Romney ties Obama to Pelosi in new ad
October 2nd, 2012
03:00 AM ET
2 years ago

Romney ties Obama to Pelosi in new ad

(CNN) - Mitt Romney's campaign and the Republican National Committee aligned President Barack Obama with House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi in a new television ad Tuesday, one day before the year's first presidential debate.

"Who will raise taxes on the middle class? Barack Obama and the liberals already have," the ad's narrator says, as the video pauses on a photo of Obama and Pelosi smiling for a camera.

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It's the second time in two weeks the Romney campaign has made an ad targeting Obama's connection to the House minority leader, who remains a frequent target for Republicans.

The 30-second spot, "Already Has," also attacks the duo on the health care reform bill that passed in 2010 while Pelosi served as House speaker. She lost that position later in the year when Republicans retook the House majority.

Romney's campaign and surrogates frequently criticize Obama for accomplishing little in reducing the deficit during the first two years of his term, when Democrats had control of both chambers of Congress.

"Mitt Romney and common-sense conservatives will cut taxes on the middle class. And they'll close loopholes for millionaires," the narrator says. "Obama and his liberal allies? We can't afford four more years."

Last Sunday, the campaign released a commercial based on an excerpt from a new book by longtime reporter and editor Bob Woodward.

The account details a moment when Pelosi snubbed the president during the heated 2011 debt deal showdown. The former House speaker has strongly denied the story.

While the ad chides Obama's ties to Democratic leaders on Capitol Hill, several high-profile Republican Congressional leaders hit the trail for Romney on Tuesday, perhaps as a point of contrast.

Current House Speaker John Boehner campaigns for the GOP nominee in Florida, while Sen. Marco Rubio appears in Las Vegas, not far from the site of Obama's debate preparation.

Also Tuesday, Sen. John McCain kicks off a bus tour in Florida for Romney.

Tuesday's ad also features Romney standing with Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio and Sen. Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire, two top Senate surrogates for the former Massachusetts governor.

Romney's campaign did not say where the new commercial will air or give details on the amount of the ad buy.

Asked about the ad in a press conference later Tuesday, Pelosi said the use of her image in a Romney commercial–now for the second time–shows a lack of creativity.

"I think it demonstrates a poverty of their own ideas," Pelosi responded, referring to the GOP nominee's campaign.

She added, "Elections are about what are you going to do to make my future better, and I think it's an act of desperation on their part."

Obama's re-election campaign also took issue with the ad, saying Romney's claim that the president raised taxes is "false."

Campaign spokeswoman Lis Smith pointed to an event last week in Ohio, where Romney, himself, acknowledged Obama did not raise taxes during his first term.

"I admit this, he has one thing he did not do in his first four years – he's said he's going to do in the next four years – which is to raise taxes," Romney said on Sept. 25.

Smith, however, argued Romney would be the one raising taxes on middle income earners.

"Romney's proposing a $5 trillion tax cut skewed toward millionaires and billionaires that would require him to raise taxes on middle class families by cutting deductions they rely on," Smith said in a statement. "That's why he's not telling the truth – his plan would slow our recovery and punish the middle class."

– CNN Senior Congressional Producer Deirdre Walsh contributed to this report.


Filed under: 2012 • Ads • Mitt Romney • Nancy Pelosi • President Obama
soundoff (78 Responses)
  1. TomCA

    Which loop holes do you plan to close Mit?

    "Ill let you know after you vote for me"

    October 2, 2012 05:26 am at 5:26 am |
  2. Bob R., Maryland

    Blah, blahm blah ... let's just vote!

    October 2, 2012 05:41 am at 5:41 am |
  3. jedi mind trick

    Really Mitt? Is this the best you can offer in support of your candidacy?

    Dude, you are all over the board. No consistent message, and just a bunch of smoke and mirrors.

    Good luck in retirement Mitt, your run was a dud and your message was just trifling.

    In essence: "You Sir, are an idiot!"

    October 2, 2012 06:00 am at 6:00 am |
  4. Travis B

    Desperatoin. Pure and simple. I expect to see over the next month alot of outpouring of lies. Romney has nothing to lose at this point. He's already lost.

    October 2, 2012 06:05 am at 6:05 am |
  5. maxmaxwell

    Is there some way to convince Californians to vote this woman off the planet? As in outer space, just the idea she had ripped millions and wasted millions is upsetting enough. Whe do we as a nation get a reprieve from venomous predators like her?????????????

    October 2, 2012 06:05 am at 6:05 am |
  6. Facts R Facts

    The biggest one-time tax cut to workers in USA history was in the Stimulus Bill.

    October 2, 2012 06:07 am at 6:07 am |
  7. Sid Prejean

    Oh, no! Not Nancy Pelosi!!!!
    Sorry, Mitt, the "attack Nancy Pelosi" train has left the station. Compared to John Boehner, she'd Benjamin Franklin.

    October 2, 2012 06:10 am at 6:10 am |
  8. Jay in Florida

    I am not surprised they are using Pelosi in the ads... after all, no one has done more damage to America, while taking more pride and joy for doing it than Pelosi.

    October 2, 2012 06:14 am at 6:14 am |
  9. blerg

    Obama will win. Or maybe Romney will win. Either way, the budget won't change much.

    October 2, 2012 06:14 am at 6:14 am |
  10. voxx

    I think she is dead but just don't know it.. Somebody throw some dirt on her already..Gezzz!

    October 2, 2012 06:15 am at 6:15 am |
  11. blaze562

    Get ready to stuff your money into Pelosi's pie hole because when she opens it it's that deep and dark place where all your worst nightmares dwell and demons collect your soul.

    October 2, 2012 06:16 am at 6:16 am |
  12. Observer91

    Yet another lie, or at the very least a major distortion. Anyone who actually pays attention and isn't diluted by their ideology knows that Obama has actually lowered taxes by a lot, with bipartisan support to boot.

    October 2, 2012 06:19 am at 6:19 am |
  13. Wilbur in Seattle

    In other news, Romney is still confused.

    October 2, 2012 06:21 am at 6:21 am |
  14. Marie MD

    So the twit's campaign doesn't have any proof just smiles from Pelosi about raising taxes on the middle class.
    Since we don't know that the bully bishop's agenda is to do away with mortgage interest for home owners we have to depend on "-common-sense conservatives" to speculate about a smile.
    Can these people get any more pathetic!?!?!? Their candidates are the ones who are going to raise taxes on the middle class and stick to the poor even more. Remember the 47% speech to his rich friends?
    This is the man who thinks that middle class means you are making $250,000 a year. Keep it up you still won't win in November.

    October 2, 2012 06:22 am at 6:22 am |
  15. william nye

    Mittens should stop spewing his fabricated nonsense...and these pitches of completely different platforms depending on the audience? The Republicans are making me absolutely sick, and I'm a conservative voter!

    October 2, 2012 06:23 am at 6:23 am |
  16. Andrew

    That's about all the GOP has to offer: slime.

    October 2, 2012 06:24 am at 6:24 am |
  17. n

    So what, raise taxes already, Like so many presidents in the past, everything should go up with the cost of living, salaries, cost of goods sold, living expenses and yes, taxes as well. The republican party want to start and go to war without raising revenue to pay for it, they want to continue to raid the coffers that the American people paid into for their rainy day. Get it done, raise taxes on the rich, who bet against america and on corporations, especially the ones who ship our jobs over seas, but yet, with the audacity, turn around and sell their services and products to the very ones who lost their jobs . . . I say, triple their taxes and with a percentage of their raised taxes going to the unemployment trust fund. There should be a price to pay for greed that compromises the strength and security of America. If you want to turn your backs on the american people and buy into the "its a global market excuse" to justify shipping jobs overseas, have at it, but change your residents, You are no longer an American citizen, therefor, you should no longer be under our protection.

    October 2, 2012 06:25 am at 6:25 am |
  18. amlcpamaine

    The GOP just keeps striving for new levels of lame .....

    October 2, 2012 06:29 am at 6:29 am |
  19. Anonymous

    Defeat the corrupt republicon party of hate. what wmd ? this massive three trillion dollar fraudulet wars are the main reason for the economic bush collaspe of 2008 and the great recession. wake up america and vote. defeat the party of fraud and waste.

    October 2, 2012 06:31 am at 6:31 am |
  20. Pow

    The whole Conservative vs. Liberal debate has gotten old now, the two sides are broadly defined and are constantly used to attack an opponent when you can't break down his policies and explain why they're wrong.

    It's ridiculous that the American people still put up with this crap after all these years, it's page one of Political Slander for Dummies and is only used to try and deface an opponent by trying to align them with the extremists of a broad political spectrum.

    October 2, 2012 06:32 am at 6:32 am |
  21. faberm

    I have never heard the politicians who call for the rich to "pay their fair share" say exactly how much or what percentage that means. Mr. President, I ask, "Mr President please tell us what percentage of someone's income is their fair share". I am tired of the rhetoric. Be specific.

    October 2, 2012 06:33 am at 6:33 am |
  22. noteabags

    Saint Ronald Reagan raised taxes 11 times. Taxes should be raised. Lowering taxes on the rich is not getting us out of dubya's mess.

    October 2, 2012 06:35 am at 6:35 am |
  23. Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

    Who will raise taxes on the middle class? How about who won't pay their fair share of taxes while they steamrole the middle class and ship their jobs abroad? And how about who said I'm running for President but its not my job to worry about 47% of the American people? And who said I'm not concerned about the poor because there's a safety net?

    Obama/Biden 2012!

    October 2, 2012 06:36 am at 6:36 am |
  24. Danile6

    Smart move to tie "Winky" to "Blinky"-

    October 2, 2012 06:36 am at 6:36 am |
  25. Iamnotfooled

    Nancy Pelosi will go down in history as one of the best Speaker of the House. She accomplished a lot. We need her back in there and get rid of that useless Boehner.

    October 2, 2012 06:39 am at 6:39 am |
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