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Mitt Romney lambasted in attack ad for speaking French
BBC News ^ | Jan 13, 2012 | BBC News

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

(Excerpt) Read more at bbc.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Politics/Elections; United Kingdom
KEYWORDS: bbc; newt; romney; sacrebleu
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I am confused. Romney is terrible - he'd not get a look in here in the UK - yet an ad attacks him for speaking French? Can some kind FRiend explain this angle and how it will be or should be effective?
1 posted on 01/13/2012 1:24:29 PM PST by EnglishCon
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To: EnglishCon

Just another stupid attack ad for the slight-of-mind.


2 posted on 01/13/2012 1:25:52 PM PST by magritte
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To: EnglishCon

The Olympics are conducted in three languages, English, French and the language of the host country.


3 posted on 01/13/2012 1:26:53 PM PST by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: EnglishCon

Really grasping at straws with this one. I think Newt’s starting to melt down.


4 posted on 01/13/2012 1:27:18 PM PST by stuartcr ("In this election year of 12, how deep into their closets will we delve?")
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To: EnglishCon

It’s a good ad. The french part is comparing Romney to Kerry. It’s on Hotair.com


5 posted on 01/13/2012 1:27:34 PM PST by cotton1706
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To: EnglishCon
Have no idea. I'm as redneck a Texas boy as ever got whelped, and I get by in Spanish and French both. I can also speak authentic frontier gibberish.

Probably projection on the part of liberals that believe fly-over folks are unlettered hicks.

/johnny

6 posted on 01/13/2012 1:29:23 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: EnglishCon

There is enough to criticize Romney about without inventing them. One word - Romneycare


7 posted on 01/13/2012 1:29:32 PM PST by Daveinyork
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To: EnglishCon

More evidence that Newt is not a good choice. Stupid.


8 posted on 01/13/2012 1:29:41 PM PST by LowTaxesEqualsProsperity
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To: stuartcr

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.


9 posted on 01/13/2012 1:30:29 PM PST by Anitius Severinus Boethius
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To: stuartcr

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!


10 posted on 01/13/2012 1:30:46 PM PST by jakerobins
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To: stuartcr

>> Newt’s starting to melt down <<

Starting???


11 posted on 01/13/2012 1:31:40 PM PST by Hawthorn
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To: cotton1706

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.


12 posted on 01/13/2012 1:32:09 PM PST by nikos1121
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To: cotton1706

Great ad! Hilarious tone...and the French speaking part is pure humor.


13 posted on 01/13/2012 1:32:17 PM PST by RoosterRedux
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To: cotton1706

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?


14 posted on 01/13/2012 1:33:17 PM PST by nikos1121
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To: jakerobins

You haven’t watched the ad, have you?


15 posted on 01/13/2012 1:34:53 PM PST by RoosterRedux
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To: EnglishCon

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.


16 posted on 01/13/2012 1:34:56 PM PST by mmanager (Reagan Revolution + Republican Revolution = Bury Obama in 2012 - Go Newt!)
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To: EnglishCon

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.


17 posted on 01/13/2012 1:35:54 PM PST by forgotten man (forgotten man)
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To: EnglishCon
Can some kind FRiend explain this angle and how it will be or should be effective?

Google 'cheese-eating surrender monkeys'

18 posted on 01/13/2012 1:36:28 PM PST by vbmoneyspender
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To: EnglishCon

Coming from the BBC I would think there is more to the story. The BBC is in the tank for Mitt.


19 posted on 01/13/2012 1:36:43 PM PST by Parley Baer
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To: All
Watch the ad at youtube...

The French Connection

20 posted on 01/13/2012 1:37:24 PM PST by RoosterRedux
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To: EnglishCon

Tish! He spoke French! Where’s my checkbook?”

21 posted on 01/13/2012 1:38:46 PM PST by RichInOC (Palin 2012: The Perfect Storm.)
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To: EnglishCon
I think it's great if our Leaders can speak a different language.

Ever hear Gingrich speak spanish?

Bad clip, but you'll get the point. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Og0HqSZVKqA

22 posted on 01/13/2012 1:38:52 PM PST by VicVega (GEAUX SAINTS-LSU bleaux it in the BCS Championship game.)
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To: Anitius Severinus Boethius

>> 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.


23 posted on 01/13/2012 1:41:58 PM PST by Hawthorn
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To: EnglishCon

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.


24 posted on 01/13/2012 1:42:51 PM PST by RoosterRedux
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To: JRandomFreeper; All

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!


25 posted on 01/13/2012 1:43:02 PM PST by EnglishCon
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To: Anitius Severinus Boethius

That just makes me sad. Are people really THAT shallow?


26 posted on 01/13/2012 1:45:04 PM PST by EnglishCon
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To: EnglishCon

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.


27 posted on 01/13/2012 1:46:21 PM PST by muir_redwoods (No wonder this administration favors abortion; everything they have done is an abortion)
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To: JRandomFreeper
Have no idea. I'm as redneck a Texas boy as ever got whelped, and I get by in Spanish and French both. I can also speak authentic frontier gibberish.

Gabby Johnson speaks authentic frontier gibberish

28 posted on 01/13/2012 1:47:13 PM PST by Vaquero ("an armed society is a polite society" Robert A. Heinlein)
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To: EnglishCon
Can some kind FRiend explain this angle and how it will be or should be effective?

Not me. It was a really good ad until he threw that stupid part in.

29 posted on 01/13/2012 1:47:23 PM PST by houeto ("Click Free or Die!" -Travis McGee)
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To: EnglishCon
That just makes me sad. Are people really THAT shallow?

Yes we know, us Americans, particularly us conservative Americans are really stupid.

30 posted on 01/13/2012 1:48:01 PM PST by vbmoneyspender
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To: VicVega

>> 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.


31 posted on 01/13/2012 1:48:41 PM PST by Hawthorn
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To: EnglishCon

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.


32 posted on 01/13/2012 1:49:52 PM PST by dfwgator (Don't wake up in a roadside ditch. Get rid of Romney.)
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To: EnglishCon
I am confused. Romney is terrible - he'd not get a look in here in the UK - yet an ad attacks him for speaking French? Can some kind FRiend explain this angle and how it will be or should be effective?

If you hunt down a PJ O'Rourke book called "Holidays In Hell" and read the essay titled "Among The Euro-Weenies", you should get some sense of why this would be an effective tack. If it weren't taken by some Uber-Intellectual college professor who, under ordinary circumstances, considers himself to the the smartest human being in the room.

In general, there's a common perception that the USA has pulled France's butt out of the fire several times over the past 100 years or so, yet France is generally ungrateful for our help and somewhat snobbish in their attitude.
33 posted on 01/13/2012 1:50:02 PM PST by Question Liberal Authority (I also think that Obama should be defeated.)
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“It’s a good ad. The french part is comparing Romney to Kerry. It’s on Hotair.com”

A good ad ? My you are easily entertained. The desperation is stunning .

34 posted on 01/13/2012 1:50:09 PM PST by fantom (,)
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This attack is nothing but desperation, my god where was newt when his first campaign manager left. He was on vacation, where madoff had his boat, i would not doubt that newt has one there as well. They do speak that terrible language there .
35 posted on 01/13/2012 1:55:21 PM PST by org.whodat (What is the difference in Newt's, Perry's and Willard's positions on Amnesty.)
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To: fantom
A good ad ? My you are easily entertained. The desperation is stunning.

That from a rabid Newt-hater? Shocked I tell ya!

36 posted on 01/13/2012 1:55:46 PM PST by RoosterRedux
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To: magritte

Mittens will need to speak French to talk to the new leaders of the Free World.


37 posted on 01/13/2012 1:56:41 PM PST by Forward the Light Brigade (Into the Jaws of H*ll)
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To: Question Liberal Authority

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!


38 posted on 01/13/2012 1:59:48 PM PST by EnglishCon
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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?

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)

39 posted on 01/13/2012 2:08:13 PM PST by Colofornian (If 94% of LDS repeat voting for Romney, then such RINO-voting reveals a liberal Mormon bent)
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He was on vacation, where madoff had his boat

Huh?

Newt was on vacation in Greece IIRC. Bernie Madoff kept his boat in Palm Beach, FL.

40 posted on 01/13/2012 2:08:13 PM PST by RoosterRedux
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I think Newt’s starting to melt down.

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.

ML/NJ

41 posted on 01/13/2012 2:14:02 PM PST by ml/nj
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To: RoosterRedux
The report I read said the bull was in the EU, news media screwed up, I looked it up and it was taken by the marshals in fla. Cannot believe everything you read. It was big enough to make the trip, so maybe it was over there at one time.
42 posted on 01/13/2012 2:19:24 PM PST by org.whodat (What is the difference in Newt's, Perry's and Willard's positions on Amnesty.)
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To: EnglishCon; Question Liberal Authority

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.


43 posted on 01/13/2012 2:20:14 PM PST by BuckyKat (Green = the new red)
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To: EnglishCon
Can some kind FRiend explain this angle and how it will be or should be effective?

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.

44 posted on 01/13/2012 2:22:54 PM PST by BfloGuy (The final outcome of the credit expansion is general impoverishment.)
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To: BfloGuy

“minds of money” = minds of many


45 posted on 01/13/2012 2:24:30 PM PST by BfloGuy (The final outcome of the credit expansion is general impoverishment.)
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To: org.whodat

Madoff did have a bee-utiful boat! I would be willing to try an Atlantic crossing in it.


46 posted on 01/13/2012 2:46:24 PM PST by RoosterRedux
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To: EnglishCon

Effroyable! Shocking that a President of the United States should be conversant in another international language!


47 posted on 01/13/2012 2:46:38 PM PST by ArmyTeach (Our liberties we prize and our rights we will maintain ... USS Iowa BB 61)
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To: fantom

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.


48 posted on 01/13/2012 2:46:47 PM PST by cotton1706
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To: EnglishCon

Great ad.

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......


49 posted on 01/13/2012 2:50:47 PM PST by Gator113 (~Just livin' life, my way~..... GO NEWT GO.....!)
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To: Hawthorn

Nou your forcing me to look up Carter. LOL.


50 posted on 01/13/2012 2:54:12 PM PST by VicVega (GEAUX SAINTS-LSU bleaux it in the BCS Championship game.)
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