December 31st, 2007
11:15 AM ET
10 years ago

Romney launches upbeat ad in Iowa

Romney is out with an upbeat ad in Iowa Monday.

Romney is out with an upbeat ad in Iowa Monday.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Republican Mitt Romney is launching an upbeat ad in Iowa Monday that hits on his major campaign themes - the former Massachusetts governor's closing argument four days before Iowa voters are set to caucus.

"I've spent my life tackling big problems – helping turn around business, the Olympics, and state government," Romney says in the 30-second spot. "Together we can grow our economy, stop illegal immigration, defend life and preserve the values that make America the hope of the earth."

The ad follows several recent spots in Iowa from the Romney campaign that directly target rival Mike Huckabee, leading the former Arkansas governor to demand an apology from Romney for what he says are "misrepresentations" of his gubernatorial record.

Several recent polls released over the weekend indicate Huckabee has lost his once large lead over Romney in the Hawkeye State. A McClatchy-MSNBC Poll found Romney ahead of Huckabee by 4 points, while an American Research Group poll had Romney up by 9. Other recent polls have shown Huckabee with a slight lead. Huckabee: Romney running 'dishonest' campaign

- CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney

Filed under: Iowa • Mike Huckabee • Mitt Romney
soundoff (64 Responses)
  1. Brian

    GO MITT! We love you! We believe your message and hope that you turn around the problems in America!

    December 31, 2007 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  2. Alvin Conner

    Romney doesn't need endorsements from corrupt political dealmakers and purchased newspaper editors...he just needs votes from people who support improving our nation, our living standards, our schools, our national security, our government, our image abroad!

    Romney will bring change, efficiency and respect to the oval office!

    Romney 2008-2016 !!

    December 31, 2007 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  3. Brian

    Go Mitt! We need you in the office. I find it funny when someone say that Mitt will say anything to get in the office. Uh... What about his religion!? That hasn't been the most popular thing about him is it. It would be all over if he weren't Mormon. He'll do well not because of his money, but because he has made a great organization, the same way he'll make America do well in conflict. He gives all his salary to charity because he's NOT greedy. He is all about family and doing the right thing. He changed his positions only because he actually thought it was the right thing to do!

    December 31, 2007 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  4. Dan

    I have never seen a person run a smarter campaign than Romney. Despite the bigotry and the constant negative headlines from the liberal press, he just keeps plugging away. And it looks like it may pay off. Romney is by far the most disciplined, prepared, and articulate of the GOP candidates. Combine that with his intelligence and the fact that he is a great family man and you can see why I'm voting for Romney.

    December 31, 2007 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  5. Todd C.

    Mr. Romney, you've peaked. Some polls are now showing you slipping into 4th place.

    It's over. You tried your best, but you're not going to get it. Now go home.

    But lucky for you, its Fred Thompson who is the republican laughing stock. so you do get away pretty clean. Go gear up for 2012.

    December 31, 2007 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  6. Walt, Belton, TX

    Neither the "Huckster" nor the Massachusetts mormon is worthy of the Presidency. They lack a few values that I hold to be important, like love of Country, love of family, integrity, honesty, and last, but not least, good manners! Lord knows, neither one had the balls to serve in the military, the only honest and true public service.

    Screw them both!!!

    December 31, 2007 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  7. stunnedsilence

    I was willing to bet money that Huckabee was going to "go negative" as he so fondly refers to Romney's contrast commercials, the minute his poll numbers went down. This "enough is enough" routine was planned well in advance, if you think it was sparked by his so called outrage over Romney doing contrast commercials in NH on McCain, I have some Arkansas swamp land I would like to sell you. Huckabee cares only for McCain's butt only in the sense that he can kiss it to save his own, or futher his own candidacy. "It's one thing to criticize me, but when you criticize an American Hero", Sheeesh! Huck , is there no end to your pandering ways, is there no end to your half truths. But desperate times call for desperate measures as you so ably pointed out when Romney's contrast adds came out , and before your numbers went down. "He's getting desperate " were your very words, now that it's your turn you do the exact same thing you accused Romney of. How convenient for you that McCain is there in NH to provide you with your righteous indignation. Hypocrisy?, you decide.

    December 31, 2007 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  8. Graham UK

    All the very best to you Mitt from your friends in the UK!!

    December 31, 2007 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  9. Steve

    It's pretty clear that Huckabee hates Romney on a personal level. Romney has never challenged Huckabee's character, just his policital views and past. Also, everyone knows that Baptists hate Mormons and I am sure if you could get a hold of past sermons given by the former preacher, you would find many negative and anti remarks against the Mormon church. I don't know alot about the Mormon church but I know they are as christian as the next guy, if not even more! Huckabee looks the wolf in sheep's clothing – and does he ever actually talk politics??? All I hear is how nice and honest he thinks he is, where is the experience????

    Steve C.

    December 31, 2007 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  10. AJ, IL

    Sorry Mitt it's too late to try to project positivity in your campaign. The last 4 weeks Mitt's campaign has spun out the most negative campaign ads out both the Democrats and Republicans camps. Although the Democrats would love to run against Mitt Romney, because Mitt would run such as a negative campaign that he would impode once the Democratic camp dug up all the footage of Mitt in past political campaigns and bring to light that he is a major "flip-flopping used car saleman".

    December 31, 2007 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  11. Carol, in Wilmington

    If Mitt Romney was any phonier, his face would be on Monopoly money! This man is a flip flopping, panderer who would say anything to get elected presidency! America needs to elect someone who wants to serve America, not his personal ego and ambition! That's why I'm supporting a true hero and American like John McCain! I hope the people of Iowa are smart enough to see through this empty suit passing itself off as a leader!

    December 31, 2007 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  12. Larry

    McCain and Huckabee are the are the desperate ones...they don't want anyone to know or ask about their records! Romney has been having "Ask Mitt Anything" meetings for over a year he's not afraid to discuss his past or his positions. Has Huckabee or McCain been so open?....NO, in fact they won't even address what Romney has brought to light! They're just side-kicks for one another and their only rebuttal to Romney is "Liar".

    Romney is by far the best candidate, he will provide the kind of leadership, knowledge, and rational needed to erase our trade deficit, ween our foreign dependency of oil, and strengthen the family (his family looks pretty exemplerary to me).

    December 31, 2007 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  13. Ted, Gilbert AZ

    Mitt has turned around companies, a scandal plagued olympics and can do the same for America. I cannot stand Huckabee he has run a bigoted campaign against both Brownback and Romney. Judicial Watch named him one of the 10 most corrupt politicians along with Pelosi, Conyers and harry Reed. He cries when Romney runs contrast ads can you imagine Hillary's ads that will bring up the rapist he encouraged to be released who went on to murder and rape again. Instead of working hard and creating jobs when Huckabee leaves office he begs others for things through a gift registry. While gov. he accepts money from lobbyists and other to give speeches. Huckabee says Romney is dishonest and yet Huckabee makes Clinton look like the more ethical Arkansas gov.

    December 31, 2007 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  14. Daniel, NY

    Romney has pulled himself back in a tie with Huck in the latest poll of the race out this morning, and Huckabee has apparently decided to air his own negative ads against Romney.

    December 31, 2007 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  15. Kim Walters

    Romney has the qualities we need in our president after so much sleeze (Clinton) and poor decision making (Bush)!

    I clearly agree with Romney on the issue of pardons. Let the Judges Judge and the Governors Govern!

    Who was running Arkansas while Huckabee was pouring over 1000+ legal cases? Or was he not researching those life and death cases? This work is much better suited for attorneys and judges…IT IS THE LAW by the way. If you want to be cleared of past crimes, TAKE YOUR CASE TO A JUDGE!

    Governors should be Governing!

    Romney did just that and he will serve our nation very well!

    December 31, 2007 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  16. David, Oregon City

    Romney reminds me of Darth Vader! Willing to do anything or say anything to win!

    December 31, 2007 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  17. Jed in Texas

    Just another C.E.O ready to sell the middle class down the river for the benifit of the Rich and One World Government Neocons.

    December 31, 2007 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  18. stunnedsilence

    Back room politics never end..............THERE WAS ALSO a weird display of clumsy Machiavellianism Sunday morning. On ABC, McCain claimed to be profoundly disturbed by Romney's attacks on Huckabee, who he called "a good man." At the same time on Fox, Huckabee was claiming to be profoundly disturbed by Romney's attacks on McCain, who Huckabee likewise described as "a good man."

    December 31, 2007 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  19. JamesO, TN

    David, Oregon City you're wrong David, Darth Vader used the force. Sheesh – even a 4th grader knows that one! Of course they can also point out Pakistan on a map. Can Huckabee do that?

    December 31, 2007 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  20. sarah,TX

    Win Win Win Mitt Romney, going to vote for Romney in San Antonio Texas! I am Catholic and I want a leader for my country not a leader of my religion. But I did say a prayer for you to Win. Go Romney!

    December 31, 2007 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  21. Bradley S.

    You may have saved companies from the verge of financial collapse, Romney, but the problems this nation faces are beyond you. This is further complicated by your inability to take a firm stance. Sorry, but I cannot see you as president.

    December 31, 2007 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  22. Central PA

    The USA needs a person like Romney who has been extremely successful in business as a CEO. MItt was also a Govenor in a very liberal state that Kennedy and Kerry (I was in Vietnam) actually own as democrats. MItt knows how to work with libs in Boston and will do well with the lib congress.
    We do not need a preacher or a senior senator to win on the Republican side. We learned how Bob Dole did against Clinton in 96.
    Mitt will hammer the winner on the Dem side if it is the former first lady, the trial lawyer or the first term senator.

    December 31, 2007 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  23. Cat, Costa Mesa, CA

    This is awesome! Its about time people look past the drivel Huckabee has been feeding the country and look again to the steadfast leader with the best platform. Iowa is beginning to see the HUGE gapes in Huckabees campaign. Seriously, when does he actually talk politics? From what I've seen of him lately its all, "Poor me, Romney is bringing to light all the mistakes I've made and my bad judegment. I hate mormons." Romney has been nothing but political in his ads and his campaign.
    Iowa, remeber your history. Every candidate who won the initial straw poll of the primary election season has gone on to win the nomination....and who was that this year? ROMNEY!!!

    Romney '08

    December 31, 2007 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  24. Lori

    That was a GREAT ad. Thanks so much Mr. Romney. You are the #1 choice for our home.

    December 31, 2007 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  25. Julie

    Amen to Romney, you are inspiring!

    December 31, 2007 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
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