August 15th, 2007
10:10 AM ET
11 years ago

New Romney ad celebrates straw poll win

Romney is seeking to capitalize on his Iowa straw poll win with a new ad Wednesday.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney is out with a new ad in Iowa Wednesday, aiming to highlight his win in the state's non-binding straw poll over the weekend.

The 30 second ad, titled "Thanks Iowa," is taken from portions of the Massachusetts governor's victory speech, in which he thanked Iowans and declared, "Change begins in Iowa and change begins today."

Romney handedly won the early test of organizational strength in Iowa, receiving 4,516 votes - nearly twice as much as surprise second place finisher Mike Huckabee. Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani and Arizona Sen. John McCain chose not participate in the event. Former Tennessee Sen. Fred Thompson, not yet an announced presidential candidate, also did not participate.

The ad's release follows a e-mail fundraising appeal from the Massachusetts Republican Monday that celebrates the straw poll win and states, "With the help of supporters like you, we will continue to earn the support of grassroots activists across the country and begin the work of strengthening our economy, our military and our families." What Iowa's Straw Poll Tells the G.O.P.

- CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney

Filed under: Iowa • Mike Huckabee • Mitt Romney
soundoff (23 Responses)
  1. Pat P., Huntington, NY

    Typical Republican smear ad. Romney has no morals, and no record to run on. Instead, he slings mud, and resorts to typical republican tactics. Nice. Too bad he can't run an ad lauding his sons' service in the military – since they're not enlisted and fighting! What an Iraq-War supporter hypocrit!

    August 15, 2007 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  2. Rick, Somerville, MA

    So, the guy with the most money to give out won the straw poll that costs $35 to vote in? Can I pretend to be shocked?

    Also, If you're going to call Rudy Giuliani the former mayor of New York City, you have to call Romney the former governor of Massachusetts. He didn't bother running for re-election – probably because he knew he'd lose.

    August 15, 2007 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  3. Neil , Broken Arrow, OK

    Former Tennessee Sen. Fred Thompson, not yet an announced presidential candidate.....hopefully will soon to give the GOP a little gas to an otherwise boring primary

    August 15, 2007 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  4. Colin, Milwaukee WI

    Wow, a non-binding poll where the winner takes it with 4,516 votes...yep, big deal. Yawn!

    August 15, 2007 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  5. John Thomas, Edina, MN

    If you call buying everyone's vote at $4,000 a piece a win..LOL I'd say the real winner out of Iowa is Ron Paul, who spent very little money and finished in the top 5.

    August 15, 2007 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  6. C.LyOns, New York, NY

    Sad thing is Mitt had to bus in voters while 2nd place Huckabee didn't...starting to think this guy will try and buy the nomination...

    August 15, 2007 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  7. Lawrence Mannino, Cutchogue, NY

    As a New Yorker, I've managed to be remarkably 'invisible' to Hillary for a number of years. I wonder if her moving to DC would make me that much more so. Again, I say that if her name were Hillary "Smith", this wouldn't even be an issue, as she'd already be hanging out with Tommy Thompson...

    August 15, 2007 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  8. Anon, Needham, MA

    Starting to TRY to buy? Are you kidding. He's halfway there.

    August 15, 2007 11:53 am at 11:53 am |


    August 15, 2007 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  10. Steve, Houston, TX

    Mitt Romney is a flip-flopper like no other and the most insincere presidential candidate in the running and here's why: he's willing to increase military numbers if elected president and maintain the Iraq war but non of his 5 son's have ever or will ever serve in it or any other military conflict for that matter. He supported abortion to secure his governorship in Democratic Massachusetts but now that he is running as a Republican he changed his tune to oppose it to suit his goals. He used his vast wealth to buy votes and ship voters to a straw poll in which his most avid challengers were not competing and then glorified his victory. Too bad he can't pay people to vote for him in the general elections...if he even makes it past the primaries.

    August 15, 2007 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  11. bret, atl, ga

    that's not entirely true about Huckabee ... a whole lot of his votes actually were bussed in, by the FairTax folks (40 busses or so?)... the information is out there the net, if you're curious.

    At any rate, Romney is laughable, as always.

    August 15, 2007 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  12. Anonymous

    Is everyone else blind to what is REALLY scary about Romney? Here is a guy who will govern based on his religious beliefs.

    I don't know about the rest of you, but it seems to me that NOT all of America are Mormons, Catholics, Baptists, etc. Leave your religious convictions out of the Oval Office. I don't want your "otherly power" making up your mind on judge appointments, your opinion of gays, abortion, etc.

    Remember, not everyone practices a religion.

    August 15, 2007 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  13. travis

    Hey, it was a fair contest and Romney won. In fact, he chased McCain and Guiliani out of the straw poll 2 months ago. All other candidates had a chance to win and Romney whipped them. It was time for all second-tiers to put up or shut up. And that includes Ron Paul. Congrats to Romney. Congrats to Huckabee. Those two would make a great ticket. Everyone else go home already!

    August 15, 2007 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  14. David, Salinas, CA

    The story in a nutshell:

    A multi-millionaire corporate raider just bought an ad to publicize the fact that he bought a straw poll during his campaign to buy the Presidency.


    On a lighter note, here's a great video of Romney debating Ted Kennedy in Massachusetts and running to his LEFT:


    August 15, 2007 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  15. Chip Celina OH

    "Is everyone else blind to what is REALLY scary about Romney? Here is a guy who will govern based on his religious beliefs."

    I'm still investigating Romney. What he's done for health care in Massachusetts looks promising and could provide a good model for the rest of the country, maybe even the Federal gov't. What is really SCARY is that so many make assumptions that since someone believes in God, they want to force their view on everyone else.

    August 15, 2007 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  16. Anonymous

    So I suppose the blatantly anti-catholic, jew, and muslim politicians of our past ruled with those convictions too? Anonymous @ 2:21 you have proven you lack a brain.

    Id rather someone with some belief in something be in power than someone who beleives in nothing other than her own self worth?

    Also all of the democratic candidates have all been asked about their religions, are you not going to vote for them?

    August 15, 2007 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  17. Chip Celina OH

    Anonymous @ 4:49 calls it right on Anonymous @ 2:21.

    I guess he's afraid of Hillary too, she claims to be one of those darned Methodists.

    Have nice day,


    August 15, 2007 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  18. J, Seattle, WA

    IOWA = Idiots Out Walking Around

    August 15, 2007 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  19. xtina - chicago IL

    I wish people could look at Mitt Romney objectively and without religious bigotry. He has been a success in everything he has done in the business world, thus built up a fortune. What could be more American?

    Why would we want someone who doesn't have a good business head. I mean, if he ran a company, I'd want to work for that company because he's very smart with money.

    He believes in family, faith ,hard work, personal responsibility and personal empowerment, not government dependency. Of course, he believes in the usual conservative ideals of strong national defense, smaller fed. government and low taxes.

    August 15, 2007 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  20. Mark H., Las Vegas, NV

    Congrats Romney!! The majority of the messages the have been posted about this story are ridiculous. Romney is a man of Faith with a family that we should all applaud in this day and age. How many of the candidates from either party have children in the Military? The only truely SCARY thing going on is uneducated Americans believing the crap being run by the Liberal media. If you are going to spend time posting comments about any candidate then take the time to learn what they are all about. If you want to learn more about a man that would make an incredible President, read "A MORMON IN THE WHITEHOUSE" by HUGH HEWITT. Great Job Mitt...GOD BLESS AMERICA!!

    August 15, 2007 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  21. xtina chicago IL

    Could've sworn Barack Obama went out of his way to add

    I'm a Christian man to his ad.

    Should I worry that Obama will govern using his religion? ?????

    August 16, 2007 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  22. David, Salinas, CA

    I agree we should leave Romney’s religion out of the debate. The reasons not to vote for him are that he made his money as a corporate raider using junk bonds to do leveraged buy-outs, bankrupting companies firing union workers and shipping their jobs overseas. He has also taken multiple positions on abortion, gay rights, stem cells and immigration based on whether he was running in Massachusetts or Iowa. Oh, and he continues to support the irresponsible and tragic war in Iraq.

    That’s enough reason to keep him out of the White House.

    August 16, 2007 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  23. Andre Comeau, Boston

    I don't get it why the Iowa straw poll and Romney's win there gets so much attention in the media and the 2 other straw polls soon after in Alabama and New Hampshire get no coverage at all. Who won there?

    August 20, 2007 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |