Super PAC uses Olympic 'opening ceremony' to hit Romney in ad
July 25th, 2012
06:00 AM ET
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Super PAC uses Olympic 'opening ceremony' to hit Romney in ad

(CNN) - The super PAC backing President Barack Obama uses the Olympic "parade of nations" to mock Mitt Romney's reported overseas investment accounts in a television ad released Wednesday.

The minute-long ad from Priorities USA is set to air in Florida, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Virginia during broadcasts of the London Olympics, the group said. The games begin Friday.

An official with the group said the ad was part of a larger $20 million television and Internet push "to educate voters about Mitt Romney's business record and policies that hurt middle class families."

The spot features an announcer detailing Romney's accounts as video rolls of past Olympic opening ceremonies.

"Welcome to the Olympics!" the announcer says. "There’s Mitt Romney, who ran the Salt Lake City Games, waving to China – home to a billion people. Thousands owe their jobs to Mitt Romney’s companies."

Romney, who will attend the London opening ceremony as part of a three-nation foreign tour, was the president and CEO of the Salt Lake City Winter Games in 2002.

His campaign frequently cites his experience there by saying he turned around a failing operation into one of the most successful games in history.

The spot latches onto a now-familiar attack line from Obama's team, which has hit its rival for reportedly shipping jobs overseas during his time as chief executive of Bain Capital.

Romney's team counters that he left Bain before the firm invested in companies that outsourced jobs, though some records indicate he was still listed as the firm's CEO.

The Romney campaign has also pointed to a nonpartisan fact-check from FactCheck.Org, which poked holes in the "outsourcer" claims, and recently launched a new offensive accusing the president of outsourcing jobs through his administration's trade policies and loan guarantee program.

The Priorities ad ticks off a host of foreign countries as footage rolls of delegates entering an Olympic stadium.

"India, which also gained jobs thanks to Romney, an outsourcing pioneer. And Burma, where Romney had the uniforms made for the 2002 games," the announcer says, before moving on to countries that are regarded as offshore tax havens.

"We know the Swiss have a special place in Mitt Romney's wallet – er – heart," the announcer says. "He kept millions in Swiss banks – those Swiss sure know how to keep a secret. Speaking of secrets, there's Bermuda. Home to a secretive corporation set up by Romney. No one knows why. And Romney won’t tell. And the Cayman Islands. Where Romney keeps millions to avoid U.S. taxes."

The ad concludes: "You gotta say this about Mitt Romney. He sure knows how to go for the gold - for himself."

Democrats have also used this line of attack on Romney in the past, claiming the presumptive GOP nominee isn't being transparent enough in only disclosing two years of personal income tax information. Romney has released his income tax return from 2010, and has vowed to release his 2011 return when his accountant completes it. He did release an estimate of his 2011 taxes.

Romney's campaign says that level of disclosure is beyond what is legally required of presidential candidates, and is plenty of information for voters to decide between Romney and Obama.

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  1. to max from hillbilly

    Obama supports dont believe in god so dont thank him.ya have to thank your government they are all you need now.where have i seen this before???something like that happened and a lot of people died...I cant put my finger on it..

    July 25, 2012 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  2. Debby

    Wow talk about sleeze all the way by the Obama campaign bringing in kids that are competing in the Olympics and proud of it. This Pres. has no shame thats why the country is in shambles.

    July 25, 2012 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  3. King

    Thursday first time their was a financial disaster in this country, it crahed the stock market destroyed millions of jobs, took multiple president 20 plus years to get out of. the second time, it took 3 years and 1 president to get out of. history see obama as one of the greatest president ever. this fact is driving the tea baggers crazy, and they will try everything in their power, to wreck this economy so that the president doesn't get recognized for his tremendous accomplishments.

    July 25, 2012 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  4. "If you've got a business, you didn't build that. Somebody else made that happen." --B. Obama

    Rasmussen has Romney up over the uhbama 47% to 44%.


    July 25, 2012 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  5. ge

    america should belong to every american –with the republicans privatizing every will be renting from the chosen few, and they will make the rules.its what the founding father fought and died for.down with the king

    July 25, 2012 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  6. i want a mega rich Mormon who hidvilvies money overseas, and a master tax evader as president

    I want mitt to make me rich too. I want cars with elevators and dancing horses in the Olympics. I want golden draws with magic power.

    July 25, 2012 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  7. Norm

    Go get em Obama.
    Be assured that they won't hold back on you.
    Everyone remembers what the GOP tried to do in 2008.

    July 25, 2012 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  8. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    FORWARD into the Obama FISCAL ABYSS

    Dominican mama 4 Obama
    When will Romney be attending that overseas fundraiser that Diamond is throwing for him.......oh wait! His friend Diamond is otherwise occupied these days with that high-end banking irregularities problem thingy. So, so sorry Mitt. No overseas fundraiser for you, which works out just fine because aren't those things, like, illegal?!?
    =================================================================================================As clueless as ever.... Diamond is a DEMOCRAT. Watched him state it on the Sunday talk shows
    Google use it. It might cure your foot-in-mouth disease, and your unearned arrogance. In regards to your innate stupidty, well, talk to your maker about that.
    The fact remains that Mr. Diamond was co-hosting a fundraiser for Robmey, but is now otherwise occupied. Period.

    July 25, 2012 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  9. Rudy NYC

    Super D wrote:

    Why don't YOU get off the DNC talking points. Why don't YOU go post your nonsense on a conservative web site? It's real easy being for the home team on CNN.
    Because they don't post them. It's as simple as that.

    July 25, 2012 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  10. Callitlikeitis

    There is nothing wrong with allowing a business (employer and tax payer) to outsource jobs in order to grow/make money/stay in business. There is definitely something wrong when someone tasked with stimulating the US economy awards contracts to overseas companies.

    July 25, 2012 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  11. FORWARD into the Obama FISCAL ABYSS

    Dominican mama 4 Obama
    The fact remains that Mr. Diamond was co-hosting a fundraiser for Robmey, but is now otherwise occupied. Period.
    Doesn't mean he's a Republican. I suspect there are a LOT of Democrats contributing to Romney these days.

    Here you go... enjoy the crow. Apologies will be accepted.

    Dimon is a Democrat and worked in Barack Obama's adopted hometown of Chicago.

    After Obama won the 2008 presidential election, there was speculation that Dimon would serve in the Obama Administration as Secretary of the Treasury. Obama eventually named the president of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, Timothy Geithner, to the position.[31]

    July 25, 2012 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  12. paul

    Republicans quickly forget how they have spent years on the birth certificate debacle, the "Obama didn't go to college debacle, the Obama is not a christian debacle, using the "code" words for race intimidation, using his middle name to plant a seed with the public and on and on and on. They don't like it when the DNC throws a little mud back their way. Stay strong President Obama and continue to fight for all Americans and not just the rich.

    July 25, 2012 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  13. Marty, FL

    If Romney has nothing to hide, he would honor the requests from both parties to release his tax returns as his own father set the precedence to do.

    July 25, 2012 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  14. Anonymous

    @FORWARD into the Obama FISCAL ABYSS
    Read this month's article about Mitt Romney's financial dealings at Bain Capital. They give references and sources. After you read that article look yourself in the mirror and ask if he's the sort of person we need to help America. Even you won't be able to delude yourself enough to say "yes".

    July 25, 2012 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  15. Susan

    Oh Americans, you are just as guilty of outsourcing. While you roll around with your iPhone and Rocha Wear at your crunchy hippy Global Warming rallies, you fail to realize that you are part of the problem. I buy foreign cars because they are built to last; you buy iPhones as a status of your success. So spare us the faux outrage, liberals. If you hate outsourcing, don't support companies that outsource.

    July 25, 2012 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  16. sassysticks53

    @Debby. Yeah it's sleazy when Obama rips Robmoney one, but it's okay when Robmoney bashes Obama? I say to Robmoney and his followers: If ya can't take the heat, don't dish it out and get out of the kitchen while you're at it. We all knew these campaigns were going to be very nasty and uncivil. No need whining about what you already knew. The GOP are the ones who claim Obama's not one of us (them); he's a socialist, a maxist, a Nazi, a communist, and the name-calling goes on and on. Stop whining and deal with it because this is how it is going to be.

    July 25, 2012 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  17. The Real Tom Paine


    The Real Tom Paine

    So economics is a race of 50 states, that's what is important? Why don't YOU get off the DNC talking points. Why don't YOU go post your nonsense on a conservative web site? It's real easy being for the home team on CNN.

    Bottome line, Obama is Government centered in anything he does, which also explains his utterly stupid comment of "you didn't build that" This shows and proves the man has no clue, and yet, despite all the evidence, you progressives can't seem to get enough of this loser.

    Romney would never say anything that stupid. It's the power of the individual and not the fat ass government you seem to love, that creates economic opportunity. Government via regulations (something Romney wants to address btw) is the obstacle to everything. Get a clue
    Its intersting that you assume I love the government while I pointed out that in the one elected position that Romney ahs held, he did more to inhibit economic growth than almost any other governor in the country. I also find it telling that you did not contest a single point that I made, that Romney raised taxes on the vast majority of people in MA while he was governor to pay for tax cuts that did not generate any real economic growth for MA: he actually contracted the economy. The economy grows through intelligent policy, not just slashing taxes. If no infrastructure exists, how does something get to market? Every single infrastructure porject has some government involvement at its core, and if you cannot recognise that, than I guess you are the one lacking in understanding. Romney knows this, yet he is such a craven coward he can't speak what he knows to be the truth. Obama has attempted to fix long-standing systemic problems the GOP has neglected, and you think this is bad? Private corporations do not build infrastructure unless there is a GOVERNMENT contract, they maintain it through GOVERNMENT contracts. To suggest otherwise is appallingly stupid, but, that's part and parcel of the modern GOP. BTW, the man Romney featured in his ads attacking Obama took millions in federal loans and contracts to support his business: He admitted it and brushed it off. Hypocrite? Oh yeah. Oh, and a rightie website would never let me speak my mind, i would have to tow the party line to get anything posted.

    July 25, 2012 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  18. Marin89

    The tea-baggers don't have to wreck the economy. The President is doing an excellent job of that already!

    July 25, 2012 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  19. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    FORWARD etc.
    Dimon is a Democrat and worked in Barack Obama's adopted hometown of Chicago.

    After Obama won the 2008 presidential election, there was speculation that Dimon
    I was talking about DIAMOND in London.
    Who is this DIMON that you're referencing?
    Either way you gotta brush up on your reading comprehension because NOWHERE in my post am I stating that DIAMOND is a Republican, and that appears to be the crux of your argument and calling others clueless. I stated that DIAMOND was supposed to co-host a fundraiser for Robmey in London.
    So, no. thus far, no apologies. The crow is in your court.

    July 25, 2012 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  20. FORWARD into the Obama FISCAL ABYSS

    Still waiting for your apology Dominican mama 4 Obama....
    Sorry if the crow is under cooked. It had to be prepared in a hurry.

    July 25, 2012 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  21. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    @ FORWARD into blah blah...

    Here YOU go. Enjoy the fricasse crow. No apologies necessary:

    Robert E. Diamond Jr., former chief executive of the scandal-tainted Barclays Bank, helped organize a Romney fund-raiser

    July 25, 2012 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  22. works4me

    Just go with it President Obama. They'll be miffed they didn't come up with it first.

    July 25, 2012 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  23. FORWARD into the Obama FISCAL ABYSS

    His friend Diamond is otherwise occupied these days with that high-end banking irregularities problem thingy.
    What other Dimond is involved in " high-end banking irregularities problem thingy"???

    Keep tap dancing Dearie....

    July 25, 2012 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  24. Sniffit


    BTW, google these:

    "Barclay's Releases Key Bob Diamond Memo" and

    "Mitt Romney’s London fundraiser host, Barclay CEO Bob Diamond, resigns. He was fined for manipulating interest rates."

    July 25, 2012 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  25. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Hey FORWARD into the ABYSS of ignorance how's that crow?
    I fixed it special for you because I know that you eat it EVERY DAY!!

    July 25, 2012 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
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