DNC launches new campaign against Romney
October 21st, 2011
04:54 PM ET
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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. Malcolm in St Louis

    it is a sort of "let them eat cake" approach. Once he evicts the owners then his hedge fund can pick them up for nothing, hold them for a while to create a shortage then charge outrageous prices. It's the American way. Screw your fellow man.

    October 21, 2011 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  2. Laura

    Mittens is so out of touch with the average American that it's frightening. Unless that american happens to be a corporation.

    October 21, 2011 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  3. Sniffit

    Houses are people too!

    October 21, 2011 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  4. Tony

    I am not surprised that Romney's plan for housing is to let the foreclosure process run its course. This is the same guy who said "let Detroit go bankrupt." If Romney gets elected, unless you are rich you are on your own.

    October 21, 2011 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  5. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Can you believe that Mittens says he feels the middle class's pain? He is nothing more than the poster boy for the Kochs and other bilionaires. God I hate these puppets who will screw Americans for their own chance to get big money.

    October 21, 2011 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  6. Ed DFWTX

    Mitt is out of touch with the common person. Almost 60% of the current National Debt is the result of the Bush tax cuts, two unfunded wars, and the prescription drub unfunded benefit. How different would a Mitt Presidency to a Bush Presidency? Mitt would keep the Bush tax cuts that have hurt our economy and got us in the mess to begin with.

    October 21, 2011 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  7. Dixie

    Mitt, Mitt, Mitt. We middle class folk love our homes. They are our family havens, but sadly , unlike you, do not have the resources to wait and then come back and claim them again. As you can see, Mitt, Malcolm has your plan figured to a tee.

    October 21, 2011 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  8. Sniffit

    When Wall Street bankers, backed by the plutocratic trickle-down "free market" deregaultory policies of the GOP, crash the world economy by playing ultra-high-risk gambling games with bundled mortgage-backed securities that have been negligently rated as AAA+ risk and therefore improperly underwritten...so much so that when the scheme collapses while they're playing hot potato credit-default swap games, it bankrupts one of the largest financial firms and largest insurers in the world...when that happens, Wall Street gets a bailout.

    When the above-referenced games crash the economy, massively deflating the value of millions of homes and causing a foreclosure epidemic, the GOP and Mittens want you to get the hell out...of your homes that is.

    October 21, 2011 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  9. Obama 2012

    it's obvious that if Repubs want a chance against Mr. Obama the best choice for them is Mitt Romney. He unlike some of his compatriots actually have a chance of winning some independents in a general election, that said Romney has alot of key weaknesses and it's not only fair but smart for the Obama campaign to go after these.

    October 21, 2011 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  10. Woman In California

    Poor Willard. He's now being exposed for the fraud he is.

    October 21, 2011 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  11. Name king

    Hey I am alway amaze how these repugs can look through the millions of happening of things that went right or wrong with the country. They always pick a topic like solander and dwell with it for month, just like they did last election. Lesson I wonder what would have happened if the dems would have cherry picked bush mess up throughout his presidency, they would have impeached him.

    October 21, 2011 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  12. Lou

    It's so ironic to me that the party who claims to be for the working and middle classes want to keep housing prices high.

    I live in Los Angeles and during the housing bubble, less than 15% of LA County residents could afford the median home price. Now that foreclosures are causing a price correction, more people can afford to buy homes.

    Trying to prevent foreclosures benefits the rich and the irrepsonsible and just keeps it more expensive for the rest of us.

    October 21, 2011 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  13. ObamaCares

    Obama 2012!!!

    October 21, 2011 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  14. The Greedy Old Pigs have declared class war on US!

    Mitten's naked allegiance to the 1%er deathcult becomes more and more obvious every day. He clearly has no viable ideas to assist the remaining 99%.

    October 21, 2011 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  15. Big Mac

    Mitt Romney the great sage of wall street has zero understanding of the middle class. We need an president that knows
    the middle class is suffering and does something about it. No Mitt cutting taxes for the rich is not going to bring back the jobs.
    Cutting taxes for the middle class will cause spending increases. More spending means more demand. More demand means
    businesses hire people to make things. You would think even a Republican could understand this.

    October 21, 2011 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  16. ARTRaveler

    I guess he will also seek foreclosure on those who are now living in their cars because the banks took over their houses. Look at what he did at Bain to dis-employee people and you see that Romney had no sense of what it is to live on minimum wage and have a medical emergency or to find your job sent overseas with the help of the Chamber of Commerce..

    Part of the recovery issue is that when you don't have any money, you don't need any of the corporation's products. Even Henry Ford was smarter then the current group running the national Chamber.

    October 21, 2011 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  17. Andrew

    Housing market fell the same way the stocks fell during the internet tech boom.. overrated neighborhoods with over priced homes.. stocks were equally priced without profit to justify them. The boom busts its just the natural adjustment processes. Yes, some people got screwed by purchasing over priced home with bad mortgages and now their homes are worthless.
    This should teach us a big lesson.. "price doesn't always reflect value".

    October 21, 2011 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  18. Wylie Mike

    Then the DNC believes that people should live their lives, house poor?
    Markets help people and businesses make adjustments that encourage personal and fiscal improvement.
    It is disingenuous for the DNC to claim that they are for families and building lives. Especially when they are pushing for communities to raise our children to conform to the controlling elite's Social Doctrine. But even the enforcement of the doctrine is controlled by a few elite in DC. So even claiming that community is to play a role in families and community living is disingenuous.

    October 21, 2011 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  19. dr reality check

    Since Romney's policies are largely the same as Obama's, and since Obama seems to have simply continued Bushes domestic and foreign policies, the DNC is wasting resources on obscure interpretations on Romney that no one cares about. They need to focus on damage control, and pressure the President to change course on a number of things, such as Afghanistan, a war we've already lost, foreign aid to dictatorships around the world, and a jobs bill that the Democratic party itself has already killed in the Senate. The foreclosures will be blamed on Obamas economic policies, not statements by Romney that no one will remember and that he'll probably change anyway.

    October 21, 2011 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  20. If I had a penny for every stupid Republican I'd be rich!

    Why is it markets are the answer when the rich will benefit, but when Wall Street/Banks nearly collapsed bailouts were perfectly OK?

    October 21, 2011 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  21. Balls McGhee

    He cant wait to get his dirty "mitts" on your house!

    October 21, 2011 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  22. Ray E. (Georgia)

    I assume the DNC thinks Romney will be the next President. They're probably right. People should have not bought houses they couldn't afford. Nobody's fault but their own.

    October 21, 2011 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  23. Herman Cain is NO Collin Powell, but He is a Teabagging Black token to BOOT

    Our homes are people too, for pete's sake" – Mitt Romney

    Can they allow my home vote too?!

    October 21, 2011 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  24. john

    The DNC cryed like babies when they lost the HOUSE,wait till they lose the whitehouse.Then all you DEM cry babies really can cut loose.WA,WA,WA.

    October 21, 2011 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  25. Warren

    What is it with these Teapublicans? They think a government is like a business. Wrong. Businesses', unless non- or not-for-profit, bottom line is profit not being "for, of and by the people." Such a simplistic approach to governing is incompatible with the multidimensional skills and knowledge needed to govern, especially an international world power. Myopia personified!

    October 21, 2011 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
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