Obama ad: 'Get real, Mitt'
August 14th, 2012
02:52 PM ET
6 years ago

Obama ad: 'Get real, Mitt'

(CNN) – Mitt Romney's suggestion that students struggling to pay for higher education should ask their parents for help was met with a tough retort in an ad released Tuesday from President Barack Obama's campaign: 'Get real.'

In the 30-second spot that the campaign says will air in Colorado, Iowa, Nevada, Ohio and Virginia, Romney is shown saying: "Take a risk, get the education, borrow money if you have to from your parents."

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"Hope they can afford it," a narrator in the ad replies. "Romney's plans could cut college aid for nearly ten million students and eliminate the tax deduction for college tuition."

Romney's remarks, which came during an April address at a college in Ohio, encouraged students to take risks in order to become successful.

"We've always encouraged young people: Take a shot, go for it, take a risk, get the education, borrow money if you have to from your parents, start a business," Romney said.

The ad ends with an appeal from the narrator: "Get real, Mitt."

In April, Romney said that he supported extending lowered rates on a popular federal student loan program for low- and middle-income undergraduates, the same position as Obama.

Asked late last year about the rising cost of higher education, Romney suggested then that market forces would lead some colleges to lower the price of receiving an education in order to compete in attracting cost-conscious students.

In supporting the claim that Romney "could cut college aid for nearly ten million students," Obama's campaign points to analysis of the proposed House GOP budget that would cut funding for federally-subsidized Pell grants. Romney has not said whether or not he would support that aspect of the plan, which was proposed by his new running mate, House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan.

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Filed under: Education • Mitt Romney • President Obama
soundoff (39 Responses)
  1. Dean

    Why ask your parents for financial help with higher education...the federal government (i.e. taxpayers) will pay for your education. And when you graduate and can't land a decent job (thanks, Obama), your loan will be forgiven. Free edumacation!

    August 14, 2012 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  2. Random Poster

    Maybe those parents would have money.. if Obama hadn't destroyed their jobs.

    August 14, 2012 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  3. NoLongerRepublican

    Typical for someone like Romney Hood born into money thinking that everyone could just go as daddy for money.

    August 14, 2012 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  4. cali girl

    Something else we can't be sure of because he has no PLAN on anything, here is a snip it of Robmeys and Ryan's Budget plans with Medicare.
    Robmey had barely walked off stage after announcing he'd picked Paul Ryan when his campaign said Robmey would not be running on the Ryan plan.
    In an interview with 60 Minutes, Robmey said the election wouldn't be a referendum on the Ryan plan and that his plan wasn't the Ryan plan.
    On Monday morning, Robmey avoided talking about either his plan or the Ryan plan, instead attacking Obama for achieving $700 billion in Medicare savings ... even though Ryan supports those savings.
    On Monday afternoon, Mitt Robmey claimed the Robmey-Ryan plan would expand Medicare, even though it would actually end it.
    At the same press conference, Robmey said he couldn't think of any differences between his plan and Ryan's plan.
    On Tuesday Morning, Robmey surrogate John Sununu claimed the Ryan and Robmey plans were "very different."
    Two hours later, a senior Robmey adviser said Ryan and Robmey were "100 percent on the same path" on Medicare.
    The Sheriff of Nothingham hard at work with his "I was against it before I was for it" If this is how he behaves in the primaries, how are we to believe ANYTHING he says.

    August 14, 2012 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  5. Amused

    Ever notice how all of the 'ads' covered by news agencies from Obama seem to be directly from the campaign, and the ones for Romney seem to be all sponsored by 'super-pac's?

    August 14, 2012 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  6. michaelam

    That’s my line! Actually, that’s my line about ALL Republicans. Dang, Obama. Next thing you know, he’ll take away my guns, my gold, my Bible. Oh, the horror of it all.

    President Obama-2012.

    August 14, 2012 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  7. Rudy NYC

    WhooOOoo. I've been waiting for that gaffe to make it into an ad. That remark demonstrated that MItt Romney is light years away from being in touch with the lives and struggles of the average middle class family.

    Hey, Mitt. The best schools can cost as much per year as the average middle class family's annual income.

    August 14, 2012 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  8. Laverne

    Unfortunately Mr. Romney we don't all have rich parents to ask for money from. I know you wouldn't understand that, but it is a reality to millions and unfortunately the only millions you know about is the millions in your bank account. Don't get me wrong, good for you for being privileged from birth, but don't you dare speak to the rest of us as if it is just that simple! You couldn't even imagine what an average person goes though in this country and if you did you would never suggest to give the rich more breaks, you just would not!!!

    August 14, 2012 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  9. ghostriter

    And the hits keep coming.

    This Paul Ryan thing is working out great. Who knew he had this much dirt? From Ayn Rand, to privatizing SS to cutting funding to college students.

    Maybe this was a bolder move than I thought. But then again, look at the loser's pool. Definitely the shallow end of the gene pool.

    August 14, 2012 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  10. Reggiedw

    You had better get real Obama. Your time is up. Romney/Ryan in November-12. Get used to the idea. Chicago is calling you....they need you back there.

    August 14, 2012 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  11. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    "Borrow money if you have to from your parents" and tell your parents Mitt Romney said so, that ought to go over real big especially if Romney "outsourced" your parents job.

    August 14, 2012 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  12. BrightStar

    Unlike Romney who's father was a millionaire do not have the same options. It is simply further evidence of how out of touch Romney is with average Americans.

    August 14, 2012 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  13. Al-NY,NY

    Romney has not said whether or not he would support that aspect of the plan, which was proposed by his new running mate, House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan.

    Flip? A reply? And for once something that actually has some substance to it. Not "I'll get back to you on that"

    August 14, 2012 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  14. NoLongerRepublican

    Dear Mr. Obama,

    Please don't let Mr Romney get away with not showing his tac returns. At the end of every new ad, regardless of what its about please end it with a quick voice-over saying: " we patiently await the release of your tax returns Mitt Romney",

    Thank you for you co-operation.

    August 14, 2012 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  15. Under Romney/Ryan, Your Parents Will Be Borrowing Money From You

    Get real, is absolutely right. How can you borrow money for college or to start a business from parents that under the Romney/Ryan plan will increasingly over time rely on you for their health care needs and retirement shortfalls?

    Romney and Ryan are two of a kind, people who define success as wealth and worship at the alter of the almighty dollar. How could you think otherwise of two guys who are trying to fleece the American public by proclaiming themselves the saviors of Medicare and Social Security? Anyone who tells you they are trying to save your benefits for future generations by phasing them out in favor of a tax cut for the wealthy is not being completely honest with you about sacrifice. They keep talking about not passing debts onto "our children." Make no mistake about it, when your parents have their government vouchers and reduced Social Security benefits that won't cover their medical care, the costs will nevertheless be passed onto their children. Anyone that tells you he is doing you a favor by allowing you to sacrifice for his tax cut is not being exactly honest with you about "saving you." Their objective is clearly to line their own pockets at the expense of your sacrifice. Otherwise, why the need to lower taxes at the expense of lowering the debt that you will be sacrificing so patriotically to lower?

    Paul Ryan has voted for every bloated bill that Bush proposed that brought this country into the debt hole it is in, 2 tax cuts that disporportionately favored the wealthy, 2 unfunded wars, TARP, etc., and suddenly he woke up in January 2009 and developed an attack of "fiscal responsibility"......... at your expense. Funny how the the Ryan and the House of Representatives had no problem raising the debt celiing for Bush 7 times then suddenly decided to hold the debt ceiling hostage because they didn't control the White House at that point. Make no mistake people, the Republican agenda is not to protect you from the debts they had no problem creating. How can I take seriously that Republicans actually want to lower the nation's debt but refuse (and actually signed a pledge) to ever raise taxes to that end?

    Nevertheless, thank you, Willard Romney, for choosing Paul Ryan as your running mate. Due to your unbelievable stupidity, poor judgment, and shortsightedness, President Obama can now run against the flip-flop tag team of Romney/Ryan and the most unpopular do-nothing Congress in the history of America.

    August 14, 2012 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  16. ghostriter

    The Romney plan is vastly different from the Ryan plan. See:
    R-O-M-N-E-Y R-Y-A-N

    Totally different.

    August 14, 2012 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  17. BlkPwr817

    His own party wants to tell him that as well. Hard to be in touch with the middle class & know what they need if you've never been middle class before.

    Get real Mitty...

    August 14, 2012 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  18. Ready

    Obama thinks he can win with Govt freebies and false promises. The Govt needs to start being fiscally responsible and that's why Obama needs to go, no more hand outs!! I can't believe people are so gullible, there's nothing free from the Govt we all have to pay and our kids will have to pay. Stop the handouts, vote R&R 2012!!

    August 14, 2012 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  19. Milton K. Wiah

    Does that even make sense to those who are reporting this subject. It is like Romney will repeal or kill the
    healthcare law when he is elected but at the time keep some provision. Whoever dies and some part living.
    He embraced the Ryan budget plan and called it marvelous. What that means? to me it is a support and
    can not come up with another budget different from the man he chose to be his VP.

    August 14, 2012 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  20. Workers Unite !

    Oh and for those of you that just qualify for a an unsubsidized loan, you will be paying the Government for 10 years after graduation, and not 1 cent of your interest payments will enter and help build the economy. See all that has been absorbed by Obama house. Forget about creating jobs and puting money back into the banking system, see your money is going to pay for the subsidized loans and all the deadbeats who defaut.

    August 14, 2012 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  21. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Maybe poor college students could also borrow from the $100 million that they also have in their IRAs.

    August 14, 2012 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  22. Darryl

    Someone needs to ask why Ryan who paid for his college education ? Guess who everyone ? The U.S. goverment. That's right, he got Social Security after his dad passed away and he saved his checks and after High School he cashed them in and paid for his college with the money. FACT!

    August 14, 2012 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  23. WiredweirdinSF

    Did you hear about that hair plugged idiot Biden telling people the Republicans are going to "put them back in chains." I guess the dope addicts are now stooping to class and racial warfare to to make sure the most incompetent, inept, corrupt president this country has ever had, is reelected.

    August 14, 2012 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  24. Rudy NYC

    If this campaign were a boxing match, then this would be one of those punches to the jaw that lands and makes the sweat fly off they recipients head.

    August 14, 2012 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  25. Independent

    GOP – Take a risk to be sucessful, borrow, or god forbid work to pay for college.
    DEMs – The government should pay for everything.
    LOL what a joke!!! I currently work 45+ hours a week with a family, kids, and go to a good rated university. Guess what....no one helps me with my college, I pay it on MY OWN cause I make too much to get grants (which isn't very much)! This mentality of the government should pay for everything and control every aspect of our lives is getting really old!

    August 14, 2012 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
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