Romney highlights bipartisanship in new ad
October 19th, 2012
11:17 AM ET
2 years ago

Romney highlights bipartisanship in new ad

(CNN) – The latest television spot from Mitt Romney's campaign features the GOP candidate speaking at the first presidential debate about his commitment to working with Democrats.

The spot splices together bits of Romney's answer to a question about how he would work with members of the other party to advance important legislation.

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"We have to work on a collaborative basis," Romney says in the spot.

Later, he's shown saying, "Republicans and Democrats both love America. But we need to have leadership-leadership in Washington that will actually bring people together and get the job done and could not care less if-if it's a Republican or a Democrat. I've done it before. I'll do it again."

Romney frequently talks up his record as Massachusetts governor, saying he worked with an overwhelmingly Democratic legislature to cut his state's deficits and pass health care reform. His rivals, however, claim his bipartisan record is overhyped, and that he often ignored the opposing party's requests. A report in the New York Times following the first debate indicated Romney vetoed much of the Democratic lawmakers' legislative initiatives.

The spot also reflects a growing attempt by Romney's campaign to highlight a more moderate candidate than the one on display during the fiercely fought Republican primary, which saw Romney battling against charges he wasn't a true conservative from rivals like former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich.

A Romney campaign spot airing in Virginia media markets casts Romney as a moderate on reproductive rights, pointing out he doesn't oppose abortion in cases of rape, incest, or when a mother's life is at risk. On immigration, Romney has also struck a more moderate tone than during his primary slog, when he suggested a system of "self deportation" for undocumented immigrants.


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  1. Thomas

    Romney highlights bipartisanship in new ad

    Rep. Joe Walsh, a Republican is a great example of Romney's ability to bring people together .

    October 19, 2012 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  2. Ben Goodman

    Romney was able to work with reasonable Democrats. No one can work with the irrational Republicans in Congress.

    Two key issues for voters:

    "Trickle-down" lunacy – yes or no

    Impose religion – yes or no

    October 19, 2012 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  3. Jules

    Romney has demonstrated no personality traits that indicate he is capable of working with others. He must be the boss and he is a disrespectful bully. Not good traits for working with anyone.

    October 19, 2012 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  4. Sandy

    Romney LIES AGAIN!! I'm from MA and he vetoed over 700 bills while he was governor! Obama should do an ad just like the ad he did yesterday showing Romney saying he would sign a ban on abortion. Show a piece of this ad, then come in and show proof that Romney vetoed bills that had to be overrided by democrats.

    October 19, 2012 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  5. Jules

    As a Democrat, I think President Obama spent way too much time trying to work with the GOP after it became obvious to all that they would oppose him every step of the way, even on legislation they had previously supported.

    October 19, 2012 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  6. rs

    Given that the Republican Party- especially Mr. Mitch McConnell(and to a lesser extent Mr. Boehner) have spearheaded the attempt to make Mr. Obama "a a one-term President" by blocking everything with a record number of filibusters in the Senate, I think I'd try jail as a solution.

    Look, all of these hyper-ideological losers have walked away from their responsibility to America and Americans, and they have all sworn an oath (AN OATH!) to Grover Norquist and his Club for grown.

    Treason, pure and simple.

    October 19, 2012 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  7. TAK

    Yeah and Paul Ryan's version of bi-partisanship is: You toss out all your beliefs and make every concession we demand, while we don't agree with anything you ask and make no concessions of our own ... then we have a deal..

    Been there, done that.

    October 19, 2012 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  8. rs

    jpmichigan-Why is "redistribution" bad when it goes to everyone and good when it goes only to the rich? THINK!

    October 19, 2012 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  9. rob

    @GI Joe
    Some facts:
    Romney inherited 3 billion deficit, left with 2 billion surpluss
    Unemployment was under 5% in his last year (Full emoloyment by definition) almost everyone who wanted a job had one
    Romney vetoed spending bills and tax increases from the Dems but negotiated on Health Care legislation etc.

    Being the executive involves building consensus among the legislative branch regardless of their political makeup and working with them to achieve as much of your priorities as possible. The President had large enough majorities in the Congress that he and the very liberal Dem leadership were able to write bills they knew they could pass without any Repubs. His mistake was not taking a leadership role and demanding enough of a buy in from the Repubs as to blunt the pushback. No piece of legislation as far reaching as the Health Care law has ever been passed without at least some bi-partisan agreement.

    ObamaCare remains unpopular, the Stimulus did not work as advertised so we are left with slow growth, high unemployment, catostrofic deficits and debt and a fiscal cliff looming in January. That is not leadership.

    We need a change.....Romney/Ryan 2012

    October 19, 2012 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  10. tee1227

    Mitt forgot to ask mitch mcconnell and the rest of the crew they said no.

    October 19, 2012 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  11. bob

    Romney was able to get health care passed in Mass. because democrats were in the super majority in the house and senate. He needed a record to run on after sitting around doing nothing for four years, as his plans were to run for president all along. Don't think for a second he would have tackled that issue if republicans had been in the majority in his state.

    October 19, 2012 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  12. Romney Hood's a FRAUD

    Here's how I'm going to handle bipartisanship in congress: I'M VOTING FOR OBAMA/BIDEN AND DEMOCRATS ALL DOWN THE TICKET!

    October 19, 2012 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  13. Asher

    Obama has refused to work with anyone other than the extreme partisans on his side of the isle. If you remember when it came to crunch time on one occasion for debt reconcilation he did not even know how to contact John Boehner. You are not going to always agree with others but you have to show an effort to make progress for the American people. Effort for progress is not the Obama way. Sadly what was said often but ignored about Obama that was true and has proven fatal to progress is that he is an extreme liberal and had no experience to lead.

    October 19, 2012 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  14. Jay

    Funny how the majority of the Republicans claims, that President Obama has been the most partisan president in the history of the USA. This is from the party that from the second the President took office declared to block every piece of legislature he would pass to ensure to make him a one term President. Their biggest fear for the majority of Republicans is that the first "non-white" President of the United States becomes a success encouraging other "non-white" to try to do the same with the support of the American people. The Republican Party is just attempting to make this president a failure so that they can say "See you picked a black guy to be President and this is what you got" in order to create that fear and insure this does not happen again in the history of the US. My friends, if this are not the definition of partisanship then I don’t know what is.

    October 19, 2012 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  15. Middle Class Independent Swing State Voter

    Romney says "Government doesn't create jobs"
    Romney says "I'm going to create 2 million new jobs"

    Romney says "trickle down doesn't work"
    Romney says "I'm not going to increase taxes on the rich, b/c they need the money to hire people"

    What??? I'm getting dizzy from the spin!

    October 19, 2012 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  16. Steve

    I'll take the devil I dont know over the one I do. Simple fact is the president has PROVEN that he cannot get things done. Complain all you want about the so-called recalcitrant GOP the fact is they are there and they're not going away, no matter how many times the president closes his eyes and clicks his heels. "Spent too much time working with the GOP?" That's a laugh. He's talked with Boehner like 3X in the last year. Hasn't met with his own jobs council in 3 months, asked for the Simpson/Bowles report and then threw it away. I vote for a president to get things done. All the president is telling me is that it will be four more years of the same. The GOP isn't going away no matter how much you disrespect them. They've been duly elected by their constituents. You MUST deal with them. That's how our government works and it's how we get things done.

    October 19, 2012 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  17. Al-NY,NY

    PJ
    I bet you $10 that if
    Romeny was elected he would break GW Bush's record for having taken more vacation time that any other
    sitting President.
    --------–

    PJ..you forgot to add the zeroes after $10. It's $10,000

    October 19, 2012 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  18. rob

    Most of the posts here blaming the Repubs for Obama's failings forget (CNN won't remind you) that in Nov 2010 the American people voted overwhelmingly, 63 seat swing, to reject everything the Dem Congress stood for. They came within a couple of kook candidates of winning the Senate as well. The measure of a leader is how he or she responds to that kind of political reality (see Bill Clinton after the 1994 Repub congressional landslide)

    Harry Reid in the Senate, the liberal media and President Obama ignored this reality and doubled down leaving the country in this horrible condition.

    Nov. 6th can't come fast enough.

    October 19, 2012 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  19. Michele

    @Sandy...WHY aren't the rest of us hearing more from the ppl of Mass? Because I'm sick of hearing about and having trouble believing his koom-bye-yah stories re: his Mass Governorship ! If he was a lousy, lying, my way or the highway type Governor then you guys all need to be yelling LOUDLY

    October 19, 2012 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  20. Sniffit

    "Simple fact is the president has PROVEN that he cannot get things done. "

    Simple fact is the GOP/Teatrolls congress critters have PROVEN that they are wiling to prevent anything from getting done.

    FIFY.

    October 19, 2012 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  21. Middle Class Independent Swing State Voter

    It's easy to be bi-partisan with Democrats who put country ahead of party. However, the Republicans, from day one made a vow to make Pres. Obama a one term president. How do you work with people like that? There blind hatred and obstructionism has stifled any improvements that we've made. And I'm surprised that President Obama hasn't spoken more about this in the debates.

    October 19, 2012 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  22. Tom from Canonsburg

    someone please pass this on to Mitch McConnell. He just plain doesn't understand what this is. 83 filabusters on legislation that may, must may have helped us out of this financial mess.

    October 19, 2012 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  23. LegalizeReason

    "We have to work on a collaborative basis," Romney says in the spot.

    Mr. Romney, please explain how you will do this in view of the fact that you you and your running mate have both taken the Grover Norquist no-tax pledge. I guess your idea of callaboration and bi-partisanship is the same as that of Boehner, Cantor and the rest of the radical right House of Representatives: We will work with the Democrats only when they have capitulated by giving us everything that our ideology holds dear, and even then, only if we can make political points at the expense of the welfare of the American people.

    October 19, 2012 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  24. Middle Class Independent Swing State Voter

    For the past four years, Republicans have done NOTHING but obstruct. Name one positive thing they have done to help with the recovery? They have even voted against legislation that they once supported. Give me a break! I'm surprised that the President has accomplished anything due to the treacherous behavior from the other side. That's why I'm no longer a Republican.

    October 19, 2012 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  25. Smarter than Newt Gingrich

    Not a single Republican will address Mitch McConnel's promise to disagree with the president from day one. Not one.

    October 19, 2012 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
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