New Obama ad slams Romney for "47%" comments
September 24th, 2012
06:47 AM ET
9 years ago

New Obama ad slams Romney for "47%" comments

(CNN) - One week after the release of hidden camera clips of Mitt Romney from a private fundraiser rocked the race for the White House, the Obama campaign is using the controversial comments in a new television commercial that they say will start running Monday.

In the 30 second ad, the narrator gets straight to the point, saying “Mitt Romney attacked 47% of Americans who pay no income tax, including veterans, the elderly and disabled."

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The narrator refers to the secret clips released last Monday in the liberal magazine Mother Jones of Romney at a private fundraiser in Florida in May. The material, recorded without the candidate’s knowledge, showed the Republican challenger telling the audience that 47% of voters are dependent on the government, see themselves as victims, and would “vote for the president no matter what.”

One of the clips is incorporated in the new spot. “My job is not to worry about those people,” Romney says while standing at the podium.

The narrator then asks viewers “doesn’t the President have to worry about everyone?”

The ad goes on to paint Romney as a wealthy hypocrite.

“Mitt Romney paid just 14.1 percent in taxes last year,” says the narrator, claiming that “he keeps millions in Bermuda and the Cayman islands.”

The spot ends with the narrator saying Romney "won’t release his tax returns before 2010. Maybe instead of attacking others on taxes, Romney should come clean on his."

On Friday, the Romney campaign released the candidate's 2011 tax returns and a summary of Mitt and Ann Romney's tax returns from 1990-2009. Romney's 2010 tax returns were made public back in January.

The Romney campaign was quick to respond to the new Obama campaign commercial.

"President Obama's tax increases on middle class families will not make the next four years any better than the last four. Under President Obama's failed leadership, 23 million Americans are struggling for work with 46 million Americans on food stamps and more people in poverty than ever before," said Romney campaign press secretary Andrea Saul. "Mitt Romney has a plan for a stronger middle class that will lower tax rates across the board and jumpstart economic growth creating 12 million job."

The Obama campaign says ad will begin running in Ohio, as Rep. Paul Ryan, Romney's running mate, kicks off a three day swing through the crucial battleground state. Romney picks up campaigning in Ohio on Tuesday and Wednesday. The bus tour currently has six stops planned in the Buckeye state, and will overlap with the President’s Ohio swing on Wednesday. The president is expected to stump in in Bowling Green and Kent.

A CNN Poll of Polls which averages the four latest non-partisan live operator polls in Ohio puts the president at 50% among likely voters, with Romney at 45%.

- CNN Political Coverage Manager Steve Brusk contributed to this report.

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soundoff (11 Responses)
  1. beverly cadwell

    at least with romney, the 47% has a chance to become survivors. the poor are poorer now, there are more blacks and hispanics in poverty, and more people earning less than before this present regime. WAKE UP AMERICA! OUR COUNTRY IS IN BAD SHAPE. WE NEED A CHANGE NOW!!!!!

    September 24, 2012 07:04 am at 7:04 am |
  2. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    It does make one wonder what the unspoken goals are for Romney if he wins the presidency. What would he do for this group and that one.

    September 24, 2012 07:16 am at 7:16 am |
  3. Jett Rink

    I'd like to help Mitt out. Can anyone tell me which way he came in?

    If it were possible to take race out of the equation, there wouldn't be a challenger running against Obama.

    September 24, 2012 07:42 am at 7:42 am |
  4. Chralie

    When Acorn got caugjht by the making of the secret videos, the 2 that made the video was hounded by the law for a while for taping without the workers knowledge which ended up being illegal... But this secret "doctored" tape gets none of that hoopla, no one talking about who made it. Wonder why? Does the law only go one way? Seems tjhat way nowdays.

    September 24, 2012 07:42 am at 7:42 am |
  5. Rick McDaniel

    Obama has been sooooooo bad, he has nothing else to run on but the resentment of people against the wealthy, which he himself, manufactured.

    September 24, 2012 07:50 am at 7:50 am |
  6. Mary

    I live in John Boehner's neighborhood in West Chester, Ohio which trends heavily Republican. At our book club last week when the side talk turned to politics, several women said they were so offended by Mitt's heartless comments about the poor that they are switching votes to Obama. They are not swing voters, they are women who were in Romney's camp but changed their votes after hearing his candid comments about the working poor as irresponsible. If that is the reaction of even a small segment of upper middle class women in swing states, Romney is in big trouble. He doesn't have to convert the swing voters, he has to keep those who previously committed to him.

    Maybe that explains how Obama moved from a 47-47 tie with Romney in Ohio to a 51-44 lead. It's not swing voters, it's a loss of those who no longer give him the benefit of the doubt about caring for the least among us.

    September 24, 2012 07:57 am at 7:57 am |
  7. Marty, FL

    Romney's disparaging remarks about half of America were reprehensible and not worthy of our highest office.

    Obama/Biden 2012

    September 24, 2012 08:28 am at 8:28 am |
  8. yasmine

    love it...keep it up as relentless as the GOP...

    September 24, 2012 08:44 am at 8:44 am |
  9. Name S Faisal

    Us government is responsible for muslims crices us government can stop & bane anti islam film But they are not doing that so how they can say that they do respect of all the Religens.

    September 24, 2012 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  10. Randy, San Francisco

    Romney spoke from the heart with conviction when he made the comments about the 47%. It is a sentiment held by conservative political talk show entertainers like Limbaugh, Hannity, and Coulter. His attempt to flip flop a walk back from his comments was not crediblle.

    September 24, 2012 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
  11. Ray E. (Georgia)

    Obama is against the Welfare to Work Program but is in favor of Re-Distrubiting the Wealth. However if no one is working there is no wealth to Re-Distribute. And he is critizing Romney? And he is serious? OK.

    September 24, 2012 08:59 am at 8:59 am |