Dems continue onslaught as Romney arrives in Tampa
August 28th, 2012
10:47 AM ET
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Dems continue onslaught as Romney arrives in Tampa

Tampa, Florida (CNN) – Democrats continued blasting Mitt Romney, as well as other speakers at the Republican National Convention, on Tuesday as the Republican presidential candidate made his way to Tampa for his official nomination.

The Democratic National Committee spliced together clips of news reports on businesses closed by Bain Capital, the private equity firm Romney headed in the 1990s. The video ends with a tough rebuke on a now-frequent attack line from Republicans: "Mitt Romney: You didn't build that, you destroyed it."

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That's a response to an ongoing assault by Republicans on a remark Obama made in July at a campaign event in Virginia, when he told a crowd that small businesses owe part of their success on government-provided services like roads and schools.

In his July 13 remarks Obama said: "If you are successful, somebody along the line gave you some help. There was a great teacher somewhere in your life. Somebody helped to create this unbelievable American system that we have that allowed you to thrive. Somebody invested in roads and bridges. If you've got a business, you didn't build that. Somebody else made that happen. The internet didn't get invented on its own. Government research created the Internet so that all the companies could make money off the internet."

The "You didn't build that" portion of Obama's remarks has become a rallying cry for Republicans, who say it's indicative of economic policies they say hurt small businesses. The video Tuesday from the Democrats marks one of the first instances of Obama's team attempting to turn the remark back on their rival by using his time at Bain.

A second video Tuesday, from the liberal group American Bridge, uses archival clips of scheduled speakers at the Republican National Convention criticizing Romney. Sen. John McCain, Mike Huckabee, Chris Christie and Tim Pawlenty are all shown trashing Romney during previous contests, including during the Republican primaries from earlier this year. The video ends with the sarcastic tagline "With friends like these, who needs American Bridge?"

Romney himself has used clips in television ads of Democrats blasting Obama during earlier contests, including using tough lines from Hillary Clinton, who ran an often-bitter contest against Obama during the 2008 Democratic primary.


Filed under: 2012 • DNC • Florida • Mitt Romney • Republican National Convention
soundoff (43 Responses)
  1. Rudy NYC

    rob wrote:

    No matter how much the Dems try to distort Romney's record at Bain, while he was their, they had a 75% success rate of turning businesses around.
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    No, that is not what Mitt Romney claims. Romney claims that 75% of their investments were "profitable". You have been bamboozled into thinking that "profit" and job creation are one and the same. They are not.

    Romney has long sinced dropped his debate claim that he "created over 100,000 jobs while AT Bain" because it simply isn't true. Last fall that figure dropped from "over 100,000" to "tens of thousands" to "thousands and thousands" and they stopped talking about it. Excuse me. Bain Capital is supposed to Romney's calling card. He has cut and run from his record at Bain. When was the last time you heard Romney claim to know how to create jobs? Last fall?

    August 28, 2012 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  2. rs

    Nick- the stunning success of Bain Capital (and by extension, Mr. Romney himself) is the insane amounts of money he made. You do have to accept that huge amounts of his income came from loans corporations took out while under Bain management that they could not ever possibly repay- much of that money went to Bain, as did large parts of the retirement accounts of many of the corporations destroyed by Bain- those retirement fund losses hurt workers and had to be bailed out by me and you- the American taxpayer- all the while Mr. Romney profited- and socked his money away OFFSHORE so that he would never have to pay taxes on that income. If you're cool with that level of morality- by all means vote for Romney- but I think for the rest of us this is a huge sign post for the lack of trustworthiness on the part of Mr. Romney. For him it is all about the bottom line-HIS bottom line. He'll sell us (the middle class) out in a heartbeat to benefit himself and his richest friends with a 10 point reduction in taxes. Remeber his plan is that he should only pay0.84% in taxes. Do you get that sweet a deal?

    August 28, 2012 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  3. Malory Archer

    rob

    No matter how much the Dems try to distort Romney's record at Bain, while he was their, they had a 75% success rate of turning businesses around.

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    In other words, the doctor only killed 25% of his patients. Pretty lousy statistic and not something of which mittens should be proud, and when you factor in that he made of with all the worldly posessions of those 1 in four patients it only sounds worse.

    August 28, 2012 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  4. Four and The Door

    The GOP Voucher Plan will include a "Legalize Euthanasia" clause and a free gun to commit suicide
    The seniors will need to commit suicide when their health care dollars run out. That's the GOP way!
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    Your liberal fairy tale has already been debunked. When Ryan's Medicare Plan comes into effect, seniors will get to choose the existing system or the defined premium system. Once they see the improved quality of care they can get with the premium system, very few will stay with the existing system which pays providers the same for lousy care as for excellent care. In fact, seniors themselves will be the ones to do away with the existing antiquated system. And America's heath care costs will go down as well.

    August 28, 2012 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  5. bubba

    Let's just talk about the economy...
    That's the most important thing the American people care about. Just wait....you'll see. :-)

    August 28, 2012 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  6. cali girl

    Four, why then are the pundits still calling Medicare what it is? Kill Medicare Kid comes to mind, that endearment just for Ryan. Take a coupon to your nearest healthcare resort. Check in at the desk and wait for the receptionist to tell you, "Oh, I am so sorry, but we stopped taking those coupons last week. You will have to go find someone who will, but I doubt you will find any."

    August 28, 2012 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  7. WILLARD MILTON ROMNEY IS A COWARD & TAX EVADER

    With friends like those, who needs democrats.

    August 28, 2012 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  8. lil

    Keep fighting back. romney will lie and then double down. He thinks a lie is true if you believe it so he keeps telling the same one over and over again. Romney's biggest lies are in his ads about welfare and medicare.

    Listen people he is going to give you voucher for medicare and bye bye workfare. He is going to give him self a big tax break with the savings.

    August 28, 2012 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  9. Sniffit

    "When Ryan's Medicare Plan comes into effect, seniors will get to choose the existing system or the defined premium system."

    The party's platform 100% kills Medicare...no "as we know it" about it. It kills it outright and in its place enacts a defined contribution plan instead of the defined benefit plan that Medicare is now. It breaks the promise. Period. If elected, Mittens and Lapdog wouldn't be in charge of writing the legislation, just signing whatever they're told to sign.

    August 28, 2012 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  10. Fair is Fair

    "In other words, the doctor only killed 25% of his patients. Pretty lousy statistic and not something of which mittens should be proud, and when you factor in that he made of with all the worldly posessions of those 1 in four patients it only sounds worse."
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    Another, and more accurate, way of looking at it would be that the doctor saved 3 out of the 4 MORTALLY WOUNDED that he treated. But you wouldn't have a democrat talking point if you stated it that way, eh?

    August 28, 2012 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  11. Sniffit

    "And America's heath care costs will go down as well."

    No they won't. Under the scenario you just regurgitated, people would be slowly stuck paying more and more and more out of pocket for their premiums and health care insurers would have no true incentive to try to keep costs under control. They'd be getting funnelled free money from the gov't and jacking up premiums just as fast, particularly after an initial period of price fixing andf collusion helped them kill Medicare by luring people out of it. There are no real cost controls in the GOP/Teatroll proposal and budget other than the ones they borrowed from the ACA....and which Mittens and Lapdog are now running around disingenuously mischaracterizing as "cuts."

    August 28, 2012 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  12. Rudy NYC

    Four and The Door wrote:

    ... When Ryan's Medicare Plan comes into effect, seniors will get to choose the existing system or the defined premium system....
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    The VoucherCare plan will never go into effect because Medicare will be bankrupt before a decade is up. The Romney/Ryan Plan does nothing to control costs, waste, and fraud. In fact, the plan seems to nurture it because it does not even address the issue. BTW, Paul Ryan did not account for the transition costs to move to a voucher based system. The transition would cost more in the decade that before he implements it and would bankrupt the program.

    BTW, if VoucherCare is such a good thing, why are they waiting a decade to implement it? Why not now? the $700+ billion that he takes out to pay for tax cuts to the 1%.

    August 28, 2012 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  13. drake mallard

    Mitt Romney’s not running a cautious campaign; he’s running from tough questions. Running from his record of flip-flops and avoiding controversial stands doesn't amount to presidential leadership.Mitt Romney loves to throw people off his path. Now he believes in this, now he doesn't. The world may never know.He will have to check with his corporate sponsors for the appropriate response, then cross check with polling of his base, and then confirm the best way to word the answer with his team of corporate marketing experts.In many circles he is a good business man, in others he is a man who broke other men down by closing their companies, these men lost their insurance, lost their pensions and lost their income, to top it off the govt. had to step in with millions to save their retirement income they worked for so many years to save. He's a flat out liar, never have I heard or seen so many flip-flops

    August 28, 2012 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  14. tykl

    Ha! I would encourage this ad to run again and again because it highlights the Left's complete lack of understanding of the economy. Bain didn't buy companies that were high-priced and run well, they bought companies going out of business. If Bain didn't step in, those employees would have been out of work sooner. It's hard for the Left to grasp. They imagine that if Bain didn't exist, all those factories would still be open and everybody would have their health care. You could increase the Lefts' knowledge about economics by 500% if they would just read the back cover of an economics text (they don't even need to take off the cellophane).

    August 28, 2012 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  15. Tony

    Four and the Door,
    Romney dares not propose a voucher/premium support system for current seniors, because he knows that he would get hammered by seniors in November. You think seniors would choose a premium support system over Medicare? Don't make us laugh. You can do better. Actually, given who your candidate is, I don't think you can.

    August 28, 2012 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  16. GOP = Greed Over People

    A 75% success rate in capitalism maybe noteworthy, but in government it means 25% of the populace "loses", is that iwhy Mr. 1% is "not worried about the poor"?

    August 28, 2012 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  17. Keith A. Sillsbury

    Right about now is when the storm reverses direction, doubles in size and strength and finishes off the repubs once and for all so we don't have to go through all that trouble in November doing it ourselves. Then theres the recount and the second recount and the accusations of voter faud and bla bla bla all because romney is going to lose by a whopping 80% of the vote. Lets face it, his OWN party doesn't even like him.whats he got 43% backing at best from registered repubs.

    August 28, 2012 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  18. Lynda/Minnesota

    "Your liberal fairy tale has already been debunked. When Ryan's Medicare Plan comes into effect, seniors will get to choose the existing system or the defined premium system."

    For how long will they be able to choose, Four, before they are slowing but gradually pushed into the voucher system? Neither Romney nor Ryan are showing a great deal of trustworthiness. Or ever have, to be sure. Romney's been all over the board on every issue, and Ryan ... well, Ryan has almost caught up to the RomneyLies strategy. Give him a few weeks and the transformation will be complete. I just don't see Republican ideologues wanting to continue two separate Medicare programs for any real length of time.

    August 28, 2012 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
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