Romney ad bats back 'secretary of business'
November 1st, 2012
09:03 AM ET
6 years ago

Romney ad bats back 'secretary of business'

(CNN) – The latest ad from Mitt Romney's campaign hammers rival President Barack Obama for suggesting in an interview he'd appoint a "secretary of business" to consolidate government bureaucracy.

Obama made the proposition during an interview with MSNBC, saying he wanted to "consolidate a whole bunch of government agencies" that deal with various types of American businesses.

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"There should be a one-stop shop," Obama said.

The ad from Romney's campaign released Thursday frames the comments as another attempt at big government from the Democratic incumbent, saying Obama's "solution to everything is to add another bureaucrat."

"Why not have a president who actually understands business?" a narrator in the ad says. "Under Obama, millions of people can't find work. And more families on welfare and a record number of Americans on food stamps. Mitt Romney understands business, knows how to create jobs and get our economy moving. He's done it before, he can do it again."

Romney's team isn't the first to criticize the president for the "secretary of business" suggestion – the conservative editorial page of the Wall Street Journal slammed the pitch under the headline "Secretary of Say What?" this week.

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  1. Guest AGAIN

    Obama is so full of crap its dusgusting. He will say anything for a vote and the media will help him any way they can. I cant wait for Nov 6 to get here and we can start to undo the damage by voting him out of office.

    ROMNEY/RYAN 2012 for America!

    November 1, 2012 09:08 am at 9:08 am |

    "Why not have a president who actually understands business?"
    We don't need a President with your kind of business experience. It's bad enough that your company are the pioneers of job outsourcing and you're not even standing up to them in regards of Sensata. You're a vulture corporatists. You'll sell America out to the highest bidder.

    November 1, 2012 09:08 am at 9:08 am |

    nobody cares about this ad
    talk about the ads Mitt Romney is running in Ohio and Michigan where he is flat out lying about the Auto bail out
    and the lies he said about jeep.
    talk about how GM had to put out a memo telling everybody Mitt Romney the liar is lying out of his filthy lying lie hole

    November 1, 2012 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  4. editorialchick

    Here: Obama's team isn't the first to criticize the president for the "secretary of business" suggestion – the conservative editorial page of the Wall Street Journal slammed the pitch under the headline "Secretary of Say What?" this week.

    Don't you mean ROMNEY'S TEAM isn't the first to criticize ?

    November 1, 2012 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  5. MIDave

    It's going to be hard for Romney to top Obama's card carrying communist "green job" czar, but I think he can do it.

    November 1, 2012 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  6. incredulous

    All that money and all those lies don't appear to be working for Romney so what does he do? Spends money telling more lies. Pathetic.

    November 1, 2012 09:18 am at 9:18 am |

    Bad news Willard. 158,000 jobs added in October. Don't freak out if the unemployment rate drops to 7.7% tomorrow.

    November 1, 2012 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  8. Tony

    Republicans' message: government can't solve people's problems. Vote Republicans into government so that government can continue not solving people's problems. Remember, after Republicans took over the House in 2010, the House spent two years not passing jobs bills. Republicans will like to keep things the same, except maybe adding more tax cuts for the rich and more military spending.

    November 1, 2012 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  9. Josh

    We need more private sector oversight of the government, not more government oversight of the private sector.

    November 1, 2012 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  10. Ann Salter

    Unreal , this guy is clueless although I am not surprised , a community organizer that got in on what
    hope , change and the Aftrican American vote ! Continues to promote class warfare like the nation
    wasn't built on success and the American dream. The press will not talk about Bengazi and why
    this administration continued to tell a big fat lie . Unreal. Hope Mitt Romney wins by a landslide , time people
    wake up

    November 1, 2012 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  11. gt

    typical democrat... they think the government can fix everything....they just leach off the tax payers..create jobs so they can help there friends....

    November 1, 2012 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  12. Mario you have any sense? Obama said he wants to "consolidate a whole bunch of government agencies"...that means make it just need to hire sombody to run the system, versus a bunch of people as it currently the case. How stupid does Romney think people are? He's obviously got some kinda campaign ADD or someting...

    November 1, 2012 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  13. 1twinsfan

    Hmm, consolidating positions is expanding? Okay. Still voting Obama/Biden.

    November 1, 2012 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  14. enuff

    The office of the president is not about being a CEO of a business. it is about the PEOPLE that live in the country. Sandy should be proof of that. It is not about putting up soup lines and saying that should be enough because people are too dependent on government (see Romney'S 47% comment and his sad attempt at food donations). If your style of government is not about the people, for the people, then the people should not elect you.

    November 1, 2012 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  15. Jan

    AND HERE WE GO!!!! From the non-ceasing mouths of the critics President Obama continues NOT BEING ABLE TO DO ANYTHING RIGHT!!!! If he doesn't move...he's wrong! If he turns to the left...he's wrong!! If he turns to the right...he's wrong!!! OH THE CRY FOR A SMALLER GOVERNMENT JUST WON'T CEASE, AND NOW THAT THE PRESIDENT IS PROPOSING TO DO JUST THAT BY CONSOLIDATING AGENCIES....GUESS WHAT!!!!....HE'S WRONG!!!!!....ACCORDING TO THE CRITIC :-)!

    November 1, 2012 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  16. Four and The Door

    It is not Obama's fault that he has a limited range of answers to problems. He has such limited experience, why would he have any capability to think outside of that? Academic law and government. That's his wheelhouse.

    The real problem is voters who buy into the idea that this is enough. Apparently many of them have no idea, either. They get caught up in his fear campaign ( "I'm the good middle class guy and Mitt Romney is a bad rich guy" ) and this is good enough for them. The fact that they look around and see a country in serious trouble doesn't connect with the idea that they really do have a say in the matter. Things can stay the same ( Obama/ Biden 2012 ) or they can change for the better. Romney/ Ryan 2012. Who has the real power in 2012? The voter.

    November 1, 2012 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  17. Dean

    Secretary Of Bidness

    November 1, 2012 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  18. Larry L

    Romney can't come close to winning the state he served in as Governor! They know how bad he was for business! Our economy is picking up speed and the last thing we need is a flip-flopper with Bush's economic ideas.

    November 1, 2012 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  19. Critical Thinking

    I've been a executive for the last 20 years and I have seen this type of individual in many large organizations. When faced with problems that they don't have a clue, the either want to hire a specialist to handle it, so that if the problem is not solved, they fire them, but if the problem is fixed they take the the creidt. The other tactics is to put together a blue ribbon committee to come up with solutions, once again allowing for easy transfer of responsibility. Can you say "Super Committee"

    November 1, 2012 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  20. rs

    What part of "consolidate" did Mr. Romney not get? Yeah, I know, he didn't think of it so it is inherently bad, AND it is just so much fun to say "czar" and "socialist" in the same sentance (even if it makes no sense)!

    Thinking like Romney- the reason the GOP is sinking.

    November 1, 2012 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  21. No Rob Me and Lyin" Ryan!

    I believe Romney is good at running a vulture capitalist company dedicated to acquiring good companies, stripping the assets, and selling out before people realize they've been raped. His economic plans for America would do the same thing. The rich would get their tax breaks and not have to worry about financial or environmental regulations that now protect our people. They could make a quick killing and before the middle class completely collapses, cash out and send their money offshore – like Romney does. Remember – Romney=Bush.

    November 1, 2012 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  22. lolo

    This clown needs to give it up. He is nothing but a liar. Everytime he opens his mouth a lie comes out. Romney is no where near ready to be president. Whoever his campaign handlers are they all need never ever run a political campaign ever again in life. I cannot believe that people are voting for this man. He has no morals, no convictions and just lies all the time. Is this how the mormon community really conduct themselves?

    November 1, 2012 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  23. spud

    desperation Forward 2012

    November 1, 2012 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  24. Larry L

    Romney can't win Massachusetts – the state where was Governor.
    Fact checkers always prove him to be a chronic liar.
    He has flip-flopped on every issue.
    He speaks like a fool of foreign policy.
    He was a draft dodger.
    He plans to hand over Medicare and Social Security to Wall Street – regardless of the lies he now tells on that issue. He's still hiding his 10-year tax return record.
    When he's behind closed doors with his fellow fat-cats he shows open disdain for working-class people.
    He gives no details on any of his ideas but says "trust me".

    Trust him? Really?

    November 1, 2012 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  25. Paul_I

    At this point in the campaign, if Obama says in an interview that the sun will rise tomorrow, the Romney campaign would say that Mitt would do a better job of creating sunrises.

    November 1, 2012 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
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