December 21st, 2007
02:45 PM ET
11 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

Filed under: Mitt Romney
soundoff (36 Responses)
  1. Cade Clements, Midland

    Michigan will belong to Romney on election day! His family has meant a lot to our state. The Romney's are a strong family that gets the important things right, Mitt will lead our nation very well! Romney 2008

    December 21, 2007 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  2. Bob Boldridge Des Moines, Iowa

    Does anyone remember – "Bubba and Romney in 68"?

    December 21, 2007 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  3. Shawnie Cannon, Grants Pass OR

    Mitt was born there, of course he cares.

    December 21, 2007 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  4. Joe Ossai, Bedford, NH

    This is why people have difficulty with Politicians. Mitt's Father was a good man and he supported the civil rights movement when it was not popular. That in itself is very good, but Mitt can't help himself but exaggerate his father's involvment.


    Mitt is a phoney in every way. Worse than a $3 bill.

    No wonder two of the major Massachusetts newspapers endorsed McCain instead of Mitt

    December 21, 2007 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  5. Lee M, Egg Harbor NJ

    Mitt's father (like Dubya Bush's father) had more honesty and character, even though it cost the elder Romney the presidency.

    Father Romney's presidential quest melted down after he came back from Vietnam and told the truth, that it was a failed war and that he had heretofore been "brainwashed" by the official line from the administration.

    Interestingly, Mitt won't repeat his father's mistake in telling the unvarnished truth. Instead he slams Mike Huckabee for telling the truth on Iraq, and instead aims to pander to the lowest common denominator, the Neanderthal "base" of the Republican Party. Huckabee is taking Mitt’s father’s role as the truth teller, while Mitt is taking Nixon’s role as the orthodox republican candidate with an unscrupulous quest for power.

    To heck with the truth, the younger Romney just wants to win at all costs! (the cost is to the nation, to you and me)

    December 21, 2007 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  6. AJ, Iowa City, IA

    If Iowa is so out of touch with reality to vote through Hick-libby [sic] then maybe Michigan should vote first.

    December 21, 2007 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  7. C VanOchten Portland, OR (formely of Lansing)

    Mitt is nothing like his Dad, and never will be.

    December 21, 2007 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  8. Mac, Severn, Md

    Governor (George) Romney was very well respected in Michigan – elected to 3 terms as Governor. I hope Governor (Mitt) Romney does well.

    December 21, 2007 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  9. Dave, San Diego, CA

    Romney's a good looking guy!

    December 21, 2007 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  10. aj huntington ny

    THESE TWO passages –" National Republican leadership has penalized the state party for holding the primary before february 5. The Democratic party was even harder on Mich., forbidding its presidential field from even campaigning in the state..." are chilling.

    The words penalized and forbidding don't belong in the government, are not good in a free country, and show that the powers-that-be have waaaay to much power.

    December 21, 2007 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  11. Brian, Brookfield, Mo

    Michigan's unemployment rate right now is very high and economy is on the way down. The state needs someone sound in economics to overcome there woes and I think Mitt is the one proven in this subject.

    As you state he should get the half migican votes.

    December 21, 2007 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  12. Lee, Ann Arbor, MI

    George Romney was a GREAT Governor in Michigan. He ran the State like a business; couldn't overspend and had to keep within a budget.

    Mitt Romney has a proven track record in business (taking over the troubled Salt Lake City Olympics, Bain Capital, the State of Mass), and would be a good President. MUCH MORE HANDS ON EXPERIENCE THAN WHAT THE OTHER CANDIDATES HAVE (especially Hillary's bogus claim of 35 years of experience).

    December 21, 2007 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  13. Connie, Tn.

    Mitt is not his father.

    December 21, 2007 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  14. michael, Gladstone, MO

    So does this mean Willard is giving up more states and pinning his hopes on Michigan now? Are his poll numbers dropping in IA, NH, SC and FL? Seriously, it's like a lot of these candidates have ADD, moving from state to state without even getting to a vote in one.

    December 21, 2007 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  15. Dale Davis, Glendora, California

    Mitt will bring a much needed shot in the arm for the economy in Detroit. He's the man Michigan, (the rest of the Midwest too!)

    December 21, 2007 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  16. RB, from the bay state

    Michigan can keep him.

    He spins like a weathervane.

    He was worthless in Masachusetts.

    December 21, 2007 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  17. Tom, Detroit, MI

    Yeah I agree how can a "party" strip votes away from an election that the State of Michigan shouldn't even have control over.
    Why should we spend our tax dollars on setting up elections to nominate a candidate for president that most of the time we don't even like!
    This is why I'm voting for Ron Paul because he can change it all!
    If a party stripped delegates from MY STATE it is a party I'm not willing to vote for!

    December 21, 2007 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  18. Mike, Fredericksburg, VA

    I see that Mitt Romney's company is in the process of buying ClearChannel Communications, one of the nation's biggest media broadcast companies ( How interesting that this is timed to coincide with Romney's presidential run.

    December 21, 2007 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  19. Lisa Salt Lake City, Utah

    Romney lied about being a lifelong hunter, lied about seeing his father marched with MLK Jr., lied about how special the day was when he heard the announcement on the radio when the LDS church gave Black men the right to the participate in temple ceremonies and be able to to enter the highest level of heaven – the story about pulling off to the side of the road and weeping – was another fabrication again. Now he also was telling Boston media that God hasn't spoken to anyone since Moses and the burning bush? SAY WHAT? An temple holding LDS man who doesn't believe God spoke to Joseph Smith or any of the Latter Day Saint prophets? Did he only joined the LDS club for the business perks?

    December 21, 2007 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  20. Gil - California

    I am just now seeing how Mitt backed down from his previous comments that he had seen his Dad and MLK march side by side

    "The reference of seeing my father lead in civil rights, and seeing my father march with Martin Luther King, is in the sense of this figurative awareness of and recognition of his leadership," he said. "I've tried to be as accurate as I can be. If you look at the literature or look at the dictionary, the term 'saw' includes being aware of - in the sense I've described."

    OMG. In political language this is, "It depends on what your definition of IS is".


    What's next? Dogs and cats sleeping together?

    December 21, 2007 11:05 pm at 11:05 pm |
  21. Karen Houston TX

    ROMNEY 2008!

    December 22, 2007 12:06 am at 12:06 am |
  22. Rebecca, Michigan (lived here most of my life)

    I am dying to know what Mitt's plan is for Michigan. I'm glad it's personal for you Michigan needs a president that is going to care about it.

    Everyone I know is affected by this recession. The worth of our homes have taken a nose dive. So many people have moved to find better work.

    I know Mitt has economic experience, what needs to be done to get Michigan back on its feet?

    December 22, 2007 12:13 am at 12:13 am |
  23. Mary Hamilton

    Mitt: Michigan is very proud of you and your family. You are one of our beautiful people and your family are going to be great in the White House. Let the Democrats eat it. You are number one in our books. Royal Oak and Detroit and Bloomfield Hills, Every stake in Michigan will vote for you proudly. Love and Prayers. Mary Hamilton

    December 22, 2007 12:49 am at 12:49 am |
  24. JC, Ohio this the Mitt Romney who said he was a hunter his whole life and THEN back-tracked and admitted he only had hunted twice in his life and didn't own a gun or license? And is this the Papa George Romney who lied about marching with Martin Luther King? Who gives a rats *ss about anything these two snake-oil salesmen have to say about anything. If you want to know if a Romney is lieing watch his lips...if they're moving, they're lieing.

    December 22, 2007 01:38 am at 1:38 am |

    This is getting really pathetic now, the pandering has hit a new low!

    December 22, 2007 01:54 am at 1:54 am |
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