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. Sniffit

    Soooooo, basically, even giving Mittens' team the benefit of the doubt and assuming that they are correct in their characterization of the DNC ad, all this really means is that Mittens is willing to go so far as to flip-flop on whether it's ok to use quotes out of context? Brilliant. Again, even giving Mittens the benefit of the doubt here, all this means is he can dish it out but can't take it. Whining bi...

    November 28, 2011 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  2. vic , nashville ,tn

    CNN I don’t know which Romney your are talking about next time please more specific like this
    2006 Romney 2007 Romney 2008 Romney 2009 Romney 2010 Romney and 2011 Romney

    November 28, 2011 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  3. annie s

    Mitt said what he said. Adding that he thinks it should be left up to the States to decide does not alter the fact that he said Roe v. Wade should be repealed. You're in the big leagues, Mittens, did you honestly think no one would call you on your kazillion flip-flops?

    November 28, 2011 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  4. Dixie AZ

    All it takes for me to lose respect for a candidate: This is your second outright lie concerning political tv ads. Mr. Romney. You're a phoney, and most everyone knows it now.

    November 28, 2011 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  5. Dan5404

    When you lie, you have to cover up with more lies. Don't throw crap, Mitt, or some of it will undoubtedly get on you.

    November 28, 2011 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  6. Max

    Which Mitt Gitcho?

    Gitcho need to clarify her statement by identifying which Mitt she's actually defending. This is not clear since there are so many Mitts out there on the campaign trail and tucked away in one man's clothes. Whenever someone talks about Mitt this clarification is necessary.

    Which Mitt Gitcho??? Which Mitt?

    November 28, 2011 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  7. Bryan

    So Romney changes his positions sometimes, that's not why I won't vote for him. I wish the DNC would use it's money for something more productive. I like Obama's ideas, but he never get's things done without giving in on his positions. I think it's good that they put spending cuts on the table since we should only be buying what we can afford as a nation. Remember it is our money, it's not like we give the government money and they just keep it. It is spent on the nation. We pay taxes out of choice, we chose this type of government and elected these people. If you don't want to pay taxes, then your only option is really anarchy since I can't think of another way that a government would get funding. Of course lower taxes are great, but at this point we can't afford to lower taxes since we are in debt. Right now the government needs lot's of revenue, and needs to stop spending so much. Once we get back to even (it will takes decades..), then we can talk about lower revenues. I'm willing to pay more taxes to get this done faster and I know others are too, so let's just suck it up and do it and get it over with and maybe in 20 years we can lower taxes.

    November 28, 2011 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  8. Michelle Bachmanns Husband looks like the dictator from N.Korea.

    How can Mittins minions argue with this? Everything the about the dnc's add is true. They never had to quote things out of context or use any other forms of deception. Mittins said ALL those things. Just recently on meet the press they should a perfect example of Mittins Vs mittins on imigration. You dont have to go far to show Mittins cronic two sided views. he cant be trusted & thats also why he stays around 24%. in the GOP polls. They will vote for him though if it means beating Obama. LOOSERS. This wasnt dirty politics by the dnc. Mittins did this to himself. Reap it Rommney you fail.

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

    Romney is a democrat at heart. He just cannot admit it. He is really a decent person. That is why the GOP hates him!

    November 28, 2011 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  10. DIANA

    I agree with Vic in nashville, TN – they need to clarify which Mitt they're talking about. Amazing they had no problem when they took our Presidents words way out of context and make it look like he was making a backroom deal while he was quoting somebody else. The Republican's get upset when ads are used showing Mitt's Sybil personalities.

    November 28, 2011 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  11. betterdays

    Remember, Republican candidates: One of you will be running against MSNBC, MTV, and the New York Times. Better start the dirty tricks now, instead of waiting to get steamrollered...

    November 28, 2011 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  12. Dave

    Poor little Mitt! He runs a nasty ad and he talks like a tough guy. Then, when it comes back around, he acts like the spoiled brat that he really is. Give me a break. When you act like a jerk, be prepared to be treated like one. Typical Republican "do as I say, not as I do" buffoon.

    November 28, 2011 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  13. Nash

    Wow. This is raising the bar on hypocrisy. Last I checked the DNC also issued a statement stating that his ad had prompted them to up their ads too. So stop the whinning will ya!

    November 28, 2011 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  14. tluv00

    I still don't understand how we as a country accept this nonsense from our elected officials. The whole "it's not the same thing" argument is lame.

    November 28, 2011 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  15. Mikey

    @betterdays – I thought Fox had a much bigger audience than MSNBC. Oh, that's right – people know MSNBC reports are pretty reliable and Fox does nothing but lie and distort, so MSNBC has more influence on those with IQ's higher than a kumquat. But, perhaps, that's not what you meant.

    November 28, 2011 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  16. Lynda/Minnesota

    Oops. Looks like Mittens is changing his mind again. One day he is FOR using candidates words - spoken years ago and taken out of context - and the next week he's AGAINST it. Or, is he? Ah, yes, I get it. It's OK when HE does it, not so OK when others do it against him. The DNC repeated his words, yes? However, isn't it Mittens himself who has been all over both sides of this issue ... among all the other two sided issues Mittens has thrown out there over the years, which will no doubt come up, time and again as having truthfully been said BY him?

    November 28, 2011 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  17. Bart

    Romney's ad was more of a lie. The ad the Dems put out show what Mitt has done – he has changed positions on abortion. Mitt's ad about Obama was clearly meant to fool people into thinking that Obama was saying that he failed on the economy. Romney is scary.

    November 28, 2011 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  18. creole

    Cry baby cry baby so it's okay for ole mitty's team to do it to Obama but Obama's team can't play ball what a trick!!!!!

    November 28, 2011 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  19. Squealy

    FAIL! If anything, Romney's campaign is worse. At least in the Democrat ads, Romney actually said those things, even if there was more to it that was not shown. In Romney's ad he took words that were actually said by someone else and purposefully made them appear to be Obama's words. BFD that they copped to reporters about it. They know full well most voters will see the ads, and will never know there was a disclaimer given to reporters. Although, why should I be surprised? Blatant indefensible lying was bound to become mainstream, considering the path we have been on.

    November 28, 2011 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
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