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. Carlos

    The only honest and consistent candidate who can beat Obama is RON PAUL. Let's face it, there is no candidate (except Paul) who is honest or not a liar. ALL owe money and favors to big corpotarions and companies that are investing in their campaign.
    RON PAUL 2012

    November 28, 2011 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  2. Ray E. (Georgia)

    I don't know if Romney will be the Republican Canitidiate or not but I do know too many people still need a job. So unless the Economy gets a lot better in the next 6 months it may not matter who is the Republician Canidiate is. They will most likely be the next President. So you have to ask yourself, just what does Obama and the Libreal/Progeessives want? More un employment? More Federal Debt? More people on Food Stamps? More Morgages forclosed on? What eaxctly do they want? More Welfare???

    November 28, 2011 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  3. Reap it mittins!

    What the GOP cant stand is the fact that none of this can be lies. There is rock solid evidence of mittins flip flopping. The dnc does not have to take things out of context or use cgi to fool people. Mittins has done this to himself. Your toast mitt.

    November 28, 2011 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  4. Sniffit

    "oh, i almost forgot to mention the major failure in foreign policy by the dnc. Look how they've ruined relations w so many countries"

    Name them and explain how the DNC ruined relations with them. I'll even give you the benefit of the doubt and assume you're simply conflating "DNC" with Obama and the Dems in congress (hint: the DNC had nothing to do with it one way or the other).

    November 28, 2011 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  5. Franky

    What, the GOP is the anti-middle class. What is Romney talking about the GOP hates the middle class.

    November 28, 2011 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  6. AL in West Palm Beach

    Mitt v. holds bared

    I'll watch

    November 28, 2011 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  7. Daniel Piechnick

    Gingrich is gaining ground at the moment. He's really the only plausible alternative to Romney.

    Daniel Piechnick

    November 28, 2011 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  8. Dixie AZ

    Mitt, the eternal campaigner. He wants to be president so much that he reinvents himself for every new audience. He is great material for a Steven King novel.

    November 28, 2011 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  9. parkmore

    The true is Obama did not do a good job. The question is why we should keep somebody that we know he was a mistake from the beginning? We taught that he would improve the economy but unfortunately it just got worse. Instead of very expensive Ads, keep the money for americans

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

    and so it begins, part II for "mittens 'n boots"

    November 28, 2011 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  11. JustAO

    ...So, instead of focusing on the economy and creating jobs, President Obama and Democrats are focused on tearing down Mitt Romney.”...

    Who came up with the 'JOBS ACT' Romney? You have a president putting out a bill for jobs that most economic experts agree would boost confidence in our economy; and then you have a party who is voting every part of it down except the part pandering to veterans?

    Come general election time, we shall see whose message is clearer when talking about jobs and who is talking about everything else not related to building our middle class.

    November 28, 2011 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  12. dialogue

    I It’s politics. Both sides take swipes at each other. Some of it is true and others gray. However, Mitt will have to account for his apparent changes or generalities. Anyone who runs for president is ambitious regardless of the party. Obama is no exception. They all have big egos and say many things they know cannot done. Most of them also have good intentions. If the choice was between Romney and Obama great! I would be satisfied with either. If the economy is still down I would hope for Mitt, otherwise I may side with Obama.

    November 28, 2011 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  13. Jariv

    Willard Mitt Romney 2012 !!! He will be the best President of our times. Guaranteed !!

    November 28, 2011 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  14. Dave Harris

    It's interesting that Democrats are now trying to smear Romney using the same accusation that his Republican opponents use, that he's not crazy enough. The fact that he's been reasonable at times in his long political insider career makes him poison to the Republican electorate, who despise anyone trying to do something good for the country they hate. If they just stay home from the election next year, we'll all be better off.

    November 28, 2011 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  15. JOE

    @ Rsprings

    The economy has been improved in three years for two clear and apparent reasons. First of all, the Economic Stimulus bill has saved millions of American jobs across the country in local, state and federal government and it has created jobs in research and manufacturing and without this bill, the unemployment rate may have been at 18%. Furthermore, the economy continues to be stagnant simply because companies that hire Americans continue to dismantle and fold because of the severity and debt of this crisis. Secondly, you cannot stress LESS government and ask for MORE jobs. It simply doesn't add up whatsoever! For example, the GOP has stepped in the way of every jobs bill and effort by the Obama administration, streesing fiscal responsibility and accusing this administration of wasteful spending, yet they ask for more jobs? Furthermore, just remember that legislation in congress doesn't get passed unles their is support from both sides of the isle.

    November 28, 2011 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  16. Yucon

    B. Huseein Obama and the DNC are copying what Mitt is doing.

    November 28, 2011 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  17. detada

    Note to Mitt: Corporations are NOT people!

    November 28, 2011 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  18. Mutt

    Mitt the eternal flipper is the next best thing to Republican actor Ronald Reagan. At least the flipper isn't a womanizer or has a 1.9 GPA in college. I wonder how Mitt is going to save the economy? Oh i forgot, tax the poor and bailout the rich that's how. I can totally see that working now.

    November 28, 2011 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  19. mario

    Mitt you belong where you are along with Michelle Herman Newt Ron Rick I will not put Jhon or Rick in that category couse they are the only two grown up in the room

    November 28, 2011 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  20. Mike Botwin

    So the guy who couldn't beat senile John McCain in the last Republican nomination thinks he can beat an incumbent president in the next election? Telling each audience what that audience wants to hear isn't presidential: it's Fox News.

    November 28, 2011 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  21. SC

    I think in this time and state of the country we need a President who is not afraid to change policies and ideas when he sees that something is not working. Not someone who refuses to acknowledge that throwing money at the problem will not fix it. As Reagan once said, "Government is not the solution to the problem, it is the problem". MITT 2012!!!

    November 28, 2011 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  22. Mike Botwin

    Vote for Mitt – he'll say whatever you want to hear.

    November 28, 2011 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  23. tykl

    @ Scott S. Your comment is a great example of my prior comment. First off, Mitt changed his stance on abortion almost 10 years ago. Would you like somebody who doesn't change their mind ever? You allude that you would not in your comment. Second, the media feeds the masses in sound-bits that are easy to understand and identify with, so anything Romney says will be couched in flip-flop terms because that it what people have been fed for so long that it keeps things simple. That is at the expense of the truth. Muster up more than a few seconds of attention and listen to his whole quote instead of the 3-second version. Lastly, let's chat flip-flop. Obama is going to shut down Gitmo, done deal – or may not. Flip. Obama is saving the environment, but then shelves environmental policy in the face of the economy. Flop. Obama wants American jobs, but then 'postpones' a decision on the Canada oil line where no evidence exists that it would pollute aquifers. Flip. Obama says he is going to get the debt under control, then puts any cuts off until after the election. Flop. I could keep going. If you want to play word-smith games all day about flip-flopping, get ready to defend Obama.

    November 28, 2011 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  24. bilk7

    Romney's words taken out of context and used in an ad? Romney's aides said about his campaign doing the exact same thing to Obama....they are his words and it's his voice.

    November 28, 2011 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  25. street smart

    Romney is the only candidate they need to shoot down, the others have already done it to themselves

    November 28, 2011 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
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