Obama campaign launches another ad attacking Romney's '47%' comments
September 25th, 2012
05:12 PM ET
6 years ago

Obama campaign launches another ad attacking Romney's '47%' comments

(CNN) – President Barack Obama's re-election campaign released a new television ad Tuesday in eight key battleground states, capitalizing on comments made by Mitt Romney at a private fund-raiser in May.

The ad is running in eight of the nine states CNN considers "toss ups"–New Hampshire, Virginia, North Carolina, Florida, Ohio, Iowa, Colorado and Nevada. The Obama campaign is not airing the ad in Wisconsin, a swing state where Obama has an advantage over Romney 52%-43%, according to a CNN Poll of Polls.

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Tuesday's ad mirrors the theme of another Obama campaign ad released Monday that also picks up on Romney's controversial comments. Both ads use secretly recorded footage of the GOP candidate speaking candidly to top-dollar donors at a private fund-raiser in Florida, where he argued 47% of Americans will automatically vote for the president because they are dependent on government support.

While Democrats have continued to pounce on the comments, Romney defended the crux of the remarks as an accurate portrayal of his campaign's message, though he admitted a lack of eloquence in his delivery.

The attacks also come after the Romney campaign released their candidate's 2011 tax return and a summary of his returns from 1990-2009. Romney's 2010 tax returns were made public back in January. The returns show the former Massachusetts governor made $13.7 million last year and paid $1.94 million in federal income taxes, giving him an effective tax rate of 14.1%.

The Obama campaign's ad, "Fair Share," begins with the president's stamp of approval and proceeds to hammer the GOP challenger as writing off a large portion of Americans in his fund-raiser comment.

"When Mitt Romney dismissed 47% of Americans for not pulling their weight, he attacked millions of hard working people making 25, 35, 45 thousand dollars a year," says the narrator, while also ticking off a series of taxes that most Americans pay, including social security, state, local, gas, sales and property.

"Romney paid just 14 percent in taxes last year," said the narrator. "On over 13 million in income. Almost all from investments."

The ad concludes: "Instead of attacking folks who work for a living shouldn't we stand up for them?"

The Romney campaign responded to Monday's ad releasing the following statement about the criticism:

"President Obama's tax increases on middle class families will not make the next four years any better than the last four. Under President Obama's failed leadership, 23 million Americans are struggling for work with 46 million Americans on food stamps and more people in poverty than ever before," said Romney campaign press secretary Andrea Saul. "Mitt Romney has a plan for a stronger middle class that will lower tax rates across the board and jumpstart economic growth creating 12 million job."

CNN's Dana Davidsen and Arielle Hawkins contributed to this report

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soundoff (54 Responses)
  1. Sniffit

    Good. Goooooooood. NO QUARTER!

    September 25, 2012 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  2. myviewis

    I don't see Romney shying away from his 47% comment, I look forward to hearing more details on it. However, Obama cannot hide from the fact that unemployment is over the roof, families are broke, children in poverty higher than ever, women in poverty higher than ever, Soup Kitchens are abundant in Ohio, Food Banks are packed with families needing food, our Ambassador is dead, 3 young men are dead, our country is way over in spending, our country is falling apart and Obama is just sitting back enjoying his beer making, playing golf, playing basketball, oh and going on THE VIEW. Obama is out of touch with reality and is hoping the rest of us will follow him in this fantasy land that everything is okay.
    Perhaps Obama should consider living in Portland or also known as Portlandia.

    September 25, 2012 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  3. Gurgyl

    Do not worry–Obama, we are behind you–we support you–we love you. It is so pathetic when you were so stern in UN addressings–mitt is acting like an idiot. After reading the comments from people–I have confidence in you. With tears for this nation. Yes, on Obama12. My proud boy.

    September 25, 2012 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  4. georgex

    The Citizens United was ruled by 5 Republican appointed Supreme Court justices and opposed by the Democrat appointed justices. This ruling does nothing to protect the government of the people. If we have a Republican president appointing another justice there is no telling what a Republican Congress would pass and the 6 justices approve. Maybe women and girls will lose the options for birth control and abortion. Maybe creation will be taught in our schools rather than the truth about biological evolution. This may be the long term danger of Mr. Romney being elected.

    September 25, 2012 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  5. Luke Brown

    Why is Mitt Romney running for President?

    Republicans claim that Obama has never had a serious challenger in any election. So why have they nominated Romney to take him on?

    Mitt seems like a likeable enough fellow, but doesn't have a clue about what he is doing.

    Hey Mitt, seriously? Paul Ryan?

    September 25, 2012 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  6. cali girl

    "Mitt Romney has a plan for a stronger middle class that will lower tax rates across the board and jumpstart economic growth creating 12 million job."
    Andrea has been smoking something again. the middle class and poor will take the brunt of the taxes, letting the fat cats still reap 250K in tax savings.
    In the "fly on the wall" video, Robmey also spouts off about doing NOTHING for the economy. He certainly believes that just him being the President would jump start things on their own. Sounds like that is the teachings given on planet Kolob as long as you wear your magic underwear.

    September 25, 2012 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  7. CryBabies

    Such BS from the democrats and their "interpretation" . The liberal kool-aid is being consumed by the barrel.

    September 25, 2012 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  8. Willie Floyd

    OBAMA/BIDEN 2012–enough said!!

    September 25, 2012 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  9. Romney cares less

    Mitt go back to one of your homes and rest up for your 2016 run.

    September 25, 2012 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  10. Borderless

    Still waiting for that Obama ad telling us what he's done (actually done, not the fictional bits) to stay in office. Don't think it will be coming. Keep taking the low road, Obama.

    September 25, 2012 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  11. Vic of New York

    Jeez, if I were a Romney donor I'd be laying a brick someone is going to identify me on that tape – voice prints!

    September 25, 2012 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  12. bbrooker88

    Ah, I remember all those republican amateur "pundits"/trolls claiming this 47% thing would end up being a Romney boost.

    I can't wait till this is over and the whining, racist, misinformed attacks I've had to read the past four years will be put to rest.

    September 25, 2012 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  13. Marie MD

    If the twit had stopped at 47% won't vote for me it would have been alright but he pretty much insulted seniors, the military, the poor, the middle class, poor children, Latinos, Blacks and by mentioning his wife women!
    I think the ony group he didn't degrade and called leeches were the gays but he has done so before so he and plate faced lying altar boy have retry much enraged everyone but the super rich, their kind.
    Stop it! Poor non working wife, NOT

    September 25, 2012 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  14. Sniffit

    'I don't see Romney shying away from his 47% comment, I look forward to hearing more details on it."

    No you don't. Everything that everyone has cited and said in posts, in the news, on factchecking sites, etc., has been 100% ignored by you and the rest of the GOP/Teatrolls who mistakenly believe it's a great to call 47% of the American public lazy, feckless, leeches and frequently slip up to reveal that you incorrectly believe that the 47% is comprised almost exclusively of "welfare queen" minorities who want the rest of America to pay for "bgi screen TVs and Air Jordans." Hint: bad idea. VERY. BAD. IDEA. It might rile your base, but you need more than your base to win...especially since the voter suppression efforts aren't quite panning out like you guys had hoped.

    September 25, 2012 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  15. Sober

    Turn up the sound on your ears; clear the fog from your eyes; and turn your brain on ..if you have one!!!! WOW!

    September 25, 2012 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  16. Four and The Door

    Luke Brown
    Why is Mitt Romney running for President?
    Because the future of America is important enough to put in someone who understands how to get results for the greatest problems we have in front of us. Many of these problems concern the economy and the financial strength of the federal government. Mitt Romney is one of very few people who has the management and economic expertise to address these issues at that level. Obama is a nice enough guy but totally not the guy who even understands the magnitude of our problems let alone how to navigate the nation back to control over our economic security. He doesn't have the education, the experience or the will to fix our greatest problems. He survives in Washington by politics alone. That's not enough for America or what the country needs. We need to move out of this partisan political quagmire and begin achieving results for a plan of recovery. Fortunately we have 2 of the best lined up and ready to take charge. Romney/ Ryan 2012.

    September 25, 2012 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  17. Ann

    Again? Obama's campaign is getting desperate. What notion of Fair Share have these people? $1.94 million in federal income taxes from one family! and yes, apparently 47% of Americans pay $0 in federal taxes. Say thank you to those who pay for you and shut up. How much is 'Fair' in Obama's mind?

    September 25, 2012 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  18. bintou kouadio

    I am no american and dont want to be one, however i do follow the election. Romney says he has a plan, let him show the plan. Its boy about making noise how he will fix things. What strategies will he use in his plan? Please, romney is the biggest liar in politics. Flip flop is his middle name. This man is only interested in righting the wrong of his fathet's failed bid for president.

    September 25, 2012 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  19. Namejkane sfl a vote for the gop will cut your moms medicare and soc sec .can you afford to pay for them???

    Why not ,its the truth ,something romney the tax cheat knows nothing about !!!

    September 25, 2012 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  20. shaysite

    I bet Romney is also attacking numerous members of the uniformed military through his comments.

    September 25, 2012 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  21. shaysite

    Maybe Romney wants wealthy Americans to secede from the United States so he can represent only them.

    September 25, 2012 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  22. one11one

    Tax the "rich" !!!

    Who cares that it is not a real solution to our budget crisis.

    It gives the folks a villain to hate and blame for their problems.

    And, it helps get Obama votes. ; )

    September 25, 2012 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  23. ghostriter

    myviewis, of course not. But you may want to revise your talking points. Ohio Governor Kasich doesn't agree with you:

    In Ohio, Republican Gov. John Kasich is unpopular, but has at least one good thing going for him: the state’s improving economy. Over the last few months, Kasich has been touring the state, spreading the good news. “All we’ve done in Ohio is to create a better environment,” Kasich said in an April appearance on “Meet the Press.” “When I took office, we were 48th in the country in job creation. And in February, working with my partners in the legislature, we were the No. 1 job creator in America, and we’re No. 4 today.”

    That’s not exactly Romney’s message. Romney stood in front of a shuttered Ohio factory in April and said, “If you want to know where [Obama’s] vision leads, open your eyes.” Kasich was notably absent from the event.

    The unemployment rate, which is now 7.3 percent, began ticking down before Kasich became governor, Chris Redfern, chairman of the Ohio Democratic Party, told TPM. Redfern says this is largely due to the auto industry bailout. “In the case of Gov. Romney, he comes to a state which has seen a rebound of the economy, primarily in the manufacturing sector,” Redfern said. “Absolutely, I hope Mitt Romney continues to campaign with John Kasich and ask the people of Ohio whether or not reinvesting in American automobile jobs like Toledo works, because it does.”

    September 25, 2012 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  24. Thurston Howell and Lovie Howell

    @myviewis: unemployment is over the roof. Please learn how to express yourself.

    September 25, 2012 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  25. Alex21

    2. History of job creation – More jobs were created under democrat president then republican presidents. Also, I have not heard any specific details from Mitt Romney how he is create jobs – except in tape that him becoming a president will bring confidence – But historically it is opposite – How do we believe Mitt Romney without any plan? Also his plan to cut education and research – on the other hand support drill baby drill instead of supporting renewable energy is the most stupid plan I have heard for job creation. Why – future jobs are going to high tech jobs. Also, oil is a limited resource. I will try to save it and keep it – while I try alternate energy sources. I think oil is still cheap – it is going to go very high in next 50 -100 years – all the research shows that. Why not keep it and try to find renewable resources and cut $4B subsidiary to big oil.
    3. Social Security and Medicare – Do you want to privatize that depending of what did wall street did in 2008? Look at your 401k plans.

    September 25, 2012 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
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