The DNC's Romney obsession
October 28th, 2011
12:35 PM ET
10 years ago

The DNC's Romney obsession

(CNN) – Mitt Romney has had a "rough couple of weeks," according to the latest string of attacks unleashed on him by the Democratic National Committee.

A three-page DNC memo released to the media Friday said Romney is losing support due to his shifting and "out-of-touch" policy positions that would disproportionately harm the middle class.

"To say that Mitt Romney flips around on his positions more than a weathervane would be an insult to weathervanes," DNC Communications Director Brad Woodhouse wrote. "As Mitt Romney clings to his status as a frontrunner of the GOP presidential field, even Republicans seem to be nervous about who Mitt Romney really is and what he actually believes."

To prove his point Woodhouse contrasted Romney's economic and foreign policy proposals with those of President Barack Obama.

While Romney would let the foreclosure crisis run its course, allowing homeowners to "hit rock bottom," the president is proposing executive actions to make it easier for property owners to hold onto their homes, Woodhouse said.

The former Massachusetts governor told the Las Vegas Review-Journal last week that the housing crisis needs to bottom out before it can recover.

Another point of contention for Woodhouse was that Romney accused the president of withdrawing troops from Iraq as part of a "political calculation."

"This is an astonishing charge coming from Mitt Romney who has taken multiple positions on virtually every major foreign policy issue that the U.S. has confronted over the past several years and changes his tune day in and day out for sheer political gain," Woodhouse wrote.

But the Romney campaign said the targeted attacks are a sign of Romney's strength within the GOP field.

"Democrats realize that Mitt Romney is the only Republican who can defeat President Obama in 2012. They are desperate to hold onto power, and will do and say anything to distract from President Obama's abysmal economic record," Romney campaign spokesman Ryan Williams told CNN. "Americans won't be fooled by false and negative attacks – they know that President Obama has failed, and they are eager to replace him with a new leader who can get our country back on track."

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Filed under: 2012 • DNC • Mitt Romney
soundoff (38 Responses)
  1. Victoria AvgAm54

    Obama is the leader who can get the country back on track

    October 28, 2011 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  2. ted

    Romney doesn't have a chance against Obama. None of the rest of the candidates in the GOP clown car do either. Lets just skip the election in 2012 and let Obama serve two full terms and a lot of money will be saved.

    October 28, 2011 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  3. Dave

    Please... The Romney campaign whines about false and negative attacks? All Romney has done is attack the President while flip-flopping on every major issue. He had better grow a thicker skin and get used to it.

    October 28, 2011 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  4. Democrat Party - leftist "progressive" socialist communist losers hellbent on destroying the USA

    Obozo and his leftist cohorts know Romney will clean their clock in 2012. Romney's competence and success versus Obama's INcompetence and FAILURE. The choice is clear, Obama is OUT. He sure as heck can't run on his record of economic failure, record unemployment, record deficits, record debt, record foreclosures.....

    October 28, 2011 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  5. easydoesit

    I am a republican and I would NEVER vote for this slick haired, panderering, universal insurance loving, mormon, flip flopping, no plan having, unwanted dude ever.

    October 28, 2011 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  6. Democrat Party - leftist "progressive" socialist communist losers hellbent on destroying the USA

    Desperate Democrats shooting at everything that moves... hitting only their feet! Obama's record is a record of TOTAL FAILURE. Romney's record is one of competence and success. No wonder they are afraid of him. Start packing your bags Obama.

    October 28, 2011 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  7. kevin

    four more years! OBAMAA\BIDEN 2012

    October 28, 2011 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  8. Jake

    I think it will be very tough for this multi-millionaire who made his money in big business to get elected in this economic climate.

    October 28, 2011 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  9. Sniffit

    "The Romney campaign whines about false and negative attacks?"

    Not to mention CNN whining on his behalf. This story and its angle read like Mittens' campaign ghost wrote it.

    October 28, 2011 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  10. Lee

    I am an independant that is still on the fence. On one hand, I do not think Obama could have done much better in his first term, givin the hand he was dealt. So I am inclined to vote for him again, especially if the republicans nominate some trainwreck like Perry. But on the other hand, the people really controlling this country are the people between big business and congress. Our economy will not get better unless Big Business gets a puppet in the White House. Romney seems to fit that bill.

    October 28, 2011 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  11. AlaskaPalin

    MYTH Romney- a man without convictions. Who really is MYTH Romney? Just when you thought he is for real you find your sense of reality shattered- for what you think you know about him is just a MYTH. Myth Romney!.

    October 28, 2011 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  12. Rick McDaniel

    The greatest fear of the Dems, is that they will lose power. They will do anything.......legal or illegal, to prevent that from happening. There is nothing, they will not stoop to, to prevent losing power. Nothing at all.

    The Media, with CNN being one of those networks, supports that effort, and slants the news to cover up things that cast the Dems in an unfavorable light, and highlight things that will sway public opinion to the Dems point of view. They prohibit comments on topics that might get unfavorable comments from the public, and they open comments to topics that might cast unfavorable light on the opposition. It is totally orchestrated, and no one can view the media as being forthright, nor honest.

    October 28, 2011 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  13. ConservaFASCISTS/TEAliban/TEAhadists

    King Flip Flop has no solid convictions and has changed his stances on abortion, collective bargaining, the wars, healthcare, etc. I'm beginning to think he's bipolar.

    October 28, 2011 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  14. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Demo- other than fox lies and spliced video tape, you got nothing. We all know that the republican party is the party of stupid people. But, it is nice to know right wingnuts have a place they can go and avoid reality. When was the last time a republican did anything to make America better?

    October 28, 2011 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  15. Bob

    Easydoesit claims to be a Republican that would never vote for Romney – claims Romney has no plan. Romney has a 59 point financial plan. There are multiple videos on the Internet of Romney explaining the 5 steps that need to be taken to balance the budget. The fact that Easydoesit is uneducated does not mean that Romney has no plan.

    October 28, 2011 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  16. Keith in Austin

    Simple answer...the DNC and Liberal Media will attack in full force, anyone that is poised to beat Barry Obozo. All the liberal whining in the world will not stop the true American taxpayers from sending the Spender in Chief back to Chicago!

    October 28, 2011 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  17. pig in a poke

    I think ROmney is partially funded by the DNC. WHy else would they be worried ?

    October 28, 2011 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  18. mark moore

    Big Business getting a puppet into the WH will not improve our economy ... unless you're one of the 1%.

    October 28, 2011 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  19. westward

    @Lee – I detected sarcasm in your comment, right? True, Romney is clearly and transparently a corporate puppet...just like Bush was...and look what happened there. I for one am not pushing to go through another economic crash like in '08. I think we'd do better to fix our congress, as that engine has more to do with clearing economic policy than putting Mr. 1% Romney into the office for such limited representation.

    October 28, 2011 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  20. pig in a poke

    Lee, calling Perry a Trainwreck makes it hard for one to believe you are an Independant.

    October 28, 2011 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  21. pig in a poke

    Cut your 1% BS. why not say the top 10% and that way you can insult the heart of the middle class ?

    October 28, 2011 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  22. Jerry

    If only President NObama and Democrat pets would put this into practice:

    "I would rather have vision without sight, than have sight without vision."
    Helen Keller

    October 28, 2011 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  23. Malory Archer

    Right on Jake – especially since he made his money closing American business, firing American workers and sending their jobs overseas.

    October 28, 2011 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  24. Malory Archer

    The greatest fear of the teabagger/rethugliban is that they won't gain power. They will do anything.......legal or illegal, to prevent that from happening. There is nothing, they will not stoop to, to prevent not gaining power. Nothing at all.

    The Media, with Faux infotainment being one of those networks, supports that effort, and slants the news to cover up things that cast the the teabagger/rethugliban in an unfavorable light, and highlight things that will sway public opinion to the teabagger/rethugliban point of view. They prohibit comments on topics that might get unfavorable comments from the public, and they open comments to topics that might cast unfavorable light on the opposition. It is totally orchestrated, and no one can view the media as being forthright, nor honest.

    October 28, 2011 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  25. Malory Archer

    Simple answer...the teabagger/rethugliban Media will attack in full force, President Obama. All the Simple answer...the DNC and Liberal Media will attack in full force, anyone that is poised to beat Barry Obozo. All the rethugliban/teabagger whining in the world will not stop the true American taxpayers from sending the rethugliban/teabagger clown car back to wherever it came from!

    October 28, 2011 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
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