Romney ad pins Obama to Chavez and Castro
November 1st, 2012
11:58 AM ET
7 years ago

Romney ad pins Obama to Chavez and Castro

(CNN) – A television ad from Mitt Romney's campaign airing in Miami pegs President Barack Obama to Hugo Chavez and Fidel Castro, notorious dictators widely reviled among Cuban Americans.

The ad spotlights endorsements from Chavez and Raul Castro's daughter Mariela, who both said they would vote for Obama if they could. According to ad-tracker CMAG, the spot aired Tuesday.

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"Who supports Barack Obama?" a narrator asks in Spanish before clips of the two endorsements run.

"And to top it off, Obama's Environmental Protection Agency sent emails for Hispanic Heritage month with Che Guevara's photo," the narrator continues in the spot, referring to an internal email at the EPA. The agency later said it was sent in an unofficial capacity.

Chavez announced at the beginning of October that if he could vote in the U.S. election it would be for Obama. The leftist leader and strong man, who has used strong anti-United States language in his political rallies and official speeches, told state-owned VTV, "In the point of view of his politics, if I were voting, I would vote for Obama and I believe that if Obama was from Caracas, he would vote for Chavez, I am positive."

Latino voters, who are particularly concerned about Chavez's rule of Venezuela, make up a voting bloc seen as crucial this year. While non-Cuban Latinos overwhelmingly support Obama, according to polls, Romney and Republicans hold an advantage among more conservative Cuban-Americans.

A poll of likely voters in Miami Dade County released last Sunday showed Romney leading Obama among Cuban Americans, 78%-19%.

Dan Restrepo, an Obama campaign spokesman and former special assistant to the president, said Romney "continues to play Hugo Chavez's game, giving Chavez the attention he thrives on and that he doesn't deserve."

"Keeping America safe and advancing U.S. interests requires the kind of leadership President Obama has provided, not Romney's bluster," Restrepo said.

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  1. Larry L

    Romney continues his distortions, lies and pitiful attempts to salvage a lost campaign. Fact checkers constantly show him to be a pathological liar. He flip-flops on every issue. He will say or do anything to get elected so one must continue to wonder why he refuses to release his tax returns from the past ten years. He also refuses to list any of the tax breaks he plans to cut to reach his five trillion dollars in promised cuts and the two trillion in defense spending the military doesn't need. The math doesn't work unless he removes all tax deductions from the working people – like the mortgage deduction and that for healthcare expenses. He will take care of the fat cats and screw the working folks – like he did at Brain Capital.

    November 1, 2012 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  2. Donkey Party

    AXL ROBERTS – You take delusional to a whole new level. I'm at a loss for words for the depth of your ignorance.

    November 1, 2012 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  3. rs


    From what the last months have revealled, Obama seemingly know way more about "business" than Mr. Romney. His investment success rate is higher than Romney's at Bain in any event. Please don't confuse Mr. Romney's ability at wealth acquisition for business acumen, it simply reflects his greed.

    November 1, 2012 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  4. sonny chapman

    Colin Powell supports Obama; that's good enough for me.

    November 1, 2012 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  5. Huh

    This is shameful... This ad and all others like it really show the class of the REP.

    November 1, 2012 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  6. Curt

    Mitt needs to remember that Castro was able to come to power because the majority of Cubans were fed up with a minority of rich people controlling everything and the rest of the public suffered, sound familiar? Cuba certainly has its problems ( like Castro ) but for those of you who have never been there I can guarantee you that most Cubans are far better educated than Americans and the government takes care of all of its people, not just the wealthy. Not condoning Castro at all just making a point. Maybe those in Florida that support Mittens should think how Castro came to power.

    November 1, 2012 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  7. Phil

    Thats awesome lol love it. Obama deserves it. Horrible president

    November 1, 2012 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  8. BOSS Man

    Meanwhile, Romney plans to close Loopholes to help Balance the deficit. He will not release his tax returns because it would expose him had a main player in the "Son of Boss" scheme. This has to be one of the most blatant avoidance of the spirit of the Tax laws.

    November 1, 2012 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  9. truth hurts

    truth hurts
    You are really showing desperation labelling Obama leftist.socialist. Sorry, at best, he is a middle of the road moderate.
    Yes.... in Cuba or Venezuala which is why he got the endorsement of these socialists and leftists. In the USA, Obama is the most far left president ever to hold office. His redistributionist policies and willingness to take over private companies and our healthcare system prove this beyond a shadow of a doubt. You live in Obama fantasyland if you don't see this.

    November 1, 2012 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  10. Dean

    "When you don't have a record to run on..."

    November 1, 2012 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |

    Romney's Magic Underwear is on FIRE!
    OBAMA Forward!

    November 1, 2012 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  12. 1twinsfan

    Latinos, as a whole, are not concerned about Chavez or Castro. Again, the GOP is tone deaf to American Hispanics. Why would a Jose Ortega. California native, no family from Mexico in 200 years, care about some guy in Venezuela anymore than any other non-Hispanic American?

    November 1, 2012 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  13. AnotherFLmom

    Why can't you all see the obvious -- Chavez and Casto would love to see Obama lose. They're afraid of him and what he might do to stop them. So, obvious to us here in Florida.


    November 1, 2012 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  14. REGinAZ

    One thing we can know for sure about Romney and Ryan is that they are bold and aggressive liars. I’m not just talking about exaggerations, enhancements or simple twisting of the facts which is so common in politics, these two literally say whatever they think will impress and then totally change it, even flip-flop, for the next audience. GWBush was a consummate liar but once he told his lie he would stick to it, while these two, especially Romney, change with the wind of people’s emotions. It is as if honesty is beneath them, something to be expected from others but not for them to be bothered with. They totally depend on deception and the power of “the money” supporting them. Stubborn and obnoxious lying seems to have become a Republican standard, maybe solidified by Karl Rove with his strategy to “say it loudly, say it often and keep saying it”, as we see it totally prevalent throughout their ranks.

    It is so obvious yet people, many people seem to accept it, maybe rationalizing that all politicians do it and then possibly that they are simply hearing what they want to hear. There is the old saying, “fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me”, but this goes well beyond that and is in the category that you literally can’t trust anything they say – they are going to tell the lie they think impresses and then just do whatever they want (remember Bush-Cheney). Consider that the truth with it’s problems is actually reality that can be dealt with; while when with deception disguising the problems, it just adds to the problem and doesn’t address what is needed – in this case, it only serves the interests of the few. And it is best to realize that a con artist is successful because the lies they tell are attractive. We may want to hear everything upscale but when it is based on lies, it is only a house of cards.

    So what can you really expect from Romney and Ryan? Their past actions, history and loyalty tell the story that they are literally “puppets” for “the money”, their strong supporters and masters. Romney’s history with Bain, his personal history and his solicited support, as well as Ryan’s budget, his actions and his support all clearly identify their commitment and concentration, with their subterfuge put aside, on serving only “the money” – and that is everything you can expect from them. Their campaign and that of the Republican / Tea Party are very obvious in aggressively pushing to win these elections without having any conscience for honesty. Their objective is to return to “more of the same”, Bush-Cheney style, which can only result in “more of the same”, that again would greatly benefit the few and insultingly take the majority for granted. To think that “the money”, with individuals giving up to $100 million, would tolerate anything less is simply self-delusional ... to think otherwise “shame on you”.

    November 1, 2012 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  15. Pete

    Romney in Ohio the other day supposidly in a political truce and sending his campaign workers to Walmart to buy $5,000 in groceries and then having these same workers bag them for people of the rally to give back to Romney as a picture opt,pretty pathedic and looking mighty desperate to me but he's your candidate thank God..And now another deceptive ad that shows again how desperate the chosen one will go to get votes.Romney may find himself in court if he doesn't retract the Jeep,GM ads if it effects their stock portfolios and hurts production because of workers worried their jobs are at risk even after being reassured their jobs are being kept,especially in America and hiring more as we speak!!Romney never had to answer for any failure being elite and ownership has its perks,you definitly can't fire yourself can you if your CEO even if you're not business minded but just have the money...Romney will answer to these auto corporations after the elections I bet and he'll pay for his arrogence one way or another,you'll see!!

    November 1, 2012 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |

    Mitt Romney will be a great President. Only five more days until we get rid of Obama.

    November 1, 2012 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  17. The Situation

    The Karl Rove scare ads is so 2004! Nice try Mitts, but face facts if you can't break the Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin and Iowa it's game, set, match for you!

    Tick Tock, Tick Tock, time is running out Mittens!

    November 1, 2012 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  18. jkane sfl a vote for lady parts romney the tax cheat and lyin lady parts ryan willcut your moms medicare and soc sec . .can you afford to pay for them???

    Maybe the should check out romney laundering Nicaragua drug money and this story is just the usual gop and romney the tax cheat lies and anyway we already voted for Obama ,a real president!!!! Not a proven lier like romney !!!!!

    November 1, 2012 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  19. Mikey

    Oh, Gawd. Does anyone actually need to comment on how riduculous this is? Obama is much closer to being a slightly liberal Eisenhower Republican than anything even resembling a Socialist – but they will try anyway. They've said basically the same thing about every Democratic President or candidate over the last 30 years.

    Is this actually a Romney campaign ad with his "I'm Mitt Romney and ...."? Can his campaign get any further from reality or slimey. Yet another reason to support President Obama over Romney.

    November 1, 2012 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  20. gius

    There's something a little strange about this Romney guy.There's more in his closet than those tax returns.

    November 1, 2012 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  21. peety

    There's something a little strange about this Romney guy.There's more in his closet than those tax returns.

    November 1, 2012 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  22. Chris in NY

    This man is so desperate there's nothing he wouldn't do to win this election. May be he is counting on the fact that Americans have Amnesia as he not to remember that he stands for nothing. He has no morality and will stoop as low as low can be to be President of United States. Same country he failed to invest when he transferred his money to Bermuda and Switzerland.

    November 1, 2012 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  23. AA

    Colin Powell endorses obama, that in and of itself, will make me RUN the other way. LMAO

    November 1, 2012 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  24. Critical Thinking

    If Carl Marx was alive today, he would vote for Obama too. Birds of feather flock together.

    November 1, 2012 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  25. Sniffit


    And this ad is directly from his disgusting campaign, not from some PAC that he can't organize with.

    November 1, 2012 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
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