Romney ad contrasts his governorship with Obama presidency
October 21st, 2012
03:00 AM ET
1 year ago

Romney ad contrasts his governorship with Obama presidency

(CNN) -– Mitt Romney’s new campaign ad contrasts the candidate’s accomplishments in his term as governor of Massachusetts with what it depicts as the largely failed White House record of President Barack Obama.

“Some can't live up to their promises. Others find a way,” the narrator says.

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With the economy headed in the wrong direction, the narrator says Obama “admits he can't work with Congress,” and uses footage of Obama at a town hall meeting with the Univision network.

"You can't change Washington from the inside,” Obama is seen saying in the spot.

Romney has previously said the remark showed Obama offering a "white flag of surrender," and that if elected, he would be more effective in Washington than the current president.

A four-year term, the narrator says, is “all Mitt Romney needed. He turned Massachusetts around, cut unemployment, turned the deficit he inherited into a rainy day fund, all with an 85% Democratic legislature.”

With the election just over two weeks away, Romney has cast in recent ads a drab image of a second Obama term and a brighter picture of the economy should he be elected.

Romney’s campaign did not say where the spot would run nor how much it was spending to run the spot.

Campaign ad tracker CMAG reported a separate ad released by Romney’s campaign Saturday has aired in Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Nevada, North Carolina, Ohio, Virginia, Wisconsin, and in states which border or and share media markets with these battlegrounds.


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soundoff (17 Responses)
  1. alvin

    Those who have alot of money like him but those are the very people who wishes they could only live among a handful of real people with real problems

    October 21, 2012 04:44 am at 4:44 am |
  2. Iamnotfooled

    And yet we have no clue as to what he would do except cut taxes on the "Job Creators" and turn Medicare into a voucher Program and Repeal Obamacare. Get rid of Panned Parenthood and cut HUD programs. Ryan would cut Medicaid by a third. This is not creating jobs it is destroying jobs and creating misery. Obama will help the middleclass if the GOP House gets out of his way.

    October 21, 2012 05:06 am at 5:06 am |
  3. Iamnotfooled

    Mr. Ryan’s enormous influence was apparent last summer when Representative Eric Cantor, the second most powerful House Republican, told Mr. Obama during negotiations over an attempted bipartisan “grand bargain” that Mr. Ryan disliked its policy and was concerned that a deal would pave the way for Mr. Obama’s easy re-election, according to a Democrat and a Republican who were briefed on the conversation.

    Paul Ryan , Eric Cantor, and Newt Ginrich were at a restaurant along with 12 other Repubs planning President Obama's demise on the night of Pres. Obama's inauguration. They never planned to work with him. Newt gingrich-"Think of this as the night the seeds of 2012 were sown". Pathetic. anti -Americans.

    October 21, 2012 05:13 am at 5:13 am |
  4. Darrell

    47th out 50 in job growth as Gov. of MA

    800 Vetos signed by Mitt as Gov.

    25 years at Bain, according to his own campaign, produced 100,000 jobs.

    Mitt's record of achievement.

    October 21, 2012 05:22 am at 5:22 am |
  5. Name Dr M Bhiman

    President Obama must extrapolate the sucesses of Gov Romney as Massachusettes Govenor to largely the result of an innovate Democratic controlled house. Given a second term he can do more in Washington with Democratic dominated Congress.j

    October 21, 2012 05:23 am at 5:23 am |
  6. Iamnotfooled

    " Bain Capital is an investment partnership which was formed to invest in start-up companies and on going companies to take an active hand in managing them and hopefully , five or eight years later , to HARVEST them at a significant profit. Mitt Romney on video in 1985 at Bain Capital.

    October 21, 2012 05:24 am at 5:24 am |
  7. Clouds Across The Moon

    Is that a positive ad? If it is, thank goodness the slow and mellow sound is tuning up.

    October 21, 2012 07:06 am at 7:06 am |
  8. onlyfacts

    Romney's Democrats didn't stand in front of Massachusetts and proclaim their goal was to make Romney a one term governor. Romney as governor didn't have Fox "news" criticizing every move he made. Romney didn't take over a state that was on the brink of a depression. If so many in this country weren't as dumb as a rock, they'd see Romney lies to them daily and their Republican congress doesn't care about their lives the least bit. And we ALL pay the price! What a joke!

    October 21, 2012 07:16 am at 7:16 am |
  9. onlyfacts

    Another issue that makes this ad comical is the fact that Romney has taken a complete 180 on almost every issue since governor. If he governed with the same stance he has now, he would have been impeached in Massachusetts. Wake up Republicans. The Romney that was governor is not the Romney who you chose during the primaries and he is now trying to tell you he is more like the Romney who was governor who you would have kicked out of the primaries. We are all laughing at your stupidity!

    October 21, 2012 07:31 am at 7:31 am |
  10. 200 TON HAMMER

    you did not run a second term as gov mitt romney why because you bankrupt Massachusetts and come november 6th you lose Massachusetts

    October 21, 2012 07:49 am at 7:49 am |
  11. Namejkane sfl a vote for lady parts romney the tax cheat and lyin lady parts ryan willcut your moms medicare and soc sec . .can you afford to pay for them???

    I'm from Massachusetts and romny the tax cheat was the worst govenor we ever had was MIA most of the time off in other states runing for president. The fail govenor lied again when he says he lowered unemployment ,people left the state because of lack of jobs ,and left the new incoming govenor a 1.5 billion dallar defict ,after the failed govenor couldn't get realected with his 30% approval rating .right now the failed govenor is loseing Massachusetts by 15 points .he raised fees on over 1500 items from licences to excise tax,gun permits to hunting licences and stole all his records from the state house by having his staff buy the disk drives which were government property ,which were supposed to be put out to bid like any other gov property .then the lier ran for senate in mass and lost ,then he ran for president and lost and now president again and he will lose again in two weeks . I lived there and if you want to vote for this failed partime govenor with his 17 bush advisors and his bush fuzzy math ,consider yourselves idiots ,we know the real mit ,a lier ,tax cheat and bafoon along with the rest of the gop goofballs , wake up people before you lose your Medicare and soc sec.

    October 21, 2012 08:07 am at 8:07 am |
  12. Mike

    Mitt's alternate reality.

    October 21, 2012 08:08 am at 8:08 am |
  13. erdleg56

    I guess things would be different if Obama had a Congress that was 85% Democrat and willing to compormise versus heavy with Repoblicans with agenda other than obstruction. IT is also easier to cliam success if you are serial liar like Romney - he evenlied about living in Massachusetts and about being CEO and managing director of Bain Capital. There is no such thing as "retroactive resignation".

    October 21, 2012 08:26 am at 8:26 am |
  14. Namejkane sfl a vote for lady parts romney the tax cheat and lyin lady parts ryan willcut your moms medicare and soc sec . .can you afford to pay for them???

    Worst govenor ever in the state of Massachusetts ,people left the state because of high unemployment and he raised more than 1500 fees from drivers licences to gun permits and hunting licence and all state licences such as business licences and left the state with 1.5 billion dallar defict and a 30% approval rateing and was runing around the country runing for president and not even in the state during the big dig tunnel calamity when a woman was killed .he had to rush back from other state .this guy is nothing but a lieing tax cheat who shouldn't be in any public office!! A vote for romney is a vote for the likes of bachmann ,cantor ,lyin Ryan the seven term sponge of the taxpayers money with his free healthcare while he votes against yours ,get a brain and vote for Obama before romney screws you and your families,he's a proven lier with his 17 bush advisors ,war and another economic meltdown with bush 2.

    October 21, 2012 08:33 am at 8:33 am |
  15. Tell the Truth (for a change!)

    Romney's ad fails to mention that this 1-term governor vetoed the Massachusetts legislature 844 times – with 707 of them being overridden! The vast majority of the other 137 weren't challenged (i.e. agreed upon), but when the senate challenged a veto they won 100% of the time, and when the congress challenged they were near 99%. The successes in MA happened IN SPITE OF, not BECAUSE OF, Mitt Romney, and they should rightly be claimed by the Democratic state house! Why do you think Massachusetts, who knows this man for what he truly is, is so adamantly opposed to his election??? Please fact check this report, and prove it for yourselves. (Also check out the "urban legend" as he calls it of Paul Ryan's infatuation with Ayn Rand while you're at it!)

    October 21, 2012 08:34 am at 8:34 am |
  16. Travis B

    Of course Romney would be more effective. It is the Congress that said they are gonig to amke him a one term president. And the Congress should be seriously worried that they will be voted out. That is all republicans are going to get voted out. Were sick of their song and dance.

    October 21, 2012 08:46 am at 8:46 am |
  17. John

    Mitt Romney you did just a good Job, Than why doesn't even your state you where GOV In don't want you has President. You are losing there and losing badly. This should tell the rest of American People something,If the people In the state that he was GOV. In don't want him to be President than may be he didn't do the job to good there and these people are trying to tell you something. Mitt Romney can't be trusted !

    October 21, 2012 08:53 am at 8:53 am |