New Obama ad features a crooning Romney
July 14th, 2012
06:00 AM ET
9 years ago

New Obama ad features a crooning Romney

(CNN) - An ad released Saturday by President Barack Obama's campaign features Mitt Romney singing "America, America" while the screen flashes with names of other countries.

Mexico, China, India, Switzerland, Bermuda, the Cayman Islands: all places Obama's campaign charges in the ad that Romney either "shipped jobs," "outsourced," or stored portions of his financial portfolio.

The ad comes after a week of unrelenting pressure on Romney's business record and personal financial decisions by Obama’s campaign.

In a series of television interviews Friday, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee addressed the attacks.

"One of their insiders said that their campaign was going to be based upon the strategy of 'kill Romney,' " he said of Team Obama in an interview on CNN.

The ad's soundtrack is from a campaign appearance in Florida last January, where Romney led his audience in a verse of "America, the Beautiful."

Romney's campaign has disputed what it called falsehoods about his leadership of the private equity firm, Bain Capital, as well as his substantial personal wealth.

This ad is the fourth in the past week for the Obama campaign.

This month, the president's campaign has purchased at least $25 million in television advertising time in key battleground states.

This new ad will air in Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Virginia, according to Obama's campaign, as well as on CNN.

- CNN’s Paul Steinhauser and Gregory Wallace contributed to this report

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soundoff (44 Responses)
  1. Gurgyl

    Bain Capital shipped all jobs to CHINA, INDIA. Massachusetts was 47/50 in job creation. True.

    July 14, 2012 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  2. charles

    Romney campaign are going to cry foul but the ad is a fact. They should add show your tax returns Bishop outsourcer in -chief. Romney don't trust America, he pretends.

    July 14, 2012 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  3. incredulous

    Brilliant. The ad should include the quote from the interview with Romney where he says owning a company and running it are two different things. Apparently owning a company that outsources American jobs is OK in his book.

    July 14, 2012 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  4. ronb

    Ouch! That hurts! LOL. Keep your eyes and ears open on this one. Romney is going to try and duck responsibility by claiming that he was "just a board member" and "not involved in the dayto-day activity of Bain". That's true. BUT, he will try NOT to tell you that as a member of the board he would have HAD to approve the plan to outsource jobs. It's time to see this cat for what he really is: a rich guy who has done everything he could to NOT pay his fair share of taxes while shipping US jobs overseas to make a quick buck at the expense of American citizens who depended on those jobs. OBTW, who do you think picked up the costs of supporting those families while they were unemployed?? That's and me! OBAMA/BIDEN 2012!!

    July 14, 2012 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  5. Michael Q

    Perhaps, Obama is just doing the right thing himself, living by the 'Golden Rule': Do onto others as they would do onto you.

    July 14, 2012 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  6. kate

    Romney is so unAmerican and has no loyalty to this country. He worships $!
    Obama 2012

    July 14, 2012 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  7. rla

    Obama lies and distortions are a joke! NO one I talk to sees them as nothing but Chicago politics and have started turning people off faster than any Romney ad could!

    July 14, 2012 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  8. Jules

    So in 2001, Romney listed himself as president of Bain. He could have named someone else CEO at any time. He did not. He took a leave of absence and intended to return to Bain. My guess is that he won't release tax returns from that time because it shows he has not been truthful. And we all know he is a real truthful flip flopper. And we all know he is rich. He is not releasing his tax returns because he is afraid we will all find out how rich he is – we already know that. He won't release his returns because there will then be THE REST OF THE STORY.

    July 14, 2012 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  9. 2020

    the outsourcing offshoring chief Romney owns the Hong Kong outsourcing company making American household machines. The Red-White-Blue USA label changed to RED ONLY Chinese label.

    With a stroke of a pen, Romney sent American manufacturing offshore, and sent middle class to hell. That is the skid road Romney push American down while he maximize his profit.

    This election is a test of character. Who is for middle class, who takes jobs away from Americans.

    Crystal clear.

    July 14, 2012 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  10. 2020

    A man who has no respect to American laws, field false report (as he claimed) to SEC, false financial disclosure, refuse to release his multi years of his tax return, especially those between 1999 – 2002, Romney has NO ONE TO BLAME BUT HIMSELF of the LIES ON TOP OF OTHER LIES.

    We heard those lies before " I am not a crook" speech in 1976.

    America deserves a better president than Romney.

    July 14, 2012 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  11. Peace

    Oh boy! I like this ad. Was Mitt singing/happy the Swiss Account was replenished? The campaigning has just started eh!

    July 14, 2012 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  12. Jack in Florida

    Good for Barack. Romney is such a liar.....he is a camillion and will bend which ever way the wind blows. He has no firm beliefs of his own as he panders to the base, to get the vote. He is so out of touch with the mainstream American. He uses the excuse of ignorance to handle questions about his off shore accounts and the Bain issues. IGNORANCE MAY BE BLISS, BUT IT IS NO EXCUSE!!!!!! Obama-Biden in 2012!!!!!!

    July 14, 2012 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  13. Jewels

    Wow - Mitt hasn't had the best week! He said the only time you respond to a claim is when you're losing - within that week was on three large network stations in one day professing the Bain employment reports were being twisted/misunderstood. And now there's this commercial ad. In all fairness, Obama is only shedding light on what others are questioning. When Obama was being hounded again by Trump regarding the birth certificate matter, Romney didn't say squat. So, the punches are now in full force.

    July 14, 2012 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  14. oustobamavanjonesobama

    If I just posted, where is it?????????????????

    July 14, 2012 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  15. enuff

    It's almost like watching boxing matches. The first couple of fights Romney had were relativley was against Gingrich and Perry.. The fight against Santorum was a little tougher, but Romney was still confident he'd win with a TKO. He thought Obama would be a cakewalk and that he would be named champ after a few below the belt punches of his own. He under estimated Obama however and now he's on the ropes getting pummeled from every direction. He doesn't know what to do now except take a few angry punches now and then.

    July 14, 2012 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  16. politics as usual

    Obama has no class.

    July 14, 2012 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  17. Irma in North Carolina

    Thats the way guys bring Mitt down on his knees, who would vote for that creep anyways has got to be out of their minds

    July 14, 2012 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  18. Dean

    Onama what have you done about outsourcing....That is other than send money to other countries for them to start their own businesses?
    As today’s jobs reports points to America’s failing economy, the Obama administration is sending $20 million of your tax dollars to Africa to “help clean energy projects in Africa get started.”
    Do we really need a $20 million plan for Africa at a time when “the U.S. economy remains in shambles and a relentless unemployment crisis grips the nation,” adding that “the allocation comes less than 2 years after the administration dedicated $50 million to replace ‘inefficient cook stoves’ contributing to climate change and deforestation in developing countries.”

    July 14, 2012 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  19. Regressive

    Mitt have you forgotten what you did to your primary challengers? Doesn't feel good does it. I seem to recall Politico has given you pants on fire awards so all I have to say to you is " what comes around, goes around"

    July 14, 2012 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
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