Romney ties Obama to Pelosi in new ad
October 2nd, 2012
03:00 AM ET
6 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. ShawnDH

    I like nancy Pelosi and I am voting for Obama. Nice try, Mittens. FAIL.

    October 2, 2012 07:15 am at 7:15 am |
  2. daveugber

    oh, and my family has suffered through $4/gallon gasoline for long enough mr president...where is all the cheap green energy our BILLIONS of tax dollars have subsidized?

    October 2, 2012 07:16 am at 7:16 am |
  3. Geoff

    Anyone who wants to vote for Romney must not be very smart, or that person hates America. It's one or the other most likely. Romney will mean the disintegration of our nation. You think it's polarized now, just see what happens if Mitt comes in and gives his millionaire and billionaire cronies whatever they want while at the same time giving the middle finger to the middle and working classes. Penguins would never be dumb enough to elect someone like Romney to govern them.

    October 2, 2012 07:16 am at 7:16 am |
  4. Frank

    A Republican that supports a Democratic economy. Is this the first candidate ever to say that he will and wont support everyone across the board.

    October 2, 2012 07:17 am at 7:17 am |
  5. BG

    GOP = Greed Over People

    October 2, 2012 07:18 am at 7:18 am |
  6. chaozz

    Ok Mitt how about a ad one what your going to do, enough the bashing are your 8?

    October 2, 2012 07:18 am at 7:18 am |
  7. April

    Ok, so Romey has one ad saying Pelosi and "his own party subbed him" now they run an ad saying she worked with him...???? Which is it??? I would be ashamed to run and endorse two ads with different views of the same people and same party doing two opposite things. I will be so glad when I can vote and the election season ad and campaigning is over. Truth is if politicians run Washington like they run campaigning they are just arguing and no wonder things aren't getting done. They want my age group 18 to mid 30s to care about voting and what's happening in Washington again, well pick a story and stick with it! Those of us fortunate enough to have jobs which is rare are too busy trying to keep them to play guess which story is true. You waant my vote pick a story and speak truth.

    October 2, 2012 07:21 am at 7:21 am |
  8. Jonathan

    Finally... I suspect Mitt will stump Nobama in these debates and go for the win in November! So excited!

    October 2, 2012 07:22 am at 7:22 am |
  9. imvotingforobama

    The GOP Congress has done nothing.

    October 2, 2012 07:25 am at 7:25 am |
  10. Steve Smith

    Was wondering when Mitten would get around to that old time GOP favorite from the standard playbook. Given how bad the House GOP has performed, and how the current GOP Speaker is a complete failure that cannot even influence his own party, this is just another attack that will only convince the already convinced GOP die-hards. Once again Mitt and he GOP have a tin-ear when it comes to America. I am sure they will try something else tomorrow when this falls flat. HOw canb these guys run the country if they can't even run a campaign.

    October 2, 2012 07:25 am at 7:25 am |
  11. pete

    commun sense conservatives ,please explain why all the tax cuts that the richest have been given is still not creating jobs.

    October 2, 2012 07:27 am at 7:27 am |
  12. Make it worth reading

    Did it not occur to you to explain how they did or did not actually tie the President to raising taxes or how they would reduce them and closes loopholes?

    October 2, 2012 07:28 am at 7:28 am |
  13. yothel

    Hmmmm....sounds like Obama needs to counter by an ad tying Mitt to one of his biggest supporters and the guy who gave us W: Karl Rove.

    October 2, 2012 07:29 am at 7:29 am |
  14. BT

    Obama has cut taxes for the middle class for what – 6-7 times? Romney keeps inferring that the middle class are a bunch of freeloaders and he's going to balance the budget with closing "loopholes" that he won't detail until after he's elected. And he wants 6 trillion in tax cuts for the upper 1%. Do the math. Ronmey is going to gut the middle class like a fish and redistribute our wealth to the top 1%. Why anyone would even consider him is beyond me.

    October 2, 2012 07:29 am at 7:29 am |
  15. willie

    There are 2 major reasons not to vote for Obama.
    The $5 trillion he squandered in his first 3 years with no jobs to show for it and the arrogance the Democratic party showed during the passing of Obama-care. "WE don't care what America wants in this bill. We alone are going to decide even though we are all lawyers and not doctors. Tort reform? never!"
    Heck, the unpopular Iraq war was way more bipartisan!

    October 2, 2012 07:31 am at 7:31 am |
  16. liberal disease

    Pelosi "unemployment compensation stimulates the economy"
    that's all you need to know about this moron and her boss, who by the way her husband is a multi millionaire but its ok if your a leftist capitalists...get these people out!

    October 2, 2012 07:32 am at 7:32 am |
  17. motherearth

    lets discuss how all the white house and senate and congress have done nothing to better america SO ITS TIME TO REPLACE THEM

    October 2, 2012 07:35 am at 7:35 am |
  18. SafeJourney

    Mitt the twit and Lyin Ryan are done. Its does not mater what nonsense and lies they put on the airways. The American people know exactly what kind of policies Mitt and Lyin Ryan stand for. Tax cuts for the rich like Mitt

    October 2, 2012 07:36 am at 7:36 am |
  19. mcfarlas47

    Two of what the liberals call the "fat cats" getting together to scoop up more $ for God knows what. Let's see now, Barack Obama has a net worth of $12 Million while Pelosi beats him at a net worth of $35 Million. Dare I ask the question? How are two individuals who devoted their entire careers to public service able to amass fortunes on gov't paychecks? We know that Obama came from a "humble" background because he told us so. And he has never told a lie, right? Or taken a bribe or two, right?

    October 2, 2012 07:36 am at 7:36 am |
  20. gerome

    Desperation will cause them to say or do anything . I am waiting for the next big lie. Romney will have to do something drastic or he knows he will lose.So he is either going to do it during the debates and try to have a Reagan moment or he will try something else. He knows this is his last attempt at the white house. God protect us all if this guy gets to be potus. He probably is the dumbest educated person I've ever read about.

    October 2, 2012 07:37 am at 7:37 am |
  21. Garret

    President Thomas Jefferson made the Louisiana purchase for 233 million dollars. Obama spent more than that while you were reading this.

    October 2, 2012 07:37 am at 7:37 am |
  22. Hollyw0od

    Taxes on middle class families have hit lowest mark in about the past 50 years. This guy is an idiot.

    October 2, 2012 07:39 am at 7:39 am |
  23. Retired Floridian

    Raised taxes?-What "taxes?" Another Republican fantasy in their parallel universe of lies, deciet, and fiction.

    Also, relative to surrogates, why isn't the news media highlight the recent Republican Crist who has ENDORSED the President and spoke at the Democratic Convention, endorsed Fl. Democratic Senator Nelson, and who has denounced the GOP for its' descent from former decency intro the filthy pit of zero morals, ethics, compromise, or common sense?!?!?!?!?!

    October 2, 2012 07:40 am at 7:40 am |
  24. William

    Pelosi is scary and says some things that just dont make sense. Now as for the taxes, they will go up next year because of Dems total lack of budgetary responsibility. Obama took the Debt Commissions report, an idea that was his, and threw the results in the trash. He puts out a budget that even Dems didnt vote for and the Senate hasn't even attempted to work on the budget. That is unless you think "tax the rich" will solve all our problems.
    Change you can believe in!

    October 2, 2012 07:41 am at 7:41 am |
  25. Tony Michaels

    If the GOP wants to say that the new health care law, and the resulting tax being charged to those who don't voluntarily purchase health insurance, ties President Obama and Nancy Pelosi to an increase on middle class families I think the democrats can live with that. After all, you actually get something tangible for your tax dollars in this case; health care. Not only that, it eliminates the hidden tax all of us who purchase health insurance pay to subsidize those that don't have such insurance, and who simply go into the local emergency room to get cared for at our expense.

    October 2, 2012 07:43 am at 7:43 am |
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