Obama campaign hits Romney's Massachusetts record in second TV ad
June 12th, 2012
06:36 AM ET
11 years ago

Obama campaign hits Romney's Massachusetts record in second TV ad

Washington (CNN) - For the second straight week, President Barack Obama's re-election team is attacking Republican challenger Mitt Romney's Massachusetts record with a new television commercial.

The Obama campaign announced Tuesday a new ad titled "Number One" will run in the battleground states of Colorado, Florida, Iowa, North Carolina, New Hampshire, Nevada, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. The campaign describes the ad buy as "significant."

"When Mitt Romney was governor, Massachusetts was number one. Number one in state debt. $18 billion in debt. More debt per person than any other state in the country. At the same time Massachusetts fell to 47th in job creation. One of the worst economic records in the country," says the narrator in the spot. "First in debt, 47th in job creation. That's Romney economics. It didn't work then. It won't work now."

The "47th in job creation" statistic has been cited frequently by the Obama campaign and was used in their first ad to criticize Romney's record as governor of Massachusetts. That spot was released eight days ago. Romney, the presumptive GOP presidential nominee, was elected governor of Massachusetts in 2002 and served one term. He decided against running for re-election in 2006 and instead made an unsuccessful bid for the 2008 GOP presidential nomination.

The Romney campaign disputes the figure, and says that the state ranked 30th out of 50 when the governor left office. Responding to the Obama spot, the Romney camp said Obama's policies have led to "soaring national debt and the first credit downgrade in history."

"President Obama will do anything to distract from his abysmal economic record and – despite that record – the fact that he thinks the private sector is 'doing fine,'" Romney spokeswoman Andrea Saul said in a statement. "Mitt Romney knows our country can do better and, under his leadership, it will do better."

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soundoff (14 Responses)
  1. Chris

    Romney is campaigning on his business experience, yet says almost nothing about his political experience. That's because his entire political experience consists of a single term as governor – and it was a complete disaster. At the end of his term, 71% of the people of MA said they would never vote for him again.

    June 12, 2012 07:21 am at 7:21 am |
  2. Blindersoff

    The Romney Machine of lies, lies and more lies. Pull back the curtain America, Romney is a failed politician, as a public figure, Romney only claim to fame is Romney Care, of which he keeps locked in the attack of hypocrisy . . . Period.

    June 12, 2012 07:30 am at 7:30 am |
  3. rla

    Sure it was in debt but that number is only a fraction of what it is today and due –please listen to this because there are about 4 state senators and reps that are republican) this state is controled by democrats and their spending is out of control.. Sure his job creation was low because Mass had something like a 4.5% unemployment rate at the time

    June 12, 2012 07:36 am at 7:36 am |
  4. Gurgyl

    It will be better if we "Ship jobs to China, bankrupt KB Toys store, fire all people". Bain capital idiot, nonsense.

    June 12, 2012 08:02 am at 8:02 am |
  5. Marie MD

    Pretty soon the bishop will need to take out some Cayman money to pay people to attend his little get-togethers. Can these crowd be any morempathetic? 🙂
    This is the guy who is tied with the President? Yeah, right!

    June 12, 2012 08:22 am at 8:22 am |

    Very effective ad. Attack Willard on his actual governing. He was terrible at job creation. His best achievement was RomneyCare.

    June 12, 2012 08:27 am at 8:27 am |
  7. john

    Romney is good in making his personal fortune but he is not good at all to be a president.Mr Romney how can you run a larger and powerful country without the police, firefighters,teachers etc?its totally impossible ok.you are way out of touch with reality.its sad,sad,sad and i don,t think you can this election with this kind of messages,

    June 12, 2012 08:49 am at 8:49 am |
  8. ST

    There is nothing Romney did as a governor in Mass. impresses people. He was not successful as governor, how can he be successful as a President?

    June 12, 2012 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  9. A True Centrist

    Being from MA, this add is just a complete distortion of the reality. Romney took over as governor at a time when several state projects were killing the budget, including the Big Dig. He balanced the budget each year as governor and left the state with a rainy day fund.

    Was he a perfect governor? No, far from it but he did a good job handling the budgetary challenges his predecessors left for him when he took office.

    June 12, 2012 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  10. silly liberals

    What was the unemployment rate when Romney left office?
    Liberals never let the facts get in the way.

    June 12, 2012 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  11. Mr 1% the "VULTURE CAPITALIST BUSINESSMAN" will outsource all the poor, disabled, unemployed and elderly, to China and sell America to the highest bidder!

    I like it, factual and short.

    The GOP mentality may be able to "handle the truth".

    June 12, 2012 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  12. GOP puts "chri$t" in "chri$tian" since 60% of the GOP believes they should not care for those less fortunate!

    Uh, Team Robme 30th or 47th in job creation is not the salient point, the UNDISPUTED truth is the 88 Billion in debt and the number 1 position.

    'Sides, if you are pulling numbers out of the air, perhaps Team Robme should have pulled the number 1 number down instead of the job creation up.

    June 12, 2012 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  13. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Still, he would say is only 30 out of 50? That means he wasn't even in the top half of states in terms of job creation. So, he did a pitiful job and is proud of that.

    June 12, 2012 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  14. tv22

    I like the unemployment comments, How much below 4.7% does Obama think he should have brought the rate? That would be a fun point to debate!

    June 12, 2012 10:20 am at 10:20 am |