July 16th, 2007
12:32 PM ET
7 years ago

Romney blasts pornography, drugs, violence in new ad

Romney is out with a new ad Monday.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - In the latest effort to tout his family values, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney hit the television airwaves Monday with a new ad that criticizes the “culture that surrounds our kids today.”

In the ad, set to run in crucial campaign states Iowa, New Hampshire, and South Carolina, the GOP presidential hopeful quotes former Reagan speech writer Peggy Noonan, who wrote following the Columbine shootings that the assailants “inhaled too deeply in the oceans in which they swam.”

“I’d like us to clean up the water in which our kids are swimming,” Romney says in the ad as picturesque beach scenes are displayed.

Romney’s latest ad comes less than two weeks after he faced criticism from some social conservatives who argued he did not try to limit pornography offerings in Marriott Hotels when he served on its board.

"I am not pursuing an effort to try and stop adults from being able to acquire or see things that I find objectionable; that's their right,” Romney told The Associated Press following the criticisms. “But I do vehemently oppose practices or business procedures that will allow kids to be exposed to obscenity.”

- CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney

Filed under: Mitt Romney • Political ads
soundoff (45 Responses)
  1. Ann Dothan Alabama

    Typical politics, amazing actually, he made his personal fortune so now its time to clean up where he got his. Lol, ok I made a couple hundred million but now I'm going to use that money to clean up the cesspool I just came out of. LOL

    July 16, 2007 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  2. JGleason, Minneapolis, MN

    Each party needs someone for the "wackos" in their ranks to vote for. Here is the GOP one.

    July 16, 2007 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  3. Providence, RI

    Mitt is an example of hypocrisy...

    July 16, 2007 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  4. Dennis Armistead, Lansing, MI

    the “culture that surrounds are kids today.”

    Good lord – I hope the culture that surrounds OUR kids today is one where at least they have sufficient mastery over the English language to avoid mistaking the word "our" for the word "are".

    July 16, 2007 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  5. S. Richard, Olathe, KS

    Romney is the only major GOP candidate who has family values. All the others have fornicated and/or flip-flopped on their marriage vows. I'm happy he's stating the case for strong families, because he's the only one who can mention them without being a hypocrite.

    July 16, 2007 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  6. Anonymous

    To quote the great Marshall Mathers, "...they blame it on Marilyn, but where were the parents at?"

    The government already puts warnings and maticulated ratings on the covers of CDs and video games, and if we want to keep Free Speech, we ought not let the government be more controlling than this. My parents kept me from getting ahold of music with parental advisories until I moved out of the house. Why can't the rest of Americans do the same?

    If you're not responsible enough to be a parent, you shouldn't have children. Don't blame the government for your irresponsible parenting.

    Then again, we're Americans, so it's always someone ELSE'S fault.

    July 16, 2007 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  7. DJ, Los Angeles

    Romney is correct on this point. No matter what party you belong this should be a common ground.

    As a liberal I belive television is polluting ALL of our culture (not just children) with negative influences.

    Growing up in the 1970's...nothing even close to the level of violence and sexual promiscuity was shown on television.

    It's not a matter of "blame" but a matter of social responsibility.

    The media and television executives only cares about ratings, no matter what the consequences.

    July 16, 2007 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  8. Luis, Miami Florida

    When these hypocrites are are going to stop?

    Family values? Stop preaching Romney…

    ...Who is without sin cast the first stone…

    Tell me how you’re going to fix the horrible damage the Bush administration has done to the world and our blessed country… How are you going to stop the political bickering in DC… how you’re going to fix the health care the nightmare of “no child left behind” .. greenhouse effect… immigration…

    Tell me how you’re going to fix the real problems facing this country and stop selling your “worthless republican family values”

    July 16, 2007 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  9. Matt, Michigan

    Uh oh...another "family values" man...I wonder what kind of scandal will break for him now.

    July 16, 2007 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  10. Jared, Brooklyn, NY

    How about you talk about cleaning up the literal water that people are swimming in, Mitt?

    July 16, 2007 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  11. Pixie, Murfreesboro, TN

    Coming soon to a bedroom near you!

    I wonder when people will understand that it's not sex that is degrading the culture...it's the lawlessness and corruption which goes unchecked in Washington which creates the real chaos for people.

    July 16, 2007 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  12. Glenn,B'ham,Al

    This man makes to much sense to have many listen to him.

    July 16, 2007 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  13. Robert Cadalso, NYC, NY

    This guy is a LUNATIC.

    July 16, 2007 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  14. nate, atlanta, ga

    who on earth is going to vote for:

    1. a mormon
    2. a grown man who allows himself to be called "mitt"

    what a tool.

    July 16, 2007 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  15. Tom - Dedham, Mass

    Having him as my Governor of Massachusetts and meeting him and talking to him, knowing his intellect, professionlism and determination to at least "try new and different things" make him an excellent candidate for President.

    He is a man of morals, but doesn't shove it down your thoat.

    Very successful business man, Manager and savior of the Olympics and flat out a much more qualified President than this knucklehead in office.

    He will reach across the aisle, but he will not kiss he tails of the other party if it means hurting the American people or attempting to make a legacy (see Bush – immigration).

    Romney – 2008

    July 16, 2007 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  16. Dan

    This country has much larger problems than porn.

    July 16, 2007 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  17. Rick, Chicago Illinois

    S. Richard ... to bad he's flip-flopped on pretty much every other issue eh?

    Tom – Dedham, Mass ... yes, he'd make an excellent FLIP FLOPPING (“try new and different things”) president! Gotta love a guy who is still deciding what his convictions are and making up his platform as he goes along.

    C'mon now Tom .. tell us how if X amount of time has passed since his change on an issue, it's somehow NOT a flip flop! LOL

    Hey Tom? ... TOM?

    We're waiting!

    Romney Bumper Sticker: "Ladies, Support Romney and get a FREE pair of flip flops!"

    July 16, 2007 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  18. Kt, Marietta, GA

    So, Brownback is hiding behind abortion and Mitt is hiding behind "family values." They are both using these tired republican talking points to avoid confronting the problems that really affect Americans' daily lives. This ain't 1999, boys!

    July 16, 2007 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  19. bret, atl, ga

    There's another "major GOP candidate" who hasn't flip flopped on his marriage vows or anything else ... and that guy is Ron Paul. Heard of him? You will . . .

    July 16, 2007 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  20. Brian Crowder Salt Lake City, Utah

    I find it extremely ironic that Mitt blasts pornography, when a sizable portion of his income while on the Marriott hotel board was derived from pay per view porn.

    Typical mormon business hypocrisy at work. You can't watch it, but you can make money off of it...

    July 16, 2007 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  21. Norma Ayer, Massachusetts

    Romney needs to ask himself why he ripped off the State of Massachusetts ? When he was governor he sold us out to the insurance lobbyist. now we have to suffer with that awful "healthcare bill" that does nothing but make the insurance companies richer. Thanks alot, our State is in panic from his greed. He is not who we need for president.

    July 16, 2007 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  22. Mike, HI

    I think people are overreacting a wee bit, given what he actually said. It's not all that nutty to think that children should be protected from "obscenity." I somewhat disagree, and though I think most will agree that this is not a major issue, it's not a stupid stance, especially considering he is fine with cognizant adults buying pornography or violent entertainment.

    The important part that's missing, however, is what he would do about it. Is he going to find a way to compel parents to pay closer attention to what their children are doing? Provide children a better education, so that the 'filth' they're exposed to has less of an impact? That's just fine by me.

    Does he want greater government interference? Would he place larger restrictions, or even outright ban some material? That's not fine by me, and would likely cost him my vote if he were nominated.

    That's what's boring me right now: most candidates are talking about the problems, but not their solutions. I'm fine with a candidate that thinks gay marriage is not healthy for society or that evolution is 'false'; my only concern is if they intend to impose their belief on all 50 states.

    July 16, 2007 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  23. Tom Dedham, Mass

    Hey Rick from Chicago I am glad you have liked my previous postings where I stated that peoples positions moderate as they mature, sorry yours haven't.

    Winston Churchill said it best:

    "Any 20 year-old who isn't a liberal doesn't have a heart, and any 40 year-old who isn't a conservative doesn't have a brain.”

    July 16, 2007 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  24. Shawnie - Grants Pass, OR

    Romney is intelligent, professional, successful, articulate, strong, focused and dedicated.

    All the "flip-flop" comments seem traceable to bias media articles that don't tell the whole story. A lot of sneering observations here and probably most from the democratic party or inspired by religious bigotry (or both).

    He's got my vote.

    July 16, 2007 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  25. Bob, New Orleans, Louisiana

    Since porn got us into Iraq, created our deficit, and created international hatred towards our country, and all that other good stuff.

    Pick something else, buddy-boy.

    July 16, 2007 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
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