Federal Politics

Published — December 12, 2011 Updated — May 19, 2014 at 12:19 pm ET

And now, left-wing Mitt Romney, out of context and in French

The head of the Greek Olympic Committee, right, hands the Olympic Flame to Mitt Romney, who was head of the Salt Lake Organizing Committee. Thanassis Stavrakis/AP

Ad takes aim at French-speaking Romney

Introduction

A new political ad, entitled “French Mitt Romney,” shows a video of the presidential candidate speaking in French, poorly, promoting the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympics.

But the subtitles are a bit off – actually they don’t mention the Olympics at all. They consist of old quotes from the former Massachusetts governor, promoting such un-Republican positions as support for abortion rights, gun control and fighting global warming.

The ad is a swipe at Romney’s anti-President Obama spot, which used a quote from the president in 2008, saying: “If we keep talking about the economy, we’re going to lose.” Obama was actually quoting an aide to his opponent, Republican Sen. John McCain of Arizona.

Many of the quotes are lifted from Romney’s 1994 and 2002 Massachusetts statewide campaigns – where his audience was a bit more Democratic – and are in contrast with the more conservative image he has put forth for 2012.

The ad was created by a new “Super PAC,” a political committee that can accept corporate and labor money and spend it on the political races. AmericanLP filed its statement of organization with the Federal Election Commission Thursday.

Its treasurer and founder, TJ Walker, is described on the group’s website as a “longtime Democratic and corporate media trainer and consultant.” In an interview with iWatch News, Walker said the group’s goal “is to be more hard hitting and more humorous than what a typical candidate or party can do.”

When asked about the group’s biggest funders, Walker said, “Me, unfortunately.”

He said the group is “absolutely unaffiliated with any candidate” and has bought time on CNBC, MSNBC, and Bloomberg. Walker declined to say the size of the buy.

Walker said the ad is payback for 2004 attacks on former Democratic presidential nominee, Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry’s fluency in that language. But why attack Romney when former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich has surged ahead in the polls?

Romney is the strongest general election candidate in Walker’s view, and he hopes to convince Republican primary voters to nominate a weaker candidate. Walker hopes Republicans “throw [Romney] overboard and pick Newt Gingrich,” who he believes is unelectable.

The Romney campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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Trump needs to conduct these activities because the entire MSM media, excluding Fox, is campaigning against him 24/7/365.

Didn’t Monica’s boyfriend’s wife and various criminal enterprises outspend Trump by almost 2-1?

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Why wouldn’t he get an early start on fund raising? Hillary outspent him two-to-one in 2016. The Dem’s are the party of big money. The President knows this and is attempting to get a jump on it. Of course the Dem candidate will outspend him in 2020 so it’s only rational that he starts fund raising now.

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George Young

Oh brother. We just 8 years of the Campaigner – in – Chief. Where was this journalistic rectal thermometer then. Just another article about 2000 words too long that merely takes another slap at Trump for something he far from initiated.

j stevenson
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j stevenson

The big difference between Trump and all the rest is his refusing to accept funds from lobbyists, so they don’t have the White House access they are used to. These are the donors who buy the presidency and are as pixxed off that he won the election as are the media and the Dems. Lobbyists have never been shut out of the WH and Trump has told them he is not for sale.

jan v
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jan v

all the lobbyists are running all our government agencies and all the career civil servants who know how to run the country have been fired. YOU think this is a good thing ? what a crock…

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Trump needs to be impeached and tossed in prison. Then have the key thrown away so he will never be free. Then he can see how it feels not to have freedom.

Mark Sullivan
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Mark Sullivan

Thank you for the usual insightful leftist low IQ Snowflake response.

barney
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hes not imprisoning them hes sending them back to their country chill tf out

SOUTH JERSEY
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SOUTH JERSEY

WHY DONT YOU HAVE FREEDOM?

Tom Larkin
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Tom Larkin

First, something positive. I was happy to learn of empirical information in article. BUT, the article was so slanted against President Trump as to be deemed fake news (“Perhaps Trump just lied.” (Two different issues)). The article mentions that President Trump raised over $67 million, but ended 2018 with $19 million. President Trump spent over $40 million 2016 and 2017. President Trump conducted 57 political rallies. The article notes the hats and T-shirts sold, but NEVER MENTIONS THE INCREASE IN THE NUMBER OF REPUBLICAN SENATORS during a mid-term election that lost the House and the number of political rallies in… Read more »

Ted Sirois
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Ted Sirois

At least Trump is getting donations from willing donors. Fresh from his first election, Obama used billions of our children’s tax dollars to save thousands of union jobs in the car industry and bailed out the banks and many Wall Street businesses. This secured his source of reelection funds for his reelection four years later.

South Jersey
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South Jersey

TRUMP 2020; IS AN AMAZINGLY SMART MAN! VERY ORIGINAL & CREATIVE. I AM HAPPY TO HAVE HIS AS POTUS.

SOUTH JERSEY
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SOUTH JERSEY

THIS ARTICLE WAS OBVIOUSLY WRITTEN BY, A TRUMP-HATE-GROUP. THAT FEELS; IT IS NOT NORMAL TO BE SUCCESSFUL WITH YOUR OWN BRAND NAME. WHEN, IF FACT, IT IS NORMAL! >>>>> THIS IS >>> FAKE NEWS!!! <<<< ie: A PACK-OF-LIES; SPUN INTO; DEFAMATION OF CHARACTER. FOR A SINISTER-AGENDA OF; FASCIST DEMOCRATIC SOCIALIST, COUP D'ETAT

David
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David

Are you on some kind of drugs? Writing in caps makes me think that you are grumpy old fart or a uneducated hillbilly.