Dems continue onslaught as Romney arrives in Tampa
August 28th, 2012
10:47 AM ET
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Dems continue onslaught as Romney arrives in Tampa

Tampa, Florida (CNN) - Democrats continued blasting Mitt Romney, as well as other speakers at the Republican National Convention, on Tuesday as the Republican presidential candidate made his way to Tampa for his official nomination.

The Democratic National Committee spliced together clips of news reports on businesses closed by Bain Capital, the private equity firm Romney headed in the 1990s. The video ends with a tough rebuke on a now-frequent attack line from Republicans: "Mitt Romney: You didn't build that, you destroyed it."

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That's a response to an ongoing assault by Republicans on a remark Obama made in July at a campaign event in Virginia, when he told a crowd that small businesses owe part of their success on government-provided services like roads and schools.

In his July 13 remarks Obama said: "If you are successful, somebody along the line gave you some help. There was a great teacher somewhere in your life. Somebody helped to create this unbelievable American system that we have that allowed you to thrive. Somebody invested in roads and bridges. If you've got a business, you didn't build that. Somebody else made that happen. The internet didn't get invented on its own. Government research created the Internet so that all the companies could make money off the internet."

The "You didn't build that" portion of Obama's remarks has become a rallying cry for Republicans, who say it's indicative of economic policies they say hurt small businesses. The video Tuesday from the Democrats marks one of the first instances of Obama's team attempting to turn the remark back on their rival by using his time at Bain.

A second video Tuesday, from the liberal group American Bridge, uses archival clips of scheduled speakers at the Republican National Convention criticizing Romney. Sen. John McCain, Mike Huckabee, Chris Christie and Tim Pawlenty are all shown trashing Romney during previous contests, including during the Republican primaries from earlier this year. The video ends with the sarcastic tagline "With friends like these, who needs American Bridge?"

Romney himself has used clips in television ads of Democrats blasting Obama during earlier contests, including using tough lines from Hillary Clinton, who ran an often-bitter contest against Obama during the 2008 Democratic primary.

Filed under: 2012 • DNC • Florida • Mitt Romney • Republican National Convention
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  1. harvey 60

    Ask Romney how he managed to take a $500K tax deduction in 2010 for trade and business expense when he had nothing to do with Bain Capital since 1999? It's very simple, he either has something to do with Bain or he doesn't. Can't have it both ways, Mittens, and because you took the deduction, you're now tied to Bain for the entire decade of 2001 to 2010, despite the fact that you won't release those returns. Now we know why, because in every other year, we're sure you took similar deductions. You're a tax cheat.

    August 28, 2012 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  2. Larry L

    Romney wants us to trust him – like the people who trusted Bain Capital only to get fired without their pensions when he raped the companies for huge profits. He won't trust us to see his tax returns because he knows the dishonest and unethical things they contain. His constant lies (constantly shown by every fact-checker) shows is basic lack of integrity. Why should anybody trust him? Now he promises low taxes, reduced deficit, cheap gas, and a huge defense budget. When asked how he plans to pay for these things he says "trust me".... He says he won't kill Medicare. Right...

    August 28, 2012 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  3. bb

    Oblunder is runnig away from the storm & hiding in denver. thats a fact Our Next Pres MITTY is taking the bull by the horns and facing the storm, Gee whos a better leader the guy out front or the inept one hiding in denver???

    August 28, 2012 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  4. Four and The Door

    The Democratic National Committee spliced together clips of news reports on businesses closed by Bain Capital, the private equity firm Romney headed in the 1990s.
    The DNC must be running out of material for their personal attacks. Don't worry, voters...they will get even more pathetic than this going forward. They have plenty of money to blow and it is getting desperate.

    August 28, 2012 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  5. rs

    I suppose that if Mr. Romney (and by extension the larger GOP) want to deny that the government (at any level) plays any sort of role in helping businesses to success with their simpleton's "Obama says you didn't build that", then they do have to accept that Mr. Romney (as President, CEO, COO, and sole stock owner of Bain Capital) through the use of "creative destruction" snuffed out corporations, (and by extension the towns they were in), and shipped jobs offshore.

    Sweet legacy for the future: "I broke that!".

    Saaaaay. If what Mr. Romney says is true that "Corporations ARE people", did he commit murder?

    August 28, 2012 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  6. Sniffit

    And still, CNN refuses to print Mittens' remarks from July 18, 2012 when he pulled out that "you didn't build that" LIE and then went on to make the exact same point Obama was making as if it was his own. There's nothing out there that so thoroughly debunks Mittens' disingenuous misrepresentations of what Obama said...which, I suppose, is why CNN avoids it so religiously.

    August 28, 2012 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  7. Sniffit

    "Josh Romney on dad's tax returns: 'He's paid his taxes'"

    You could build a stairway to Mars with the amount of don't give a crap I'm feeling right now.

    August 28, 2012 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  8. Debby

    Well this is a bad advertiement as more companies were built by Bain than what it says in the ad. It also takes away from small buisness owners looking at this and thinking Obama is including them to.

    August 28, 2012 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  9. ghostriter

    HA! Saw that one coming. Of course, copy cat conservatives will piece an ad of Clinton and others doing the same thing. But Hilary was no where near as vicious as republicans were this last primary. Calling each other liars and cheaters and morally unfit. All of which was true.

    August 28, 2012 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  10. Nick

    This is why I can't take liberals seriously. All the problems we have in this nation, and the party of the community organizer can only pull out Bain, as if that was all bad and no good. Bain has been proven to be meaningless, which means the party using that for attacks has no other arrows in the quiver and is desparate.

    August 28, 2012 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  11. rob

    No matter how much the Dems try to distort Romney's record at Bain, while he was their, they had a 75% success rate of turning businesses around. Saving and creating jobs while building long term security for people who worked at those companies is the legacy he left behind.

    The media used to decry "Negative Campaigning". This time however, the media is ignoring the Obama campaign and their surrogates running on nothing else than smearing Romney without proposing any serious plan to tackle what everyone knows is an unsustainable fiscal path. Saying that your opponent will be worse than than him is no way to convince people to re elect President Obama.

    August 28, 2012 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  12. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    We need to use our 2nd amendment rights against the GOP. Voter suppression and a war on women, workers, the poor, seniors, students, and minorities violate the constitution.

    August 28, 2012 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  13. ghostriter

    Sniffit, it was reported for a minute. But if CNN was to play everything that Romney said before he said what he said now, they would not be able to even run commercials. Heck, he just came out and supported his own HC plan. Does he really think that people are so stupid as to not see how his plan is no different from Obama's? Not to mention Romney saying his plan would be great for the nation back in 2009.

    To believe anything that Romney says is only folly as you will have to also believe the exact opposite when he flops.

    August 28, 2012 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  14. The Other Campaign Strategist @ Amsterdam Ave & 115th

    Here`s the post-convention ad that I would run to blunt any momentum of the GOP.

    Show the official REPUBLICAN platform document. Show the clip of Romney saying policy should be determined and implemented outside public view. Then highlight the EXTREMISM in the platform. End the commercial with the video where Newt calls Romney a liar.

    DNC, you should pay me $500K for that one alone. Itls priceless and would reduce Romney to a flip flopping fool 9 weeks before the election. He`d never recover.

    August 28, 2012 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  15. Wilson

    "What do you call it when you gather 20K or so crazed, angry and fearful people in one place and get them to cheer for blatant falsehoods?"
    The Democrat convention.

    August 28, 2012 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  16. sonny chapman

    Wow ! Even Karl Rove will tip his hat.

    August 28, 2012 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  17. The GOP Voucher Plan will include a "Legalize Euthanasia" clause and a free gun to commit suicide

    The seniors will need to commit suicide when their health care dollars run out. That's the GOP way!

    August 28, 2012 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  18. Southeast

    Face it, mitt is for self not country.

    August 28, 2012 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  19. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    All the problems we have in this nation, and the GOP congress can only vote 33 times to repeal ACA, and 60 times to eliminate women's rights.

    August 28, 2012 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  20. ghostriter

    Nick, you complain about the Bain commercials only showing the bad results, yet republicans have not stopped talking about Solyndra. I could show you republican after republican not only getting money for campaign donors, but getting money for green energy.

    Talk about desperate. Republicans are hoping like mad that this crony capitalism stuff fades. They would hate to have to explain all their questionable dealings.

    August 28, 2012 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  21. Trickle down doesn't work

    Ouch! The truth hurts

    August 28, 2012 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  22. Al-NY,NY

    Son of Boss Flip??? Any comment? No? We thought so. No one but the simple will take you seriously at your word unless you reveal details. Past that, the usual sheep will parrot your comments as well as the talking heads

    August 28, 2012 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  23. The Real Tom Paine

    Its interesting that the righties still insist that Romney's business record was all sweetness and light, when he was destroying careers and pocketing the money. Capitalism is a rough game, and there are winners and losers, but if someone touts that as the real reason why he is qualified to president, than its clear they don't understand what the role of government is. Adam Smith described it best in " The Wealth of nations", when he declared that the people who conduct commerce are not fit to run the country, since they will never put the interests of the country ahead of their own. Romney's experience in MA is the only thing that bears examination, and that is not encouraging. We don't need a manager, we need someone who can think, and a person who's own record was questioned by a majority of his party is not fit to lead the nation.

    August 28, 2012 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  24. Trickle down doesn't work

    CNN I know you are trying to turn this into a horse race for your own profit, but you are doing a disservice to the nation by not reporting the truth of how destructive the GOP platform would be to everyone in this country except the obscenely weathly.

    August 28, 2012 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  25. Republicans; the "Not Intended to be Factually Accurate" Party

    @ rob cited a 75% success rate for Bain.

    While I could dispute that number, @rob seems like a sensible guy so I`ll simply make these points:

    1.) Romney cherry-picked every 1 of the businesses Bain afilliated with. Mitt bragged that he looked at 500 "deals" for every ONE he went with. As President of the USA, you don`t get to be successful 0.15 % of the time. You don`t get to cherry pick your challenges.

    2.) The success you speak of includes effectively LOOTING workers pension funds [those he could CLAIM were "OVERFUNDED" according to GAAP regulations]. The problem is that this "success" is on the backs of all US taxpayers because WE had to step in and RESTORE that money via the US Pension Guarranty Corp [kinda like FDIC for pensions]. How can Mitt hope to be promoted by people he STOLE/ MISAPPROPRIATED money from?

    3.) Mitt didn`t create jobs. Remember when he use to claim "100,000`s of jobs" due to his work at Bain? With the failed firms AND all the outsourcing, @Rob, you can`t believe that NET American jobs went UP @ Bain-afilliated companies, can you?

    Want a "CEO-type" as president of the US? You`d be better with the leader of a huge non-profit, community organization like the UnitedWay instead of a corporate raider, a vulture capitalist, like Willard, Mitchell Romney.

    August 28, 2012 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
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