Democrats ramp up anti-Romney ad attack
November 28th, 2011
05:00 AM ET
11 years ago

Democrats ramp up anti-Romney ad attack

(CNN) - Democrats working to keep President Barack Obama in office are targeting Mitt Romney, releasing a television ad Monday that portrays the Republican candidate wavering on important issues like abortion and health care.

The ad is the latest in a string of attempts by the Democratic National Committee to paint the former Massachusetts governor as inconsistent, and is another indication that national Democrats are singularly focused on Romney as the likely opponent to Obama in the 2012 general election.

The 30-second ad, called "Trapped," will run on broadcast and cable networks in New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Washington, D.C., and Wisconsin, the DNC said. It also said it will hold viewing parties and press events in other states to showcase a longer video that tears apart Romney's record.

The video is made in the style of an action movie trailer, with flashy graphics and throbbing electronic music.

In "Trapped," a narrator says: "From the creator of 'I'm running for office for Pete's sake' comes the story of two men trapped in one body: Mitt versus Mitt."

The ad goes on to show what seem like inconsistencies in Romney's record, including dueling remarks he made on abortion.

Romney is shown saying: "I will preserve and protect a woman's right to choose." He made that statement at a gubernatorial debate in Boston in 2002.

The clip is juxtaposed with Romney saying: "The right next step is to see Roe v. Wade overturned." The quote, which is truncated, came from a 2007 appearance on NBC's "Meet the Press."

The full quote from the interview shows more nuance in Romney's position than the DNC ad reveals, with the candidate taking the position that each state should decide its own abortion rules.

Romney said: "First of all, my view is that the right next step in the fight to preserve the sanctity of life is to see Roe v. Wade overturned. And then to return to the states and the elected representatives of the people the ability to deal with life and abortion on their own."

On another issue, the DNC ad attempts to portray Romney waffling on health care plans. He is shown as saying: "We put together an exchange, and the president's copying that idea. I'm glad to hear that."

That quote, from a 2009 interview with CBS News, also fails to capture Romney's full sentiment. In the same answer, Romney chided Obama for taking the wrong direction on health care.

"You don't set up a government insurance plan because it's going to end up costing billions of dollars in subsidy. It's the wrong way to go," Romney said.

The former governor's campaign came under harsh criticism itself last week for taking comments out of context when it ran an ad showing Obama seemingly making a statement about the economy. The president was actually quoting Sen. John McCain.

Monday's ad release isn't the first time the DNC has paid for advertising space to criticize Romney. The organization previously made television ad buys in Iowa and Arizona, slamming Romney's position on corporations and housing, and bought newspaper ads in Detroit, Michigan, thumping the candidate for not supporting a bailout of the auto industry.

In a statement, Romney's campaign spokesman said Democrats' focus on the GOP candidate was a distraction from real issues like jobs and the economy.

“President Obama has failed to create a single net new job and has wreaked more havoc on the middle class than any president in modern history," Andrea Saul said in a statement. "The last thing the White House wants is to have to run against Mitt Romney and be held accountable for the many failures of this Administration. So, instead of focusing on the economy and creating jobs, President Obama and Democrats are focused on tearing down Mitt Romney.”

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soundoff (125 Responses)
  1. mad1nola

    "Sauce that is good for the goose is good for the gander", right, Mittens?

    November 28, 2011 05:23 am at 5:23 am |
  2. Marry

    Oh, elections! But, I do like the DNC wake up! In the past, the GOP sold very bad ideas very well and the DNC very good ideas badly. So I like them getting into the contest. Now they have to put very good people up for election so the voter can exchange the “Pledges” with representatives that work for THEM! 2012 cannot come soon enough to get the GOP/TP (party of “NO”)out!

    November 28, 2011 06:05 am at 6:05 am |
  3. Richard J

    I know Romney gets a rap for choosing positions that he thinks will get him elected. Yet, there is one position that made me think perhaps he has an idea that is important on its own merits: designating China as a currency manipulator. This would trigger a 40% surcharge on Chinese goods to equalize the yuan and the dollar to a "real" market value, raise $120b on $300b of US purchases, and be the biggest job creator in the US of any proposal! A $10 alarm clock would be $14. A $50 pair of shoes would be $70. And so forth. With these prices, American manufacturers are no longer at a disadvantage, and that means US jobs. Mitt would be smart to push this as a cornerstone of his campaign, to make it bigger than 9-9-9!

    November 28, 2011 06:35 am at 6:35 am |
  4. T'sah from Virginia

    If Romney stayed in the middle – he would be DANGEROUS!! Too bad he doesn't believe in anything that he said yesterday and tomorrow he would!!

    Obama 2012!!

    November 28, 2011 06:57 am at 6:57 am |
  5. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    As I have said in the past, he looks a little like Reed Richards (AKA Mr. Fantastic, the strechy guy from the Fantastic Four) and his policy positions are just as flexible. This shouldn't come as a great surprise to us or him.

    November 28, 2011 07:22 am at 7:22 am |
  6. Clwyd

    Let us all remember that as a Mormon Mitt belongs to a religious cult! Sort of like the republican party right now!

    November 28, 2011 07:26 am at 7:26 am |
  7. Tired of the nonsense

    Americans should all adopt the 'anti-Mitt' stance in politics.

    November 28, 2011 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  8. Jeb

    The only consisten thing about Romney is that he will say, do, or pretend to be anything to get elected.

    November 28, 2011 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  9. The Real Tom Paine

    Jon Huntsman described Romney as " a well-lubricated weather vane": personally, I think of what a Southern Politican said about Jefferson Davis applies equally well to Romney, since he's " ...ambitious as a snake, and as cold as Lucifer". As the great Casey Stengal might have said, Romney's made up his mind, but he's made it up both ways.

    November 28, 2011 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  10. ConservaFASCISTS/TEAliban/TEAhadists

    I recall Willard saying that the Massuchusett's healthcare law should be a model for the entire country. Now he's backed away from that. I guess Willard doesn't realize there were inventions called video recorders that came out a long time ago.

    November 28, 2011 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  11. Sandy

    BWAAAAAAAA! Love it!

    November 28, 2011 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  12. Hector

    So now Mitts team want to cry about advertisement on hi flip-flop? Didn't he just put out a ad falsely takeing Obama's word out of context and tried to justify the lie? Come on Mitt, two can play the same game so stop the whining and pull up your big boy shorts!!

    November 28, 2011 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  13. Yucon

    That's a good looking pic of Mitt...If you want to dig on Obama, show an ad where he says he is a Muslim.

    November 28, 2011 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  14. Nash

    Are we to listen to Mitt the robot or Mitt the man? The one who supported the 2008 bailout under Bush or the one against the 2009 bailout? One who wanted the American auto industry to go out of business or one who now claims that he was right all along? (As far as the auto industry goes). This is the most ambivalent liberal conservative out there. What amusing is he can't run away from his past utterances. He is a "perfectly oiled weathervane" in the words of his fellow contender.

    November 28, 2011 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  15. tykl

    I'm loving the self-righteous hypocrisy of all the dems on this site. The whole party has this problem. They cry over Romney's add, but when Obama does it (even the article explains that a few seconds or after the clip would show that the answer is not the one being portrayed), they love it. If you want to speak from your self-proclaimed holy perch, at least try to pretend to be consistent. Otherwise, you are revealed to be what you are – and that is what you accuse the Repubs of.

    November 28, 2011 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  16. Al-NY,NY

    I love the Mittens campaign complaining that the DNC is focusing on him so much.... gee Mitt, I wonder why? You are the only GOP candidate worth even considering. The Dems are not even bothering with the others as they have no chance so they are getting a head start on exposing you as a flippity-flop waffler that is now running away from earlier positions that don't bode so well with the zealots. You need to get a clue on how real politics work because the hammering hasn't even really started yet

    November 28, 2011 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  17. Rsprings

    All is fair. Mitt if nominated will run on Obama's dismal record. to quote Obama..."If i can't fix the economy in three years I won't be reelected." Well not only did he not fix it, he made it worse, The guys got to go.

    November 28, 2011 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  18. Rodney

    I think that Romney is sorry like the rest of his GOP friends he has know clue on how to run this country.

    November 28, 2011 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  19. george of the jungle

    come on guys his own party says he is a flip flopper. Look at the quots fron the union paper endorsing ol Newt. If its ok for the repos then should be the same for the demos. Go get him

    November 28, 2011 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  20. Seattle Sue

    Romney brought this on himself with all of his flip-flopping and Gingrich is nearly as bad as Romney. Neither one is Presidential material.

    November 28, 2011 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  21. stevie

    When is obama going to get to work??

    November 28, 2011 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  22. Really?

    @Nash, You're joking right? The party that got bin Laden, played a role in libya, and is finally getting our troops out of those mid eastern shitholes that Bush threw them into for Cheney's interests failed foreign policy? We lost support of other countries because of the last administration. Our foreign policy has never been more solid.

    November 28, 2011 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  23. Solid

    Rofl. American politics = massive joke. People are such ridiculous sheep, politicians can say anything about the opposition and their supporters eat it up. I don't want to live on this planet anymore.

    November 28, 2011 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  24. Sorensen

    Everybody knows, he is a flip-flop guy. However, all his flips before his flops are democratic. He is a democrat at
    heart. And the brighter part of the GOP (not a large group) are perfectly aware of that. That is why they hate him so
    much. The DNC should really invite him to join. It would set his miserable conscience free and the rest of us free too.

    November 28, 2011 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  25. Scott S.

    tykl...there's a big difference between a man who changes his mind because evidence and experience leads him alternate his stance and a man who changes his stance every single day because of what's trending at the moment. Obama falls into the former. Romney falls into the latter.

    November 28, 2011 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
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