Romney ad follows up Clinton speech with a flashback
September 6th, 2012
02:00 PM ET
2 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.


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soundoff (104 Responses)
  1. BlkPwr817

    Why are they talking about the past.? And if they are talking about the past, why aren't they talking about the Bush years that damn near crippled America. They can bring up your past, but how dare you bring up there's...Obama 2012 folks!

    September 6, 2012 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  2. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    After Voucher Boy Mittens loses in November, maybe Ann will hire him as elevator operator in their California home. Does Mittens want to have the tapes made by McCain, Huck, and the rest of his opposition in 2008 run against him? Even with his $2 billion in money from the Kochs, Rove, Ricketts, and Adelson, he is getting desperate. Money talks, but it can't sing or dance, or even walk.

    September 6, 2012 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  3. Tony

    What did Romney say about himself when he ran for Massachusetts governor in 2002? "My views are progressive."

    What does Romney say about himself when he runs for the White House in 2012? He is "severely conservative."

    What did Romney say about his Massachusetts healthcare plan in 2009? It could be a model for the nation, a basis for national healthcare reform.

    What does Romney say about Obama's healthcare plan in 2012, which is modeled after Romney's Massachusetts plan? It is unconstitutional.

    Yes, people change minds. Just ask Mitt Romney.

    September 6, 2012 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  4. rla

    Real mud from the two great democratic mud slingers flip floping t will!!! Will the democratic lemmings never learn?

    September 6, 2012 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  5. Gregg A. Gold

    @Lori in CO

    ROMNEY is 'delusional?' Yes, that's how you spell it.

    Clinton – who lied to the nation about having sex with a White House intern – is asking us to trust HIS word and re-elect Obama? Four years ago the debt was $10 trillion, four years later its $16 trillion. Four years ago unemployment was 6%. Now its 8.3%. Obama’s 2009 economic stimulus spending law – the $787 billion American Recovery and Reivnestment Act – gave millions of federal dollars to foreign companies or funded domestic companies that built factories in foreign countries or bought foreign products.

    For example, there is the North Carolina LED manufacturer Cree Inc. Cree was awarded $39 million through a stimulus-funded tax credit program in January 2010. However, half of the company’s employees are in China and the company opened a manufacturing plant in Huizhou City, China in November 2009, according to an article in the industry publication LEDs Magazine.

    Sure why not vote for Obama? After all, we really need those windmills to be built in China, and those electric cars to be built in Finland, while 23 million Americans are out of work.

    September 6, 2012 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  6. AnnsTheMan!

    Hey, Mitt, wasn't it Frothy LubeMix that said you were a "Vulture Capitalist" just about six months ago? it WAS wasn't it! hmmm...

    September 6, 2012 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  7. John

    It was a great speech. Well delivered, classic Clinton. With the hooked finger, leaning forward, staring at the audience, asking us to believe him. He fooled me the first time with that delivery, and said, "I did not have sex with that woman." But, fool me once, not again. No doubt, Bill Clinton remains the "Bullshitter in Chief!"

    September 6, 2012 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  8. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Republicans have created ZERO JOBS, that's right ZERO JOBS and that goes for Romney/Ryan too, ZERO.

    September 6, 2012 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  9. Jessica

    I would never vote for a party [Republican] which disrespects women to the point of quantifying rape! I refuse to let this country be dragged back into the dark ages by Romney/ Ryan! Obama/ Biden- Let's keep America Moving Forward!!!!

    September 6, 2012 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  10. Joan in MS

    Mitt's campaign is going down in flames. He took a big risk with Paul Ryan. And Ryan has turned out to be a big flop. Ryan is a confirmed liar. (Now you see $716B, now you don't. Yep, I ran a 2-hour marathon, but my back started hurting and I forgot the real time...)

    Now, everything either one of them says is so discredited, it is almost laughable. Keep flailing away Mitt ...

    September 6, 2012 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  11. incredulous

    The first flaw is that the economy has slowly but steadily been getting better. The second flaw.... Do Republicans really want to bring up the subject about past rivals? Gingrich, Perry, Bachman and Santorum are all pretty recent history and they all had some unpleasant truths to say about Romney.

    September 6, 2012 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  12. gt

    what a shame ..we could of had hillary....and bill too...

    September 6, 2012 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  13. Don

    Does anyone know what Romney believes in??????? Both Mitt and Mini Mitt are all over the place lately.

    September 6, 2012 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  14. Sandy

    Pathetic! This doesn't work, because this was in 2008 and it's fair to suggest that Clinton thinks differently after seeing how Obama has governed and seen the obstruction from Republicans. Plus they just got through praising Clinton and then they air these ads.

    September 6, 2012 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  15. n

    Poor Mitt the twit :O( instead of these phony ads, he should be putting together a million or so bucks to buy back his stolen tax information. LOL! Too funny.

    September 6, 2012 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  16. g

    romney is toast –now i know why his family backed him running for president for 10 yrs ,they didn,t want to listen to him either

    September 6, 2012 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  17. Padraig

    Clinton showed his true form once again. First Romney is a very good candidate with experience, last night he was the son of Satan. This is typical Clinton, he never knew what the heck was going on.

    Could this as Howard put it the agreement to make Hillary the 2016 candidate, could very well be.

    September 6, 2012 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  18. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    When is Romney going to come out and campaign with George Dubya?
    How about a nice video montage thanking Dubya for his many outstanding contributions and missions accomplished?
    When???

    September 6, 2012 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  19. Nobama 2.0

    It was Bill Clinton doomed his wife's chance back in 2008, why anyone will believe Bill will help this time?

    September 6, 2012 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  20. Namejkane sfl a vote for the gop will cut your moms medicare and soc sec .can you afford to pay for them???

    Hay ,romney the tax cheat,nobody believes you or lyin Ryan or the gop losers ,you have no credability on any issue romney the tax cheat !!!!

    September 6, 2012 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  21. Jill

    Good jobs report today and the stock market soaring today.

    September 6, 2012 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  22. Bessy

    Everyone has a right to change their mind. BTW, I bet the Romney campaign is pulling their hair out today with the better than expected job report. So, are we beter off today than 4 years ago ? You bet !!

    September 6, 2012 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  23. ghostwriter

    Howard, Politifact (which republicans were cheerleading not too long ago) already rated that $5 trillion thing a lie. Unemployment was near 10%. Now, it's down almost a full 2%. Obama has gained all the jobs lost during his administration and then some. The Dow is almost double what it was in Jan 2009.

    But since you wish to talk about Obama's spending, maybe you can tell me what no other republican seems to be able to. If the stimulus was such a failure, why did republican governors like Jindal and Perry as well as congressmen like Paul Ryan take stimulus money after they swore against it? If the stimulus was such a failure and these and other republicans took the money, does that mean they failed as well?

    September 6, 2012 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  24. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    @ Four and the door who said :
    The only party offering solutions is the Republican party.
    -------------------------------------------------
    The only solutions the Republican Party has offered are more tax-cuts and loopholes for the wealthy and corporations that would be paid for by cutbacks in services and tax increases to the middle class. This is more of the same insanity that brought us to our present situation and would net us the same results.
    Only lunatics would subscribe to that.
    Obama 2012. Seriously America

    September 6, 2012 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  25. The fact is

    Hey Romney, do you have to condescend to that low to win votes? Pathetic!

    September 6, 2012 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
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