Obama super PAC takes on Romney in Michigan ad
February 22nd, 2012
02:18 PM ET
8 years ago

Obama super PAC takes on Romney in Michigan ad

(CNN) – The primary super PAC supporting President Barack Obama's reelection campaign is airing a new ad in Michigan which knocks Mitt Romney's business credentials in a state which suffered when the auto industry stumbled.

"Let Detroit go bankrupt," Romney says in the Priorities USA television advertisement, repeating the headline of an op-ed he wrote in 2008, arguing for a managed bankruptcy process rather than a bailout for the industry.

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A baritone narrator criticizes Romney around the quote, saying "There's little question he made a fortune from businesses he helped destroy," and later asking, "Are those the values we want in an American president?"

The brief clip of Romney is from a 2011 interview on CBS, as Romney explained his argument in the op-ed. In the interview, he said that "those companies needed to go through bankruptcy to shed those costs."

The 30-second spot will air in the Detroit and Flint area Wednesday through Feb. 28, the day of the Michigan primary, according to Priorities USA.

In response, the Romney campaign criticized the president, arguing he has "failed Michigan."

"The last thing President Obama wants to do is run against Mitt Romney – and that is why his political machine continues their deceptive attacks to 'kill Romney' and is desperately trying to tip the scale in the Republican primary. President Obama has failed Michigan," campaign spokeswoman Amanda Henneberg said. "On his watch, thousands of Michiganders have lost their jobs, homes and businesses. No other candidate cares for Michigan or the automotive industry like Mitt Romney does, and he is heartbroken to see what has happened to his native state.

"The only way for Michigan to realize its tremendous economic potential is to defeat President Obama, and Mitt Romney is the only candidate that can do that," she said.

With the Michigan vote less than a week away, voters in the Wolverine State will see ads from the competing campaigns lighting their airwaves. Romney's campaign has purchased nearly $1.2 million in ad time, a media buying source told CNN last week, and Santorum had made small buys for three separate ads.

The super PAC supporting him, the Red, White, and Blue Fund, announced on Tuesday a $600,000 buy – which, combined with a previous $663,500 purchase in the state, would match Romney's ad spend. The super PAC supporting Romney, Restore Our Future, has purchased $1.5 million in Michigan, Arizona, and several Super Tuesday states.

Surveys of Michigan voters, including a CNN/Time/ORC International poll released Tuesday, show a dead heat between Romney and Santorum in the state where Romney was born.

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soundoff (31 Responses)
  1. Dave

    Ro money is THE POSTER CHILD of a vicious Capitolist adventurer who cares ZERO about people losing their jobs, THEREFORE, their MORGAGES & HOMES. It has a snowball effect. Between the SEVERE earmarks at BAIN & the 02 GAMES he is by far the most HYPOCRITICAL WASHINGTON POLOTICIAN THAT EVER LIVED. YEA I said WASHINGTON polotician, WHERE DO YOU THINK HE GOT ALL THOSE FREEBIE EARMARKS & CRAZy TAXBREAKs &loopholes America, its time to to take back our Great Country from Rich SLIMEBALLS such as MITT, COME NOV , PULLS ALL D, S yea all nothing but d Go DEMs LETS TAKE OUR COUNTRY BACK GOD BLESS AMERICA

    February 22, 2012 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |

    Way to fight back Obama campaign. Call out that blasphemer Willard. Ask someone at a GM plant or a Chrysler plant did the President fail them. Better yet, ask them would they have preferred to take Willard's course of action in 2008 or the President's.

    OBAMA/BIDEN 2012

    February 22, 2012 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  3. Sam

    He looks like a Dracula reject in that photo. And the photo of him on a horse must have Reagen turning in his grave.

    February 22, 2012 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  4. Four and The Door

    "Let Detroit go bankrupt," Romney says in the Priorities USA television advertisement, repeating the headline of an op-ed he wrote in 2008, arguing for a managed bankruptcy process rather than a bailout for the industry.
    Obama's plan? Throw $60 billion of taxpayer money at them and then let them go bankrupt. Which the two who took the money did. Turns out a managed bankruptcy process was inevitable. Romney was exactly correct. Obama needs to stay out of private industry. ( and government too!)

    February 22, 2012 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  5. Phil in KC

    Ouch! I guess Mitt's words are coming back to bite him in the posterior. Just amazing to me that someone raised in Michigan would say such a thing. He must have been talking to one of the conservative groups. Too bad it was being recorded. Especially when you're proven to be wrong.

    February 22, 2012 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  6. Anonymous

    "Romney has more to offer us than the other candidates: business savvy, economic understanding, absolute patriotism, unquestioned high moral and ethical standards, and a deep respect for individual liberty."

    Wow, did the LSD church pay you to post those ridiculous lies? All Rmoney has to "offer" is his selfish psychopathic greed and love for his fellow corporate predators who corrupt our nation, government and economy,

    February 22, 2012 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
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