Romney ad follows up Clinton speech with a flashback
September 6th, 2012
02:00 PM ET
6 years ago

Romney ad follows up Clinton speech with a flashback

(CNN) – Bill Clinton's speech Wednesday at the Democratic National Convention was met with cheers from delegates and generally positive reviews from pundits, but Mitt Romney's campaign is using the prime-time address to remind voters of the former president's views on then-candidate Barack Obama in 2008.

"As the economy gets worse, Barack Obama calls on Bill Clinton to help his failing campaign," a narrator in the spot says before a clip is shown from an Obama campaign ad featuring Clinton.

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"He's a good soldier-helping his party's president," the narrator continues. "But what did Bill Clinton say about Barack Obama in 2008?"

A clip rolls of Clinton saying "Give me a break. This whole thing is the biggest fairy tale I've ever seen."

The former president spoke those words at a campaign stop in New Hampshire during the 2008 Democratic presidential primaries. He was arguing that Obama got an easier time from the media than his wife, Hillary Clinton, who was Obama's top rival for the 2008 Democratic nomination.

Thursday's ad isn't the first time a Clinton has appeared in a Mitt Romney television advertisement. The Republican presidential nominee has released two spots featuring Hillary Clinton from her 2008 Democratic primary battle with the then-Illinois senator. The first ad, released at the end of June, uses video of Clinton campaigning against candidate Obama in Cincinnati ahead of the 2008 Ohio primary.

Clinton accused Obama of "blatantly false" attacks against her in campaign mailers, which Romney used to highlight one of Obama's 2012 ads, which was called "misleading, unfair and untrue" in a Washington Post fact check.

A second Romney spot featuring Hillary Clinton responded to an attack from Obama's campaign on Bain Capital, the private equity firm Romney co-founded and ran in the 1990s.

The ad recycled a quote from Hillary Clinton in 2008, when Clinton fired off on Obama over her opponent's latest round of blows.

"Shame on you, Barack Obama," Clinton says in the clip.

The Romney campaign has not said in what states or markets the ad will air, but a Democratic ad buying source told CNN the spot will run between Friday and Monday.

Team Romney stayed off the air most of this past week while the Democrats held their convention. Preliminarily, the Romney campaign is spending in the range of $4.5-5 million for the buy but the amount could go up, the ad source said.

In the last month the Republican nominee spent roughly $7-8 million a week as part of its ad campaign.

Now that Romney has officially been named the GOP nominee, his campaign will get its hands on tens of millions of dollars that could only be tapped for the general election part of the campaign.

Filed under: 2012 • Ads • Bill Clinton • Mitt Romney
soundoff (104 Responses)
  1. hicksticks2001

    "The DNC can run plenty of ads with Willard's Republican primary rivals saying all sorts of unpleasant things about him. What is his point?"
    @Joi Gibson – You are comparing criticism from a former two term president to criticisms that come from people who couldn't even get their own party's nomination and think somehow they are on level footing?

    September 6, 2012 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |

    The Romney campaign as reach an all time level of LAME. I would like to see the OFA2012 team release an ad of Bush hopping on the elevator endorsing Willard. I would run that over and over until election day.

    September 6, 2012 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  3. BLKMANinAmerica

    Interesting.....................Robney did you find your missing 2010 taxes yet? You might want to spend more time looking for them and less time on 2008, it is now (just an FYI) 2012............try to move FORWARD.

    September 6, 2012 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  4. Kenny K

    @HUSSEIN'S DEBT $5.4 TRILLION and counting

    Only idiots would vote for Biden again.
    Why don't you focus on your baby Liar Ryan?

    September 6, 2012 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
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