November 3rd, 2007
08:22 AM ET
11 years ago

Romney leads in Iowa

Watch Bill Schneider's report about Mitt Romney in Iowa.

(CNN) - Senior Political Analyst Bill Schneider filed this report from Iowa Friday. Schneider takes at why Mitt Romney is leading in Iowa polls.

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  1. Daniel, NY

    Romney is also tied for first in the latest South Carolina primary poll!

    November 2, 2007 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  2. Gore Nashville TN

    So What ?

    November 2, 2007 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  3. Xavier Boston MA

    So what ? My pet Penquin Rugo, got the best grade in the class, in a recent study done by the Democratic Penquins of the 109 counties of Anartica.

    November 2, 2007 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  4. Val Davydov, Agawam, MA

    That's great, Governor! Congratulations! This is obviously the fruit of your hard work, diligence, passion and commitment to our country.

    On the other subject: has anyone heard from lazy Fred? Is he still in the race? It been a long while since I've seen his face (not that I miss his face – just curious).

    November 2, 2007 11:10 pm at 11:10 pm |
  5. Walt, Belton, TX

    The only way I could vote for Romney would be because his opponent is Hillary. Otherwise, he wouldn't be worth the trip to the ballot box.

    November 2, 2007 11:25 pm at 11:25 pm |
  6. John,ny,ny

    He only looks Presidential but he couldn't be patient to finish his term here in massachusetts coz his eys were in the white house. I don't know who would employ such a person the second time with a promotion actually. Americans remember it is about your lives and your money at the end of the day. This guy allowed bad concrete for the tunnel in Mass which eventually collapsed and killed a woman......I would not vote for this guy even the way he tells one thing then change to another...There is no worse thing than that!! I just don't want G.W.Bush duplicate no matter how presidential they look from the outside......I don't wanna ignore those signals and regret....

    November 3, 2007 12:41 am at 12:41 am |
  7. Esther,Derry,NH

    I am not a republican but If I were this guy would never get my vote based on how he runs around making a false impression and calling Obama other names that are not his. That to me was very childish for a presidential candidate!

    November 3, 2007 12:43 am at 12:43 am |
  8. Mark, Moab, UT

    This is actually heartening. The only GOP candidate I fear is Huckabee - his sincerity and genuineness distinguish him from the other GOP candidates and make him dangerous in a general election.

    November 3, 2007 01:22 am at 1:22 am |
  9. Andrew, NJ

    Huckabee? You are kidding right? No way in hell will this country elect a preacher who'll push his moral values from the white house.

    Frankly the only person who the Democrats should fear is Ron Paul...because he takes away their anti-war advantage, and puts it back to the classic big government with high taxes and handouts, or small goverment with no taxes and phased out handouts.

    A pro-war candidate shoots himself in the foot with the 75% of the voters who are against the war in Iraq

    November 3, 2007 03:34 am at 3:34 am |
  10. Tim, Minneapolis,MN

    We'll flip-flop this one for you Mitt. You'll be last after the Iowa caucus.

    November 3, 2007 05:28 am at 5:28 am |
  11. Bob, Delaware, OH

    The chance has been lost for the Republicans in the 2008 election, and there won't be another one.

    November 3, 2007 07:49 am at 7:49 am |
  12. Karen,ny

    The only thing that Romney would be endorsed in Iowa for is the scariest person to be tied to a stake out in a cornfield to scare away the crows.

    November 3, 2007 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  13. Shawnie Cannon, Grants Pass OR

    Romney is awesome! He is dedicated, focused, energetic, innovative, devoted to America and professional. You deserved this one! No one works harder.

    November 3, 2007 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  14. ne,Pa.

    Romney would never get my vote! He's a phony and trying to buy the White House with his personal fortune.

    November 3, 2007 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  15. Erik, Hershey, PA

    I am so sick and tired of everyone using the term "flip flop." Did he actually say, I support abortion. No He said I will support the law, as if he could have done anything about it anyway. Those who keep using that term just show me that they know nothing about this guy. I'm not completely sold on Romney, but I'm of the same faith so I hold him to a higher standard. All I know is that he can organize and manage his surroundings. Isn't that all the president really does anyway. One thing is for sure, he, or anyone else will be better for this country than Hillary. Anyone who supports a museum to honoran event based around, not music, but irresponsibility is not fit to run this country.

    November 3, 2007 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  16. Terry, El Paso, TX

    I heard an interesting comment on TV about Romney. This commentator, I don't recall his name, said that Romney is a businessman with CEO values. For example, T-Mobile may be telling us that AT&T provides crappy service and poor connections. Then T-Mobile might buy AT&T, so their slogan might be "The great service and connections of the powerful AT&T network has been combined with T-Mobile's equally powerful network to bring America's consumers the very best in cell phone experience."

    In other words, you say what you need to say to get customers. Truth is not important; persuasion is important. So, to Romney, if the electorate wants to hear that abortion is bad or good, he will tell them what they want to hear. This is not called lying in the corporate world. This is called marketing. Good marketing gets customers/voters; bad marketing fails to do so.

    He is simply bringing corporate ethics ("Profits good; losses bad.") into the election process.

    November 3, 2007 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  17. Tim, Minneapolis,MN

    I don't know about the t-mobile stuff, but he's lawyer happy. We'll never hear the truth with this guy.

    Also they call him fee-fee because he wants fees on everything so he can say he "I didn't raise taxes". how clever.

    November 3, 2007 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  18. athomas, ny, ny

    Romney leads in Iowa because he has spent tons of money in ads there, while Giuliani hardly spent any. Romney front loads all his campaign efforts in Iowa and a few other early state primaries (New Hampshire, South Carolina, etc), and hope the wins in these states will propell his win to other states.

    Ditto for Obama. His ads in Iowa are at least double that of Hillary, as he also think that a win in Iowa may save him. Unfortunately, the latest poll by ARG shows that he is still 10 pts behind of Hillary.

    November 3, 2007 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  19. Chris, Pensacola FL

    Please look at the fine print of the polls. I could be in the lead too if I asked people who I would vote for, Romney or Bush.

    November 3, 2007 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  20. Greg, Phoenix, AZ

    Duh, he is leading in Iowa because he was the only credible Republican candidate to participate in the Straw Poll. That is a REAL hard one to figure out, Mr. Schneider!

    The fact that he has spent millions of his own money to try and get an early victory doesn't hurt either.

    This will be the ONLY state Romney wins, if he wins it.

    November 3, 2007 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  21. Shawnie Cannon, Grants Pass OR

    Romney is leading in most of the early states, not just Iowa and the poll did NOT ask Romney or Bush. Desperate RomNots.

    November 3, 2007 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  22. Dan, Saint Louis, MO

    Everyone gets so caught up in political rhetoric, name-calling, etc. that they forget the actual track record of the candidate. Romney was valedictorian of his college and aquired both a JD and MBA from Harvard, earning high honors in both degrees. He became CEO of Bain Capital and was wildly successful. His company managed over $50 billion. He then was asked to save the Salt Lake City Games, which were mired in scandal and impending scale-backs. He turned a $300 million deficit into over $100 profit in the course of a few years. Then, as Massachusetts governer, when dealt with a heavily democratic legislature in the most liberal state in America, he was able to get things done. He immediately was able to achieve health insurance for half of the state's uninsured without raising taxes at all. He refused to offer special privilges to illegal immigrants looking to settle in his state and milk the taxpayers' money. Like a businessman, he used his veto several hundreds of times, refusing to allow pork projects or tax increases. In all, he inherited a $1.2 billion defecit in Massachusetts and left with a $700 surplus. There seems to be a pattern with Romney's ability to turn around defecits.

    His big knock, obviously, is the abortion issue. Back in the early 90's, Romney ran as someone who was personally pro-life, but as a politician, he would support Roe. As Governor, when the issue of abortion became more than an issue, and his position would actually affect fetuses, he realized he was wrong. He vetoed every bill for expanding abortions and defining life after conception. You may see that someone, as they grow more mature and assume greater responsibilities, could truly change their mind on this difficult issue. You may also see this as pure political expediency (although it did make him unpopular on this issue in Massachusetts). Either way, consider the fact that Ronald Reagan, Henry Hyde and George HW Bush were all once pro-choice and became staunch supporters of life. On the other side, Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton and Ted Kennedy, were once pro-life and switched positions. Why is it that Romney's conviction is constantly questioned and these others are merely accepted as the flag-bearers of the pro-life and pro-choice movements, respectively?

    When voters who care about social values try to judge a candidate's heart, instead of looking to rhetoric, look to the actual decisions that person has made in their life. Giuliani has been married 3 times, including once to his cousin and once to his mistress. Some of his kids refuse to talk to him or even support other candidates. Thompson has been married twice, as has McCain. Hillary's "marriage" with Bill has been well-documented and has been the butt of jokes for years now. Romney married his high school sweetheart and has been committed to Ann throughout his success as a businessman and politician. He has raised 5 boys who are successes in their own right and who love and actively support their father. When looking to a candidate's heart, I truly believe their family is an important place to start.

    I am excited about Mitt Romney, who is both an experienced leader and a Washington outsider. Look to his campaign, which is characterized by tireless work, high energy and efficiency, and it seems very likely this is someone who would change Washington to the extent a president can. Romney's main obstacle remains his relatively unknown status to much of the country. If people get to know Romney in time for the primary, he'll probably win.

    November 3, 2007 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  23. Julie

    didnt do his job in Mass,wait until hear's that Iowa is putting a tax on pumpkins.

    November 3, 2007 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  24. laurinda, ny

    Congrats, Governor Romney !

    November 3, 2007 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  25. Paula Las Vegas, Nevada

    If you want our country run by the LDS "church" then you should vote for Romney; but please investigate his religion first - you may be very surprised at what you find. He is just a mindless drone for the church doctrine - which will set our country back about 50 years in the way we treat women and minorities. Mormons are brainwashed to care only about other mormons and the ideaology of the "church". Their formal education does not extend much beyond the teachings of Joseph Smith. Church doctrine is drilled into these gullible people day and night so that they do not stray from the cult like LDS community.

    November 4, 2007 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
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