there will be massive fraud. Oh, there will be some people try to vote who don't have a right to. There will be many people who do have the right who will not be allowed to vote. But the massive fraud will be against the people who do vote, but whose vote will not be counted.

    It may appear in the "popular vote" category, but it will have zero effect on the "real" vote count, which is the electoral college vote. The powers that be have already decided who will win the electoral vote in the majority of states, and the voters in those state are therefore disenfranchised. Neither Romney nor Obama will even campaign in one of those states, and you will not be able to express your concerns to them, because they will be very busy in about 10 battleground states. Only in those states will a vote have any effect whatsoever on the presidential election, and even then, it won't have a direct effect.

    The highest 2 offices in the land will be filled according to the electoral votes of a handful of states, and the rest of the country might as well not exist. In fact, the only meaningful use of your vote, if you live in a state like Texas, is to cast it for a 3rd party candidate in protest. I will be voting for anyone but Romney or Obama, and it is very hard for me to believe that Americans are not outraged by this situation.

    July 23, 2012 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  25. PatriotArmyGirl

    The ads are half truths at best. At worst, who knows. Check out "Steel Dynamics" and check out Dick Morris. If you want some intelligent answers and truthful reports.

    July 23, 2012 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
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