DNC: Romney out of touch
February 29th, 2012
05:00 AM ET
11 years ago

DNC: Romney out of touch

(CNN) - A day after Mitt Romney pulled out victories in Michigan and Arizona, the Democratic National Committee is out with a new video slamming him as out-of-touch.

The two-minute, web-only video is a compilation of Romney’s campaign gaffes and news personalities asking, in the words of CNN’s Soledad O’Brien, “whether he has trouble connecting with voters.”

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Its release suggests Democrats once again see Romney as the likely opponent in the general election.

Among the gaffes include the former Massachusetts governor telling a Michigan audience his wife “drives a couple of Cadillacs,” remarking that some of his friends are NASCAR team owners, saying “corporations are people, my friend”, arguing that “banks are scared to death” in this economy, admitting “I’ve worried I was going to get a pink slip,” and telling CNN’s Soledad O’Brien “I’m not concerned about the very poor” among others.

A note accompanying the video argues that these lines show Romney’s “true colors.” DNC Press Secretary Melanie Roussell writes these comments “are windows into the soul of a man running for President who cannot relate to the lives of average Americans. His out of touch positions and pandering to the right wing are causing him to pay dearly among independent, moderate and blue-collar voters who Romney cannot afford to lose in the general election.”

Democrats point to a recent Politico/George Washington University battleground poll that shows 33% of independents have a positive view of Romney, 51% negative.

CNN/ORC polling shows Romney’s favorability among independents has fallen from 40% in January to 31% February 13th, while his unfavorability among independents during the same period has risen from 44% in January to 53% currently.

Republicans argue some of this erosion is the inevitable result of such a negative and relentless primary campaign, but admit concern that it's taking a toll. A senior Republican strategist who requested anonymity criticizing Romney told CNN that he believes the primary process is getting messy and diminishing Romney's appeal and Romney is showing himself to be less effective than many Republicans might have hoped. However, this Republican insisted Romney is still the best candidate in the field. This strategist believes Romney will likely secure the nomination and will have opportunities to polish himself up and give the president a real challenge.

It would seem Democrats are preparing for that likelihood. In the DNC memo Roussell writes, "Mitt Romney wants to cut taxes for his NASCAR team-owning friends" and "while some may laugh at his 'gaffes,' we would argue that these moments show who Mitt Romney really is."

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Filed under: 2012 • Arizona • Democrats • DNC • Michigan
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  1. DoneBroke

    Whatever Romney say they will paint it as out of touch. I don't understand how him stating his wife driving Cadillacs as out of touch. To me out of touch is driving a Ferrari. A 2007 and 2010 Cadillac is hardly anything to brag about. Besides, he was stating it as how he loved Detroit products, not bragging about owning the car. It's good to see that he supports Detroit cars, unlike Santorum who drives a German made Audi. My understanding is he worked with poor people in his church for many years, so I doubt he doesn't understand the poor. I would rather have someone focus on getting people employed than someone who thinks we shouldn't encourage kids to further their education. I don't know why people keep on labeling him a flip-flop. Haven't these people not ever change their mind on anything? Or is it that Romney's been labeled that and others just join in without finding out for themselves? Santorum has been flopping lately, and his views are way to the right to win the election. Why are people going against Romney for Obamacare when all the candidates say they will try to repeal it? I think it's an advantage myself. What's Obama going to say- I got this from you? He could say no, it was designed for the people of Massachussets of whom I represented as Governor, and now that I represent the entire United States of America as President I hear loud and clear that it doesn't work and will repeal it ... I can understand people are not happy talking about money in this economy, but he wil make it better if given the chance.

    February 29, 2012 05:49 am at 5:49 am |
  2. Name

    This man will never win if he keeps thinking like a true man stuck with-in his own orbit. Do you know why???? Answer that for me.

    February 29, 2012 06:45 am at 6:45 am |
  3. Jules

    All 4 of the remaining GOP candidates are out of touch with mainstream America.

    February 29, 2012 07:16 am at 7:16 am |
  4. S. B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Of course he is out of touch. He is like George H. W. Bush who was surprised at the scanner at a supermarket. Romney unaware of things going on around him and how people who are not in his group of friends (other rich people) are really doing. That makes it hard for him to know what is going on and how to help.

    February 29, 2012 07:25 am at 7:25 am |