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. AlaskaPalin

    Let the market work says that the financial system should have been allowed to collapse. That was what the market was calling for but an anomaly happened when the government got involved (a trillion dollars). Homes (families) were a major part of the troubled asset mostly the fault of wallstreet- we were willing to relieve wallstreet (the brains) of their gambling burden but as politicians we are not willing to lift a finger to help families who were induce by these 'Big Bonuser's' to buy homes (lives) they couldn't afford. Its not capitalism to say let the market work for home owners and give tarp to wall street. Capitalism says let the market work for wall street and mainstreet. Parity says if you gave tarp to wallstreet then you should give tarp to mainstreet.

    October 21, 2011 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  2. JJ

    Romney is right on this one. Let the market take its course as painful as that may be. It may sound harsh, but it was this kind of thinking that led to part of economic problems in the first place – approving mortgages for those who could never afford them in the first place. Propping up the foreclosures will only extend the inevitable pain, in my opinion. The primary focus needs to be on turning around our economy – that means JOBS, JOBS, JOBS!

    October 21, 2011 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  3. Laura

    Does he realize that every foreclosed house is some family's home?

    October 21, 2011 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  4. Max

    Wall street, NOT main street...

    It is a fact that under president Obama millions of people lost their homes through foreclosures, however, according to Romney's own words 'Let it run it's course and hit the bottom' speaking about the foreclosure process.

    This clearly shows that Romney is OUT OF TOUCH with people who are losing their homes. He is IN TOUCH with investors who are waiting and ready to make profits off these foreclosed homes.

    This shows that Romney is only looking out for the rich investors, the homeless as a result of foreclosures ain't in his thoughts at all.

    Are we willing to elect a president Romney whose only concern is for Wall street executives? Are we willing to elect a president Romney who cares little or nothing about main street?

    October 21, 2011 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  5. Corporations R. People II

    Willard making it too easy to show how anti-Middle Class he is. People get out of your homes, give up your dignity, make way for the investors!

    October 21, 2011 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  6. Portland tony

    12 more months of this stuff!

    October 21, 2011 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  7. LegendRx

    Eyes wide open?

    October 21, 2011 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  8. SadDayInUsa

    What a bunch of ignorant morons here. Keep sitting there with you hands out liberals! Yes the govt should be the ones to bail out morons who made bad decisions and bought homes they cannot afford, ran car companies into the ground and bail out banks that gave the loans to morons that cannot afford the homes. Oh and don't forget to protest the bailout of the the banks, car companies but not the morons that bought homes they cannot afford!

    October 21, 2011 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  9. Henry Miller

    There are three reasons for the foreclosures: the Democrats pushing Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to make high-risk loans to people who couldn't pay them back, utterly fiscally irresponsible behaviour by both Republicans and Democrats, and three years of Obama's best efforts to destroy the American economy.

    American taxpayers caused none of this and shouldn't be forced to absorb the losses.

    October 21, 2011 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  10. Ally Inn

    Earth peoples is the craziest peoples.

    October 21, 2011 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  11. Henry Miller

    "If Romney gets elected, unless you are rich you are on your own."

    You ought to be on your own anyway–Nanny States are for losers.

    October 21, 2011 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  12. Progessive lady

    How could anyone in their right mind believe in a man who where's tight jeans!

    October 21, 2011 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  13. The Unsub

    Mittens is a 1 percenter!

    October 21, 2011 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
  14. Rusty Dils

    Please ask the DNC to keep running adds like this one where Romney Says to let the Market Correct the Situation. You see I am a staunch Mitt Romney supporter, and as Mitt Romney always says, Republicans are not afraid to tell the truth. In this instance, Mitt Romney is absolutely right. We have stop haveing the government "Help" us. Like the Famous Comedian Will Rogers used to say, what words do Americans fear most, "we are from the government, and we are here to help". The next thing is this, and this is purely political, as usual, the DNC has not thought this supposed attack ad out very well. First of all, most people's homes in the U.S., are not in foreclosure, most people are working hard to pay for there own mortgages, hence, do you really think they want to pay more money for the government to help the people who are not paying for there mortgages. So this attack ad is not going to garner very much support. So please, please, please, tell the powers at the DNC, to keep running ads like this. Those of us who are staunch Mitt Romney supporters thank them very much.

    October 21, 2011 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
  15. Rusty Dils

    Actually Tony, you got it wrong, it is not "unless your are rich you are on your own", it is "unless your are willing to work for a living, you are on your own".

    October 21, 2011 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
  16. AVD

    you guys are really idiotic. I don't name call but you guys deserve it. You're going to condemn someone for working hard and making money in their life? Then you're going to tell him that he can't be president because he has earned his fortune and is using it wisely? Which one of you, if given the opportunity to work hard and make millions, wouldn't do what was best for your assets? The DNC is picking Romney apart for having millions – SO WHAT. I just hear a bunch of jealous imbeciles. Besides, don't you know how many millions Obama made?

    I'm sorry, but I'd rather have a President, in this poor economy, that knows how to save money and invest, create jobs and pull economies together, than the president we have now that has only made us deeper in debt – deeper than ever in history.

    October 21, 2011 11:05 pm at 11:05 pm |
  17. kat

    Anybody but BHO 2012

    October 22, 2011 01:34 am at 1:34 am |
  18. Deer Hunter

    Mitt is speaking the truth. Not that he doesnt care for all those foreclose homes. Why does these people cant pay their homes? it's because they lost their job. Obama cant create new jobs, he simply cant because he is to ignorant about economy and he thinks the government should provide for these jobs through additional taxes. Where did all the billions of billions of tax dollars that Obama spend for stimulus went? It sure is not felt here in Florida where one street has 4 out of 10 home has been foreclosed.

    October 22, 2011 01:38 am at 1:38 am |
  19. GuyinVA

    I guess a better way to handle the housing market would be to force lenders to give money for home purchases to people who certainly can't afford to pay it back. This will work because everyone deserves to have the house they want, not the one they can afford. Oh wait. We tried that. Well, let's do it again and see if it works this time. Kind of like Occupy Wall Street. Forgive all student loans because they didn't get exactly the job they wanted making the exact salary they wanted. In defense of the OWS movement, they're don't seem to want the jobs that the rich have and that they used to get wealthy. They just want the money the rich have because... well, they just have too much.

    October 22, 2011 07:23 am at 7:23 am |
  20. mario

    Mitt is out of touch with reality along with the rest wannabes We the people will make sure none of these inepts get to run our beloved country none of them are qualified for it

    October 22, 2011 07:42 am at 7:42 am |
  21. dreucalypt

    The ad is totally fair. Romney said what he said, and he meant it. Speeding up the foreclosure process is one of the few things Romney actually believes.

    October 22, 2011 07:42 am at 7:42 am |
  22. Ron

    Romney cannot win the presidency....nor can any of the other republican candidates. The question is, what does he do if he doesn't win the nomination? Does he support the republican who does? I think he'll go on the scorched earth plan and support President Obama!!! Oh my! Did I say that out loud? Think about it. Who is most like? What have his policies been like? He's morphed into "something" for the primaries, but who is he really like?? Politically, he's done after this go-round. And, he's finding out that his religion means he'll never be a contender for a narrow-minded GOP. Kinda hurts. Enough to want to support an inclusive democrat party!? Time will tell....

    October 22, 2011 07:55 am at 7:55 am |
  23. Ron

    LOL. Saw a great nickname for Willard on another post about his criticism of the President for leaving Iraq: Flipper!! LOL. Perfect. That the GOP'ers would come out talking about leaving Americans in Iraq to be arrested, tried, convicted, and subject to Iraqi versions of justic is AMAZING! What is the Iraqi punishment for shooting someone? For killing someone? Maybe, the GOPers want to see American military men/women stoned or chopped into pieces on TV??! Maybe, that will serve some purpose for them? Those guys are just plain old every day STUPID. OBAMA/BIDEN 2012 and evrey democrat I can vote for on the ballot!!!!!

    October 22, 2011 08:03 am at 8:03 am |
  24. steven

    i guess that romney doesnt have many renters on his block....renters care very little about the up keep of the rented property...as a home owner on a block ith sveral renters i see the dmage that theybring t a neighborhood...unmowed lawns, toys strewn all over the proterty, broken shades and blinds...higher incidents of police calls to the area..(which we never had befor the rental people moved in...lived in my home25 yrs...and only had 2 incidents and those for emergency calls for help...ambulence for senior...but since the housing market crash and the relocation of people from innercity to area....problems have increased cconsiderably...2-3 incidents per month..

    October 22, 2011 08:12 am at 8:12 am |
  25. Robert

    Great. Let the people of the middle class become homeless......Really..I thought it was wallstreet who sold and invested in bad loans, that they created., and the middle class (the new homeless) helped bail them out... So now after helping them keep their jobs and homes..we should now let these same people take ours......?? I hope all of those on the Right, look at the big picture, and see why regulations to protect us are not only necessary but to a necessity. OBAMA 2012!!!! Be on the right side of history.

    October 22, 2011 08:39 am at 8:39 am |
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