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The Trail: 2012 Presidential News from the Field / CAMPAIGN 2012

Romney Pulls Web Ad of Stumbling Perry

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney (left) and Texas Gov. Rick Perry during a Republican candidate debate in September.(AP Photo/Mike Carlson)

photo of Sarah B. Boxer
October 20, 2011

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney pulled an unflattering video about rival Rick Perry from the Web after CNN complained about the use of comments from its correspondents in the ad.

The ad featured some of the Texas governor’s worst moments from recent candidate debates, including a stumbling attempt by Perry to portray Romney, the former Massachusetts governor, as a flip-flopper on abortion rights.

In the opening footage, CNN political analyst Gloria Borger is shown commenting, “Republicans need to believe that if they are going to nominate somebody, this person can stand next to Barack Obama on the stage and go at him and do well at it.” Then, in video from the September candidates’ forum in Orlando, Fla., Perry is shown standing at the debate podium saying, “Was it — was before he was before the social programs, from the standpoint of he was for standing up for Roe v. Wade before he was against Roe v. Wade?”

 

The ad titled “Ready to Lead?” was taken down late on Wednesday, apparently after a complaint from CNN. Andrea Saul, a spokesman for Romney, said, “While the use of the CNN clips was fully within our rights under the law, we respect and appreciate the role CNN has played as host in debates over the last several months. For this reason, we are honoring their request to remove the video.”

In a statement, CNN said that the network “did not consent to the use of its copyrighted material for this ad, and CNN objects to the use of its talent in any campaign ad. We respectfully requested that the Romney campaign not use CNN material in their campaign ads and they complied.”

A portion of the ad was captured on YouTube.

Below is a transcript of the ad, which the Romney campaign introduced to reporters as providing highlights of “Rick Perry’s inability to discuss the issues.”

AD FACTS: Script for “Ready To Lead?”

CNN’s ANDERSON COOPER: “And welcome to the Sands Convention Center at the Venetian in Las Vegas.”

CNN’s Anderson Cooper: “And welcome to the Sands Convention Center at the Venetian in Las Vegas.” (Republican Presidential Candidates Debate, Las Vegas, NV, 10/19/11)

CNN’s JOHN KING: “It is Rick Perry’s moment of truth.”

CNN’s John King: “In presidential politics, it is Rick Perry’s moment of truth.” (CNN’s “John King, USA,” 10/11/11)

CNN’s GLORIA BORGER: “Republicans need to believe that if they are going to nominate somebody, this person can stand next to Barack Obama on the stage.”

CNN’s Gloria Borger: “Republicans need to believe that if they are going to nominate somebody, this person can stand next to Barack Obama on the stage and go at him and do well at it.” (CNN’s “Anderson Cooper 360,” 10/12/11)

RICK PERRY: “Was it — was before he was before the social programs, from the standpoint of he was for.”

Rick Perry: “Was it — was before he was before the social programs, from the standpoint of he was for standing up for Roe v. Wade before he was against Roe v. Wade?” (Republican Presidential Candidates Debate, Orlando, FL, 9/22/11)

CNN’s RANDI KAYE: “Do or die for him.”

CNN’s Randi Kaye: “Some, tonight, say it’s do or die for him.” (CNN’s “Newsroom,” 10/11/11)

RICK PERRY: “Not whether or not we are going to have this policy or that policy.… We don’t need any plan.”

Rick Perry: “What we need to be focused on in this country today is not whether or not we are going to have this policy or that policy.… We don’t need any plan to pass Congress.” (Republican Presidential Candidates Debate, Hanover, NH, 10/11/11)

FOX NEWS’ BRIT HUME: “Perry did really throw up all over himself in the debate.”

Fox News’ Brit Hume: “They’re all — I mean, Perry really did throw up all over himself in the debate at a time when he needed to raise his game.” (Fox’s “Fox News Sunday,” 9/25/11)

RICK PERRY: “But the fact is, Americans understand faith.”

Rick Perry: “But the fact is, Americans understand faith.” (Republican Presidential Candidates Debate, 10/18/11)

CNN’s CAROL COSTELLO: “Rick Perry plunging in the polls, rolling the dice.”

CNN’s Carol Costello: “Rick Perry plunging in the polls, rolling the dice with a sharp attack against Mitt Romney and it got ugly and uncomfortable.” (CNN’s “American Morning,” 10/19/11)

NEVADA GOP CHAIRWOMAN AMY TARKANIAN: “He would just calm down. He seemed very agitated.”

Nevada GOP Chairwoman Amy Tarkanian: “A lot of people that were sitting by me were hoping that he would just calm down. He seemed very agitated.” (CNN’s “American Morning,” 10/19/11)

REDSTATE’s ERICK ERICKSON: “Set the benchmark so low at the last debate.”

RedState.com’s Erick Erickson: “He set such a benchmark so low at the last debate.” (CNN’s “John King, USA,” 10/12/11)

RICK PERRY: “I mean we’ll wait until tomorrow, and see … ”

Rick Perry: “I mean, we’ll wait until tomorrow and — and — and see which Mitt Romney we’re really talking to tonight.” (Republican Presidential Candidates Debate, Orlando, FL, 9/22/11)

FOX NEWS’ GRETCHEN CARLSON: “He doesn’t have his economic plan yet.”

Fox News’ Gretchen Carlson: “He doesn’t have his economic plan yet.” (Fox News’ “Fox & Friends,” 9/22/11)

REDSTATE’s ERICK ERICKSON: “All he had to do is show up and smile.”

RedState.com’s Erick Erickson: “I mean, really, all he had to do is show up and smile at this debate, and the Perry folks would be a little bit feeling at ease this morning.” (CNN’s “John King, USA,” 10/12/11)

THE WASHINGTON POST’s DANA MILBANK: “He’s just a shadow of his former self.”

The Washington Post’s Dana Milbank: “He’s just a shadow of his former self.” (MSNBC, 9/23/11)

CNN’s GLORIA BORGER: “You cannot do that debate with other Republicans he’s going to have a hard time against Barack Obama.”

CNN’s Gloria Borger: “And if he cannot do that in a debate with his Republican contenders, with the other Republicans, he’s going to have a hard time against Barack Obama. That’s what people are looking for. And he hasn’t shown it yet.” (CNN’s “Anderson Cooper 360,” 10/11/11)

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