Obama campaign zeroes in on Romney
November 7th, 2011
02:25 PM ET
11 years ago

Obama campaign zeroes in on Romney

(CNN) – President Barack Obama's re-election team came out swinging Monday against GOP frontrunner Mitt Romney as it attacked the former Massachusetts governor's past in his semi-home state of Michigan.

Candidates seeking the 2012 Republican nomination will appear in the Wolverine State on Wednesday for a presidential debate, but two days prior, the incumbent's campaign focused on Romney.

Stating that Romney "will be forced to explain" why he penned an op-ed for the New York Times in 2008 with the headline "Let Detroit go bankrupt," during a conference call with Michigan reporters, Obama campaign manager Jim Messina blasted the candidate who was raised in Bloomfield Hills in suburban Detroit for "turning his back on middle-class families for years."

"Friday, Romney rolled out a budget plan only the tea party could love," Messina said before criticizing the former governor's proposal for giving tax breaks to large corporations, millionaires, and billionaires; privatizing Medicare; and cutting funding for preventative care for women.

"Romney continues to believe we can cut our way to prosperity," Messina continued. "President Obama believes the opposite."

Citing the president's "investments in innovative technologies" that he said are creating jobs in Michigan, Messina described Obama's philosophy as believing the country's success is tied to the success of the middle class.

Romney spokesperson Andrea Saul fired back defending Romney's record with the middle class.

"Under President Obama, the middle class has been devastated," she told CNN. "They have seen incomes and housing values fall and the future looks less bright for their children. Mitt Romney has put forth plans to restore our fiscal health, create an environment for businesses to hire again, and restore hope for the middle class."

In Michigan at least, Romney takes top billing when it comes to fundraising. According to reports filed with the Federal Election Commission, Michigan donors have contributed roughly $1.03 million to Romney's second bid for the White House, making him the top fundraiser in the state.

The president came in second, bringing in $718,519.


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Filed under: 2012 • Jobs • Mitt Romney • President Obama
soundoff (11 Responses)
  1. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    And where is Mittens American flag pin????
    Is he NOT a patriot? Is he NOT a proud American?
    Wink, wink!

    November 7, 2011 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  2. SaintM

    A fool and his money are soon parted. Obviously Michigan did not get the memo about Romney.

    November 7, 2011 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  3. Jariv

    I voted liked Obama in 2008 because I thought that was the best decision. It maybe was compared to McCain. There was really nothing logically besides promises that Obama made that will change this country. I now do see a logical choice with Romney and very strongly believe he has the knowledge to turn this country around. Please people, focus on his accomplishments not on what sides he was on. Look at the overall accomplishments and records. A one size does not fit all.

    November 7, 2011 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  4. Cody

    Wow I thought Romney was bad after he bought, dismantled, and shipped several US companies to China but he also wants our entire auto industry to die?

    And THIS is the best the Republican's can come up with? WOW

    November 7, 2011 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  5. Keith in Austin

    Question: Why is Obama negatively attacking his GOP foes with his typical class-warfare slant?
    Answer: Because he has NOTHING else to run on! Hey Barry, why not spend 15 seconds on the positive results you have delivered? Nothing but Crickets.....

    November 7, 2011 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  6. Sniffit

    The GOP/Teatroll candidates spend every single waking hour of their miserable, pandering, corporate wh-re lives attacking Obama and yet what will their acolytes do in the comment section here? Cry like babies.

    Would you guys like some tissues?

    November 7, 2011 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  7. Ray E. (Georgia)

    Most likely Obama thinks Romney will be the Nominee. It is probably too early to know who will be the Republician Nominee. We do need a leader in the Whte House before we turn into Greece. Savvy?

    November 7, 2011 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  8. Wylie Mike

    No surprise. It's only a sample of how low the Obama camp will go. Unofficially, they're ripping Herman Cain to shreds; just check where the political loyalty is of the handlers of the accusers.
    The Obama camp even claims that Obama Care is based upon Romney Care. Which goes to show that this administration is lacking originality. The camp's tactics are as old as human history. The Obama camp has been showing that it has little or no ethical boundary. Accusing their opposition of wanting Dirty water, Dirty Air, Rapes will increase, ... But they will not admit to whom they are shafting and selling out to the global faction they are loyal to.

    November 7, 2011 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  9. AlaskaPalin

    Let's not fool ourselves Myth Romney will not beat Obama. He is not a conservative and will muster less than 40 percent of the votes. In this gamesmanship the liberals are hyping Myth thinking that this will cause some conservatives to move towards him as being the best chance to beat obama but conservatives will not be hoodwinked by this liberal conspiracy. Conservatives know that this is an election they will win with a conservative candidate and that candidate is not Myth Romney.

    November 7, 2011 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  10. Tex71

    Comedy Event of the Decade: watching the contorted faces of Evangelical Fundamentalist Ultraconservatives as they try to bring themselves to vote for Mitt the Mormon who Magically Materialized Marxist Healthcare for Massachusetts.

    November 7, 2011 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  11. Shelby

    Romney has got the knowledge and smarts to turn this sinking nation around. And just by that photo of the two side by side, I’d chose Romney. Obama appears smug and arrogant. If he keeps that up, his “like-ability” will decrease.

    Go Romney!

    November 7, 2011 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |