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Obama's New Ad Calls Mitt Romney a Job-Killing 'Vampire': Let the Games Begin! (VIDEO) What's your reaction?

Posted by on May. 14, 2012 at 1:15 PM
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Obama's New Ad Calls Mitt Romney a Job-Killing 'Vampire': Let the Games Begin! (VIDEO)

Posted by Maressa Brown on May 14, 2012 

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Former GST Steel employee Joe Soptic
If you weren't yet convinced that the 2012 election would shape up to be a full-on blood bath, the latest campaign ad out of Camp Obama-Biden makes it clear that the incumbent isn't fooling around. Hell no. With his new spot, entitled "Steel," he's going for Mitt Romney's jugular -- and voters' heartstrings. 

The ad focuses on the fate of GST Steel, which was acquired by Romney's firm Bain Capital, interspersing testimonials from former steelworkers with Romney soundbytes about "knowing how business works" and feeling heartbroken when he sees "millions of American without work." And speaking of blood-bath, these steelworkers' stories really do paint Romney as a heartless "vampire" job killer. Ouch!

A steelworker for 30 years, Joe Soptic says:

They made as much money off [GST] as they could and they closed it down, they filed for bankruptcy, without any concern for the families or the communities. It was like watching an old friend bleed to death.

Ugh, heartwrenching. And that's not even the worst part. By the end, I was definitely tearing up. Here's the two-minute ad in full ...


There's a lot of tongue-wagging that this ad is "brutal" and is setting the tone for a Hunger Games-style, fight to the death type campaign between Obama and presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney. But I'm not so sure I'm seeing how this ad is stepping outside the bounds of the kind of ad campaigns we've come to expect in presidential elections. Not to mention that this is really the kind of ad we deserve as voters.

These steelworkers are real Americans who have had firsthand experience falling victim in the wake of a Romney leadership. Their livelihoods were directly quashed by his decision-making. Their anecdotes should speak directly to millions of voters, appealing to their emotional side maybe just as much or more than their rational side. But playing on our emotions has never been out of the question in a contentious political race. Why should it be now?

What's your reaction to the "Steel" ad? Is it too brutal or just brutally honest?

by on May. 14, 2012 at 1:15 PM
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GraceHudson
by on May. 14, 2012 at 1:20 PM
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rocketracer
by Gold Member on May. 14, 2012 at 1:26 PM
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The ad is a BIG FAIL, but morons will fall for it. 

The only problem?  Though Bain acquired the company in 1993, the bankruptcy and major layoffs didn’t happen until 2001 — two years after Mitt Romney left the company.

Even more hypocritical, for many, is the fact that one of Obama’s top bundlers was reportedly a managing director at Bain in 2001, when the much-criticized bankruptcy and layoffs occurred.

National Review explains:

Left unmentioned (and blameless) is Jonathan Lavine. Lavine, according to the Los Angeles Times, is a top Obama bundler and a managing director at Bain Capital.  Lavine, who has raised over $100,000 for the president, was at the firm when GST Steel declared bankruptcy. So according to the Obama team’s logic, Romney, who had left Bain, is responsible for GST Steel’s demise, but Lavine, who was there, is not?

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Even a former Obama adviser, Steven Rattner, has criticized the attack on Romney as being “unfair.”

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rocketracer
by Gold Member on May. 14, 2012 at 1:29 PM
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How's this for job layoffs:

... it’s not as if Obama has never laid off any workers.  Two years ago, as part of the deal that dumped billions of dollars into two American automakers, Obama used the force of government to shut down hundreds of auto dealers and lay off tens of thousands of workers — many perhaps unnecessarily:

The report by Neil M. Barofsky, the special inspector general for the Troubled Asset Relief Program of the Treasury Department, said both car makers needed to shut down some underperforming dealerships. But it questioned whether the cuts should have been made so quickly, particularly during a recession. The report, released on Sunday, estimated that tens of thousands of jobs were lost as a result.

“It is not at all clear that the greatly accelerated pace of the dealership closings during one of the most severe economic downturns in our nation’s history was either necessary for the sake of the companies’ economic survival or prudent for the sake of the nation’s economic recovery,” the report said.

About a year ago, G.M. informed more than 2,000 dealers that some or all of their franchise agreements would not be renewed in October 2010. Chrysler eliminated 789 dealers, or about a quarter of its network, with less than a month’s notice.

Both carmakers voluntarily rescinded some terminations — 666 at G.M. and 50 at Chrysler — which, the report said, “suggests, at the very least, that the number and speed of the terminations was not necessarily critical to the manufacturers’ viability.”

imamomzilla
by on May. 14, 2012 at 1:35 PM
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 Negative ads are the nature of the beast.

If anything the ad made me think about how OBAMA wrecked the economy. Romney's company just came in and picked up the pieces. *shrugs

imamomzilla
by on May. 14, 2012 at 1:43 PM
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 Oh wow. Thanks for the history.

Quoting rocketracer:

The ad is a BIG FAIL, but morons will fall for it. 

The only problem?  Though Bain acquired the company in 1993, the bankruptcy and major layoffs didn’t happen until 2001 — two years after Mitt Romney left the company.

Even more hypocritical, for many, is the fact that one of Obama’s top bundlers was reportedly a managing director at Bain in 2001, when the much-criticized bankruptcy and layoffs occurred.

National Review explains:

Left unmentioned (and blameless) is Jonathan Lavine. Lavine, according to the Los Angeles Times, is a top Obama bundler and a managing director at Bain Capital.  Lavine, who has raised over $100,000 for the president, was at the firm when GST Steel declared bankruptcy. So according to the Obama team’s logic, Romney, who had left Bain, is responsible for GST Steel’s demise, but Lavine, who was there, is not?

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Even a former Obama adviser, Steven Rattner, has criticized the attack on Romney as being “unfair.”

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rocketracer
by Gold Member on May. 14, 2012 at 2:32 PM
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In addition to the closure of auto dealership that caused several people to lose their jobs, how about this one, OBama?

Work abruptly stopped last September when the company declared bankruptcy, 1,100 people found themselves out of a job, and FBI agents raided the compound. The federal investigation continues into how a start-up that had received a half-billion dollar federal loan guarantee could suddenly fail

imamomzilla
by on May. 14, 2012 at 2:55 PM
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 (the blaze)

While Romney wasn’t a part of Bain when GS Technologies went bankrupt, Jonathan Lavine was. Lavine — a top Obama bundler — is managing director at Bain Capital and scraped together more than $100,000 for President Obama’s campaign in 2011.

Hmm… They had more money than they’ll ever spend, yet they didn’t have the money to take care of the very people that made the money for them…

You really have to appreciate the galling hypocrisy of President Obama.

NRO’s Robert Costa also notes:

So according to the Obama team’s logic, Romney, who had left Bain, is responsible for GST Steel’s demise, but Lavine, who was there, is not?

Abaco
by on May. 14, 2012 at 3:00 PM
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Obama being brutally honest ? He doesn't know the meaning of the word honesty !

im23vaughn
by Bronze Member on May. 14, 2012 at 5:24 PM
Fact: Romney has fired people & he likes firing people. This ad is biased & stretches the truth, but after all the ugly ads he put on air about Newt, Santorum, & etc I don't feel sorry for him.
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Jambo4
by Gold Member on May. 14, 2012 at 5:28 PM

.. not worth my time...

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