Romney's latest campaign surrogate: Hillary Clinton
June 29th, 2012
12:10 PM ET
10 years ago

Romney's latest campaign surrogate: Hillary Clinton

(CNN) – Mitt Romney's latest ad features an opponent familiar to President Barack Obama – Hillary Clinton.

The ad uses video of 2008 presidential candidate Clinton campaigning against candidate Obama in Cincinnati ahead of the Ohio primary. Clinton accused Obama of "blatantly false" attacks against her in campaign mailers, which Romney is now using to highlight a recent fact check by the Washington Post calling one of Obama's current ads "misleading, unfair and untrue."

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The Romney campaign bought over $2 million dollars in ad buys beginning Friday in seven battleground states, according to a Republican ad buying source. The Clinton ad is part of that, already airing in Ohio where the original press conference took place. Unlike all other ads it has run since Romney became the presumptive Republican nominee, the campaign did not publicly announce this one's premier.

The breakdown of the ad buy, which runs through July 3rd, is as follows:

Colorado – $295,449
Iowa – $273,800
North Carolina – $385,570
New Hampshire – $61,050
Nevada – $225,270
Ohio – $571,120
Virginia – $222,940

The ad also attacks the president's job creation performance, calling it the "worst job record since the Depression." It questions the president's campaign tactics by saying, "He also attacked Hillary Clinton with vicious lies."

After the government announced that the national unemployment rate in May rose to 8.2%, Obama said, "Our businesses have created almost 4.3 million new jobs over the last 27 months, but as we learned in [May's] jobs report, we're still not creating them as fast as we want."

Romney raised $4.3 million with 43,000 donations online in the first 24 hours after Thursday's Supreme Court decision upholding a majority of the president's signature health care reform bill, according the Romney campaign.

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Also see:

Obama campaign to opponents: Move past health care fight

Fund-raising flurry after Supreme Court ruling

Romney reacts to health care ruling, renews repeal pledge

Obama: Supreme Court decision is a 'victory'

Filed under: Ads • Hillary Clinton • Mitt Romney
soundoff (48 Responses)
  1. Mgc tampa

    No problem, the Obama campaign just needs to use the ads, the two ricks, newt and huntsman used on the rombot. Then they can pivot to the ads mccain used last time....lots to work with when you are an etch a sketch!!

    June 29, 2012 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  2. Kenneth

    Does Mitt REALLY want to use what was said about President Obama during the primaries? I mean between Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich, Rick Perry, Herman Cain, and Ron Paul there were some pretty "honest" and "demeaning" comments made about Mitt. Remember Santorum's, "A vote for Romney is a vote for Obama", or Newt's "Mitt Romney is the most dishonest candidate and the worst choice for the American people next to Obama"?. Interesting choice Mitt, just remember when you start crying about being taken out of context that YOU brought in the primary baggage not President Obama.

    June 29, 2012 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  3. insight iowa

    We are five months out from the election... This republican woman, business owner will be voting a straight Democratic Ticket. The GOP House, some Senators and Mitt are nothing but an embarrassment to our Country. The have no plan and have shown nothing other then grade school bulling and pure childish rants. We as a nation will not survive if they win.

    June 29, 2012 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  4. vic , nashville ,tn

    @ Obama 2012 ……
    Yesterday hour by hour Romney campaign released the numbers

    $1 million 10,000 donors
    $2 millions 20,000 donors
    $2.7 millions 27,000 donors
    $3.3 millions 33,000 donors
    Now $4.3 millions 43,000 donors,
    Funny part is number of donors x 100 , now do you want us to believe these numbers

    June 29, 2012 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  5. cali girl

    Really Pathetic there, Myth Robmey. This is all you can come up with?
    By the way, a little tip, the 2008 commercials were all fine and nice, but Obama still became President.
    You wouldn't know the truth if it was handed to you in the form of magical underwear.

    June 29, 2012 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  6. Rudy NYC

    Mitt Romney is not one who should complain about negative.. misleading ads. All of Romney's ads have been misleading at best. Even this latest ad is misleading because it is from four years ago.

    What is Romney's plan for immigration? "I have a long range plan."
    Romney likes to chorus "repeal and replace" the ACA, but with what? "I have a long range plan."
    How does Romney plan to pay for his proposed tax cuts? "I have a long range plan."
    Do you have any plans that you can share, Governer? "Yes, I do have a long range plan."

    June 29, 2012 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  7. Logic N LA

    Poor Mitt- nothing to run on, no place to hide. It's all just getting started Romney and you're already behind in the polls.

    June 29, 2012 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  8. Darryl

    Oh MY GOD !! Romney is such a CRY BABY. He acts like he's still in High School how immature. It's so funny, The way he always does and says stuff that takes me back to when I was in High School and some of the memories and the way we acted.He still does that even today at 60 plus years old ? On top of not being able to commit to anything about anything at all.The Health Care was his Idea and McCain & Kennedy supported it and that was his legacy as Govenor supposedly.But the destroying jobs and being 47th at the bottom of Job Creation out of all 50 States wasn't a good thing to say the least.Anyhow he should just go back to Wallstreet and do what he does best, CHEAT – STEAL & LIE and HIDE money overseas so he doesn't have to PAY his FAIR share of TAXES.

    June 29, 2012 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  9. Silence DoGood

    @vic "Many Americans praising Hillary in their hearts when its comes health care reform"

    Yes, Obama's efforts are standing on Hillary's strong shoulders. Thanks Hillary!

    June 29, 2012 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  10. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Do right wingut supporters of Mittens know that in MA, Romneycare is used to fund abortions? Where is the outrage?

    June 29, 2012 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  11. Larry L

    Republicans as a group have come to accept lies, trashy behavior, and dirty tactics as a part of their normal campaign effort – like the "swift boat" lies and the "birther" conspiracy. The Ted "Mr. Crappy-Pants" Nugent rant was accepted very well by the Republican faithful. How does that hateful and dishonest behavior balance with being the self-rightous, holier-than-thou religious act? I guess it's about as logical as the racist signs at the Tea party rallies.

    June 29, 2012 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  12. Marty, FL

    Desperation from Romney in another transparent attempt at his Rovian projection, considering Romney sadly has to be the biggest pathological liar ever witnessed in politics.

    The truth is Pres. Obama and Clinton have practically identical policies and are not afraid to stand strong on their positions, unlike Romney.

    June 29, 2012 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  13. Cincinnati girl

    Somehow I don't think its a good idea for Romney to play fast & loose with the Clintons. Make no mistake Mittens, Hillary is a beast! i'm pretty sure she's going to slay him.

    June 29, 2012 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  14. MTATL67

    Oh My God – What a used car salesman. Duck and Cover Romney reeks of desperation.

    June 29, 2012 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  15. Nancy

    Team Romney never learns. How well did it work when they tried putting McCain's words into President Obama's mouth? How well did it work when alexithymic Mitt tried using Tom Brokow as a surrogate? With Team Romney, Mitt won't need the democrats' help in losing 2012. And, how pathetic was it for TR to try to intimidate the Washington Post to retract their last story about how disasterous Mitt was during his BAIN years?

    June 29, 2012 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  16. indyohvoter

    Romney's graded statements on Politifact: True 17%, Mostly True 15%, Half True 28%, Mostly False 15%, False 15%, Pants on Fire 9%.

    Obama's graded statements on Politifact: True 23%, Mostly True 23%, Half True 25%, Mostly False 12%, False 15%, Pants on Fire 1%.

    Does Romney REALLY want to go here? This doesn't even include PAC's and SuperPAC''s an election, and most American's are intelligent enough to know that ads and stump speeches are politically edited to make the other person look worse than you. Personally, I can't wait for the debates so we can hopefully get real answers from him instead of him trying to duck the questions. I just hope he does something about his lip smacking before that...petty, yes, but it's like nails on a chalkboard to me! 🙂

    June 29, 2012 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  17. n

    Romney u can spend billion dollar but still u will lose election u are only for rich.

    June 29, 2012 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  18. Peace

    Hillary needs to sue Romney campaign, as I suppose she did not allow them to use her in their ad!

    June 29, 2012 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  19. simp

    I can't wait until the debates, President Obama is going chew this liar up and spit him out!!!

    June 29, 2012 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  20. Wake up people

    This too will backfire Mittens. Every rotten trick you have tried has, this will too. Ok a few people don't like President Obama because he beat Hillary, but those people didn't vote for him anyways and they probably won't, ever. But Mittens has a real problem. He doesn't stand for ANYTHING. And he changes his mind about things everyday. While the GOP/baggers have been desperately doing everything possible to make President Obama fail, he is still successful. When November rolls around people will remember all the lies and send Mittens packing.

    I guess he can run again in 2016, but he might be a little too old by then. He'll be what 75?

    June 29, 2012 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  21. Fair is Fair


    Hillary needs to sue Romney campaign, as I suppose she did not allow them to use her in their ad!
    Based on your premise, Obama should have been sued bu GWB thousands of times.

    June 29, 2012 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  22. Obama 2012 - BEND Forward America, take another 4 long years of OBAMA FAILURE

    Peace - Hillary needs to sue Romney campaign, as I suppose she did not allow them to use her in their ad!
    She's a public figure. I wish you clueless Obama supporters would get an education some day.

    June 29, 2012 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  23. Obama 2012 - BEND Forward America, take another 4 long years of OBAMA FAILURE

    vic , nashville ,tn
    Yesterday many people thanks to Bill and Hillary for the health care reform, only media couldn’t hear those thanks
    Many Americans praising Hillary in their hearts when its comes health care reform
    If Hillary Clinton EVER hopes to run for public office again, I doubt she wants to be associated with a disaster that 60% of Americans want repealed. Thanks for tsaking her knees right out from under her 2016 campaign. Are these people working for Crazy Joe Biden?!!

    June 29, 2012 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
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