The Democratic National Committee on Monday published a YouTube video of Mitt Romney speaking about Wall Street and financial reform, in another effort by Democrats to use Romney's own words against him ahead of a potential 2012 run for president.
The video, published on the YouTube page of the DNC's war room, shows clips of Romney saying things like: "Chris, the president is scapegoating .. whether it's Wall Street, Goldman Sachs, bankers, or wealthy people," in an interview with Fox News Channel host Chris Wallace.
An undated photo of Romney shows him standing with colleagues, all holding money, Romney himself with bills stuffed in his suit pocket and inside his lapel.
A voice-over, Romney's voice, says: "It's the same with his economic policies," Romney says, his words captioned on the bottom of the screen. "He demonizes Wall Street. As if Wall Street greed is something new. It's been there for a long time, and uh, that is not the reason we had an economic meltdown."
The New York Times posted the video on its website on Tuesday, with a statement from Romney spokesman Eric Fehrnstrom calling it "Washington-=style attack politics."
DNC spokesman Brad Woodhouse told the Times that it released the ad of Romney because he’s been an outspoken critic of the legislation and the president’s economic agenda.
Mr. Woodhouse explained the reasoning this way: “Well – for one – he’s been out saying what other Republicans believe but are scared to say – that it’s Main Street families and businesses that are to blame for their bad choices and not the big banks or Wall Street. He’s also been very active in speaking out against this – and since he purports to be and aspires to be a leader of their party – we’ll highlight his words and let other Republicans embrace or disavow.”
In the video (embedded below), the Romney statements keep coming, one after another, as Romney blames "Main Street" for the economic collapse.
In a clip, from Book-TV, Romney is shown above a graphic promoting his book "No Apology."
"Wall Street is certainly, to a large degree, responsible for what happened," Romney said. "But so was Main Street."
Next, in an appearance on Fox News Channel with Neil Cavuto, Romney said "populism has never built a great nation and a strong economy."
The Democrats have previously released a video montage of Romney talking about healthcare reform, effectively portraying Romney as flip-flopping his positions on the individual mandate and Romney's signature Massachusetts reform law.