Obama ad: 'Get real, Mitt'
August 14th, 2012
02:52 PM ET
10 years ago

Obama ad: 'Get real, Mitt'

(CNN) – Mitt Romney's suggestion that students struggling to pay for higher education should ask their parents for help was met with a tough retort in an ad released Tuesday from President Barack Obama's campaign: 'Get real.'

In the 30-second spot that the campaign says will air in Colorado, Iowa, Nevada, Ohio and Virginia, Romney is shown saying: "Take a risk, get the education, borrow money if you have to from your parents."

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"Hope they can afford it," a narrator in the ad replies. "Romney's plans could cut college aid for nearly ten million students and eliminate the tax deduction for college tuition."

Romney's remarks, which came during an April address at a college in Ohio, encouraged students to take risks in order to become successful.

"We've always encouraged young people: Take a shot, go for it, take a risk, get the education, borrow money if you have to from your parents, start a business," Romney said.

The ad ends with an appeal from the narrator: "Get real, Mitt."

In April, Romney said that he supported extending lowered rates on a popular federal student loan program for low- and middle-income undergraduates, the same position as Obama.

Asked late last year about the rising cost of higher education, Romney suggested then that market forces would lead some colleges to lower the price of receiving an education in order to compete in attracting cost-conscious students.

In supporting the claim that Romney "could cut college aid for nearly ten million students," Obama's campaign points to analysis of the proposed House GOP budget that would cut funding for federally-subsidized Pell grants. Romney has not said whether or not he would support that aspect of the plan, which was proposed by his new running mate, House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan.

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soundoff (39 Responses)
  1. Griff.

    "Well what a surprise, this piece is open for comment, whereas Bidens was closed, the next in reference to Idiot-Obama was also closed. You really are sickly anoying CNN! What I want to add, was 'If Condoleezza Rice could have possibly received enough backing to run as an Independant for the whitehouse.' Would she have have taken the chance? "

    August 14, 2012 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  2. Ced Tarter

    Frr real get Real, the point is that the parents can't afford it. How does someone who makes $50K send their kid to school when it costs at least 1/2 of what they make a year to go there, (Usually more)... it's the parent's that cant afford it.

    August 14, 2012 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  3. Malory Archer


    GOP – Take a risk to be sucessful, borrow, or god forbid work to pay for college.
    DEMs – The government should pay for everything.
    LOL what a joke!!! I currently work 45+ hours a week with a family, kids, and go to a good rated university. Guess what....no one helps me with my college, I pay it on MY OWN cause I make too much to get grants (which isn't very much)! This mentality of the government should pay for everything and control every aspect of our lives is getting really old!


    Nice strawman you set up there dude. I too work full time and attended a good school, and like you I make too much $$$ to have qualified for student aid. However, I'm a Dem and have never for a minute thought that anyone should pay for ANYTHING. That you believe the reichwing lies to the contrary is getting really old

    August 14, 2012 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  4. Really?

    @Darryl – what a stupid comment. Ryan's dad paid into Social Security and had he lived until his retirement he would have collected money that was HIS. Of course it went to his son as his benefactor! Who do you think should have received it, some welfare queen! Good grief, you evidently got your fine education from government schools. BTW, who the h3ll do you think paid for Obama's education? The TAX PAYERS!

    August 14, 2012 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  5. ghostriter

    independent, as someone who went to school and worked full time, I doubt what you say is true. Unless you are going part time or taking some worthless major like business administration.

    Maybe your degree is from the University of Phoenix. At any rate, full time job and taking more than 12 credits a semester is not for the faint of heart. IF you are able to accomplish all that, you are extremely lucky. That is not the case for most.

    August 14, 2012 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  6. Really?

    Get real Obama! Better for kids to borrow from their parents and not pay the government crooks interest now that they've taken control of college loans.
    Romney/Ryan 2012 (or anyone else other than the present White House occupier.)

    August 14, 2012 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  7. Nan

    The point "Really?" is that not everyone's parents have any money left after paying their bills. What part of that do you not understand? To think that Romney has no clue how most Americans live is so detached it's pathetic. I was able to provide a college education for my son, but most of my friends struggled to do so and many simply couldn't. The fact that Obama's trying to help kids get an education is so terrible to the disgusting crop of GOPer's today is a very sad statement for this country. They are perfectly happy to dump millions into campaigns however. Hey, Mittens....where are those tax records anyway? He's going to do all he can to keep them locked up; what a lying troll.

    August 14, 2012 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  8. Independent

    @Malory...you are the exception!!!

    August 14, 2012 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  9. Independent

    @ghostriter...as I said a good rated traditional University, which is NOT the U of Phx!!! And yes I have take on average 10 credit hours a semester and worked, as stated before, 45+ hours in a high stress management job (mid level). If I can do it (I was a slacker in my youth) anyone can!!!! It just takes will power and drive!

    August 14, 2012 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  10. Ready

    Here's a novel idea, how about parents support their own kids and be responsible for them? I know this is mind boggling to some...

    August 14, 2012 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  11. Independent

    @ghostriter.....oh and my major is economics

    August 14, 2012 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  12. Linda

    Parents are barely making it as it is just paying their bills and food and mortages on their homes, and Romney says to take a risk and borrow from your parents......not all of us have millions in banks here in America and in overseas banks to just dole out 50K to fund our kids educations like Romney has......Romney/Ryan will really RAPE American, by trying to cut medicare, social security and cutting education grants to our children......

    August 14, 2012 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  13. The REAL Truth...

    @Really? – Romney/Ryan 2012 (or anyone else other than the present White House occupier.)
    And this is precisely the problem with the indoctrinated right wing nuts. Anyone is better, but you are totally clueless as to why? It's easier to parrot the Faux Noise propaganda than do your own research and figure out that you have been quietly and efficiently brainwashed. The FACTS do not support the neocons position!

    August 14, 2012 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  14. Plan ahead people

    @Linda.....ummm if you were a responsible parent you would have been saving for their education their whole life!!!! I started at age 2 for both mine!!

    August 14, 2012 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
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