Skip to comments.Mitt Romney lambasted in attack ad for speaking French
Posted on 01/13/2012 1:24:23 PM PST by EnglishCon
Quelle horreur! Republican presidential front-runner Mitt Romney has been skewered in a new political attack ad - for speaking French.
The ad, released by rival Newt Gingrich, seeks to draw unflattering parallels between Mr Romney and another Massachusetts politician, John Kerry.
Entitled The French Connection, it features a clip of Mr Romney talking in French when he ran the Winter Olympics.
Video at link
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Just another stupid attack ad for the slight-of-mind.
The Olympics are conducted in three languages, English, French and the language of the host country.
Really grasping at straws with this one. I think Newt’s starting to melt down.
It’s a good ad. The french part is comparing Romney to Kerry. It’s on Hotair.com
Probably projection on the part of liberals that believe fly-over folks are unlettered hicks.
There is enough to criticize Romney about without inventing them. One word - Romneycare
More evidence that Newt is not a good choice. Stupid.
It moves votes. It’s dumb, it’s ludicrous, but sometimes things that stupid work.
Like the guy in New Hampshire who wasn’t sure he was going to vote for Romney until John McCain endorsed him.
That worked. John McCain’s endorsement got Romney a vote.
If that worked, why shouldn’t an ad showing him speaking French cost him a vote? Both reasons are equally stupid.
Kinda have to agree. I hate to say it but if Romney can get NEWT twisted like this with a few lies I can imagine what will happen when Obama is lying 24/7 with Nothing but attack ads!
>> Newts starting to melt down <<
Plays well in SC, doesn’t play as well somewhere else, same as Huntsman’s Chinese might play well here with us, but not in the Heartland.
Hey, Folks, why not start thinking how Newt might be doing some things right. I’m getting sick and tired of the Rush Limbaugh thinking he smarter than everyone else out there.
Newt wants to win. Everything’s fair in love, war and politics.
Great ad! Hilarious tone...and the French speaking part is pure humor.
Actually it raises the question in my mind about Mitt’s missionary work. How many Catholics did he convert to Mormonism? What exactly was he doing there in France?
You haven’t watched the ad, have you?
I don’t see anything wrong with the ad. If we can make Romney look like Dukakis and Kerry, so be it. I’ll take anything if it helps take Romney out.
I have never met a Mormon man who was not bi-lingual. If you ever meet a white guy who speaks Japanese fluently he probably is a Mormon. I used to work for a Japanese company with manufacturing operations in Baja California. There were lots of tri lingual Mormon guys there. They all served as missionaries in Japan. They told me that they preferred going to Japan than to some third world cess pool.
Google 'cheese-eating surrender monkeys'
Coming from the BBC I would think there is more to the story. The BBC is in the tank for Mitt.
“Tish! He spoke French! Where’s my checkbook?”
Ever hear Gingrich speak spanish?
Bad clip, but you'll get the point. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Og0HqSZVKqA
>> speaking French cost him a vote? <<
Not so sure it’ll hurt Romney in South Carolina. Charleston is full of French heritage. And European companies are a very big deal in the Greenville-Spartanburg area.
In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if a lot of South Carolina GOPers are insulted by a message from Newt’s campaign that seems to assume the entire state is a bunch of uneducated rednecks who have a visceral distaste for anything French.
Did you watch the ad? It makes brilliant use of humor to deliver a devastating blow to Romney. And I loved the French music playing in the background.
This is what I was thinking. This entire ad seems designed to be laughed at and make the maker of the ad look ridiculous. Romney and Kerry both speak French? Bush 43, Reagan, Clinton and Perry all speak (or can get by in) Spanish. Should that be in an attack ad? Most Americans I know can at least get by in a second language.
Where are the hard hits on Romney’s actual record? Even we over here know that the guy is about as conservative as Sarkozy - yet this PoS ad gets put out instead of gun grabbing, obama care, racism and anti-life?
Newt, I really want to like you here, but you are making it difficult. Stop insulting your base!
That just makes me sad. Are people really THAT shallow?
In the big list of things I don’t like about Romney, being a francophone does not make it to page one. This is a stupid, stupid ad that puts conservatives in an awful light.
Gabby Johnson speaks authentic frontier gibberish
Not me. It was a really good ad until he threw that stupid part in.
Yes we know, us Americans, particularly us conservative Americans are really stupid.
>> Ever hear Gingrich speak spanish? <<
Don’t want to hear it, even though it can’t possibly be as painful as Jimmy Carter’s butchered Spanish.
But when it comes to French, Newt has an excellent command. His Ph.D. in history (Tulane University) depended heavily on French documents, not to mention his own person-to-person interviews in French-speaking Belgium.
Just when I think there is a candidate I like, I come back to the realization that all of these guys are the suckiest bunch of sucks that ever sucked.
A good ad ? My you are easily entertained. The desperation is stunning .
That from a rabid Newt-hater? Shocked I tell ya!
Mittens will need to speak French to talk to the new leaders of the Free World.
Thank you, I shall find it and read it.
Isn’t any country on the planet who hates the French more than the English - we have a 900 year head start on you - but this whole line of attack would simply be a non starter here. Hence my confusion.
And my thanks to all thus far. As my post history shows, I prefer Perry - he’ll actually consider his allies as more than second spear carrier on the right - but ANY true conservative is better than the squishys or the Dems. What the US does, Europe echoes.
Go Santorum! Go Perry! Go Newt!
Well he drove a car hit by somebody...and wife of the missionary president in the car died.
(Which is why, in part, most Lds missionaries now have rules meant to keep them on bikes)
Newt was on vacation in Greece IIRC. Bernie Madoff kept his boat in Palm Beach, FL.
Newt's really a fool. It's not the fault of the language that Kerry might be associated with it or know it to some degree. So did William F. Buckley, and other truly educated people. Willard is hardly my choice, but any knowledge he has of the French language is to his credit.
And Obozo is still thinking about trying to learn Austrian.
Make sure you look for “Holidays in Hell” as opposed to his newest book, “Holidays in Heck.” Both are quite good but the first is definitely edgier and funnier.
There's a considerable amount of ill will towards the French over here -- much of it resulting from their attitude over the Iraq invasion. You might have heard that the Congressional cafeteria subsequently renamed french fries as Freedom fries.
The antipathy goes back even to WWII where they surrendered to the Germans without a fight and the English speaking world had to save their butts.
The feeling is not so deep that it will have a huge effect though it will cement Romney in the minds of money as an elitist -- which is the purpose.
“minds of money” = minds of many
Madoff did have a bee-utiful boat! I would be willing to try an Atlantic crossing in it.
Effroyable! Shocking that a President of the United States should be conversant in another international language!
I’m from MA. I’m very familiar with the worthless politicians from here. I’m glad to see someone finally attacking Romney. He’s worthless and will doom us all.
If for no other reason, from this thread alone..... it is apparent that it gets under the skin of the Romney supporters and Newt haters.
GO NEWT GO......
Nou your forcing me to look up Carter. LOL.