Series of Romney ads use debate footage
October 23rd, 2012
01:08 PM ET
1 year ago

Series of Romney ads use debate footage

(CNN) - With two weeks left until Election Day, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is running his closing statements on television.

A series of campaign ads released Tuesday morning feature footage of the candidate at Monday night's presidential debate, including a 30-second spot which is an excerpt of his closing statement.

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In "The Clear Path," Romney is delivering his closing statement directly into the camera.

"There are two very different paths the country can take," Romney said. "One is a path represented by the President, which, at the end of four years, would mean we'd have $20 trillion in debt, heading towards Greece. I'll get us on track to a balanced budget."

The Republican candidate also outlines differences in take-home pay, employment, and food stamps.

"I'll work with you. I'll lead you in an open and honest way. And I ask for your vote. I'd like to be the next President of the United States to support and help this great nation, and to make sure that we all together maintain America as the hope of the earth," he said, concluding the debate.

A second 30-second spot also uses debate footage from the candidates' exchange on the US military. In the debate, Romney said, "this, in my view, is the highest responsibility of the President of the United States, which is to maintain the safety of the American people."

The ad shows Obama saying, "the world needs a strong America, and it is stronger now than when I came into office."

Romney counters, "Our Navy is smaller now than at any time since 1917.… That's unacceptable to me."

Earlier on Tuesday, Romney released an ad based on Romney's comments in the debate that Obama had made an international "apology tour" as president.

On a call with reporters, Obama senior campaign adviser David Axelrod took a swipe at the title of one of the ads, "Clear Path."

"That has to be a joke. I mean, there's nothing clear about the path except for that he's been consistently wrong on a lot of these issues," he said. "I will make you a $10,000 bet that you can't tell me how Governor Romney is going to balance this budget and he couldn't tell the people of our country that last night."

Obama also released a campaign ad Tuesday morning, but it does not use footage from the debate.

Romney's campaign did not say where their spots would run, nor how much ad time they had purchased.

– CNN's Ashley Killough contributed to this report


Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney
soundoff (24 Responses)
  1. Bob

    "Romney counters, "Our Navy is smaller now than at any time since 1917.… That's unacceptable to me.""

    An utterly absurd comment, revealing Biishop Rmoney doesn't have the slightest understanding of military power.

    October 23, 2012 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  2. John

    My biggest concern about Romney is that the US federal deficit would be about 25 trillion in 4 years rather than 20 trillion and that is crossing the line....His 5 trillion tax cut and 2 trillion $ increase in defense expenditures cannot be made up without revenue and he refuses to consider new revenue....he would be devastating for our economy, it must be more balanced, similar to what Obama is asking for.

    October 23, 2012 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  3. UBS, WILLARD & THE 4000+ AMERICAN AMNESTY DEAL

    Willard is so phony! The 12 million jobs that he keeps saying he is going to create has already been forecasted. That's due to policies put in place by President Obama. Once again you have Willard trying to take credit for something he did not do, just like last night when he tried to take credit for the eductaion reforms in Massachusetts that were already in place prior to him coming to office.

    October 23, 2012 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  4. independent411

    Obama's petty responses last night helped seal my vote to Romney. I have to admit that I have been leaning toward Romney since the presidents miserable first debate. Obama poisoned the bipartisan well and there is no going back for him. Romney has at least proven he can and will craft legislation in a bipartisan manner.

    October 23, 2012 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  5. NOTADEMOCRAT

    This is Romney's equivalent of CNN's FACT CHECK explaining the in-direct accuracy Obama's progressive points.

    October 23, 2012 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  6. Mase

    I served 15 years as an Army officer and there is nothing in his statement that leads me to believe he does not have an understanding of our military. If Obama who was pampered from birth through Punahou school to all his ivy league collegiate and legal education can lead us then Romney is more than qualified. There is no difference other than both men are influenced by their father. Obama's father was an an anti-colonialist with contempt for America which is completely the opposite to Romneys. Obama's policies reflect his fathers views.

    October 23, 2012 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  7. RR

    Since you want to lead us Romney, how about showing us your tax returns for the past 10 years? Now that would show some leadership. And as for our military, Romney has no clue what the military is about. He, nor his dad, nor his granddad, nor his 5 sons have ever served in the military. They sure know how to duck and dodge though.

    Romney is asking the American people to trust him with a don't do as I do attitude. If anyone asked you to believe them without showing any proof that they are worthy, would you? Well, that is exactly what Romney is doing. Please, don't give him a pass without showing proof that he is worthy.

    October 23, 2012 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  8. NOTADEMOCRAT

    Nope.., Obama never once "apologized" for America's past "failures"(whatever those may be). At least not according to CNN's FACT CHECK.

    October 23, 2012 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  9. Patrick

    So Osama Bin Laden happened to be killed on Obama's watch. Bush started the whole search for Bin Laden. Obama finally got out of the way and let the seals take him out after several times of passing on the issue. The troops in Iraq were already scheduled to transition out of country by Bush. The israeli palestinian peace process is non existent under Obama. Most people see the middle east becoming more radical as they replace previous governments with terrorist supporting regimes. Obama says he is working with them. It would be more correct to say he is working for them. We want our troops home but a rush to do so that leaves a vacuum to be filled by radicals is not in our best interests or fair to the men and women that have sacrificed to bring change to those countries.

    October 23, 2012 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  10. MrBeenThere

    Taken on the surface He's right but remember Mitt's is stuck in the past. These new newfangled gadgets and technology and modern idea's kinna confuse him, he doesn't understand you can do more with less because of technology. Open a history book and walk into 2012............. that made up Moran Fairy Tale you and your clan have been reading is making you look like a fool..........

    October 23, 2012 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  11. 2020

    Even the Chinese who just got their first aircraft carrier know more about US military than Romney. That is no way the person sits in the oval office protecting Americans.

    I won't trust Romney with a dog.

    October 23, 2012 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  12. 2020

    President didn't need to apologize to anyone.

    Bush got his two bits of shoe swing.

    October 23, 2012 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  13. Patrick

    You have to know how to use the modern technology. When you have a drone over Benghazi watching your consulate being attacked in real time for 6 or more hours and you don't send in a rescue team that is a disgusting failure of leadership. To then try to politically spin the event into a random reaction to some video is morally reprehensible. Obama has no ideas of his own and poor decision making skills. All the technology in the world can't make up for that.

    October 23, 2012 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  14. Name

    Yes Mr President, I agree with everything that you say Mr President... I am a very very rich guy Mr President.. I am entitled to the presidency Mr President...

    October 23, 2012 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  15. Patrick

    The fact that China is starting to get aircraft carriers supports Romney's assertion that we need to have a strong Navy in the Asian theatre. Cutting the military budget is not going to let us keep up with growing defense capabilities around the world. We are not the only country with advanced weapons capability.

    October 23, 2012 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  16. Logic N LA

    Obviously his team did not watch the ticker at the bottom of the CNN screen- his feedback line was flat for his closing statement. No impact voters at all

    October 23, 2012 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  17. Pale

    Romney spent the whole night either sweating like a big or agreeing with President Obama's policies. Now he is launching ads. Where will he find a clip without sweat on his face?

    October 23, 2012 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  18. Thomas

    @independent411
    Obama's petty responses last night helped seal my vote to Romney. I have to admit that I have been leaning toward Romney since the presidents miserable first debate. Obama poisoned the bipartisan well and there is no going back for him. Romney has at least proven he can and will craft legislation in a bipartisan manner.

    ======

    Give me a break Mr.ndependent411 , your a robo post from the Karl Rove spin center

    October 23, 2012 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  19. Lisa

    What I saw last night at the debate was a school kid (Romney) being schooled by a professor ( Obama).. even Romney knew he was out of his league......the swaeting from Romney told the story

    October 23, 2012 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  20. Howard

    EVERYONE knows that Obama's 11th hour proclamation that he has supported Israel ... is B.S. !!! ... Obama will say, or do ANYTHING to hold onto power ... including lies and coverups regarding Libya and Fast n' Furious !!!

    October 23, 2012 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  21. tim

    Nobody could balence oblamers budget not even clinton Romney will make a new budget.Oblamer hasn't proposed a budget in 4yrs.Try to run you'r family finance with no budget.Oblamer is way over his paygrade.If you vote for Oblamer who well you blame for the bad economy he inherited.

    October 23, 2012 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  22. Dj Rhyme

    @howard..
    So will Romney.. say or do anything to get elected..

    October 23, 2012 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  23. michd

    Howard your view carry no weight. I guess you still believe that Iraq still have weapons of mass destruction.
    You should know by now where the lies and coverup came from.

    October 23, 2012 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  24. Thomas

    @Patrick
    So Osama Bin Laden happened to be killed on Obama's watch. Bush started the whole search for Bin Laden. Obama finally got out of the way and let the seals take him out after several times of passing on the issue. The troops in Iraq were already scheduled to transition out of country by Bush. The israeli palestinian peace process is non existent under Obama. Most people see the middle east becoming more radical as they replace previous governments with terrorist supporting regimes. Obama says he is working with them. It would be more correct to say he is working for them. We want our troops home but a rush to do so that leaves a vacuum to be filled by radicals is not in our best interests or fair to the men and women that have sacrificed to bring change to those countries.

    ====

    I agree with you 47% , all of Mitts brave five sons who were needed elsewhere !
    On July 4, 2007, the Romney campaign officially launched the "Mitt Mobile, A Five Brothers Bus", referring to Romney's five sons and his official campaign blog, Five Brothers. When asked why his sons were not fighting in Iraq, Romney replied that his sons were supporting America by riding from town to town in the "Five Brothers Bus," saying "One of the ways my sons are showing support for our nation is helping me get elected.

    October 23, 2012 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |