Romney on ad: Sauce for the goose, now sauce for the gander
November 23rd, 2011
05:35 PM ET
11 years ago

Romney on ad: Sauce for the goose, now sauce for the gander

(CNN) - GOP presidential hopeful Mitt Romney on Wednesday stood by his first TV ad this week that stirred controversy for taking President Barack Obama's comments out of context.

"There was no hidden effort on the part of our campaign," Romney said at a campaign stop in Des Moines, Iowa.

The ad features then-candidate Obama on the campaign trail in 2008, saying "If we keep talking about the economy, we're going to lose."

But the 60-second spot failed to point out that Obama was actually quoting his opponent, Republican Sen. John McCain, at the time.

Obama's re-election team and the Democratic National Committee went on a media blitz Tuesday attacking Romney's campaign for twisting Obama's words.

"Just last week fact checkers scolded Mitt Romney for distorting a comment the President made about creating American jobs and now Romney launches a deceitful and dishonest attack rather than outline his own record or plans for the future," said Ben LaBolt, the campaign's press secretary, in a statement Monday night.

Saying the ad "obviously got underneath (the Democrats') skin," the former Massachusetts governor maintained his team edited the ad intentionally to show "what's sauce for the goose is now sauce for the gander."

"This ad points out, 'Guess what: It's now your turn.' The same lines used on John McCain are going to be used on you, which is that this economy is going to be your albatross," Romney said, referring to Obama.

Filed under: 2012 • Ads • Mitt Romney • President Obama
soundoff (36 Responses)
  1. Allen

    A lie is alie, and a distortion is a distortion. If the Democrats pulled something lik ethis they would have been called traitors...the GOP candidates simply make me sick.

    November 23, 2011 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  2. Debra From Georgia

    All Obama has been doing is talking about the economy. So Williard is Lying, cannot be trusted. He just another Scott Walker, Rick Scott and John Kaisch

    November 23, 2011 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  3. annie s

    tim, you can dislike the President all you want – but the dude is seriously one class act.

    November 23, 2011 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  4. mary

    Hey, Mitt your ad was a lie. And your spin is a lie because the president talks about the ecomony all the time!!~~ Hey Mitt you republicans can stop lying about the stimlus ,according to a CBO report the stimlus created millions of jobs I know you will hear more about it next week. But you guys don't let facts stop you from lying.

    November 23, 2011 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  5. ObamaCares

    Liar, liar and proud of it. Just what America needs.

    November 23, 2011 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  6. Discernment


    (1.) – Romney okay'ed an ad that falsely attributed a 2008 John McCain campaign quote to President Obama.
    (2.) – The DNC quickly caught the lie and called Romney out.
    (3.) – Romney was shocked by DNC quick response to their blatant lie, so they had no choice but to tell another lie and claim they intentionally were trying to be deceptive just to get under President Obama's column.
    (4.) – Romney ran the ad because he is getting desperate.

    Romney cannot get above 28% in the GOP polls, and in some polls he is beginning to slip. Romney has been running for POTUS for the pass 6-years and the GOP does not get excited about him. Romney also knows that it is a 'stretched-possibly' that John Huntman's may pull a last minute miraculous homestretch run in New Hampshire. He has spent a lot of money and nothing to show for it. Romney is a liar, a hypocrite, an arrogant elitits and now he is running scared.

    November 23, 2011 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  7. once upon a horse

    @ Tim.....

    I bet you would be singing a different tune had the Obama campaign done something like this to Romney or ANY Republican running for that matter. But so far the 2012ers have said so many dumb things that Obama need NOT take anything out of context to make them look bad. For them to have to tell a LIE like he and Perry have done to attack what they claim is a vulnerable president shows me that he may not be as on the ropes as they claim he is. Thing about telling an untruth is that you have to keep telling it....and sometimes you can lie so much folks start to believe it's true. Maybe that is what they are hoping for.

    November 23, 2011 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  8. T'sah From Virginia

    ►"...former Massachusetts governor maintained his team edited the ad intentionally to show "what's sauce for the goose is now sauce for the gander."◄

    What a bunch of LIARS!!! They ended the ad knowing with the intentions of making it seem as if President Obama stated this. Romney will win the nomination and the lose the election.

    Obama 2012

    November 23, 2011 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  9. Larry L

    More dirty tricks from the Republicans – always the case. These are the good "Christians"... The fact-checkers for the last debate coiuldn't find any complete truth in their talking points – with the very best statement presented as half-truths or misleading. Sadly, truth isn't required for their voters – the Fox News crowd. They continue to create their own version of reality – with the "facts" presented to them by right-wing talk show hosts. Still, this flip-flopper will need more than high-dollar commercials presented to normalize Mormonism. Folks might rivise the slogan to better say "I am not a Moron"...

    November 23, 2011 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  10. Tony in Maine

    Were it not for lies, Republicans would have nothing to say. Poor Mitt – he is intellectually, morally and spiritually bankrupt so all he has going for him is money and lies.

    November 23, 2011 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  11. Wise1Speak


    Time and again the GOP has pushed other Republicans ahead of Mitt Romney in the GOP polls. First it was Sarah Palin, then Donald Trump, followed by Michele Bachmann. Next came Rick Perry, followed by Herman Cain, and now it is New Gingrich's turn. Romney is just getting furious that everybody is getting picked over him. And this does not include how he was passed over during 2008 election.

    The boldface lying ad may be a crack in Mitt Romney campaign and he hasn't made it out of the Republican Primaries.

    November 23, 2011 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
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