Entire Obama ad made from controversial Romney remarks
September 27th, 2012
10:43 AM ET
6 years ago

Entire Obama ad made from controversial Romney remarks

(CNN) – The latest ad from President Barack Obama's re-election campaign pulls exclusively from secretly recorded comments Mitt Romney made calling Americans reliant on government assistance "victims."

Obama's campaign says the 30-second commercial will air in New Hampshire, Virginia, Ohio, Iowa, Nevada and Colorado. It features Romney's comments, which were made at a fund-raiser in May but not revealed until last week, over pictures of working-class Americans.

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"There are 47% of the people who will vote for the president no matter what," Romney is heard saying in the clip. "Who are dependent on government, who believe that, that they are victims, who believe that government has the responsibility to care for them. Who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you name it. And they will vote for this president no matter what."

Adding to his argument about entitlement, Romney said his "job is not to worry about those people. I'll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives."

The spot is the second from Obama's campaign going after Romney for his secretly recorded comments. The first, which was released earlier this week, also used a narrator to hammer home the Obama team's message.

"Doesn't the President have to worry about everyone?" the narrator asked in the earlier spot.

Romney has defended his remarks, saying they were meant as political analysis rather than an expression of governing philosophy.

"What I'm talking about is a political process," Romney told ABC News Wednesday. "I don't expect to get 100% of the vote, I know I'm not going to get 100%, I hope to get 50 plus percent and make sure that I become the next president. That's what my campaign is focused on. Get those numbers so I could become president and help all the people in the country."

CNN's Paul Steinhauser and Kevin Liptak contributed to this report.

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soundoff (62 Responses)
  1. stranger in an increasingly strange land

    Romney would bve his own worst enemy if the Newt were not in the picture. Come to think of it, since Romney is quoted more than the Newt, Romney is his own worst enemy. Congratulations Mitt. It is probably the last contest you will win until you fade away as a punchline for Republican ineptitude.

    Your arrogant attitude and the rise of the Tea Party, with the support of Amerinazis like the Kochs, my well spell the end of the Republican Party as anything other than a dying fringe group.

    September 27, 2012 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  2. Jesus Christ

    Well, that certainly wasn't what I had in mind.

    September 27, 2012 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  3. Namecabarnettcab

    You Can't believe any thing from the Romney camp he don't know how to spell nor tell are see the truth. His campaign is just a big joke.

    September 27, 2012 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  4. Wake up people!

    It is what it is. He said it now own it. If the GOP can build a convention around words being taken out of context, then using Willards very own words to send a powerful message is beyond fair.

    OBAMA 2012!

    September 27, 2012 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  5. v_mag

    This will be a particularly scary Halloween for W-omney. Ghosts of the past will emerge to whisper "Forty-seven perceeeeent", as skeletons rattle in the closet and the Grim Reaper waits at the door. At midnight, his campaign will turn back into a pumpkin.

    September 27, 2012 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  6. rs

    The GOP and Mr. Romney have a most unique (and frankly strange view) of government. They seem to have forgotten why we have "government". Government is here to "serve" we, the citizens aof the United States. Some of these are simple, day-to-day things (that we may not think about much- like providing public education for our children, making sure our roads are in good shape, offering up services like public libraries, police, fire and public transportation. The GOP is against these roles too, although less obviously than their real point of government opposition- the social safety net (Unemployment, Social Security Medicare and Medicaid).

    Imagine for a minute what America might look like with only private (for profit) schools, without libraries or public transportation. Take it a step further- look at America when a job loss (no doubt one shipped off-shore) might literally lead to bankruptsy, homelessness and worse. Imagine our seniors and veterans without decent medical care and the stipend that Social Security provides.
    That my frends is GOP's America. One with limited voter's rights, limited civil rights, and the certainty that you can die poor in the richest nation of the word. That is in a word- perverted.

    September 27, 2012 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  7. Gale

    Obama has to make derrogatory remarks about Romney, because he has nothing to claim as a success on his 4 years in office.

    September 27, 2012 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  8. RealityBites

    Innuendo and misrepresentation.., the tools of choice for those with a dismal record to run on.

    September 27, 2012 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  9. nelson origa

    Am I one of the 47% now that I am going to school and dependent on government-backed student loans to get an education?
    Is it irresponsible to borrow from a government-backed kitty to pull oneself up through higher education?
    Romney, you're way wrong on this one. Please apologize to the 47% for calling them irresponsible. As a president-wanna be, you can choose your friends all you want, but as president, you're are for all americans; not the 53% and not against 47%. You messed up Romney.

    September 27, 2012 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  10. linda

    My comment is on Romneys AD about how he has so much empathy and that we as Americans can now see his empathy in his Healthcare that he put into effect when he has Govenor..... about how all the children in his state are now covered under his Healthcare he created and that shows how much empathy he has......well he said on Day One as President He will do away with Obamacare....how much empathy is that for the rest of the children and people who need Medical coverage in this country? And yet he keeps putting down Obamacare and yet RAVES about his Healthcare Program.....if his Healthcare show how much empathy he has for the people in his STATE then it must make OBAMA so much more empathtic because he created it for all 50 STATES.......but Romney and the Republicans want to do away with Obamacare.......REAL EMPATHTIC ROMNEY.....I think the percentage you don't care about in this country is much more than 47%.........

    September 27, 2012 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  11. sammieb51

    Obama uses Romney's own words against him and Gale says he's making derogatory comments about him. Go figure.

    September 27, 2012 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  12. Michael

    Bye Bye Willard, you can run off to the Caymans now and visit your cash. Cya!

    September 27, 2012 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  13. TommyCelt

    Healthcare, food, and housing are basic human rights, Governor. And if it isn't the government's/president's job to see to those rights when citizens are unable to come by them...WHOSE JOB IS IT???

    September 27, 2012 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  14. Lionel

    Go get them Obama. I have seen Robme backtracking now and is pretending that he cares for ALL of Americans.

    Look, Republicans left this country in an economic mess and two wars and now they are complaining that Obama did not clean it up fast enough. We have had 30 months of job growth and 4.5 million new jobs.

    Mitt is toast, He is out of touch.

    Obama 2012

    September 27, 2012 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  15. floyd

    Gale, The beauty of this ad is , Obama makes NO derogatory remarks...It's all Romney's own words 🙂 OBAMA 2012

    September 27, 2012 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  16. Candid Camera

    Actually Romney made those derrogatory comments himself... which is what's really sad.

    September 27, 2012 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  17. russian kahn

    Obama doesn't have to make derrogatory remarks about Romney. Everytime Romney opens his mouth, he buries himself.

    September 27, 2012 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  18. Airpuff_2000

    If Romney had stopped when he said his "job is not to worry about those people" then he could have maybe, just a little, got away with the lie that he offered in his own defense, that he was speaking about his chance of winning "those peoples" vote on Election Day, 2012. But we know this explanation is a lie by his very next sentence: "I'll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives."

    Romney may be fond of editing away adjoining sentences to arrive at these fabulous out-of-context quotes. And good luck with that, you Mormon douchebag, if your only debate strategy is to try to be some fact-checker-in-chief against President Obama.

    September 27, 2012 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  19. spongekill

    Regardless of what you think about Obamacare, the economy, or anything else, "nothing to claim as a success" is factually wrong, pure and simple. http://obamaachievements.org/list

    September 27, 2012 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  20. gt

    strange how a few words stick with a person ...like they cling to the religion and guns....

    September 27, 2012 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  21. Gotta Be Kiddin


    Obama has to make derrogatory remarks about Romney, because he has nothing to claim as a success on his 4 years in office.

    What exactly was it that the President said -- HA! I predict such a major republican meltdown on November 7th. Wonder if Romney would bet me $10,000 on that!

    September 27, 2012 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  22. Marty, FL

    Romney insulted half of America at his elitist dinner. Mitt outright lied about our seniors, veterans, and hardworking Americans.

    Obama/Biden 2012

    September 27, 2012 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  23. truth hurts

    At this point, 100% of the American people are Obama's economic victims. As are many dead Mexicans, a dead border patrol agent, an ambassador and 3 others and tens of thousands of Syrians.

    September 27, 2012 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  24. rosco

    None of the initial explanations offered by the White House and State Department since the assault on the Benghazi consulate has held up. First the Administration blamed protests provoked by an amateurish anti-Islam clip posted on YouTube. Cue Susan Rice, the U.N. Ambassador and leading candidate for Secretary of State in a second Obama term: "What happened initially was that it was a spontaneous reaction . . . as a consequence of the video, that people gathered outside the embassy and then it grew very violent."

    September 27, 2012 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  25. RealityBites

    Meanwhile... out here in Reality.
    Over 100,000 workers have left the Los Angeles labor force since the beginning of 2012 as workers give up on Obama's economic plan. When the labor force declines, it can be the result of a broad demographic trend - for example, more Baby Boomers retiring, or more young people enrolling in college - or it can be a worrisome sign of people getting discouraged, moving away and giving up on the job market altogether. This seems to be the case in Los Angeles.

    September 27, 2012 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
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