Two ads totally different, says Romney campaign
November 28th, 2011
03:23 PM ET
11 years ago

Two ads totally different, says Romney campaign

(CNN) - Mitt Romney's campaign quickly downplayed comparisons between a TV ad released Monday by the Democratic National Committee and a spot produced last week by the candidate's campaign, saying Democrats weren't upfront about taking Romney's quotes out of context.

"That was a blatant misuse of quote," Romney Communications Director Gail Gitcho said in a conference call featuring New Hampshire supporters of Romney. "Democrats were blatantly taking that quote out of context. I wouldn't suggest any similarities between what we did and what Democrats did today."

Gitcho was speaking about a 30-second spot, released Monday, that portrays Romney saying contradictory statements on issues like abortion and health care. When seen in full, the quotes from Romney reveal more nuanced positions.

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."

Last week, Romney's campaign ran an ad in New Hampshire that showed Obama seemingly saying he didn't want to discuss the economy.

Obama is shown saying "If we keep talking about the economy, we're going to lose."

The full line, from a campaign stop in October 2008, was much different: "Senator McCain's campaign actually said, and I quote, 'If we keep talking about the economy, we're going to lose.'"

Romney's campaign made clear to reporters that the quote was taken out of context, but there was no on-screen denotation that would allow viewers in New Hampshire to see its true origin.

On Monday, Gitcho said her organization's approach was more straightforward than Democrats'.

"There is a difference between what we put up in New Hampshire and the ad Democrats put out today," Gitcho said. "We were very upfront with how we used the comments from Obama. We told every reporter, there was a press release, and I blasted out an email preparing reporters and the public on how we used the Obama quote."

Monday's conference call was one of 12 sessions that featured supporters of Romney responding to the DNC's ad, which will play on broadcast and cable networks in six states.

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soundoff (44 Responses)
  1. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Will someone tell Tim Pawlenty, that Mittens is what a desperate bumbling buffoon looks like. Mittens will just have to adjust to being a spoiled elitist arrogant multi millionaire who will never be president.

    November 28, 2011 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  2. Florida Joe

    Sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander! Deal with it and embrace your beach side foot wear (flip flop)! Not too much pressure please Obama 12 committee, or we won't get Mitt as the opponent. We have to set up the straw man in order to punch him out!

    November 28, 2011 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  3. Kathleen Farrell

    Tomato, Tomahto.

    November 28, 2011 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  4. David in Houston

    "It was different when we did it. At least when we lied, we told a few people we were lying..." Romney Communications Director Gail Gitcho said in a conference call.

    November 28, 2011 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  5. Paul1st

    They are totally different. The Romney ad was more egregious in its deception.

    November 28, 2011 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  6. Rudy NYC

    "Democrats were blatantly taking that quote out of context. I wouldn't suggest any similarities between what we did and what Democrats did today."
    I think they're correct on that one point. There are no similarities between the ads. The Romney ad used Obama repeating someone else's words. The Obama ad used Romeny in his own words. Camp Obama just took Camp Romney to school on how to make a cheap shot.

    If Camp Romney were smart, they would leave this alone and leave it at a draw. The Romney ad only makes Mitt Romney sound like a liar.

    November 28, 2011 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  7. MichaelB

    What's sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander

    November 28, 2011 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  8. Sean from Atlanta

    See Mitt and republicans, what goes around damn sure comes back around

    November 28, 2011 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  9. ConservaFASCISTS/TEAhadists

    Willard blatantly LIES about the President's policies. What's the big deal? An eye for an eye. Both parties are guilty for taking quotes out of context. But primarily it's the republicans that do it. Take Gov. Yeehaw's(Perry) ad for example. He clearly took the President's statement from the APEC summit and totally misquoted the President.#enoughsaid

    November 28, 2011 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  10. steven harnack

    He's right, they aren't alike. His ad flat out lied and the Democratic ad truthfully represents Romney's changing positions. He knows exactly what would happen if Roe/Wade were to be reversed and how can he keep denying the insurance reform with his name on it?

    November 28, 2011 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  11. No Bush

    What did the Obama tell their daughters at Thanksgiving dinner table???

    At Thanksgiving dinner table this past Thursday, the Obama tearfully told Maria and Sasha

    "This is the last Thanksgiving dinner, when we can assure you two

    that our next Thanksgiving dinner will be in the White House!"

    November 28, 2011 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  12. V in Chicago

    Gee Mitt, you'll make a dandy Republican candidate. Like all the rest, you can dish it but you can't take it. And, if you are beaten by the likes of Newt, then you should never show your face on the political scene again. But, don't worry – Newt isn't going to be president either . . .

    November 28, 2011 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  13. Thinker

    Ron Paul 2012. The only non-flipflopper.

    November 28, 2011 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  14. Kris Craig

    Romney campaign: "We were very upfront with how we used the comments from Obama."

    Translation: "Sure, we lied, but at least we were upfront about it."

    November 28, 2011 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  15. Namejkane

    You have to be an idot to vote for any of these teapublican clown canadates,even republicans might not vote for these clowns. If you want your mom and dad kicked off soc sec, Medicare, medicade, and more jobs sent out of the country, vote teapublican. Where's the teapublican clowns jobs program? oh yea, they don't have one, for this country anyway!!!!!

    November 28, 2011 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  16. Malory Archer

    The stock photo above always makes me laugh! It looks like mittens is singing opera!

    November 28, 2011 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  17. tykl

    I am happy to have Obama misquote. Just keep the self-righteous comments to a minimum, Obama supporters. In one breath you denounce Mitt's ad but then in another praise Obama and say it is only fair. Please don't pretend above any of this. The hypocrisy is sickening.

    November 28, 2011 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  18. Laverne

    What's good for the goose is good for the gander! Listen Mitten's you and your folk are going learn quick, the Obama team will not be playing around with you. If you want to come after them and boast that you intentionally distorted Obama's words, well you better be ready for what's to come. We know you can throw a punch, but can you take a punch? We will see!!!

    November 28, 2011 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  19. Wes B.

    He's a slick one. I mean..."nuanced."

    November 28, 2011 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  20. The Greedy Old PIgs have declared class war on US!

    Hypocrites rarely acknowledge their own hypocrisy. And Mitt the Flipwit Hypocrite is one massive lying sack of hypocrisy.

    November 28, 2011 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  21. drewood27

    The hypocrisy of Mitt Romney's campaign is absolutely sickening.

    Suck it up, Mittens.

    November 28, 2011 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  22. Rudy NYC

    Thinker wrote:

    Ron Paul 2012. The only non-flipflopper.
    That's because flip-flopping wasn't invented in the 18th century. Ron Paul wants us to live like "The Waltons" did.

    November 28, 2011 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  23. Liyah

    That in my opinion is the problem with the the GOP they cant handle a taste of their own medicine. Its so funny watching him squirm. I am sure there are plenty more were that ad came from

    November 28, 2011 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  24. Peggy - TX

    The two add are not the same at all, Romney not only took President Obama's words out of context, he deceptively portrayed our sitting President as appearing to state some thing in a manner that sounded like marching orders, where in fact he was simply quoting what another said. Thus the add was deceptive and any press release or follow up explanation does not change the fact that the add was a blatant lie.

    Where as, the Dem add simply does not provide the nuisances that make the quotes sound a bit less harsh, however each statement was Romney’s and correctly reflected his view point at the time the statement was made. The so called nuisances show the absence of logic and principle as Romney attempts to straddle two non-reconcilable positions in a weak attempt to make everyone happy, much like the way he refers to himself as a Christian and a Mormon.

    The Dems are right to put out an add targeted to damage Romney after Romney put out an add targeted to damage our President by twisting our Presidents words to deceptively make it appear the President of the United States expressed a view point which in fact was completely different then the clearly spoken words articulated by our President.

    November 28, 2011 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  25. Sorensen

    Romney is out of context half of the time and in context the other half of the time. So what is the problem?

    November 28, 2011 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
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