Matt Lewis

Obama is Running For ’12: But Is He Ripping Off Romney?

Matt K. Lewis Senior Contributor

President Barack Obama released a new video Monday morning, announcing his plans to seek re-election in 2012.  But some backers of Mitt Romney are already arguing the campaign’s new slogan, “It Begins With Us”, was copied from a Mitt Romney line from 2008, “Change Begins With Us.”

Here’s the new Obama video.

Now check out an early 2008 ad from Romney:

Clearly, the videos are very different (Romney’s ad features him, while Obama does not appear in his ad), but the question here is regarding the slogans.

Let’s be honest — politicians “borrow” ideas from each other all the time.  There’s nothing new under the sun.  And it certainly isn’t clear that Obama “stole” this idea from Romney — it very well could be that both teams had the same idea.

Having said that, Obama has a history of blatantly borrowing from other politicians.  In 2008, the Hillary Clinton campaign accused Obama of plagiarizing a Gov. Deval Patrick (Massachusetts) speech.  More recently, the theme of his 2011 State of The Union was “Winning The Future,” a slogan which had previously been the title of a Newt Gingrich book.