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. HUSSEIN'S DEBT $5.4 TRILLION and counting

    Only idiots would vote for Biden again.

    September 6, 2012 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  2. Joi Gibson

    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? This guy is a tool and a fool.


    September 6, 2012 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  3. Roger

    Can we please get to Nov. 6, re-elect President Obama and put Mitt Romney (who I respect but disagree with) and his evil son Paul Ryan (who should be taken to the woodshed for all the lies he tells) out of our collective consciousness for good. The Republicans need the next four years to divorce themselves from the insane far right horror show they have created, come back to the center and work with the Democrats to find common ground and solutions. Until this happens, nothing will happen.

    September 6, 2012 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  4. n

    What has Republican done for the country nothing, the only thing They have been Good at it is say no to everything president Obama had proposed, and Republican has been good to rich people give them more tax break. Wake up America Romney and Ryan are no good for America they are only good for 1 things, give rich more tax break

    September 6, 2012 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  5. ghostwriter


    In December of 2008, GM approached Congress and asked for a bridge loan to allow them to restructure. While the House passed legislation to accomplish this, it was not passed through the Senate. Days later, the Bush administration initiated a loan through the TARP program which would provide $14 Billion in loans and stock purchases to GM and follow many of the guidelines that were sought in that legislation. This included a restructure plan that would have to be approved by the Obama administration.

    That makes saving GM.......yet another republican idea that Obama ran with. How many times will republicans blast Obama for doing exactly what they have done?

    September 6, 2012 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  6. Tod

    "As the economy gets worse"? Is that referring to the 29 consecutive months of positive private sector NET job growth, the 13 consecutive quarters of positive GDP, improved housing market statistics, or the 65% increase in the Dow Jones? That economy?

    September 6, 2012 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  7. Larry L

    Where are the tax returns? Romney gave us not one specific during the RNC and we can't even see the tax returns to determine if he's a tax cheat. Ryan turns out to be a pathological liar – and he won't show his returns either. Is this all the Republicans have to offer America? A couple of spoiled rich boys who appear to be dishonest to the core?

    September 6, 2012 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  8. sara

    No only are the "Rest and Relaxation" guys LIARS.....But green with jealousy too. Go on and praise Clinton to slight the current president. At the end of the day, NO president, but FDR was left with the insurmountable Mess the republican party left after robbing this country to it's knees in 2008. I am so sick of people who think that ALL of a sudden the economy Crashed. Give me a break! This country's economic system is too big to crash all at once.....that crash was occurring over 8 years, without additional revenue and no jobs being created. I'm Not a rocket scientist. Just 60 years old and know better.

    September 6, 2012 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  9. Joan

    Do the Republicans really want to go there? If they think it's OK for their campaign to show primary clips from the 2008 Clinton-Obama match-up, then it is fair game for the Obama campaign to show some pretty scathing clips from the Republican primaries this year. Do they really want everyone reminded of some of the comments from Gingrich, Santorum, Perry and Pawlenty (ObomneyCare)? Obviously the Clintons and President Obama have gotten so past all this. She accepted the Secretary of State position which was a huge step for them all. You can tell how well Pres. Obama and Hilary Clinton get along. The men have followed suit. I hope the Obama campaign saturates the airwaves with primary clips if this continues.

    September 6, 2012 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  10. dzny

    Putting out a commercial that points out that Clinton (a past adversary) talked poorly about the President while just coming out of the RNC convention filled with people and speakers that did nothing but talk poorly about you when you were their adversary?......... Sounds a lot like someone who thinks – trust me with the business of running this country, but don't look at how I run my own business. There's a disconnect with reality here somewhere along the way.

    September 6, 2012 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  11. Facts don't LIE

    The Romney campaign is PATHETIC.......all the Obama campaign need do is hit what Santorum, Gingrich, Perry, and Huntsman said about Romney just a few months ago. Oh then go back and add Ann Coulter, John McCain, AND Donald Trump. None of what was said was flattery at all.

    September 6, 2012 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  12. Lyin Ryan should be an Olympian

    Twit's campaign is run by rank amateurs. The more team RMoney keeps Clinton front and center of the discussion, the more people will keep remembering and talking about the evisceration of the GOP platform Bubba delivered last night. You keep messing with the big dog, the harder he bites. Willard and Pauley better leave the subject of William Jefferson Clinton alone before he makes it even uglier for them. Obama/Biden Four More.

    September 6, 2012 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  13. Kenny K

    Romney's campaign management are real weak. Do they realize that president already have experience in the position? He is no more fairy tale.

    September 6, 2012 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  14. Vic of New York

    Wow! Talking about "There you go again...." Stop living in the past guys, as Bill Clinton said "He even hired Hillary!"

    The one thing Clinton was best at was pointing out the Hatred that permeates the Right Wing. You guys are really sicko's. Ever thought about doing America a favor and "self deporting" yourselves back to you country of origin?

    September 6, 2012 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  15. JustAO

    And yet the GOP still have no answer for how this time around, their economic policies would be different or better than they were during the Bush years. Hating on Obama and stating the obvious that the economy hasn't recovered fast enough will not get them the votes. We do not have amnesia. We remember what GOP economic policies did to our economy leading up to 2008.

    September 6, 2012 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  16. Fortinbras

    Romney using negative ads? Say it aint so, Mitt!

    September 6, 2012 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  17. Davis

    Pure garbage! The masses should already know that Clinton despises BO. He is more interested in paving the road for Hillary in 2016 after a BO 2nd term. Way too obvious. Yea!!! More of the Clinton crime family!!! Right up there with the Bush dynasty. I sure hope all the voters figure out this whole Dem vs. GOP hegelian dialectic and push a viable third party. The current system will be the downfall.

    September 6, 2012 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  18. Lyin Ryan should be an Olympian

    I'm still wondering why Willard didn't have GW Bush nominate him for the GOP candidate in Tampa last week and deliver a speech from the heart about how he left things in tip-top shape and if Willard follows his lead we'll be back in the wonderful era of Dubya.
    Our memories are not as short as Willard wishes they were.
    Get on those taxes Willard, it's one more big reason why you're losing.

    September 6, 2012 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  19. BLKMANinAmerica

    LMBAO..................Dear Mr. Lightswitch-Romney,I really wonder what was said about you in 2008? It must had went somen like this.................if you think Mitts has a 'position' on a subject, just WAIT 2sec. it will flip-n-flop-n-hop all over everywhere until he gets 2 votes.

    September 6, 2012 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  20. JustAO

    Dem Presidents brought 40million private sector jobs in the last 50 years
    GOP Presidents brought 20million private sector jobs in the last 50 years

    And yet Dem have been president less than half of those 50 years. You do the arithmetic on which party is better for job creation.

    September 6, 2012 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  21. Romney=Epic Fail!!

    For Romney to bring up Clinton's opinions about Obama in 2008 is a ridiculous stretch. As was stated by other commentors, Romney seemed to have much different opinions about affordable healthcare & a woman's right to choose back then. This ad campaign is nothing more than a knee jerk reaction from a frightened campaign. Obama is well on his way to cleaning up to the disaster he was left by previous administrations.
    Unfortunately, many folks believe what they are told. Many honestly believe that Romney will make things better for this country. Fortunately, I don't buy it. I only pray that it is NOT possible for a candidate to BUY an election.

    September 6, 2012 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  22. Kenny K

    @California Gary

    I loved that video of Ted debating Mitt back in the day.......watching Mitt affirm how solidly he is pro-choice was a real hoot. Ted got it right when he said Mitt was "multiple–choice" many isuues has Mitt actually flip-flopped on to date? Anyone keeping track? The man has no core whatsoever.
    That is amazing. What was said about Mitt in 2002 is still true today; FLIP FLOP and NO CORE PRINCIPLE.

    September 6, 2012 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  23. CanadaONE


    shows how Romeny placed over 500 million in countries to Avoid American taxes PLUS he has invested millions in counrties and foreign companies that compete against US companies

    His new add reads

    Romeny IS BETTER OFF TODAY because he took advantage of the US recession

    September 6, 2012 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  24. beevee

    Romney may have forgotten his debate with Ted Kennedy. That video will be widely viewed by the voters to tell them how monumental flip-flopper Romney is. He may even switch party just before the election and become a democrat.

    September 6, 2012 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  25. ghostwriter

    Fair is Fair, according to the numbers, he has gained all the jobs lost during his administration:

    Nonfarm private payrolls hit a post-recession low of 106.8 million that month, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The figure currently stands at 111.3 million as of July.

    While that is indeed a gain of 4.5 million, it's only a net gain of 300,000 over the course of the Obama administration to date. The private jobs figure stood at 111 million in January 2009, the month Obama took office.

    From the very CNN fact check that conservatives were touting a few days ago.

    September 6, 2012 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
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