September 21st, 2007
05:25 PM ET
7 years ago

Romney to Republicans: Get 'house in order'

Romney has some sharp words for Republicans in an "open letter" to his party.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Following the release of a television ad earlier this week that criticizes his own party, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney has released "an open" letter to his "friends and fellow Republicans" calling on them to "start acting like Republicans."

“The blame, we must admit, does not belong to just one party," he writes in the letter set to be published in the New Hampshire Union-Leader this Sunday and the Capitol Hill paper Roll Call this Monday.

"If we’re going to change Washington, Republicans have to put our own house in order," Romney continues. "We can’t be like Democrats – a party of big spending. We can’t pretend our borders are secure from illegal immigration. We can’t have ethical standards that are a punch-line for Jay Leno. When Republicans act like Democrats, America loses."

The letter will also be circulated among Republican National Committee members and supporters of the campaign, Romney spokesman Kevin Madden said.

– CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney


Filed under: Mitt Romney • New Hampshire
soundoff (35 Responses)
  1. Ron Nebraska

    Nit Wit Mitt.......your party is only useful for catering to the wealthy and manipulating the ignorant.

    September 21, 2007 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  2. Kent D. Madison, WI

    Uh, just a minute, Mr. Romney.

    Don't be so fast to criticize Democrats. Look at the colossal, global tragedy that your Republican pals have made of the US and the world.

    September 21, 2007 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  3. James Morrison, Alexandria VA

    THIS GUY HAS NO CHANCE TO WIN! ZIP!

    September 21, 2007 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  4. Anonymous

    Nice way to further divide the country.....idiot

    September 21, 2007 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  5. Evie, Tarpon Springs FL

    Evie's replies are in bold

    Following the release of a television ad earlier this week that criticizes his own party, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney has released "an open" letter to his "friends and fellow Republicans" calling on them "start acting like Republicans."

    Any "party" that thinks we need winners and losers ... is a loser.

    If WE THE PEOPLE fail to stand and take control (KNOW what is going on) ... We The People of the USA SHOULD get what we've gotten.

    “The blame, we must admit, does not belong to just one party," he writes in the letter set to be published in the New Hampshire Union-Leader this Sunday and the Capitol Hill paper Roll Call this Monday.

    "If we’re going to change Washington, Republicans have to put our own house in order," Romney continues. "We can’t be like Democrats – a party of big spending. We can’t pretend our borders are secure from illegal immigration. We can’t have ethical standards that are a punch-line for Jay Leno. When Republicans act like Democrats, America loses."

    HHHMMMMMMMM ....
    “The blame, we must admit, does not belong to just one party,"
    oops that was Romney there.

    Give me a break ... until we begin to look at what is BEST for all of us, we are ALL losers

    September 21, 2007 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  6. T Marshall, boston, MA

    Maybe he should get his own house in order by ditching a few wives or letting go of some of his slaves. He should also be better about putting away his secret, magic pajamas when he's done wearing them.

    September 21, 2007 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  7. laurinda,shokan,ny

    Oh why doesn't the Ken Doll just shut up. I am so tired of listening to all these little wierd ideas he comes up with. I honestly don't know why they make dolls that talk.

    September 21, 2007 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  8. RB, from the bay state

    The more he yaps, the stranger he sounds, not that that's unusual for a right-wing presidential wannabe.

    This guy may as well hang it up right now. He's toast.

    September 21, 2007 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  9. Carmen, Miami FL

    Hate to break it to Mitt, but it's really when Democrats start acting like Republicans that we need to worry. When the majority of scandals are coming from the Republican party, you can't say that Republicans acting like Democrats is a bad thing.

    I honestly don't think this guy has a chance, and this stupid letter kind of reinforces that. More people trust Democrats now than Republicans–stop the bs.

    September 21, 2007 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  10. Sandra, Warm Springs, Oregon

    Excuse me, "act like Democrats", what does that mean? Republicans with holier than thou attitudes appear to be showing their true colors and are getting caught in their own lies, scandal, and deceit.

    September 21, 2007 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  11. Lori, Santa Cruz, California

    Mitt's message is to Republicans. I think the comments so far are from the opposing party. I get it, Mitt. I am a conservative and you are trying to rally us all. You are right, Republicans acting like Democrats-that was the root cause for Democrats gaining control of congress. Keep it up! Reagan consevatism is a winning message.

    September 21, 2007 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  12. John

    what a chachbag

    September 21, 2007 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  13. jon asburn va

    Why am i not surprised that every comment from obvious Democrats is either pathetically juvenile or filled with fascist hate, oh! that's right they are from Democrats silly me. First of all Mitt Romney has only 1 wife of which he has been married to and remained faithful to for 38 years, can't say that about bill clinton can you , let's face it even the wack job ron paul is 10 times the candidate that all of the dem's put together could ever even hope to be. Jon Embrey

    September 21, 2007 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  14. Shawnie Cannon, Grants Pass OR

    Hey Kent from Wisconsin:

    Look at the colossal, global tragedy that your Democratic Congress has made of the US and the world. Congress calls the shots and has the final say – Kent. Nice try.

    The negative replies on this post are mostly from Democrats and do not represent what the conservatives think of Romney.

    As a conservative – Please keep it up! You raise the bar among Republican candidates.

    September 21, 2007 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  15. Carmen, Miami FL

    Hey Shawnie from Grant Pass, OR:

    Nice try attempting to pin the mess we're in on the Democrats. I guess I have to remind you that Dems have been "in charge" for about nine months, while this war has been going on for four years, and the slim Democratic majority isn't enough for this country to progress.

    This mess sits firmly on the shoulders of the Bush administration and the Republicans (and Democrats) who are too cowardly, inept, or corrupt to stand up and do what our country needs.

    Raising the bar among the Republicans? How hard can that be, with this group? Fine, conservatives. Love Romney. Better yet, try getting him elected!

    September 21, 2007 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  16. Jake

    Marshal,
    Why don't you pull your head out and join the rest of us here in fact land. Mormons don't have more than one wife, do not have slaves, and as far as the 'secret pajamas' go- that comment really magnifies your ignorant bigotry. Hate promoters like you are the reason for so many of the problems we have in this country. What's funny is how liberals advocate acceptance and tolerance, including race or sexual orientation- but when it come to religion, there's sure no acceptance and tolerance there. True liberal double standard hypocrisy.

    September 21, 2007 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  17. Christian, Tampa FL

    It's extremely hypocritical and ridiculous of him to say "we can't be like Democrats."

    Last I checked, it was the Republicans who are forcing the nation to continue the war in Iraq despite public disapproval, and it's the Republicans who, at every debate, talk about torture and nuclear weapons.

    I would be more in favor of bipartisanship if Republicans would stop tearing this country to pieces with their disgusting politics. It's time for them to take the back seat and reform themselves before they continue their Washington nonsense.

    September 21, 2007 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  18. Blair Hess Jr. Martinsburg, WV 25401

    "Some Points to Ponder"...A Wake up call.... to all Major Parties

    Everywhere there is apathy.  Nobody cares whether that which is preached is true or false. A sermon is a sermon whatever the subject; only, the shorter it is, the better."
    Charles Haddon Spurgeon~~ spoken 100 years ago

    Peace is a dream. Peace through appeasement is a pipe dream. Strenth is the only way to prevent war and victory is the only way to end one.
    (Author unknown)

    I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America,
    And to the Republic for which it stands. one Nation under God,
    Indivisible, with Liberty and Justice for All!

    #1 Remove “Under God” from the Pledge of Allegiance? From our Currency?
    #2 Remove the Ten Commandments from our federal buildings?
    #3 Redefine the definition of marriage?
    #4 Support Partial Birth Abortion?
    #5 Parent's cannot "correct" a child for fear of reprisal?

    Common sense issues, if put to the "People".. will unite all voters. Most will agree, the above topics, do not deserve the "time nor day".

    Whether Democrat, Republican, or Independent; This nation is ready.. for any Candidate to run on a platform of "Back To Basics". I will go so far as to "coin" a phrase for any candidate to use: "Give me" more MPV... not MTV! (MPV = Morals, Principals, and Values)

    All, of America will have choices to make for candidates in the 2008 elections.

    Get involved.....Follow it.. “down the ladder”..... for all the candidates.... and vote... for your agenda.
    Please don’t throw your vote away... by staying away, nor giving it away... follow... your.. “heart” and vote!

    This simple... "salesman".. says it is not to late for this Great Land!

    Blair Hess Jr.

    September 21, 2007 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  19. rbsingleton, Philadelphia, PA

    Where's this guy been? How can he use "Republicans" and "ethical standards" in the same breath? Scandals have driven more politicians from Capitol Hill in the extended Bush administration than in any I can remember.

    I'll bet that when the Republicans are finally driven from the White House, Romney will be there holding the rug the sweep the dirt under.

    September 21, 2007 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  20. The Obvious. Boston, Massechusetts.

    I thought that was Bushies slogan "Change Washington" – well Mr. Romney what happened ?

    September 21, 2007 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
  21. The Obvious. Boston, Massechusetts.

    And CNN is too big of an Idiot to post the appropriate comments.

    September 21, 2007 10:53 pm at 10:53 pm |
  22. Bill, Streamwood, IL

    How can you get both parties to work together when you say crap like this?

    Mitt just lost my vote.

    September 21, 2007 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |
  23. Ryan, Oakland, CA

    I don't know where some of your criticisms are coming from here guys. Did you read the article? He was criticizing republicans! And yet somehow you're upset even with that? He was pointing out that the republicans have done a terrible job lately on immigration, ethics, and so forth.

    Now I'll admit, the "we can't be like democrats" addition was pretty low and pretty much negates any power this would have had to build any bridges. But what do you expect these days? Hillary uses hyperbole to rail against the republicans all the time and I don't see anyone complaining.

    But this is different because a republican said it. You won't admit it but its true. Don't get me wrong, I'm a flaming liberal and if Mitt got elected I'd be strongly tempted to move to europe. But all you partisan sheep are why republicans think we're illogical hypocrites. So stop throwing out knee-jerk, generic criticisms to anything a republican says and stop giving the right-wing fodder. Please.

    September 22, 2007 12:02 am at 12:02 am |
  24. Mike, NY

    Oh shut up Romney.

    "We can't be... the party of big spending" means you actually have to cut spending, not just cut taxes. What are you willing to cut, after the obscene spending increases Bush and the recent Congresses have put in place the last six years? You can't label the Democrats as the party of big spending when the budget was far smaller under Clinton, and even smaller when Dems controlled Congress.

    You can say you're not a big spender all you want, but we know nothing will change under your administration. We'll still be fighting overseas, donating billions of American dollars to foreign countries, nothing will be done about social security, etc.

    If you want less spending, look into the one candidate that has proposed real changes-Ron Paul.

    September 22, 2007 12:13 am at 12:13 am |
  25. scott, manchester NH

    i never seem to be able to figure out
    WHAT romney is saying...
    the Dem's havent been in congress long enough to make the changes needed to reverse the disasterous behavior of R's..

    He's saying the R's need to put their house in order,right?

    OK, so are we to understand that that should happen before or after the R's lose the WH...?
    isnt the real story that very few people can even stand to listen to a republican anymore...they're just plain annoying.

    hows that sound?.........Money-Man Mitt.

    September 22, 2007 12:32 am at 12:32 am |
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