47% comments resurface in Obama ad
October 9th, 2012
05:06 PM ET
2 years ago

47% comments resurface in Obama ad

(CNN) - A new ad released by President Barack Obama's campaign on Tuesday brings up GOP challenger Mitt Romney's "47%" remarks again while also criticizing him over Medicare.

The ad is the third to be released by the Obama campaign on Tuesday.

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While one of the spots is sarcastic and focuses on Big Bird, earlier in the afternoon, Obama's campaign also released a spot criticizing Romney's past handling of and future plans for Medicaid, a federal health care program for low-income individuals.

The new spot is on Medicare - the federal health care program primarily for seniors - shows pictures of senior citizens and a veteran as the narrator says, "Victims, dependent.

"That's what Mitt Romney called 47% of Americans, including people on Medicare," the narrator continues.

Last Friday, Romney said the comments were "completely wrong" after standing by them for several weeks. Video of his comments was secretly recorded at a May fundraiser and made public in mid-September on the website of a left-leaning magazine.

The ad says Romney would "replace guaranteed benefits with a voucher system" and that seniors would pay more. On screen is a series of images of seniors.

"You're no victim," the narrator says. "You earned your benefits."

At last Wednesday's presidential debate, Romney was clear that he was not "proposing any changes for any current retirees or near retirees, either to Social Security or Medicare."

"And with regards to young people coming along, I've got proposals to make sure Medicare and Social Security are there for them without any question," he continued.

In a statement responding to he ad, Romney campaign spokeswoman Amanda Henneberg said, “President Obama has not done anything to reform Medicare for the long haul and prevent it from going bankrupt. Mitt Romney has a plan to protect Medicare for today’s seniors and preserve and strengthen it for future retirees.”

Obama's campaign said the spot would run in Florida, Ohio, and Virginia, but did not say how much it was spending on the ad.

– CNN's Gregory Wallace and Ashley Killough contributed to this report


Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • President Obama
soundoff (53 Responses)
  1. ha

    I read all the comments no is this for the america that we know ? Come on guyz every body have to stand up together shoulder to shoulder . If not Washington is winning .

    October 10, 2012 01:46 am at 1:46 am |
  2. Iamnotfooled

    @Hammerer-–Stop Lying. It is built into the Affordable Healthcare Law that they are not responsible for the care of a patient. The 15 on the panel has no say as to the treatment a patient can receive–that's between doctor and patient.

    October 10, 2012 03:35 am at 3:35 am |
  3. Lizzie

    Why are always Seniors and Veterans brought into the debate, 47% receive government assistance did any of them pay into some kind of government insurance fund, or do they just receive from the general fund,seniors paid into the SS fund, Pres.Clinton robbed SS and military retirement funds to balance the budget for ONE year. So now everyone gets payed out of the general fund, lets separate those who JUST receive without contribution. What happens when more and more people drop out of the workforce, just so the unemployment rate looks good????

    October 10, 2012 06:41 am at 6:41 am |
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