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. Scott

    ABORTION is a serious issue???? SERIOUSLY??? Who gives a C-R-A-P?!?!?! We have REAL issues to worry about!!!

    November 28, 2011 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  2. Captcorajus

    Every single economist, every single statistic shows that Obama's policies have worked... that the president has had no net job gain is a flat out lie. Obama over ANY of the facist, right wing, nut jobs that are running on the republitard side.

    November 28, 2011 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  3. Richard

    What's good for the Goose is good for the Gander–remember who said that!

    November 28, 2011 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  4. Captcorajus

    Romney doen't have a chance against Obama. The right wing nut jobs, Romney included are too extreme.

    November 28, 2011 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  5. billy

    The Dems are very afraid of Mitt so here come their ads attacking him. What they fail to realize is that they will never get something for nothing in this great country. If the current Pres. were to get reelected (which is doubtful) the government gridlock will just continue for another 4 years. You ask why and I reply we will load up congress with folks who will stop this loser in his tracks!

    November 28, 2011 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  6. Linda

    Obama certainly HAS crated one net job , Mitt! His stimulus created 3 million jobs and preserved countless others while you made your millions destroying American companies and putting people out of work. Can you EVER tell the truth?
    You are a 1 per center because you offshored jobs and care nothing for American workers. Stop telling lies! You would have let the car industry fail totally and change your views on everything depending on who you think is listening. Get real.

    November 28, 2011 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  7. The Greedy Old Pigs declared class war on US while insulting our intelligence

    "they've been run by Democrats for generations and that they ironically are oppressing those who most support the liberals."

    You and Horowitz both have a strange and disturbing unfamiliarity with what is true and real and what is not. I doubt you'll find many voters in those cities who will claim to be "oppressed" yet you and Horowitz continue to insist this is the case. Perhaps you both should visit the ME or the former SSR, or even China, if you want a clue as to what real oppression looks like.

    November 28, 2011 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  8. normajean @ verizon ,com

    Whether you are Democrat or Republican.........Romney IS inconsistent...There is no solidity to his personality nor his pronouncements. He is "wishy washy" and I wouldn't feel comfortable about what he stands for today which may well change by tomorrow! He is NOT presidential material!!!....Unfortunately neither are the other Republican candidates!!

    November 28, 2011 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  9. Robert

    Romney is a moderate and maybe the best chance for our country. Harvard law + Harvard MBA, governor of MA a tough state, CEO of international investment firm, pulled Olympics in Salt LAke out of trouble. I went to a Morman furneral of serviceman killed in Iraq – beautiful, patriotic, I voted for Obama but her can't get results.

    November 28, 2011 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  10. CommonRaven

    Question: is the Obama administration just really naive and inexperienced, or do you think they are purposefully trying to implement poisonous policies? I'm so glad people are beginning to find courage to stand up against Obama and "progressivism." Last election it was "cool" to vote Obama, but thankfully people are realizing that Our Country really is a special place, a beacon of light in this increasingly darkening world, and that we need somebody in the Oval Office who believes in each citizen's ability to work hard, have hope and faith, and live free. President Obama's policies and rhetoric show his lack of faith in the poor and in minorities like blacks and latinos.

    November 28, 2011 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  11. Edward

    Go to YouTube and search whichmitt Romney recovery act. He stated that his plan should be used for the ENTIRE NATION NOT JUST A STATE, look it up, it's there, video evidence so once again mitt Romney flip flops. The dens need to show that video when he says "the difference between my plan and Obama care is that obamacare is federal and my plan was at the state level". Let him defend what he meant when he said his plan would be good for the ENTIRE NATION. He was ahead of Obama on this.

    November 28, 2011 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  12. Paqrat137

    @Billy – so tell me – who's the problem? Your #1 goal will destroy the country. That is one sorry goal.

    November 28, 2011 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  13. Bob

    Sounds to me like the Dems. are scard of Mitt..

    November 28, 2011 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  14. rick

    Romney's specialty in business was tearing down companies, causing thousands of jobs to dissappear, resulting in $ millions in profits for himself and his cronies. And now he wants to be President so he can tear down the EPA, SS, Medicare, etc., causing millions of jobs to be lost and the middle class to disappear. Romney is the most dangerous of the Republican candidates because he appears to be presidential when in reality he's a wolf in sheep's clothing. The man will say anything and do anything to become President. Unfortunately there are enough idiots in this country that will vote for him.

    November 28, 2011 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  15. maggie

    Can hardly wait for the Newtie ads. He has enough baggage to pounce on without even trying.

    November 28, 2011 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  16. huxley

    There are so many ways to attack Romney... You could attack the flip flopping. Attack him on healthcare. You could go after him on the religion angle, either directly or via a whisper campaign or push poll if you are that evil. You could even give Huntsman some cash to split the moderate vote. Just have to take him down a few points to insure one of the others ends up in the general election.

    November 28, 2011 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  17. Wes Monroe

    Democrats have their work cut out for them...........but Obama is going after the wrong guy it's Newt he needs to watch out for!

    November 28, 2011 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  18. The Real Tom Paine

    CommonRaven, question: is the American public really just gullible, uneducated, and desperate, or are the Conservatives just hoping they are so they can continue to widen the gap between wealthy and struggling families to the benefit of the oligarchs they worship so much? The truth is, that none of the solutions the GOP has offered involve any sacrifice on the part of those who have benefitted the most from the 3 solid decades of policy failures from the right wing, and you are asking the people fo this country to trust the party that clearly bears the responsibility for getting us into this mess to take reins again? The failures of the GOP will not be cleared up in a matter of months or years: don't insult working families by asking them to willingly forget who screwed things up and has gamed the system against them. Hint: its not the POTUS or the Dems. Romney's bizarre political history shows his lack of philosophy and his lack of a desire to solve problems for the common good: its all about him.

    November 28, 2011 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  19. Iconoclast

    Romney is very much the product of corporate america. He learned very early on that it does not pay to have strong opinions, values, beliefs in a corporate environment and it has transferred over to his political personality. Of course, most american executives refuse to take any actions beyond the immediate current quarter and the thought of sticking to long term objectives takes the form of lip service full of unenforcible banalities. Just remember what he said in Iowa, he's not here to listen, he's here to speak.

    November 28, 2011 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  20. jsf12

    Notice the key fact left out of the article: Who paid for the ad. We constantly see distorted reporting seeming to say that the Obama campaign receives only a little more special interest group cash than all the Republicans combined. But most of the Obama spending including this ad, are outside the official campaign and not included in any of the reported statistics. Most Republican campaign spending is inside the campaign and reported.
    Obama's crony capitalism has been a powerful tool to entice and/or extort big contributions from businesses that see Obama (rather than market forces) now picks the winners and losers in the economy. Total Obama campaign spending exceeds the Republicans by a large multiple. As CNN and most of the media continue to lie to us about big money politics, the ill informed public blames the wrong side for all the worst abuses.

    November 28, 2011 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  21. v_mag

    Okay, here's my suggested slogan for the DNC: "Give Mittens the boot." Or maybe, "Sock it to Mittens". How about "Take off the gloves and put it on Mittens", or "Who's hand is in Mittens?" There must be a million of 'em.

    November 28, 2011 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  22. FactCheck

    I'm so glad people are beginning to find courage to stand up against Obama and "progressivism."

    I wonder what the sky must look like in your world... if you think any of these clowns thatthe RNC has put up has a real shot, you are in for a serious disappointment.

    November 28, 2011 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  23. FactCheck

    If you have a point of view that Mitt disagrees with, just wait a week...

    November 28, 2011 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  24. Rosslaw

    The Obama team is saving the Mormon underwear adds for just before the election.

    November 28, 2011 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  25. The Real Tom Paine

    jsf12, thanks to Citizen's United, both parties are free to do this. It should be noted that the case was initiated by the Right Wing to prevent any sort of accountability from creeping into political ads, so please accept the balme, since it clearly belongs with your side. The fact youa re trying to spin this as Obama "crony capitalism" is laughable, given the fact you have been very selective in your interpreation of the how this came about.

    November 28, 2011 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
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