Romney highlights bipartisanship in new ad
October 19th, 2012
11:17 AM ET
8 years ago

Romney highlights bipartisanship in new ad

(CNN) – The latest television spot from Mitt Romney's campaign features the GOP candidate speaking at the first presidential debate about his commitment to working with Democrats.

The spot splices together bits of Romney's answer to a question about how he would work with members of the other party to advance important legislation.

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"We have to work on a collaborative basis," Romney says in the spot.

Later, he's shown saying, "Republicans and Democrats both love America. But we need to have leadership-leadership in Washington that will actually bring people together and get the job done and could not care less if-if it's a Republican or a Democrat. I've done it before. I'll do it again."

Romney frequently talks up his record as Massachusetts governor, saying he worked with an overwhelmingly Democratic legislature to cut his state's deficits and pass health care reform. His rivals, however, claim his bipartisan record is overhyped, and that he often ignored the opposing party's requests. A report in the New York Times following the first debate indicated Romney vetoed much of the Democratic lawmakers' legislative initiatives.

The spot also reflects a growing attempt by Romney's campaign to highlight a more moderate candidate than the one on display during the fiercely fought Republican primary, which saw Romney battling against charges he wasn't a true conservative from rivals like former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich.

A Romney campaign spot airing in Virginia media markets casts Romney as a moderate on reproductive rights, pointing out he doesn't oppose abortion in cases of rape, incest, or when a mother's life is at risk. On immigration, Romney has also struck a more moderate tone than during his primary slog, when he suggested a system of "self deportation" for undocumented immigrants.

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  1. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Romney can say he is going to work with everyone. What we need is a Congress (both houses here) to work with the president no matter who he is. I think that many of the House and Senate thought that McCain would have been elected and were grumpy that Obama won.

    October 19, 2012 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  2. Anthony

    Republicans talk about bipartisanship. But can they name something on which they are willing to work with Democrats that does not involve Democrats just doing what Republicans want?

    Republicans say one thing and do the opposite. They say that they want to cut the deficit, but the only things they are willing to be specific about (20% tax cut for everyone, 2 trillion increase in military spending) all drive up the deficit. Enough is enough. Obama 2012.

    October 19, 2012 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  3. eyeRollz

    President Obama and John Boehner have tried to work together on issues but the Tea Partiers keep screaming 'No compromise, Ever!' and putting Boehner into a bind that prevents him from actually helping to get anything done. Members of the Tea Party act like 6 yr olds and would rather see this country go over a cliff than work with Obama. Look at their backgrounds and record so far, they want to push their extremely conservative religious agenda onto the rest of the country, not work toward moving America Forward. Vote out all Tea Partiers!

    October 19, 2012 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  4. Patrick in Wisconsin

    Mitt, it's hard to talk about bipartisanship when your party leader in the Senate said their number one goal for the congressional session was not creating jobs or boosting the economy. It was getting rid of the President by all means necessary, even if it meant stalling the economy. Nice try Mitt. We aren't fooled.

    October 19, 2012 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  5. Middle Class Independent Swing State Voter

    So when are Republicans going to take any responsibility for Mitch McConnel's statement? What have they done to help the middle class in the past four years? If legislation doesn't save the tax cuts for the 1% and their corporate buddies, then the Republicans won't support it. Bipartisan my foot....


    October 19, 2012 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  6. Randy, San Francisco

    More snake oil sales job from flip flopping Romney who is trying to sound more moderate.

    October 19, 2012 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  7. St James Place

    Want wars and more debt vote for

    Willard M. Romney 2012

    October 19, 2012 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  8. Middle Class Independent Swing State Voter

    How is Romney planning on paying down the deficit without increasing revenue (taxes)? What about these loopholes that he wants to get rid of? Does anyone know what they are yet and how they will impact the middle class? It's laughable and frightening to think that people believe anything this man is saying. People, do you research, use your common sense, and VOTE accordingly. Do we really want to "take our country back" to the years of tax cuts and more wars? Pay Attention! If you don't learn from the past, you are bound to repeat it...


    October 19, 2012 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
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