Another viral video: 'Romney Girl' goes for a 'fantastic' ride
August 9th, 2012
11:28 AM ET
10 years ago

Another viral video: 'Romney Girl' goes for a 'fantastic' ride

(CNN) – Parodying the '90s top 40 hit "Barbie Girl," a new music video titled "Romney Girl" has hit the internet mocking Mitt Romney's offshore accounts and undisclosed tax returns with the familiar Democratic refrain that the Republican candidate's wealth makes him out of touch with the average American.

On Tuesday, a video parody of Gotye's recent hit "Somebody that I used to know" generated buzz with a video harping on Obama for not fulfilling the promise of his 2008 campaign.

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"Romney Girl" features a man, presumed to be the presumptive GOP nominee, dressed in a classic blue suit and coiffed hair, with a woman, "Miss Swiss," clad in the stereotypical, classic Swiss dirndl. The music video follows the storyline of the original "Barbie Girl" song with a woman hopping into male character's convertible to head off gallivanting.

The video begins with a play on the original "Barbie Girl" dialogue:

"Hi Romney," says the woman.

"Hi Miss," replies the man.

"Do you have something to hide?" asks the woman.

"Well yeah, jump in!" says the man.

Miss Swiss then sings, "I'm a Romney girl, in a Romney world. Life is tax-less. It's fantastic. Silver tip your hair, tax shelters everywhere, Outsource nation, Bain is his creation."

Then Romney's character says, "I'm Mitt Romney, let's go party."

And so on.

The creators of "Romney Girl" have developed a narrative for the Swiss woman.

According to the website, she is "Harry Reid's secret source" from Bain Capital-Romney's private equity firm prior to running for governor of Massachusetts–and "she first met Mitt Romney, who would frequently show up to the bank unannounced and throw $100 bills up in the air while shouting, 'Thank God for Amnesty!'"

Last week, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid claimed Romney has not been paying taxes according to an unnamed source who was an investor with Bain. The powerful Democrat has not backed down on his claims or demand that Romney release more tax returns.

So far, Romney has released his tax returns from 2010 and an estimate for 2011, and has remained firm on his plans not release any more years of tax documents.

The website–which should be noted, features a pink theme with a moving glittery background–highlights a variety of statistics slamming Romney for his wealth, including the reported $77,000 price tag on caring for his wife's dressage horse, Rafalca, and polling numbers of Americans who think the Republican candidate should release his tax returns.

Furthermore, the website also has a twitter account for @realromneygirl as well as a slideshow with altered pictures of "Romney Girl" 'posing' with major Republican politicos.

The website continues her storyline:

"In 2010, Miss Swiss left Geneva (after safely depositing all of her own money into a Swiss bank account) and moved to Searchlight, Nevada, where she joined a small Swiss expat community of retired yodelers and milkmaids. It was there she bumped into Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid while burning his book "The Good Fight" during a local sheep-shearing festival. Miss Swiss told Senator Reid about Mr. Romney's tax avoidance "because I thought it was so funny that a Senator would actually think that rich people pay taxes! So silly!"

The video was created by the progressive policy organization, the Agenda Project Action Fund. And one of the executive producers of the music video, Erica Payne, was the Deputy National Finance Director for the Democratic National Committee during then-president Bill Clinton's 1996 re-election campaign.

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Filed under: Bain Capital • Mitt Romney • Taxes
soundoff (15 Responses)
  1. rla

    Shows how gullible and out of touch American youth has gotten to be!!!

    August 9, 2012 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  2. Lynda/Minnesota

    Ouch. Good luck finding a band-aid big enough to fix this bo-bo, TeamRomney.

    August 9, 2012 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  3. Woman In California

    There's a lot going on there. I'll hold my comment until I actually see the commercial but in reality, the Romney's interest is NOT in America.

    August 9, 2012 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  4. Well done!

    I like the video as it tells all, without forgetting the dog (Seamus) riding on top of the car.

    August 9, 2012 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  5. Obama 2012 - BEND Forward America, take another 4 long years of OBAMA FAILURE

    Honestly.... how juvenile. These are the types of people that want to control and run the greatest country on the planet??? I wouldn't trust them to mow my lawn! Incompetent, corrupt, pathetic and now juvenile. Democrats just keep sinking lower and lower on the food chain. JFK is rolling over in his grave.

    August 9, 2012 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  6. Rick 7809

    Welcome to politics in the you tube generation. The sad thing is both of the candidates don't have any real connection with the 99%. Ask either one what a gallon of milk costs and my guess is neither woul dbe close.

    August 9, 2012 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  7. myviewis

    This video is right up there with the video of Joe Soptic and the lie that Governor Romney is responsible for his wife's death yet the video fails to inform voters of the truth of Ilyona Soptic having her own health insurance policy and that her husband worked as a janitor for public school which means he had health insurance and as I read Joe Soptic did not put his wife on his policy because she had her own insurance. Just another lie to distract voters from talking about the future of our country, the bad economy, high gas prices again, food prices have gone up and unemployment lines are still very long. What a shame this video does not deal with the real issues we are facing. Just another gimmick.

    August 9, 2012 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  8. Max

    GREAT!!!! Mitt should go pay his back taxes

    August 9, 2012 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  9. TomInRochNY

    Mitt, is all this really worse than releasing your tax returns? They must be pretty bad.

    August 9, 2012 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |

    I love the dog on top of the car.

    August 9, 2012 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  11. Thomas

    "Honestly.... how juvenile. These are the types of people that want to control and run the greatest country on the planet??? I wouldn't trust them to mow my lawn! Incompetent, corrupt, pathetic and now juvenile. Democrats just keep sinking lower and lower on the food chain."

    I don't think my eyes could roll any harder.

    August 9, 2012 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |

    Okay. It's officially silly politics season.

    August 9, 2012 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  13. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    I'm sorry. I like a good laugh as much as the next person, and a nice tit-for-tat but there is so much riding on THIS presidential election that I fail to see the humor in so much of this bs.

    August 9, 2012 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  14. cali girl

    All the way well done. It really Slams Robmey on his tax returns, his bank accounts stashed everywhere. He will help the richest of Americans and will forget the poor. Spot on.

    August 9, 2012 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  15. politics as usual


    August 9, 2012 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |