December 12th, 2007
08:27 AM ET
7 years ago

Romney airs anti-Hillary spot in Michigan

Romney is expanding an ad that bashes Clinton into Michigan.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Mitt Romney’s campaign announced Wednesday that it is airing a television ad bashing Democrat Hillary Clinton in Michigan.

The Republican presidential candidate mocks Clinton’s White House ambitions in the spot, which debuted in New Hampshire last month, saying the New York senator has never been in charge of any enterprise, even “a corner store.”

"She has never run anything. And the idea that she could learn to be president as an internship just doesn't make any sense,” says the former Massachusetts governor.

The campaign said the buy is their second in the Michigan market, and their first since early spring.

The Republican party there has lost half its delegate strength as a penalty from national party leadership for scheduling its vote for January 15, just one week after New Hampshire’s first-in-the-nation presidential primary.

–CNN Associate Political Editor Rebecca Sinderbrand


Filed under: Hillary Clinton • Michigan • Mitt Romney
soundoff (48 Responses)
  1. Ashling Ogden UT

    Dumb Dumb Dumb Dumb move...come on stop bashing eachother

    December 12, 2007 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  2. Lev Klinemann, Redondo Beach CA

    Does Romney actually think that the chrisitian right is going to vote for him?

    Who is he fooling?

    Why is he wasting his time with this election?

    ...and even if by some ridiculous miracle he wins the Republican nomination, Hillary will spank him back into the hole e came crawling out of.

    Be carefull what you what you wish for Mitt! You just might get it.

    December 12, 2007 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  3. Darth Vadik, Glendora CA

    Here is the Republican candidates:

    1. No to Clinton

    2. No to moveon.org

    3. No to George Soros

    4. Did we mention we are anti Hillary

    Pathetic, no ideas of their own, NONE, NONE.

    Talking points, talking points, talking points.

    Well, let just see you conservatives that are anti Clinton, over 70% of the US would take Bubba Clinton back over Bush without a second thought. So find a new "wedge" issue, because the old ones are just not as interesting any more.

    December 12, 2007 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  4. Ryan, Oakland, CA

    I'm not a Romney fan but he makes a good point here. Hillary has zero executive experience. She's probably pretty good at sitting on committees and putting in her two cents, maybe even drawing up some legislation, but she has never once been in a position as a decision-maker. And here she is running for the biggest executive position in the world. And she's running on experience?

    December 12, 2007 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  5. Hannah, Lexington, KY

    Sounds to me like someone is scared!!! I seriously don't know why the candidates are throwing away their money! 4 million dollars on ads?! How about donating that money to cancer research, homeless shelters, or heck even animal shelters!! How about Katrina victims or California fire victims? If I heard about a candidate actually donating their money to help someone OTHER than themselves, why that would definitely buy my vote!! But then I wouldn't get to see your face on the TV for that split second right before I switch the channel to find out what else is on....

    December 12, 2007 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  6. Nathan, Melbourne Victoria

    I always thought Romney was running in the Democratic field. I think he forgot he's a Republican.

    December 12, 2007 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  7. Lisa, San Diego, CA.

    I think his campaign could have issued the statement with a little more class:
    Mitt Romney’s campaign announced Wednesday that it is airing a television ad bashing Democrat Hillary Clinton in Michigan.
    Come on, show a little respect, Mitt.

    December 12, 2007 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  8. Anonymous

    WHO SAID CLINTON WAS THE ONE TO BE. HE MIGHT BE WAISTING HIS MONEY.

    December 12, 2007 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  9. Dan (Columbia, MD)

    how does being governor give you more experience than being senator. You have no international responsibilties, no defense issues, and only state finincial issues.

    – Dr. Truth, Boston

    So by your logic she's more qualified than her husband was when he ran back in 1992.

    I think your fellow kool aid drinking liberals would disagree with you.

    Being a Senator or First Housewife does not qualify as LEADERSHIP experience. Especially on the level of governing a state.

    December 12, 2007 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  10. TYSPOCK , COLUMBIA, MD

    This country will do well with Hillary and Hilary will do well for this country.
    I cannot believe the people who get their marching orders from "HATE" TV and "HATE" radio, it seems that most of them have loss the ability to think for themselves, as you can see from some of the comments which mirror the comments on hate TV and hate radio – check the newspaper comment sections. If they were really concern about where Hillary would take this country they would really be expressing their utter discuss about where the Bush administration has already taken it – which is down – way way down ! surplus long gone, thousands of lives loss for a completely unnecessary war, 1 trillion and counting taken from our national treasury – funds that our children and their children will need to pay for, 50 billion paid to insurgents to stop attacking our troops – al least for now or until we stop paying them again, 12 billion in 100 dollar bills they claim is just missing – the list of unbelievable stuff just goes on and on and with no lessons learned from the past ; the times when we gave weapons and billions to the Taliban who were fighting the Russians at that time as well as the northern alliance ( now the current leadership of Afghanistan ) not to mention all the weapons and billions more dollars we gave Sodom Hussein during the Iraq – Iran wars – this all after the horrific gassing this administration likes to point out and those plane load of weapons Ollie gave to the Iranians during the U.S. led embargo ? – Why and what for? Were any of those weapons sent to the insurgents in this Iraq war ?. Now days our economy is in shambles, we are on the verge of a recession, this administration has been wrong about so many things that our credibility and respect around the world has been badly soiled, as Scott McCulin said he lad to lend the bush administration some credibility, Tony Snow was kind with his “somewhat of an embarrassment” remark – so Do your homework folks – then decide – because one more Bush like neo-con like administration could well do us in! Our founding fathers prevail over the most powerful military on earth because bullets will never be a substitute for the will of the people – a well informed people ! Neo-cons should return to the toy soldiers of the youth and leave the real soldiers to leaders like Hillary who will make decisions as their commander and chief worthy of the service and their sacrifices !

    December 12, 2007 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  11. Bill, Manhattan

    Hod it! Is Mitt becoming another Don Quixote by fighting the windmills of Hillary? No one has been nominated yet.

    If Mitt is fighting what does not exist, he would be perfect in dealing with Iran.

    He states his qualifications quite readily by his tactic: let's deal with what IS NOT now. Sheer delusion!

    Get a grip and stay in the now!

    December 12, 2007 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  12. anon, ny, ny

    Why is Romney's wasting money on anti-Hillary ads in this nomination phase?

    People shouldnt trust Romney's experience in business and governorship. He has the highest burnt rate (amount spent on $ raised) of all candidates, and he is running around 3rd in the republican nomination bid. He could have better spending money bashing giuliani or huckabee. At this point, he may not win the republican nomination.

    December 12, 2007 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  13. J Houston, TX

    Here is the Republican candidates:

    1. No to Clinton

    2. No to moveon.org

    3. No to George Soros

    4. Did we mention we are anti Hillary

    Pathetic, no ideas of their own, NONE, NONE.

    Talking points, talking points, talking points.

    Well, let just see you conservatives that are anti Clinton, over 70% of the US would take Bubba Clinton back over Bush without a second thought. So find a new "wedge" issue, because the old ones are just not as interesting any more.

    Posted By Darth Vadik, Glendora CA : December 12, 2007 3:02 pm

    That's retarded. The issues are blantly obvious for the Republican party.

    Make tax cuts permanent.
    Lower taxes further.
    Simplify the tax code.
    Decrease government handouts.
    Lower corporate taxes to stimulate growth.
    Defend the country in the war on terror.
    Defend our borders and enforce immigration aggressively.
    Defend the rights of unborn children.

    The problem is always finding a candidate in any party whom is that smart and actually lives up to his talk.

    Why does the Republican party hate Hillary?
    Pro abortion
    Anti Iraq
    Anti Petraeus
    Raise Taxes
    Increased spending to go with the increased revenue.
    Best Experience is 2 senate terms and NO OTHER ELECTED POSITIONS.

    She represents the exact opposite on every policy.

    Quit reading only California newspapers, do your own research. California is slowly becoming the biggest site for academic inbreeding in the world.

    December 12, 2007 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  14. Bill, Manhattan, NYC

    Hi J from Houston:

    I agree fully BUT the GOP has turned the surplus of Clinton's budget into a multi trillion defecit. All this with, until recently, a GOP Congress. This was under their watch and was it not Bush who was pushing for the so-called "Immigration Reform Act?"

    December 12, 2007 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  15. T pipe Owosso MI

    OMG TYSPOCK,
    How on earth can you and your lib friends think that the government holding your money is such a good thing. Libs are always talking about a government surplus, did you see anything from that money other than your tax amount on your check stub? Vote for your silly socialist presidential candidates and life will be sooo much better.

    December 12, 2007 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  16. J Williamson, Buffalo, NY

    Yo Romney! I was a resident of MA in 1994 when you promised that you'd be a better candidate for gay people than Ted Kennedy. We (gays) knew it was a crock even then – it's called pandering and you weren't very good at it. You're still not. Hey! Maybe you can claim you were "brain-washed" by the gay lobby – I think there's a fair chance the religious zealots would go for it. What could you lose at this point? Besides your self-respect, I mean.

    December 12, 2007 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  17. Robert, Shelton, CT

    All he does is attack anyone, he has no solutions and was a joke when he was governor of Mass....instead of attacking Huckabee, Clinton and Giuliani he needs to speak about the issues, o wait, he doesn't have any positions so he can't.

    December 12, 2007 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  18. Patrick, Bethlehem,PA

    THIS MAN IS JUST UGLY! AND I AM NOT TALKING ABOUT HIS LOOKS.

    December 12, 2007 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  19. daniel, WA

    I think his campaign could have issued the statement with a little more class:
    Mitt Romney’s campaign announced Wednesday that it is airing a television ad bashing Democrat Hillary Clinton in Michigan.
    Come on, show a little respect, Mitt.

    You are a complete idiot. Do you honestly think that Romney's camp made the announcement just like CNN put it? "bashing Democrat Hillary??"

    Just like his ads about Huckabee, do your homework people...it is true and sometimes it is not a bad thing to help out the brainwashed.

    I am undecided for my vote as of right now, but as far as this article is concerned. Mitt does have a ridiculously good record. He is smart & has continually proven he can take horrible situations and improve them.

    I look at what he did as Governer and am curious to these "failed as Gov comments". I suspect this is coming from a niche minority who lost out on having their way.

    Don't only read CNN, lets find the best candidate to get us back on teh right track...and I am not saying that has to be Romney.

    December 12, 2007 11:06 pm at 11:06 pm |
  20. Steve, Lyons, CO

    "How on earth can you and your lib friends think that the government holding your money is such a good thing."

    How on earth can you and your fascist friends think that corporations holding your money is such a good thing?

    " Libs are always talking about a government surplus, did you see anything from that money other than your tax amount on your check stub?"

    Take an economics course. You truly sound like a child on mommy's computer.

    Your moron Republicans have put the country more in debt than ANY OTHER administration in history.

    G'wan, beat it, kid, go home and change your diapers.

    December 13, 2007 03:35 am at 3:35 am |
  21. J Houston, TX

    How on earth can you and your fascist friends think that corporations holding your money is such a good thing?

    Money in the hands of private businesses is exactly what makes the economy grow. The Bush tax cuts INCREASED revenue. Care to explain that? Go get some experience in the business world and quit listening to your college professor like he is God.

    December 13, 2007 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  22. Dan (Columbia, MD)

    It always cracks me up when socialist-liberals claim that the government is the solution to our problems.

    They want take away the power from the people and centralize in the federal government then have the nerve to accuse conservatives of being facists.

    Oh the irony.

    December 13, 2007 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  23. Jake Briggs, Houston TX

    "The Bush tax cuts INCREASED revenue"

    Hmm, then explain to me how the Euro and the Canadian Dollar came to be worth more than our US Dollar during Bush's reign? Face the facts, Texans. We are a sinking, outsourcing economy.

    December 13, 2007 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |
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