Obama campaign defines Romney/Ryan as 'The Go Back Team'
August 11th, 2012
03:39 PM ET
10 years ago

Obama campaign defines Romney/Ryan as 'The Go Back Team'

(CNN) – The Obama campaign released a web video following Mitt Romney's announcement of his running mate in Virginia Saturday morning seeking to define the newly formed pair as toxic for the middle class.

The video highlights presumptive Republican presidential nominee and his running mate pick, Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, architect of the House's Republican budget proposal and chairman of its Budget Committee, as a ticket supporting a drastic budget plan which includes deep cuts to entitlement programs that would affect middle income Americans.

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Obama's campaign website features a picture of the Republican pair labeling them "Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan: The Go Back Team" a play on the Republican team's actual new slogan: "America's Comeback Team." And a reference to the generally conservative-backed trickle down economic theory espoused by previous Republican presidents.

Senior adviser David Axelrod explained the Obama campaign's play on their opponent's slogan in an email to supporters about the video writing, "because a Romney-Ryan administration is the definition of a fast track back to the failed, top-down economic policies of the past."

"In Ryan, Romney has selected a running mate best known for designing the extreme GOP budget that would end Medicare as we know it, and - just like Romney's plan - actually raise taxes on middle-class Americans to pay for an additional $250,000 tax break for millionaires and billionaires. As a leader of the House Republicans and a Tea Party favorite, Congressman Ryan has led the relentless, intensely ideological battle for these kinds of budget-busting policies that punish seniors and the middle class," wrote Axelrod also slipping in a fundraising plea asking folks to "Chip in to support the Obama-Biden campaign today," linking to the candidate's website.

"Romney and Ryan want to take us back to the failed, top-down economic ideas of the past," the website reads along with the campaign web video.

The video begins with the text, "Ryan is the mastermind behind the extreme GOP budget plan."

Next comes Ryan's voice explaining his budget plan.

"I've put out a very comprehensive plan rewriting the healthcare system, Medicare, social security, the tax system."

"It's a plan Mitt Romney endorses," text reads.

In a news clip from CNN, Mitt Romney speaks by phone to a 'Tele-Town Hall' in March where he said "I think that it would be marvelous if the Senate were to pick up Paul Ryan's budget and to adopt it."

"But what does that mean for America?" the video questions. "It hurts seniors."

"The Paul Ryan Medicare plan turns Medicare into a voucher system," says a clip in the video from CNN Chief Political Analyst Gloria Borger.

Unattributed text in the video then comes up on screen: "It hurts middle class families."

"The Paul Ryan budget, which cuts aid to the disabled, which cuts aid to the immigrants' children, which cuts aid to the elderly," says a video clip of another commentator.

Furthermore, "It hurts students," the web ad says, and continues:

"…would cut Pell Grants for student up by $170 billion and cut off a million students over the next decade," says another commentator.

"The cuts in here are so dramatic, they are so painful," says yet another commentator on television news in a clip in the video.

"All to pay for those at the top," reads the ad.

The web ad continues by using pieces of television commentator sound bites with text to highlight what the campaign is framing as the pitfalls of Ryan's budget, his support of -what they call– extreme entitlement cuts and Romney's support of it.

The 95 second video concludes with a picture of Romney and Ryan along with text reading, "Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan: Back To The Failed Top Down Policies That Crashed Our Economy."

In turn, Romney and Ryan in their remarks Saturday blasted the Obama campaign for running a negative campaign stating that they were focused on fixing problems going forward.

"We won't duck the tough issues, we will lead!" Ryan told a cheering crowd on the battleship USS Wisconsin. "We won't blame others, we will take responsibility. We won't replace our founding principles, we will reapply them."

Filed under: 2012 • 2012 VP Pick • Mitt Romney • Paul Ryan • President Obama
soundoff (11 Responses)
  1. mark

    We don't duck the tough issues.....unless they are tax forms!!!

    August 11, 2012 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  2. rla

    Get out of the way Obama you can only fool all of the people some of the time.

    August 11, 2012 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |

    You should have call them the loot the soc sec and Medicare fund team ,where's your tax returns mitt?????tax cheat for sure.only stupid Gop votes would vote for these total Gop morons .

    August 11, 2012 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |

    Avoid be the steel soc sec and Medicare and medicad funds team !!!!!

    August 11, 2012 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  5. Lobo

    WOW! that didnt take long for the new kid on the block to scare the bully so bad the bully has resorted to name calling and it has not even been 24 hours.crawl forward toward defeat at the hands of the dynamic duo ROMNEY and RYAN 2012

    August 11, 2012 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  6. They ought to change from the elephant to the hippo...

    "We won't duck the tough issues, we will lead!" Like showing tax returns? That's not even tough...
    "We won't blame others, we will take responsibility." Already patently false, unless your campaign makes a sea change...
    "We won't replace our founding principles, we will reapply them." Your "Budget" plan is reapplying your principles? Argg... How many ways is THAT off base!!

    August 11, 2012 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  7. ThinkAgain

    Mittens 'n Munster want our country to "reapply" the GOP economic, military and foreign policies that are PROVEN FAILURES.

    Why would anyone with a working brain want to do THAT?!?

    Obama/Biden 2012 = The only sane choice

    August 11, 2012 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  8. george augspurger

    Govenor and next president tell the people you will get the people off the idea of being a PANHANDLER always having your hand out for something you didnt earn taking away the dignity and self worth of every american citizen reducing them to that of a slave

    August 11, 2012 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  9. JimB

    Sorry Romney/Ryan if you see this as negative, but the American people need to know that Ryan's budget is just too extreme. Yes, we need to fix the deficit, but not on the back of seniors, disabled, and the middle class. It's hard to believe that the American people will buy this extreme position. Everyone should pay their fair share. I think picking Ryan (who is articulate and intelligent) is a big mistake because it really shows how far to the right the GOP has gone (and years ago people thought Goldwater was an extremist!).

    August 11, 2012 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  10. GI Joe

    But Dick Cheney worships the ground Ryan walks on – he said so ...............................................

    August 11, 2012 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  11. JW

    I am registered republican and war veteran and will not vote for this GOP ticket!

    August 11, 2012 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |