NYT: DNC Ad Goes After Romney in Arizona



October 24, 2011, 5:59 PM

DNC Ad Goes After Romney in Arizona


The Democratic National Committee will on Tuesday begin its biggest sustained advertising campaign against a Republican presidential candidate so far this year, with a spot attacking Mitt Romney in the state of Arizona, traditionally Republican territory that President Obama’s advisers hope to bring into their victory column next year.

Running for six days on local stations and cable news, the commercial seizes on comments made by Mr. Romney, the former governor of Massachusetts, last week to the editorial board of the Las Vegas Review-Journal about the rash of foreclosures that have been particularly acute in the West: “Don’t try to stop the foreclosure process, let it run its course and hit the bottom,” he said.

The spot features video of Mr. Romney making the comment before an announcer intones, “Mitt Romney’s message to Arizona? You’re on your own.”

The video does not include Mr. Romney’s full commentary on foreclosures. Speaking to the newspaper’s editorial board last Monday, he had gone on to say that after allowing the process to “hit bottom’’ the government should “allow investors to buy up homes, put renters in them, fix the homes up, and let it turn around and come back up.”

Brad Woodhouse, a Democratic Party spokesman, said Mr. Romney said under Mr. Romney’s scenario “banks could then come in and scoop up the properties and rent or sell them for a profit.”

Mr. Romney’s comments were in keeping with his assertions that the Obama administration has failed to adequately allow the markets to shake themselves out without intervention.

And when the party released a similar, Web-only video last week his campaign did not retreat from them. Rather, it criticized Mr. Obama’s administration for presiding over millions of foreclosures in the last year.