Liberal group airs ad in Tampa attacking Romney/Ryan as ticket of '1 percent'
August 27th, 2012
11:37 AM ET
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Liberal group airs ad in Tampa attacking Romney/Ryan as ticket of '1 percent'

(CNN) – Coinciding with the Republican National Convention, MoveOn.org's political wing released a new television ad Monday to air in the Tampa media market attacking Mitt Romney for what the group claims is his focus on the rich.

The 30-second spot titled "Stepping on the Middle Class," features presumptive GOP presidential nominee and vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan look-alikes preparing to accept the Republican Party's nominations. As the duo crosses the stage, they literally step on people dressed as typical middle-class Americans – fire fighters, students, seniors and children – lying on the convention floor. The ad concludes with Romney and Ryan, accepting the nomination for "president and vice president of the 1%."

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The Republican National Convention, scheduled to run Monday through Thursday of this week in Tampa was delayed by a day due to the on-slot of tropical storm Isaac, will compete with a barrage of attacks from Democratic and other pro-Obama groups hoping to diminish the Republican's time in the national spot light.

MoveOn.org's five-figure ad buy will coincide with the Republican convention, airing Monday through Thursday.

"The ad is aimed at conveying to voters how Romney and Ryan would raid the middle class to transfer wealth to the top 1%," the group wrote in a release about the ad buy. "The Romney-Ryan budget would hike middle class taxes to pay for more tax cuts for the rich and would end Medicare and replace it with a voucher program."

This isn't the first time MoveOn.org has taken creative liberties in attacking President Barack Obama's Republican rival.

The liberal group also ran an ad in August using Romney's wife's dressage horse, Rafalca, who competed in the London Olympics, to hammer the presumptive GOP nominee for what the ad said is a $77,000 per year price tag for the horse's upkeep.

The group also went on the attack to counter a Romney bus tour in June. MoveOn.org sent out an SUV with a dog strapped to the roof, to tail the GOP contender in New Hampshire – a jab at a story Romney told about the family dog Seamus and his notorious ride in his dog carrier on the roof of the family's station wagon on a Romney family trip to Canada.

Also during the June bus tour, MoveOn.org flew a plane above two New Hampshire events with a sign reading, "Romney's every millionaire counts tour."

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Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • moveon.org • Paul Ryan • Republican National Convention
soundoff (51 Responses)
  1. Thomas

    After reading that Paul Ryan is married to a tax lobbyist, an Washington insider . Who was paid money from Grover Norquist.

    I wouldn't vote for Romney.

    August 27, 2012 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  2. proofreader

    CNN, as a professional news service you need to proof read your articles! It is "accept" not "except"! Spellcheckers will only get you so far, have a human do it! Last week it was a "pension for secrecy"!

    August 27, 2012 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  3. Reasonably informed Person

    "The 30-second spot titled "Stepping on the Middle Class," features a presumptive GOP presidential nominee and vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan look-alike preparing to except the Republican Party's nominations"

    Are they really excepting it or do you mean accept? Proofread much?

    Regardless just another fanatic sponsored ad from people desperate to take attention off of the incumbent's failed policies. People are better informed now, so ads like this will just backfire when people see this as the ill-intentioned mud slinging that it is.

    August 27, 2012 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  4. Norma Vessels

    I just don't like Mitt Romney. He was a prankster when he was a child, a prankster when he was a young man .. and by what his own sons admitted the other day .. he is still a prankster. I don't want a prankster in the White House! The White House is a place of respect and admiration. It is not a place where the workers are watching around every corner, wondering when their president will pull another prank! It is not fitting, and I don't want him as President. ever!

    August 27, 2012 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  5. PaulCat

    Now this is what I'm talking about. Go get them Liberals. It's about time. But ofcourse you will hear the GOP crying because only they should say such things.
    "Obama/Biden 2012"

    August 27, 2012 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  6. 8.3% unemployment - Over 8% 42 Straight months and the Obama Jobs DEPRESSION continues unabated

    You mean the 1% that are carrying most of the rest of the Democrat losers and leeches on their backs???? Ya, that is really horrible of them.

    Democrats only know how to take, destroy, demonize and divide. Their "solutions" don't work so all they have is excuses and the blame game. Their massive government welfare state is now threatening the stability of the country and their answer is to rile people up to the point of rioting in the streets. The OWS scum was a Democrat/union concoction. This is the future they have in store for the country.

    August 27, 2012 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  7. Four and The Door

    The ad concludes with Romney and Ryan, accepting the nomination for "president and vice president of the 1%."
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    You don't need actors to show how Obama has tromped down the middle class in the last 3 1/2 years. Look all around yourself. ( Unless you happen to live in Washington DC where the boom times roll ). There are 300 million real life middle class Americans who have been trampled by Obama's failed policies.

    August 27, 2012 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  8. Malory Archer

    Reasonably informed Person, for someone who posts under the psedonym Reasonably informed Person, you really aren't .

    August 27, 2012 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  9. rs

    It isn't just the super wealthy who the GOP represent. They do that very well, and hearing the call to reduce already record low tax rates further shows that. More importantly, look at the party platform "planks" getting cranked out this past week. They are incredibly radical political policy statements. They too embody 1%- the most radical 1 % in America.

    August 27, 2012 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  10. rs

    Four and The Door-
    Please explain why the Middle class lost both income and buying power most recently beginning in 2000. I don't believe Mr. Obama was President then.

    August 27, 2012 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  11. rs

    8.3% unemployment-

    STILL waiting for something to trickle down? Get over that, it doesn't work, and hasn't worked for more than 30 years. Newsflash- the rest of us cannot afford to keep giving rich people more tax cuts on top of the lowest tax rates in modern history.

    GOP=Delusion

    August 27, 2012 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  12. ghostriter

    Unemployment, the 1% needs the 99% to make their money. Or are they gonna buy their stuff themselves? If you are so concerned about the welfare state, maybe you should insist on leveling the playing field a bit. Or are you happy with the 1% controlling more of the economic pie than 50% of the country?

    Four, the state we are in is due to republicans. Republicans led us to this point in 2007 (yes, the congress in power then had little time to actually cause this). Republicans since 2010 (Scott Brown took the oath early that year) have done everything they could to hamper any attempts to make things better. Instead, they insisted on their own platform of ideas that either didn't work when they tried before or they failed to do when they were in power.

    Now, if either of you can point to an independent economist that says Obama is responsible, then we could talk. Otherwise, continue to live in Debunked Land.

    August 27, 2012 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  13. Four and The Door

    rs
    Four and The Door-
    Please explain why the Middle class lost both income and buying power most recently beginning in 2000. I don't believe Mr. Obama was President then.
    ____________________________________________________________________________________________
    The middle class wage is lower right now than it was in 2008. Unemployment is higher. This is today's reality.

    August 27, 2012 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  14. 8.3% unemployment - Over 8% 42 Straight months and the Obama Jobs DEPRESSION continues unabated

    rs STILL waiting for something to trickle down? Get over that, it doesn't work, and hasn't worked for more than 30 years.
    ======================================================================================
    I wait for nothing to trickle down, I go out and work for what I get and have. It used to be called climbing the ladder of success. It required work and sacrifice and keeping your nose clean. Now a days, the spoiled gim-me-it-now-cuz-I-deserve-it whiners don't know what any of this means. They think they are entitled to everything because they live in the USA. You are entitled to NOTHING that you do not earn. But the Democrats have been trying to sell the contrary to the slackers.

    Newsflash- the rest of us cannot afford to keep giving rich people more tax cuts on top of the lowest tax rates in modern history.
    ===========================================================================================
    You give rich people NOTHING but the bill for the upkeep and maintenance of most of this country and the people. The "rich people", aka taxpayers, have been paying more and more while almost 50% PAY NOTHING. All of these tax free-riders need to start paying THEIR share to live in this country. Obama and the Democrats said that free riders were bad for the healthcare system while guess what? FREE RIDERS ARE BAD FOR THE TAX SYSTEM TOO!

    August 27, 2012 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  15. ak

    This what truth is, and truth hurts.....

    August 27, 2012 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  16. carlos

    it is not four and the door, it is 6 or 7 and the door, that's how many years the doublespeak bishop has been running for president and, FINALLY it will be the DOOR for him and the willard will not be missed for sure.

    August 27, 2012 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  17. Gurgyl

    GOP is for the detriment of middle class. Romney is for stashing money in CAYMAN ISLANDS. Watch him on YouTube
    When mitt Romney came to town.... Enjoy.

    August 27, 2012 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  18. cali girl

    Right on to this ad.
    Four, most of the middle class blunder happened well into the 2nd term of Dubya, Areas where I live saw construction come to a halt, foreclosures came fast and Home Depot and Macys closing stores, not hiring. The year was late 2005, into early 2006.
    The 1% are the ONLY group that saw no suffering during the economic meltdown. But the 99% has been struggling ever since. Also to note, the Party of NO told all of their supporters to DENY anything the President wants to pass. Don't forget the 31+ times to repeal a legal law for ACA. Meanwhile Americans are suffering. I guess that is why Congress approval ratings are the WORST since its inception.

    August 27, 2012 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  19. Namejkane fl SEND THE THREE TIME LOSER romney HOME AND MAKE IT FOUR.

    You got that right ,hopefully they only get one% of the vote ,that's all they represent .

    August 27, 2012 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  20. Rudy NYC

    Four and The Door wrote:

    The middle class wage is lower right now than it was in 2008. Unemployment is higher. This is today's reality.
    ---------------------
    How is that Pres. Obama's fault? Their wages are lower as a result of the economic downturn. Their wages have been trending downward for 3 decades, most especially between 2001 and 2008 under George W. Bush.

    August 27, 2012 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  21. Age of Fools....

    USA...One Country...Two Parties.........................
    USA...Two Parties....One Government.................

    If the WannBe and Washington Politicians did not get it yet...Than the American-People must stand-up, unite and tell them.
    "There shall be one Government only"....namely..."The Government by the People for the People"..............

    August 27, 2012 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  22. Name

    Does 8.3% unemployment mean roughly 92% are working? Unemployment among people with college degrees hovers around 4%. Many of these people got their degrees with the help of programs mitt and paulie want to cut to further help da 1%.

    August 27, 2012 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  23. ghostriter

    Unemployment, you are right. It USED to be that if you worked hard and kept your nose clean that you'd be alright. Except now, Americans are working more than ever (look up increased productivity over the past 20 years). And they are making less in that same time period. You USED to work for a company till you retired. Now they push you out once you start making too much money and can be replaced by a college kid willing to work for scraps.

    It used to be that companies at least pretended to care about their employees. Now, they are looked at as costs to be minimized as much as possible and eliminated if feasible. So yeah, to heck with us younger folks demanding a livable wage. We must be crazy to want to be paid more than $40 a week like they make in China. But the world you came up in is not the way it works now.

    August 27, 2012 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  24. Four and The Door

    Rudy NYC
    Four and The Door wrote:

    The middle class wage is lower right now than it was in 2008. Unemployment is higher. This is today's reality.
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    How is that Pres. Obama's fault? Their wages are lower as a result of the economic downturn.
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    You do not make a great case for 4 more years of Obama's excuses. We can do better. Romney/ Ryan 2012.

    August 27, 2012 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  25. interesting

    So Romney and Ryan raid the middle class for the rich while Obama and Biden raid the middle class, the rich, and America's future for the poor.
    who said the 1% didn't suffer? there were many riches to rags stories, investments lost, etc, they just didn't get the air time because the 99% can't relate to them.

    I like how people continue to blame GWB, always have to point fingers when you finally get someone in office and their policies not only fail, but put us deeper in the hole.

    August 27, 2012 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
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