Liberal group airs ad in Tampa attacking Romney/Ryan as ticket of '1 percent'
August 27th, 2012
11:37 AM ET
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Liberal group airs ad in Tampa attacking Romney/Ryan as ticket of '1 percent'

(CNN) – Coinciding with the Republican National Convention,'s political wing released a new television ad Monday to air in the Tampa media market attacking Mitt Romney for what the group claims is his focus on the rich.

The 30-second spot titled "Stepping on the Middle Class," features presumptive GOP presidential nominee and vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan look-alikes preparing to accept the Republican Party's nominations. As the duo crosses the stage, they literally step on people dressed as typical middle-class Americans – fire fighters, students, seniors and children – lying on the convention floor. The ad concludes with Romney and Ryan, accepting the nomination for "president and vice president of the 1%."

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The Republican National Convention, scheduled to run Monday through Thursday of this week in Tampa was delayed by a day due to the on-slot of tropical storm Isaac, will compete with a barrage of attacks from Democratic and other pro-Obama groups hoping to diminish the Republican's time in the national spot light.'s five-figure ad buy will coincide with the Republican convention, airing Monday through Thursday.

"The ad is aimed at conveying to voters how Romney and Ryan would raid the middle class to transfer wealth to the top 1%," the group wrote in a release about the ad buy. "The Romney-Ryan budget would hike middle class taxes to pay for more tax cuts for the rich and would end Medicare and replace it with a voucher program."

This isn't the first time has taken creative liberties in attacking President Barack Obama's Republican rival.

The liberal group also ran an ad in August using Romney's wife's dressage horse, Rafalca, who competed in the London Olympics, to hammer the presumptive GOP nominee for what the ad said is a $77,000 per year price tag for the horse's upkeep.

The group also went on the attack to counter a Romney bus tour in June. sent out an SUV with a dog strapped to the roof, to tail the GOP contender in New Hampshire – a jab at a story Romney told about the family dog Seamus and his notorious ride in his dog carrier on the roof of the family's station wagon on a Romney family trip to Canada.

Also during the June bus tour, flew a plane above two New Hampshire events with a sign reading, "Romney's every millionaire counts tour."

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Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • • Paul Ryan • Republican National Convention
soundoff (51 Responses)
  1. Rudy NYC

    somebody wrote:

    You mean the 1% that are carrying most of the rest of the Democrat losers and leeches on their backs???? Ya, that is really horrible of them.
    I understand your anger at freeloaders living off of government checks. Have you noticed how it is mostly all of the red states that receive more from the federal government than what they contribute in federal taxes.? If one is a conservative living in a red state, you would notice the freeloaders around you more readily than in blue states because that is where they mostly live.

    August 27, 2012 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  2. Rudy NYC

    Four and the door cherry picked:

    You do not make a great case for 4 more years of Obama's excuses. We can do better. Romney/ Ryan 2012.
    It is a good case. You haven't made yours. Americans are not stupid. They can see through the right wing hypocrisy. They right wing drove the car into a ditch, and jumped out from behind the wheel. A liberal got behind the wheel and immediately the right wing was screaming about how the car was in a ditch before he even turned the key, which the right wing has been grabbing for since day one.

    August 27, 2012 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  3. Max


    Porr Romney...and with adding Ryan...they endorsed their support for the 1%. What about the 99%??? WE are the 99%...we need Obama to our rescue.

    August 27, 2012 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  4. Fair is Fair


    "Americans are working more than ever (look up increased productivity over the past 20 years). "
    Productivity increase is mostly due to automation, which ironically reduces the amount of jobs. Put it this way... assume a worker can produce 100 units per day. Automation comes in and now that person can produce 150. Great! A 50% increase in productivity... until the employer realizes that he can get 300 units from 2 workers when it used to take 3.

    Naturally, there's more to it than this, but you get the gist.

    August 27, 2012 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  5. Max


    Poor Romney...and with adding Ryan...they endorsed their support for the 1%. What about the 99%??? WE are the 99%...we need Obama to our rescue.

    August 27, 2012 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  6. lolo

    @8.3% you are kidding right, like Romneyhood you misspoke. If you want to keep giving tax breaks to the rich go ahead, but the rest of us won't. You and your 1% are living off of the government . Who do you think bails them out when they file bankruptcies? The middle class. You can keep your made up lies to yourself. We are not buying it this time. Did Adelson throw you a bone to post this nonsense? The GOP has shipped the jobs overseas to make bigger profits and you are still spewing out their lies for them. Tell us what is the real reason you are against President Obama? Tell Romney to show those taxes, overseas accounts, business experience papers, governorship papers, olympic papers and any other papers that he is hiding from the American people. You have got to be a fool to vote for the Robot Romneyhood. He just oozes with lies..

    August 27, 2012 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  7. Rudy NYC


    So Romney and Ryan raid the middle class for the rich while Obama and Biden raid the middle class, the rich, and America's future for the poor.
    who said the 1% didn't suffer? there were many riches to rags stories, investments lost, etc, they just didn't get the air time because the 99% can't relate to them.

    I like how people continue to blame GWB, always have to point fingers when you finally get someone in office and their policies not only fail, but put us deeper in the hole.
    I love how Republicans have YET to accept blame for their policy blunders. Why? Because they want to implement the same policies all over again. It ain't good optics to chastise those policies when those area the policies that you wish to implement.

    BTW, Pres. Obama is not raiding the 1%. Even Mitt Romney said that the big corporations are doing fine.

    August 27, 2012 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  8. BlkPwr817

    Will anyone from the other 98% of Amercians speak at the convention? Or will it only be the top %2 & the "Birthers"...

    August 27, 2012 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  9. cali girl

    Four, I guess we could have a discussion on how we would be better off with Romney/Ryan but since they have given us NOTHING on a plan, how are we going to discuss it?
    What we do know? Ryan is the Kill Medicare Kid. Obviously because he wants to issue coupons. Robmey says one day he is for it, then next day not even for it.
    Women are a target by the GOP everywhere. Thanks to Akin's blunder, we are very aware now of the GOP agenda to make women have no rights what so ever. Veterans will lose big time on major cuts proposed by the Ryan Budget Plan. Immigrants, plan on repeal of the DREAM act, Robmey says self deportation will work. (Insert Laughs).
    Robmey right now is still ducking and dodging his way through no tax returns. What we can gather from Robmeys plans so far? It will hurt the poor and middle class, women, students, immigrants, seniors, Veterans, LGBT. That about covers the 99%

    August 27, 2012 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  10. yasmine

    funny.. cnn only has romney pictures on their blog page...umm?

    August 27, 2012 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  11. CryBabies

    The real enemy of the middle class is the Democrats. They want to continue to lure votes with the promise of "we will take care of you". Unless you're brain dead, we all know what that means....More entitlements. The dems will not increase employment by growing government, yet they keep pounding that idea hoping the voters buy into it.. Its the economy and Obamas programs will not work, no matter how angry and loud he gets at these rallies. Use your brains people .......The two most capable people in the race are Romney/Ryan.

    August 27, 2012 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  12. CanadaONE

    I wonder what a country would look like if it were run by their 1% AND the rest of the 99% were put into slavery.

    SCARY !!!

    August 27, 2012 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  13. Rudy NYC

    Fair is Fair wrote:

    Productivity increase is mostly due to automation, which ironically reduces the amount of jobs. Put it this way... assume a worker can produce 100 units per day. Automation comes in and now that person can produce 150. Great! A 50% increase in productivity... until the employer realizes that he can get 300 units from 2 workers when it used to take 3.
    Allow me to cite some more realistic figures using the auto industry as an example. There are auto plants that used to employ between 30,000 and 40,000 workers. Today it only takes 3000-4000 workers to manufacture the same amount of product. Automated manufacturing has had a dramatic impact on our manufacturing workers. Today's automotive worker can do the work of ten from a few decades ago.

    August 27, 2012 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  14. Larry L

    The Koch brothers bought and paid for Romney – a fellow fat-cat. They are not even close to the 1% income-level! It's more like the .001% group. Their motivation is not ideology – it's greed. They only want bigger tax loopholes, no environmental regulations for polluters, and no restrictions on financial institutions. The "guns, god and gays issues" are simply to get votes from the under-educated masses.

    August 27, 2012 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  15. alien

    Dems finally put an ad out that tells the truth, and the repubs felt a twinge when it hit the nerve, so the moral of this story is: the truth hurts.

    August 27, 2012 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  16. RealityBites

    Obama/Biden is the ticket of the 49%.
    Those that pay no federal tax and yet still expect the federal government(us) to take care of them for life.
    49% is also the highest Obama has polled for re-election.., what a coincidence.

    August 27, 2012 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  17. samuel

    Just watch your taxes go up why the 1% continue to enjoy a tax break. Come. Just move the taxes back to the pre-bush ! And then pay for better education, roads.....I will take my taxes back to the pre-bush to build this country.

    Why would the GOP not want to build this country ? And let it fall because of the 1%. Cost increase every year. While would we not think that education, medicare, road and running a country would not increase...therefore taxes. And we can support these by rtn to pre-bush.

    No R/R wants to end our tax break for interest paid on hous mortage ! Just wait !

    August 27, 2012 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  18. ST

    I would be pleased to learn why people of Mass. did not re-elect Romney for the second term as their governor. Did they sense out that he was not caring for them? Was he just there for serving people like 1%? If he was at all for people as he claims he will do if elected president, why did they deny him the second term!

    August 27, 2012 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  19. ghtbad

    I'll take Romney/Ryan over Obama/Biden any day.

    August 27, 2012 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  20. Sniffit

    "rs STILL waiting for something to trickle down? Get over that, it doesn't work, and hasn't worked for more than 30 years.
    I wait for nothing to trickle down, I go out and work for what I get and have."

    Yay for intentionally misinterpreting someone so you can give yourself something to rant about!!! Huzzah!!!! You know very well what he meant by "waiting"...and it wasn't that everyone is just sitting around picking their bums waiting for everyone else to make them rich.

    GOP promise: make the rich (i.e., the "investor class" or the "job creators") richer and it will trickle-down in the form of jobs, innovation and untold prosperity. THAT is the promise the GOP's economic ideology makes. There's no way around that. And we've been trying it the "GOP way" via tax cuts that favor the wealthy and other randian greed-is-good deregulatory reaganomic BS for 40 years now, but the current economic mess is where it has gotten us. "Waiting" for the promised trickle-down indeed. We've in fact been watching the exact opposite take place. It all trickles up and never comes back down. Economic gravity is a lie.

    August 27, 2012 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  21. blake

    Obama and the leftist media are in for a big surprise come November. It will become apparent that Romney is the candidate of about 55% of Americans in a lopsided win. Most Americans reject Obama's Marxist class warfare agenda.

    August 27, 2012 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  22. tibs

    Our monetary policy is to blame for the increasing wealth gap. There are other factors, but they are either minor compared to, or symptomatic of, our monetary policy. The loss of sound money was the loss of the life blood of the middle class. A sound currency safe from the debasement of government allowed for the creation of the middle class and the accompanying standard of living.

    We now have an ever expanding money supply. This keeps people from saving. Savings is how an economy grows, NOT spending. Wealth creation starts with capitial, and all capitial comes from savings. Businesses cannot start or grow without somones savings.

    When money is created, inflation is created. Inflation is an expanding money supply. It is more money chasing less goods. People have more dollars to bid up prices, thereby decreasing the value of each individual dollar. However, those that get to use the money first (government, banks, special interests) benefit from this as they get to use "free" money before it makes its way through to the lower bands of the economy thus effecting prices.

    The middle and lower classes then pay high prices, as their paychecks are no longer worth as much. This is wealth transfer and it is at the heart of our monetary policy. It is destrctive, insidious, and immoral.

    This is the means by which our government has grown. This is how it is funded. They tax our money indirectly by robbing us of our purchasing power.

    August 27, 2012 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  23. Sniffit

    "Today's automotive worker can do the work of ten from a few decades ago."

    Indeed, but when measuring individual worker productivity, those studies account for that. That should be clear. Automation certainly plays a role in decreasing the need for people tightening bolts and what-not, but American workers are also measurably expected to work longer hours and produce more and more and more work product (whatever that is for the field) for measurably less in terms of reward, particularly in light of the 40 years of stagnant middle-class salaries that fail to keep up with inflation, which leads demonstrably less purchasing power for the same salary, and less and less in terms of benefits, including vacation. There can be no doubt, based on the numbers, that American workers have been expected to do increasingly more in return for increasingly less over the past several decades or that the middle-class is shrinking not just in terms of unemployment, etc., but also because what used to be a middle-class salary 30 years ago is still what's getting paid now and it doesn't cut it as a middle-class salary anymore due to inflation and other costs rising. The numbers don't lie.

    August 27, 2012 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |

    Willard Capone is not a 1%er. He's a 0.00001%er. "I'm not concerned about the poor because they have a safety net." Those were his very own words. Yeah, the poor have a safety net which you and your running mate are trying to abolish. Release your tax returns tax evader!!!

    August 27, 2012 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  25. ghostriter

    Fair, producitivity in terms of employees is a measurement of how many hours they are working. Americans are typically putting in 40+ hours a week. That + being anywhere from 5-20 hours a week.

    August 27, 2012 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
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