DNC to take Romney attacks sky-high
December 14th, 2011
12:13 AM ET
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DNC to take Romney attacks sky-high

(CNN) – As a not-so-warm welcome for Mitt Romney to New York City as he attends fundraisers Wednesday, the Democratic National Committee will hire an airplane to graze near the city's skyline with a giant banner blasting the GOP presidential candidate.

The 175-foot sign, which reads "Bet You 10k Romney's Out of Touch," swipes Romney over a controversial bet he tried to make with Texas Gov. Rick Perry during Saturday's debate.

The plane is scheduled to circle for several hours around lunchtime over the Hudson River. The trailing banner also points viewers to a new website, Mitts10KBet.com, which the group launched Monday to call attention to Romney's wealthy background.

Romney made the remark Saturday after Perry claimed that the former Massachusetts governor had removed a line about health care from his book. In a heated moment, Romney tried to bet Perry $10,000 that the Texas governor was wrong but Perry refused to take the bait.

The incident became one of the most talked about moments of the night, and Democrats have since used it as part of their attack strategy against the candidate, who until recently was topping the GOP presidential field.

"Offering to make a bet with that kind of money in a nationally televised debate is just one more example of how tone-deaf Romney is to the needs of middle class Americans," said Melanie Roussell, DNC national press secretary.

Romney attempted to laugh it off Sunday, telling reporters in New Hampshire that his wife came up to him after the debate, kissed him and said, "There are a lot of things you do well. Betting isn't one of them.”

But Democrats have continued to hammer him over the comment.

"Today Mitt Romney's coming to New York to fundraise from some of the wealthiest Americans who, just like Romney, are probably used to making $10,000 bets on the golf course or in a corporate boardroom," Roussell said.

Romney's campaign has frequently been on the defense against the DNC this fall, arguing that national Democrats simply fear Romney will become the Republican nominee.

“The White House is so scared at the prospect of facing Mitt Romney in the general election, they are going to great lengths to try and tear him down. The last thing President Obama wants to do is run against a conservative businessman who has worked in the real economy and have to explain why his policies have been unable to get millions of Americans back to work. On the other hand, if Newt Gingrich is our party's nominee, then the choice in next year's election will be between two Washington insiders with no experience in the real world of job creation,” Andrea Saul, Romney's spokesperson, said Wednesday.

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soundoff (16 Responses)
  1. They ought to change from the elephant to the hippo...

    Damn... For people that seem to hate government, these clowns sure seem to want to be IN it bad enough... Odd...

    December 14, 2011 12:19 am at 12:19 am |
  2. politics as usual

    Oh, like hiring an airplane to fly a banner over New York City is a BETTER way to spend 10 grand? Pathetic.

    December 14, 2011 12:29 am at 12:29 am |
  3. conoclast

    Americans, if nothing else, are media-savvy. Having been subjected to it since birth we know shtick and ad-biz phonyness when we see it and can tell the difference between it and every day reality quite well, thankyouverymuch, That said, is it hard to see why we just don't quite buy the Romney candidacy? He seems so much like an imposter, made worse by his having figured us as gullible. Of course, his fellow patricians don't like him either - because of the same reasons. With their infantile debt-ceiling tantrum we now know the republicans are capable of doing unimaginable horrors to the country in the name of defeating the dread Obama - but running Newt Gingrich??

    December 14, 2011 12:41 am at 12:41 am |
  4. david

    i read lots of news everyday! today the "PART TIME WORKING 2 DAYS A WEEK LAZY HOUSE REPUBLICANS" have just out done themselves by putting a pipeline build in the tax cut bill for the middleclass. do you boneheads john boehner followers think that middleclass americans have not figured out that you have been using them for along time to get your way.. just wait for the election than a very large group of baby boomers will show you the light about who really runs this country! when you guys get on tv your always telling that your view is what the " AMERICAN PEOPLE WANT". really! you have a 9% approval rating from the american people that tells me your all clueless on what american people want. dear mr. president even if you are for the pipeline veto this bill anyway and stop these boneheads fron cheaply using the american voters.

    December 14, 2011 12:54 am at 12:54 am |
  5. Blinded by the republucan lie

    He looks like he lost his damned mind...lmao!

    December 14, 2011 02:34 am at 2:34 am |
  6. cyrus

    gingrich and the democrats are just desperate and will do their best to destroy romney,pity on them!

    December 14, 2011 03:13 am at 3:13 am |
  7. SixDegrees

    And meanwhile, the DNC is pouring money into the Gingrich campaign. It's quite clear who the DNC fears in this contest, and who they would love to run against.

    December 14, 2011 03:35 am at 3:35 am |
  8. PackersFans

    Vote for Mitt Romney !!! He can save America.

    December 14, 2011 03:58 am at 3:58 am |
  9. RD

    Wouldn't the DNC get more and better publicity if they donated the money they spenton the banner and plane to a NY City foodbank to feed some out-of-work homeless people? I'm tired of reading all the negative DNC article regarding Republican candidates who have not even been chosen by the people yet to run for the office of president. This country needs some help and all I see is good money spent on dirty politics. It would be better spent to help those the DNC is saying it wants to help. Liberals/Progessives don't get it.

    December 14, 2011 05:54 am at 5:54 am |
  10. T'sah from Virginia

    ►DNC to take Romney attacks sky-high◄
    On the mark, get set – Romney, GOODBYE!!!

    Obama 2012

    December 14, 2011 06:42 am at 6:42 am |
  11. enough of lies

    Pelosi, 62% increase in wealth since economy collapse, Reid stole reelection in state through bribery, obama proven to be a socialist and marxist in kansas city speech, mccaing proven to be traitor to the American patriots by comments about arizona, DNC voter fraud in indiana by forgery, just a few of the things this administration has done. are you ready to have your children and grandchildren live in a communist dictator obama controlled USA. It is time for all American Patriots to step up, it is time for the total dismantlement of the idiots in DC, it is time for the simering fires of true freedom to turn into burning fires, it is time we as Americans STOP this evil of the destruction of our liberties, it is time to STOP obama.

    December 14, 2011 06:44 am at 6:44 am |
  12. The Greedy Old Pigs have declared class war on US!

    It would be nice to see some OWS action wherever Romney goes in NYC. He's probably dying to remind us all again that "corporations are people, too, my friend!"

    December 14, 2011 06:44 am at 6:44 am |
  13. Dave

    I will bet you a million dollars that President Obama has broken every campaign promise he made three years ago (e.g., transparency, uniter, debt, etc.).

    December 14, 2011 07:15 am at 7:15 am |
  14. FedUp

    Are we back in middle school? Why are these "people" (and I use the term loosely) acting like idiots? I want a grown up to run my country. Guess I will have to look elsewhere, because there isn't a single one in charge.

    December 14, 2011 07:19 am at 7:19 am |
  15. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    I think that Romney was trying to shut Perry up. I can't blame him on that point since Perry needs to learn what is going on; the flubs are getting ridiculous. The problem is that Romney grew up wealthy and is very wealthy now. The point is that $10k isn't much to him, but he needs to learn that it is a lot to many other people. I think that I could get my hands on that amount within in a few days, but it would wipe me out.

    December 14, 2011 07:25 am at 7:25 am |
  16. diridi

    The way they Ruined this nation, GOP is not winnable.
    The way they shipped jobs overseas, GOP is not winnable.
    The way they are for Rich, Oil, Corporate greed, not for ordinary man in America, GOP is not winnable.
    I am more realistic, not brainwashed....

    December 14, 2011 07:48 am at 7:48 am |