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. Dean

    Obama's administration is one of the most partisan in U.S. history. Yet another reason to give him the boot.

    October 19, 2012 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  2. I've

    I've flushed things down the toilet with more "values" than a republican.

    October 19, 2012 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  3. Rick McDaniel

    ANYONE would be more bipartisan than Obama. Obama is the most partisan person, this voter, has EVER seen in the WH. Bar NONE!

    October 19, 2012 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  4. GI Joe

    Romney is a liar. He had no choice in Mass. The House and Senate provided veto-proof votes on what Democrats wanted.

    He DID try over 700 times to veto bills, but to no avail. He missed work 447 days in 4 years. His last october he showed up about 5 days. He took long week-ends and endless "family vacations".

    He was NOT bipartisan. He was FORCED by democrats to sign the healthcare bill.

    He did, however, by Exec. Order, create over 1000 new fees of Mass. residents. People moved away by the thousands.

    47th of 50 in Jobs.

    October 19, 2012 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  5. CanadaONE


    Romney looses election in the USA and make plan to go to France and convert people there to Mormonism


    GOP party permanently DESTROYED

    October 19, 2012 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  6. Anonymous

    Didn't he use veto 800 times as Gov?

    October 19, 2012 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  7. Thomas

    Mitt Romney , five sons who avoided military service in times of war..

    Who this be except-able of a President during the civil War , WW1 or WW2 ?

    Romney highlights bipartisanship in his personal actions and personal life.

    October 19, 2012 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  8. Darrell

    As Gov. of MA, Mitt signed 800 Vetos. Now that is true bipartisan. Once again, the dude is a fraud.

    October 19, 2012 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  9. Mete Krop

    It is true when the NY mayor, Rudy Julllian once said that Romney says what ever he likes to get elected. Yes, you will say whatever JUST ONLY to be elected. But please don't make us DAMP. We the people know you very well, Mr. Romney.

    October 19, 2012 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  10. Woman In California

    A report in the New York Times following the first debate indicated Romney vetoed much of the Democratic lawmakers' legislative initiatives.

    A born LIAR if ever I saw one. He's just counting on having a republican Congress and possibly a republican senate in which he would actually sit around and do nothing but sign away with no one to say no. A real hard job and it's also the kind he's used to. A yes crowd with no one taking him on.

    On another note: Last night's comedic perfomances:
    I found Willard's remark offensive when he stated he had "a beautiful wife by his side and the president only had Joe Biden". This was offensive to the First Lady, the president and real Americans in general. The president DOES have a beautiful woman by his side and she's smart enough not to attend these fake, disrespectful frat boy gatherings. He should call Mrs. Obama and apologize for that comment and yes, I am aware he flattered her later in his "jokes" but this was not funny, nor was it appropriate and the audience was horrible as well to laugh.

    October 19, 2012 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  11. Bill

    As of today, Romney has a 29.6% chance of winning the general. This, from Nate Silver, who is never wrong. This goof will be changing his positions right up to election day. No sale Mittens – goodbye.

    October 19, 2012 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  12. BigTBone

    President Obama has had more resistance from the opposition than any other president, and still managed to get PLENTY done. This notion that he didn't work with others is hogwash, malarkey, stuff...

    I want a count of how many times in the past four years Obama has said things like:
    Solutions from both sides
    Reaching across the aisle
    All sides working together
    Both republican and democrat ideals
    Values/policy/regulations we can all agree on
    Put aside partisan politics and do what's best for the American people

    Norquist, filibuster, no 9-11 responders bill, no Veterans jobs bill, and voting to defund the ACA 30+ times is what you get when you try to work with the GOP. We'll take our chances with 3 fully democratic branches this time.

    October 19, 2012 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  13. jpmichigan

    Just heard the Republican , to avoid the fiscal cliff, decided to allow increase of taxes on the rich, Obamas rich those who make $ 200,00 individual to $250,00 per couple. I consider the rich who make over $500,000 individual to ! million a couple. SorryObama, you wanted to raise taxes on alll American so you would have more to redistrbute , sorry you failed. Middle class is saved and defense dept. won't have to cut back. The money gained by this action will provide enough revenue to cover aweek or so of spending. Romney will change the tax code and all Americans wil be saved and more jobs willl be aavailable.

    October 19, 2012 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  14. California Gary

    That's the problem Mr. Romney........what you have done before is what we fully expect you would do again. Your record at Bain and as a governor is not the stuff presidents are made of. If you had such a great record as governor, why is it that you didn't run for a second term? Why is your state firmly in support of your opponent?

    October 19, 2012 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  15. Wake up People!

    Just wondering Willard......did the dems that you worked with decide they would do nothing to help you?? I'm sure they didn't. Just like this is the first POTUS that this has happened to. I am sick and tired of EVERYONE, ESPECIALLY THE MEDIA pretending like this is the Presidents fault, while completely ignoring the huge elephant in the room.

    President Obama came into office vowing to bring this country together and what did the GOP do? They said forget bringing this country together, this boy does not belong in the White House, and they have systematically done everything in their power to get him out, including throwing plenty of red meat to their illiterate red neck fan base.

    OBAMA 2012!

    October 19, 2012 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  16. FlipFlop

    How is refusing to accept $1 of new revenue for every $10 of spending cuts displaying the spirit of bipartisanship? Of course, this is a flawed question. That proposed solution is not a balanced compromise. It is heavily tilted toward the Republican point of view, and he still didn't accept the deal. He would be a "severely" conservative president.

    October 19, 2012 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  17. Bill from GA

    Obama tried to work with the other side on the Healthcare Reform. His original proposals were similar to those offered by republicans earlier. As he compromise the plan to get votes, the repugs would move the bar further to the right. When he finally passed the plan, with no support from republicans, they cried about how partisan he was.

    The same could be said about last summer's (2011) budget fiasco. Repugs say, give us ALL that we want or we will block it. They care more about their party than they do about their country.

    October 19, 2012 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  18. Bill


    You should do you homework. What do think will happen when Romney eliminates the mortgage interest deduction (among other things)? Surprise, instant tax increase for millions of regular, working Americans. And how does Romeny pay for defense spending increases? Surprise, massive deficit increases.

    October 19, 2012 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  19. Sniffit

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

    "Our number one priority is to make him a one-term president."

    Yeah...and we all know the GOP will stop all the obstruction and shenanigans and filibusters and secret holds if Mittens is elected and they'll then pretend it was some magic voodoo bipartisanship spell Mittens cast on the Congress. It's total MALARKEY. You don't get to throw a 4 year temper tantrum just because the POTUS is a black Dem, set obscene records for filibusters, secret holds, nomination delays, etc., all while manufacturing crises over the debt, deficit, gov't shutdowns...and then claim that your cessation of the temper tantrum when your guy wins the WH is somehow evidence that he did something magic to create bipartisanship. The only two things Barack Obama did to prevent bipartisanship, and an honest effort towards it from the GOP/Teatrolls, is (a) promise it and (b) be a black Dem. Period.

    And yes, Anonymous, EIGHT HUNDRED TIMES. We in MA watched him govern as a "severely conservative" governor who pandered to moderates and was faced with an extremely Dem legislature. But it was a Dem legislature that was largely wililng to work with him and did not immediately state upon his inauguration that their "number one priority" was to make him a one term governor. He managed that result on his own. If anyone REALLY wants to draw an honest comparison between the two situations you absolutely have to compare the manner in which the MA Dem legislature treated Mittens and the way the GOP/Teatrolls in Congress have treated Obama. The difference is like night and day.

    October 19, 2012 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  20. CanadaONE


    Did you ask Bush for advice – any advice??

    If the answer is YES then the USA is in a repeat of the Bush years if Romney wins.

    If the answer is NO then it confirms that Bush destroyed your country and Obama is right to plame then Bush years.

    If the answer is NOT SURE then Mitt proves he is just playing game and has a low IQ

    October 19, 2012 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  21. PJ

    "Obama is the most partisan person.." Unlike the cooperative House Republicans and their pledge to deny any and
    everything the President proposes? Unlike the "meetings" held on inauguration day by the Republicans to plan
    their tactics of "one term President", and sign every pledge put in front of them by the "no compromise" people?
    That kind of partisanship???
    Romney "took long week ends and endless "family vacations". Kind of like he does now. I bet you $10 that if
    Romeny was elected he would break GW Bush's record for having taken more vacation time that any other
    sitting President.

    October 19, 2012 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  22. Phil

    How Ironic, Obama is being called the Bush of the Democratic Party. What goes around comes back around. Talk about Karma lol

    October 19, 2012 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  23. tykl

    @ Thomas – I believe I've called you out for this before, but your ignorant comment deserves another mention. Are you conscious that we don't have a draft in the US? Are you conscious that people are not forced to serve in the military these days (the entire lifetime of the Romney boys)? Are you suggesting Chelsea Clinton and the O girls should serve in the military since their fathers actually did send people to war? Your comment lacks any semblance of intelligence. I will now leave you to discuss your other favorite topics; Big Bird, lady parts and binders. Don't worry about the economy, taxes, debt, immigration or foreign policy – you wouldn't understand anyway.

    October 19, 2012 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  24. joe the plumber

    The libs will say or do anything to cut down the republicans. They use scare tactics and nasty labels like Obama's representative Eva Longoria. This of course will not matter it just hurts their cause. No more tax & spend, we have to button down and cut those entitlements. Welfare should be a safety net not a way of life.

    October 19, 2012 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  25. MrBeenThere

    Mitt has short and long term memory loss. Back then and even now he has never worked with the other side, it's usually my way or the highway. When he was Gov. everything he says he worked Bi-partisan for was VETOED because he never actual worked for compromising.

    Obama 2013

    October 19, 2012 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
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