October 5th, 2007
10:38 AM ET
11 years ago

Romney in radio ad: No new taxes

Romney is launching a new ad in New Hampshire pledging not to raise taxes.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - A day after Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney sharply criticized rival Rudy Giuliani for seeking to uphold a commuter tax when he was mayor of New York City, the former Massachusetts governor launched a new radio ad in New Hampshire touting his commitment to a no-new-tax pledge.

"For years, conservative candidates for president signed their name on the dotted line, pledging to oppose tax increases," Romney says in the ad that's set to hit airwaves in the crucial primary state Friday. "I'm proud to be the only major candidate for president to sign the tax pledge. The others have not.

"We've got to get taxes down. And grow our economy," Romney adds. "I believe it's not fair that you have to pay taxes when you earn your money, when you save your money and when you die."

The ad follows a day of back-and-forth between the Romney campaign and the Giuliani campaign over the former mayor's support of a commuter tax on visitors to New York City and over Giuliani's opposition in 1997 to the use of a line item veto.

Speaking on behalf of Giuliani in a conference call with reporters Thursday, former Massachusetts Gov. Paul Cellucci said Romney's criticisms were a move of "desperation," and noted Giuliani has said he supports the line item veto as one of his "12 commitments"

And Friday morning, Steve Forbes, national co-chair of Giuliani’s campaign, also defended the former New York City mayor.

"Results speak louder than rhetoric – that's why Rudy Giuliani's record of cutting taxes and slashing government spending makes him the true fiscal conservative in the race," Forbes said in a statement released by Giuliani’s campaign.

- CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney

Filed under: Mitt Romney • New Hampshire • Rudy Giuliani
soundoff (29 Responses)
  1. E. Elliott, Orlando, FL

    Oh great. Another Bush. The current one has hidden his head in the sand for 7 years avoiding any real interest in solving the problems with social security, medicare, medicaid ending the domination of the fossil fuel sector or cutting the trade defict with the Communist's in China. Then the twerp adds 3 trillion to the national debt. And 99% iof the 12 million criminal immigrants pay no tax to social security or the income tax. How does this new block head expect to repay the public institutions that Bush has looted without new taxes? He cannot, and obviously thinks he can continue the GOP policy of borrow and spend. This country cannot survive another 4 years of incompetent management. By his statement Romney shows he is clueless. The poor fools in the GOP have only one sane choice – Ron Paul.

    October 8, 2007 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  2. E. Elliott, Orlando, FL

    No new taxes?
    Who the hell do you think is going to pay the $10 billion deficit?
    Who do you think will pay for your pending war with Iran?

    Posted By Paul C., Palmetto Bay, FL : October 7, 2007 11:07 am

    You have the right idea, but your numbers are only the tip of the iceburg that the ship of state is grounded on. The war alone is 2 Billion$ a week. The defict is 300-400 Billion$. The national debt was around 1 trillion when Carter left office. Bush added 3 more by himself. GW is not a conservative. A conservative conserves for the future. GW squanders it in the present for a short term bonanza given the the top 1% in his trickle down pyramid scheme. Those grossly wealthy old white men care nothing for the people that work for a living. King George 1 called them OFU's, one fodder unit. Like father like son.

    October 8, 2007 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  3. Blayze Kohime, Columbus OH

    Nice effort, but I have heard too many 'no new tax' pledges that weren't upheld. He can't really promise that unless he is willing to move funds from less important things (ie most of what our government does) to more important things.

    October 8, 2007 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  4. john k. riggs Eagle Pass Texas

    As usual CNN omits the candidate that has won the debates and gotten attention from the Vegas bookies. Your bias against Ron Paul is showing the nation that Murdoch yes men have orders and the fix is in against Ron Paul. Your efforts are backfiring. Its time for honesty and integrity in the whitehouse. Maybe you should change your strategy to a smear campaign or just use flat out lies. Your plan of omission is not working.

    October 8, 2007 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
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