DNC ad pits Romney against himself
August 13th, 2011
01:14 PM ET
11 years ago

DNC ad pits Romney against himself

(CNN)-The Democratic National Committee turned Mitt Romney’s words against himself in Des Moines Saturday, with an ad targeting the former Massachusetts governor’s stance on deficit reduction.

Pouncing on the 2012 presidential candidate’s comment that “corporations are people,” the DNC ad groups Romney with the tea party movement when it comes to methods of battling the deficit.

“Mitt Romney stands with the tea party,” an announcer states. “Up to 35 percent cut from social security, but not one more dime from corporations.”

The 30-second spot opens to Romney’s comments at the Iowa State Fair soap box, where hecklers, one of whom was a Democrat, chastised the candidate for defending corporations.

Mentioning that one method of generating revenue by raising taxes on people was “not the way,” Romney is interrupted with a public shout of “Corporations!”

“Corporations are people, my friend,” he retorts. “Of course they are. Everything corporations earn ultimately goes to people."

The ad closes with the statement “Mitt Romney. Putting Corporations First” - and paints the 2012 hopeful as a defender of big companies at the expense of “people.”

The ad will run in the Des Moines market during Saturday’s influential straw poll in Ames and into the beginning of next week.

DNC spokesman Brad Woodhouse confirmed that Romney “could see this [ad] in other states.”

Filed under: 2012 • DNC • Iowa • Mitt Romney
soundoff (9 Responses)
  1. christina

    So if corporations are people, would corporate mergers become illegal if we enact a constitutional amendment defining marriage as the legal union of a man and a woman? Does a corporation have the right to bear arms under the second amendment?

    August 13, 2011 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  2. dj98

    He said corporations are PEOPLE! He doomed himself early.. I can see the commercials later this year bashing bashing that statement!

    August 13, 2011 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  3. GI Joe

    Being poor doesn't mean people are bad.

    Being a wealthy corporation doesn't mean that corporation is good.

    I believe on Judgement Day there will be very few corporatists that make it thru the eye of that needle. Jesus himself would have been a democrat - and he would have helped the poor. I wonder what Joseph Smith did?

    August 13, 2011 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  4. donavicci

    In a perfect world, corporations would be people. Taxing corporations more, closing offshore loopholes, will not result in higher product prices. They'll resort in efficient companies.The execs that are making 100's of millions annually won't raise prices just so that their own salaries can remain at czar levels. Why? Because ultimately the market will decide what a fair price is. Some of us only ask that they pay their fair share for the benefits this country's political and economic climate give them...

    August 13, 2011 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  5. C. Howe Yulikit

    You're going to see this ad for the next 14 months.

    August 13, 2011 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  6. gbatty1

    I like the fact that the same rules or terms that CNN posts were not followed at the speech that Romney was given. You can't post anything like the heckler but the Romney is wrong for stopping an obvious attempt at stifling his speech. Double standards as always to show your political bias. Love it.

    August 13, 2011 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  7. Wanderer

    All the GOP know NOT Americans. They know only the corporations.

    August 13, 2011 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  8. Anthony... proud tax payer

    The truth will be the Democrats best ally this election season. Republicans used up all their good lies in '07. Lets see what they come up with in '11.

    August 13, 2011 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  9. Jeff

    Corporations are people? I'm not sure when I've heard such crazy assed, dangerous talk – oh, yeah,,,I was when that Texican fella had stole the Presidency....

    August 13, 2011 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |