DNC launches new campaign against Romney
October 21st, 2011
04:54 PM ET
11 years ago

DNC launches new campaign against Romney

(CNN) - National Democrats continued their offense against Mitt Romney Friday, knocking the former Massachusetts governor over statements he made about home foreclosures earlier in the week.

"To Mitt Romney, houses aren't places where people raise their families and build lives," said Brad Woodhouse, communications director for the Democratic National Committee, in a conference call with reporters. "They're investments to make a profit."

The DNC rolled out a new website and video featuring Romney's remarks this week to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, where he said one way to encourage a housing market rebound is to let the home foreclosure process "run its course."

"Don't try and stop the foreclosure process," Romney said. "Let it run its course and hit the bottom, allowing investors to buy their homes, put renters in them, fix the homes, and let it turn around and come back up."

At the CNN Western Republican Presidential Debate on Tuesday, Romney addressed the foreclosure issue and stood by his earlier remarks.

"The right course is to let markets work. And in order to get markets to work and to help people, the best we can do is to get the economy going," Romney said.

But the DNC and the Democratic parties of Florida and Nevada, key early voting states with high foreclosure rates, teamed up to hammer Romney over the comments, pinning him as an insensitive politician who sides with Wall Street in the housing crisis.

"Sometimes when you watch Mitt Romney on the campaign trail, you wonder if he's running to be the chairman of the board a Fortune 500 company, as opposed to running for president," said Woodhouse.

This is the second time in three days Democrats have gone after the former governor on the issue. Wednesday, President Barack Obama's re-election campaign also held a conference call with reporters to criticize Romney's debate performance, as well as his position on foreclosures.

The DNC's "foreclosure" video marks a new campaign against Romney, who frequently registers in national polls as the most electable GOP candidate against Obama. In recent weeks, national Democrats have largely targeted Romney as a flip-flopper, using websites and press conferences to get their message out.

Repeating a line used frequently in response to the Democratic attacks, Romney's campaign hit back Friday saying Obama and his re-election team are trying to distract from their "failures."

"President Obama and his campaign will continue to do everything they can to distract from their failures," said Andrea Saul, the Romney campaign communications director. "Under President Obama, millions of Americans have lost their homes, with 2.9 million foreclosure notices filed just last year. Mitt Romney is a conservative businessman who has an economic plan that will actually create jobs and keep people in their homes."

Also see:

DNC mantra: Romney's a flip-flopper

Obama campaign keeps bulls-eye on Romney

soundoff (56 Responses)
  1. cigarman

    I am usually knocking the Republicans. even though I am one. Mitt is correct in this instance. Foreclose on anyone who is not paying there home mortgage. If I buy a Lincoln Town Car and do not make the payments, do I have a right to call my bank and tell them that I want my payments lowered to one hundred dollars a month, and that at the end of seventy two months, the car will be paid for, YES I have that right but, do I think that the bank will go along with me, NO they will send someone to REPO my automibile. That scenerio is the same for anything bought with credit. During the Bush Era, the United States had a False housing boom. Anyone with a brain could figure that out. I couldnt resist, I had been retired for sometime, when I saw what was happening, eight dollar an hour people getting home loans upto Three Hundred Thousand dollars, I built sixteen houses during that time, I told my wife that in about nine months, there would be a big bust,like I said, if I could figure that out, anyone could. EAT CAKE.

    October 22, 2011 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  2. diridi

    @Laura, listen, I have been telling to this nation, GOP and Tea thugs are for Corporations, Oil companies and esply saudi Oil, Rich,....not for Middle Class Americans. Obama2012.

    October 22, 2011 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  3. The Elephant In The Room

    Romney is a corporate raider whose "business" experience is buying distressed companies, shedding US workers, location mfg in non-US locations for lower wages, and stripping of assets for sale to pay down the money borrowed to finance the whole scheme. Is it any surprise he wouls favors allowing vultures to pick over foreclosure carcasses?

    Mitt did not say the same when the Banks got in trouble. Instead he protected executives jobs. Look, with the FDIC, depositors WERE NOT going to get hurt in a banking collapse. We have electronic records; we know who was owed what. Healthier banks would have picked up the corporate mortgages, properties, asset-collateralized working capital loans, etc. But did Mitt back "true capitalism" for his banking bretheren? NO! Instead he wanted Federal bailouts to protect the BILLIONS in slaaries, perks & Bonuses that go to his friends at JPMorgan, Citi, Goldman, BofA, Wells Fargo, etc.

    Capitalism would be healthier if they had gone belly up and some arrogant bankers were out of a job and on the street.

    October 22, 2011 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  4. Gwen Lee

    Lou, you can tell that you haven't had the misfortune of losing your home because of no jobs or cut wages (things that the republicans love to do to people so they can have record-breaking profits). So you're saying to just kick families out to the street so that You can go in and buy their home at a huge discount. I can see who the selfish one is here!

    October 22, 2011 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  5. Democrat Class Warfare - Destroying the economy, destroying the country

    WOW, DNC paranoia gone wild! Shooting at anything that moves!! Polls show your lies aren't working. But by all means prove to America what liars you are.

    Joe Wilson: "You LIe!" The most prophetic staement ever made about Obama (and all the leftist Demorcats)

    October 22, 2011 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  6. Stephen

    Republicans will see these commercials too. i have to wonder if this is less of a preemtive strike and more of a hope that one of the more crazy republican candidates makes their way through.

    October 22, 2011 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
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