Team Romney lambasts Obama in two new ads
August 5th, 2012
09:43 AM ET
2 years ago

Team Romney lambasts Obama in two new ads

(CNN) - Mitt Romney's campaign released two new television ads Sunday hitting President Barack Obama on two fronts: the United States' ties with Israel and the still-recovering economy.

The first ad, "Cherished Relationship," comes exactly one week after the presumptive GOP nominee made a high-profile trip to Israel.

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Opening with an attack line, the 30-second spot blasts Obama for having "never visited Israel as president" and chides him for refusing to "recognize Jerusalem as its capital."

The commercial then features footage of Romney appearing in the Jewish state, meeting with Israeli voters, wearing a yarmulke and visiting the Western Wall.

"Mitt Romney will be a different kind of president - a strong leader who stands by our allies," the ad's narrator says. "He knows America holds a deep and cherished relationship with Israel."

The ad ends with a controversial statement Romney made during his speech in front of the Old City's Tower of David last week: “It’s a deeply moving experience to be in Jerusalem, the capital of Israel.”

American policy has long been intentionally vague on the status of Jerusalem. A U.S. law passed in 1995 designates Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, and stipulates the American Embassy should move to the city from Tel Aviv. The past three presidents, however, have signed waivers suspending the law, citing security and diplomatic concerns.

In the second commercial, "It's Just Not Getting Better," Romney's campaign focuses on the economy and blames the president for July's job numbers, which came out Friday and revealed an unemployment rate uptick - to 8.3%, from 8.2% last month - as households claimed they lost 195,000 jobs in July.

However, the ad does not mention that the economy added 163,000 jobs, far more than in recent months.

The government's monthly jobs report comes from two separate surveys: one that looks at employer payrolls and one that questions households. Those two reports went in opposite directions in July, confusing the overall reading on the job market.

"Under Obama's economy, it's just not getting better," the ad's narrator says.

The president, however, touted the new job numbers Friday, focusing on the jobs created in July.

"That means that we've now created 4.5 million new jobs over the last 29 months and 1.1 million new jobs so far this year," Obama said in remarks in Washington at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building. "Those are our neighbors and family members finding work and the security that comes with work."

Pivoting, the ad says Romney has a plan for a "stronger middle class" that includes "more jobs and more take-home pay."

"It's a plan that works for America," the narrator concludes at the end of the spot.

This week Romney unveiled his promise to create 12 million new jobs in his first four years in office if elected. While some economists have raised doubts about his ability to achieve that goal because it would require adding 250,000 jobs a month, Romney told CNN on Saturday that it's achievable.

"That is what happens in a normal process. When you come out of the kind of recession we've had you should see this kind of creation," he told CNN Chief Political Analyst Gloria Borger.

Last week, Romney's campaign and the Republican National Committee bought $8.2 million for a week of ad time beginning Wednesday and running through Tuesday in eight battleground states, according to a Republican source tracking ad buys.

– CNN’s Kevin Liptak, Kevin Bohn and Annalyn Censky contributed to this report.


Filed under: 2012 • Ads • Economy • Israel • Mitt Romney • President Obama
soundoff (42 Responses)
  1. vic , nashville ,tn

    Past 60 days we are talking about Romney tax return

    Past week we are talking about why Romney is not giving live interview to CNN, MSNBC, ABC, CBS and NBC
    SO Obama Campaign is winning

    August 5, 2012 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  2. DJ

    The Obama team always quotes the jobs that have been created, time for them to be up front about the numbers. Where are the jobs lost numbers??

    August 5, 2012 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  3. M-W-T

    I always go with my gut feelings.......This time my heart says.....
    MITT ROMNEY IS THE WORST REPUBLICAN IN THE COUNTRY for POTUS.....I don't think so.....

    4 more for 44

    August 5, 2012 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  4. MaryM

    What a bunch of bs romney. You are sounding more and more desperate in every ad.

    August 5, 2012 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  5. Wake up people

    Show us the taxes Willard. I am sick of your lies and your constant refusal to do the one thing every other candidate has done. How can anyone trust a man that refuses to be open with the public?

    Wake up America! Remember Bush II?

    OBAMA 2012!

    August 5, 2012 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  6. Separation of Church and State

    Mitt Romney the devout Mormon, may have lowered his standards to win this Presidental election. For decades The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (LDS) – The Mormons and its faithful church members have taken a strong, and very vocal unalterable stance against gambling in any form including lotteries, internet gambling, racetracks, and casinos. Sheldon Adelson (CEO of the Las Vegas Sands Corporation and Venetian Macao Ltd.) son of a Ukranian Jewish immigrant (also fanancier of Romney's recent visit to Isreal), and his wife recently gave $10 million to the pro-Romney super PAC named Restore Our Future. Adelson the Las Vegas casino magnate has pledged to spend $100 million to defeat Obama. Adelson's very large contributions can easily make Romney a shoe in for the President of the United States. It will probably be after Romney officially wins the GOP nomination at the National Republican Convention in Tampa, Florida in August 2012 that the American public can expect this Super PAC money to be spent in massive negative campaign ads against Obama.

    August 5, 2012 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  7. JAB62

    The Republicans should be ashamed that this guy was the best they had (or were willing) to offer the American people. I say willing because I think they had better people who could have run but I think they didn't want to waste their chance this time around because they know they're going to lose. This guy is pathectic. Is there a position he hasn't flip flopped on? His daddy didn't make it and now he's trying to make up for it. He's been told since he was a child that he could be POTUS one day. Sorry Thurston Howell, the American people won't vote for someone who hides his money off shore and won't release his tax returns no matter how weak the reason. Oh boo hoo if I release my tax returns they're just gonna pick on me. For real? Do you know how lame that sounds when everyone knows you won't do it because it'll just make you look bad?

    August 5, 2012 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  8. King

    First of all mitten you've got to talk to your obstructionist party in Congress who doesn't give a dam about this country, and are the only ones in government can make laws and have power of the purse, say somthing to them since the presidency is not a dictatorship.

    August 5, 2012 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  9. Mike in Texas

    GW didn't visit Israel as President until January 2008.
    Ronald Regan and George HW Bush never visited Israel as President
    Clinton did it 4 times.

    Such a weak ad. And all you Obama bashers read up and how little if all past Republican Presidents have visited Israel before you slam Obama.

    August 5, 2012 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  10. vic , nashville ,tn

    For peace talk in Middle East both party has to trust us, but Romney alienate Palestine

    August 5, 2012 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  11. sayer

    But this is not a normal recession, Mitt.

    August 5, 2012 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  12. Vic

    Its obvious to even a child that Obama's can't run on his awful record, so the plan is to distract, distract, distract. Obama and MS media played his hand by lying about Romney's tenure at Bain. The ruse about taxes is just so they can lie about more things. Obama has hidden more about his past (College applications, transcripts) . Does Obama have something to hide. Did he apply as a Kenyan? Lets release thos records

    August 5, 2012 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  13. once upon a horse

    the negative ads are NOT working Mitt..only with the ones that weren't going to vote for Obama any way so just keep wasting your money. I'm sure the Koch Brothers bottomless wallets will keep you funded for such garb.

    August 5, 2012 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  14. They ought to change from the elephant to the hippo...

    What an obnoxious pander bear you are, Mitt!

    August 5, 2012 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  15. Steve

    Umm DJ – jobs created is an aggregated of the difference between jobs lost and jobs created. For instance, last month the private sector created 170,000 jobs but the government eliminated about 10,000 jobs, so you get the 160,000 number we have now. So the number does tell you jobs lost. Don't be an idiot.

    August 5, 2012 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  16. CalmerVoice

    Please take a moment to reflect on who is going to be the better President for us Americans and not the others.
    Successful Governer & business owner, devout Christian ( do we care the exact denomination?) & someone who you probably invest your money with? Yea, he is not perfect ( who is?) & he has some lapses ever now & then but ask yourself – does he like America, does he put America first?
    Or the guy which is in charge for 4 years & what did he achieve or is trying to achieve? Are the jobs back? Is the housing back? Are we better off internationally? Financially? Will all these rebels in the Middle East become our friends?
    Where do you see America in 4 years?
    I ask everone who is not giving up on America to answer to themselves all these questions & make your decision. Good luck.

    August 5, 2012 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  17. vic , nashville ,tn

    Obama is running on his record killing Osama bin Laden, 29 straight months positive job creation , ending war in Iraq , no more Gaddafi

    Romney running away from his record example Romney care, pro abortion, pro ammunition control

    August 5, 2012 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  18. Jack

    As a long-time conservative, the Republican's have done nothing, but muck it up the last 4 years and my opinion will pay for dearly in November.

    I won't be votingfor them!

    August 5, 2012 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  19. stew

    Both the Defense Minister and the President of Israel stated President Obama has worked harder supporting Israel than any other President, and ensured Israel in matters of its defense.
    The middle East has changed and the Republicans are trying to use violent speech to ensure their will never be complete peace there between those nations.
    Romney isn't so welcome in any country he vacation in as he was insulting and boring.
    All he thought of is saving the Olympics by out streaching his arms and making it snow in Park City Utah, then trying to fool Israel as he says he is their new messiah.

    August 5, 2012 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  20. geggyg

    @ DJ
    The 163,000 quoted is a net number of jobs gained(say for example, private jobs gained 272,000 minus 100,000 private jobs lost neans a net gain of 172,000.) , thats means jobs gained minus jobs lost in both private and the govt sectors . . When the numbers were released on friday they said 172,000 private sector jobs gained ( net figure ) , the govt sector lost 9,000 jobs (net figure) that means 163,000 jobs gained

    August 5, 2012 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  21. exrepublican

    Sad how the GOP can't ever put out an ad with any basis of truth, there always has to be misinformation mixed in to fool the viewers, who they know won't check the validity of the accusations. All DNC and Obama ads should ATTACK Romney on not releasing his tax records. No other ads are needed. Just one after another telling Romney to be honest with America and show us the truth about your financial history. This should be a relentless attack. It will be based on facts with no intentions to mislead anyone. If he wants to lead us we have the right to know EVERYTHING about him now, in the future and in the past. Wake up Democrats and start pounding the message into everyone's head. He is obviously hiding something and getting away with it! What a joke! The ads should even state, "how would you like it if Obama withheld his tax history from Americans?"

    August 5, 2012 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  22. Larry L

    I see Romney is now a Jewish/Mormon. That's like he's a moderate/conservative, pro-choice/pro-life, or pro-Romneycare/anti-Obamacare. The man has no actual convictions to any ideology except acquiring wealth and personal power.

    He needs to release those tax returns before independents and moderates could ever consider voting for him. We now know he's hiding something bad enough to cause his to not get elected. Did he break the law or just cheat? Did he really not pay taxes for TEN YEARS? I know I paid my taxes...

    August 5, 2012 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  23. Bruce Becker

    Obama hates Israel and America (along with CNN et al)

    This is news?

    August 5, 2012 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  24. A not-so-stupid former republican

    Romney, the more of the same republican loser!

    August 5, 2012 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  25. Larry L

    @CalmerVoice

    Please take a moment to reflect on who is going to be the better President for us Americans and not the others.
    ---------------------------------------------------–
    Is he a man who represents the political party that got us into the recession and then obstructed all progress? Is he a man who is hiding something so terrible in his tax returns he knows he'll not get elected if it's revealed? Is he a man who invented the concepts behind Obamacare and now wants it repealed? Is he a man who operated a vulture capitalist business that sent thousands of people to the streets w/o a pension or a job? Is he a politician who promises lower taxes for all, terrific healthcare (same as obamacare), a huge defense budget, cheap gasoline, AND a reduced deficit w/o giving any specifics on how to pay for these things? Now make your choice...

    August 5, 2012 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
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