December 21st, 2007
02:45 PM ET
7 years ago

Romney plays up Michigan ties

Romney is playing up his ties to Michigan.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Republican Mitt Romney – who was born in Michigan, and whose father served as governor there - is playing up his connection to the state in a new ad.

"And for me, Michigan is personal," says Romney in the 30-second spot, released Friday. "It's inexcusable that Michigan is undergoing a one-state recession. High levels of unemployment, industry is shrinking here, jobs are going away."

Michigan, set to hold its primary on January 15, is the first state to vote after New Hampshire. But the Republican winner will only be awarded half the state's delegates, since national Republican leadership has penalized the state party for holding the primary before February 5. The Democratic Party was even harder on Michigan for the primary move-up, forbidding its presidential field from even campaigning in the state.

– CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney


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soundoff (36 Responses)
  1. Mark R. Fotr Lauderdale FL

    I think it's ridiculous that candidates can't/won't campaign in MI and FL. I hope this system gets fixed before 2012.

    December 22, 2007 02:35 am at 2:35 am |
  2. dilmont

    If Romney thinks Muchigan is the only state in recession, he needs to get much better advisors and researchers.

    December 22, 2007 03:19 am at 3:19 am |
  3. Alice Newman Center Harbor NH

    The sons are never as successful as the fathers...
    even the Adams (Jon and John Q) – and the Bush dynasty really proves the point.

    Don't vote for the son hoping to get the father – you will be disappointed and its no fair tot the rest of us!

    If Mitt was such a great governor ... why aren't the people of Massachusetts singing his praises??? He ran as one person and when elected, changed into another ... then was seldom in the state while starting to run for President!

    Just a shadow of his father ... trying to succeed where his father didn't – we had enough of that with George Jr!

    December 22, 2007 05:48 am at 5:48 am |
  4. Mike, Westport CT

    Romney and Al Gore have something in common; they are both exaggerators and/or fibbers.
    Does it count only when a Democrat does it? Will Romney be confronted with his exaggerations/fibs as was Al Gore?

    December 22, 2007 08:29 am at 8:29 am |
  5. Mac, Severn, Md

    I understand that Chris Matthews LIED about George Romney marching with Dr. King. For those who question Mitt Romney's words, please read below. How about we all search for truth before we believe ANYONE in the "media".

    1963 Detroit Free Press: "With Gov. Romney a surprise arrival and marching in the front row, more than 500 Negroes and whites staged a peaceful antidiscrimination parade up Grosse Pointe's Kercheval Avenue Saturday. ... 'the elimination of human inequalities and injustices is our urgent and critical domestic problem,' the governor said. ... [Detroit NAACP President Edward M.] Turner told reporters, 'I think it is very significant that Governor Romney is here. We are very surprised.' Romney said, 'If they want me to lead the parade, I'll be glad to.'" ("Romney Joins Protest March Of 500 In Grosse Pointe," Detroit Free Press, 6/29/63)

    December 22, 2007 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  6. GRACE, SUN CITY CENTER, FL

    AS LONG AS ALL THE TAXPAYERS FUND THE
    DEM & GOP PRIMARIES & CONVENTIONS, THE
    VOTERS IN EVERY STATE ARE ENTITLED TO
    EQUAL PROTECTION UNDER THE CONSTITUTION
    THERE SHOULD BE ONE DAY FOR A NAT'L
    PRIMARY, SO THAT ALL TAXPAYERS HAVE THE
    SAME INFLUENCE WITH THEIR PRIMARY VOTES
    THE TWO MAJOR PARTIES HAVE A VIRTUAL
    MONOPOLY ON OUR ELECTIONS DUE TO THE
    BALLOT ACCESS LAWS THAT THEY PASSED TO
    THEIR ADVANTAGE. (ANTI-TRUST LAWS?)
    IF THEY WANT TO HAVE ARBITRARY
    PRIMARY RULES, THEY SHOULD FUND THEIR
    OWN PRIMARIES & CONVENTIONS, AS THE
    LIBERTARIAN PARTY DOES.
    HOW DARE THEY USE THEIR MONOPOLY
    AGAINST THE TAXPAYERS WHO FUND THEM???
    THE COURTS WERE DEAD WRONG ON THIS!!

    December 22, 2007 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  7. CS, Gerald, MO

    Well if Edwards doesn't get the nod, Romney is my second choice. Were there any jobs back home that is where I would be. Somebody needs to fix Michigan and if Mitt thinks he can do it; GREAT! He should start by dissolving the unions thus bringing the States economy in line with the rest of the nation.

    December 22, 2007 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  8. J, Seattle, WA

    No doubt about it the Senior Romney was the better man.

    December 22, 2007 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  9. GRACE

    DO WE BELIEVE IN STATES RIGHTS??
    THAT IS TO HAVE OUR PRIMARIES WHEN WE
    WANT TO WITHOUT PAYING A PENALTY?
    WE SHOULD HAVE EQUAL PROTECTION UNDER
    THE CONSTITUTION. ONE DAY FOR A NAT'L
    PRIMARY DAY.
    THE MEDIA WANT THE ADVERTISING DOLLARS
    SO, THEY DON'T CARE IF IT'S FAIR FOR
    ALL THE STATES OR NOT.

    December 23, 2007 02:42 am at 2:42 am |
  10. Karen Houston TX

    Witnesses have come forward to say they remember seeing Martin Luther King Jr. and presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s father marching together in 1963, Politico reported, after questions were raised about whether such a march ever happened.

    Politico reported that the former Massachusetts governor is not the only one who remembers this.

    One witness, Shirley Basore, 72, said she saw the two “hand in hand” in 1963 in Grosse Pointe, Mich. Another witness, Ashby Richardson, 64, said she was not more than 20 feet from the two of them.

    There are many witnesses and articles from the time period. If you would care to look instead of misjudge and call names.

    Mitt Romney’s father DID march with MLK Jr. There are those of you who would like to twist this into a lie but it is the truth, and it is a great thing!

    Mitt said that "He saw the day that his father marched with MLK Jr.” You would take this out of context and again accuse him of lying.

    My grandfather has often said, "I saw the day that the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor". Is he lying because he wasn't actually at Pearl Harbor? Don’t be foolish.

    Mitt has referred to a very important event in the history of our nation, and his family’s relevance to it.

    Some of you are so twisted and bitter there can be nothing of sincerity in any candidate, especially one as good and qualified as Mitt Romney.

    December 23, 2007 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  11. Mickey harrisburg,PA

    Hillary gets bashed by the New York Times and CNN tries to declare independence by citing a pro Hilliary poll. In the end neither Obama or Clinton will get more than 49% of the general election and we all know this to be true. End of discussion.

    December 26, 2007 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
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