Dem super PAC moves away from Bain attacks
August 28th, 2012
06:00 AM ET
2 years ago

Dem super PAC moves away from Bain attacks

Tampa, Florida (CNN) - The Democratic super PAC Priorities USA said a new television spot, revealed Tuesday, was part of a new effort to cast Mitt Romney's policy proposals as bad for the middle class.

Previously, the group focused on Romney's time at Bain Capital, painting the Republican presidential candidate as a cold-hearted job killer. The latest spot, called "Olive," features a woman who voted for Romney in the 2002 Massachusetts governor election but now supports President Barack Obama.

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The ad, which Priorities said would air in Florida, Colorado, Iowa, Ohio and Virginia, was timed to premiere as the Republican National Convention gets underway in Tampa.

"I'm an independent. I voted for him, I contributed to him," says Olive Chase in the ad. She is identified by Priorities USA as the owner of a small catering company.

"Gov. Romney promised that he would bring jobs to this state," she continues. "By the time Governor Romney left office, we had fallen to 47th in the nation in terms of job growth."

Politifact has rated that claim "half-true," noting that while the number is correct, it exaggerates the effect Romney - or any state's governor - has on job creation.

In the Priorities spot, Olive Chase says Romney "cares about big business, he cares about tax cuts for wealthy people."

"I certainly do not believe he cares about my hardworking employees," she concludes. "I feel like I was duped by Mitt Romney. I'm going to vote for President Obama."

Bill Burton, a co-founder of Priorities USA, said the new spot was the first element in a project focusing on how Romney's policy proposals would affect the middle class. Burton said the effort would cost the group $30 million.

Previously, Priorities spent $20 million on a project attacking Romney's business career, including in a much-maligned spot that linked Romney to the death of a coal worker's wife. The coal worker, Joe Soptic, worked at a plant that closed after being acquired by Bain Capital.

That spot never aired as a paid advertisement on television except for one mistaken airing in Ohio. It did, however, run frequently as part of news programs.

"Americans are going to hear a lot about Mitt Romney this week," Burton said. "These new ads are designed to make sure voters hear the whole story. Looking back to his record in Massachusetts, Mitt Romney failed the people who made him governor."

Responding to the ad, Romney's campaign described the spot as a "desperate attempt" by Obama's allies to distract from the president's "failed record."

“President Obama’s policies have devastated the middle class and led to record unemployment and less take-home pay," Romney spokeswoman Amanda Henneberg said in a statement. "We are happy to compare the 4.7% unemployment rate Mitt Romney achieved with President Obama’s record of 42 straight months of unemployment above 8 percent any day.”

CNN Political Editor Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report.

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Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • President Obama • Priorities USA
soundoff (10 Responses)
  1. Gurgyl

    This Bain capital idiot shipped jobs to china, India etc, now shamelessly talking like drunk to ruin USA further. Obama12.

    August 28, 2012 06:11 am at 6:11 am |
  2. NATHAN WIMBERLY

    It doesn't matter. Mitt the twit will keep talking himself into the ground.

    August 28, 2012 06:28 am at 6:28 am |
  3. On the real

    Politifact has rated that claim "half-true," noting that while the number is correct, it exaggerates the effect Romney – or any state's governor – has on job creation.
    Politifact, do you have the "Balls" to and can you echo that very sentiment again, this time include the President of these United States, having little to no effect on job creation. Politifact, I dare you to Go a little further and acknowledge the fact, that it is the total responsibility of Congress, mainly the House of Representative, to draft policies that make it possible for the private sector and government to create jobs. Politifect, be more then what you are, make a real difference.

    August 28, 2012 07:06 am at 7:06 am |
  4. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Well, I would hope that all super PACs would have all their ads checked before airing. This is just another example of money being a bad influence in politics. The Supreme Court made the wrong choice in its decision.

    August 28, 2012 07:08 am at 7:08 am |
  5. rla

    Good– keep up the deception and that leads to the conclusion that the president is also deceptive- How can lies like this help Obama??? GO ROMNEY

    August 28, 2012 07:38 am at 7:38 am |
  6. BinaryTooth

    You gota be kidding me. We need to punish this man for being successful!!!!!!

    Like the Mayans said "Obama 2012"

    August 28, 2012 07:39 am at 7:39 am |
  7. Rudy NYC

    In the Priorities spot, Olive Chase says Romney "cares about big business, he cares about tax cuts for wealthy people. I certainly do not believe he cares about my hardworking employees," she concludes.
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    And that is the image problem that Mitt Romney cannot solve because it is true. His track record has Ayn Rand ideology written all over it. Make yourself rich at the expense of those below your financial status. Mitt Romney has no record of compassion acts in his life, except for one time when a friend's daughter was missing. Of course, it was a very wealthy friend.

    August 28, 2012 07:57 am at 7:57 am |
  8. Obama2012

    Romney will destroy America. The Tea Party called Obama the antichrist because of his skin color, so the tea party wants to replace Obama with a mormom worshiper who believes in a bogus "other gospel from Jesus Christ" and believes he can have as many wives as he wants. He doesn´t say it, but it is the core of his religion.

    August 28, 2012 08:04 am at 8:04 am |
  9. A not-so-stupid former republican

    Romney failed the people of Massachusetts but he didn't fail big business and the wealthy. Romney does not care about the middle class. He is a wealthy elitist who favors the top 1% in this country.

    August 28, 2012 08:13 am at 8:13 am |
  10. Trickle down doesn't work

    Romney isn't a leader for ALL people, he's a corporate shill.

    August 28, 2012 08:21 am at 8:21 am |