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. skyhawk

    Mitt is going to get blown away!

    Yes Mitt Romney fans–Mitt is not an opportunist but a convert! Mitt's ads bashing other candidates were "contrast ads" not attack ads!

    Give me a break–Mitt has no conviction, he will say anything to get a vote. He flipped on abortion for political points when he decided to run for president, who is to say he wouldn't flip again in a general election, or "soften" his abortion stance.

    Mitt Romney: not afraid to sacrifice ethics for expedience.

    The world is flat Mitt Romney fans–that is why he is going to be president!

    December 31, 2007 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  2. Nick

    It is sad to see that this a candidates will think it is okay to use dirty name tricks to win votes. I believe a the OBAMA has the right vision and focus to bring new change to this great nation together. Let all those who can go an vote in IOWA , New Hampshire, South Carolina and all the primary states come out and vote for Change. REMEBER A VOTE for OBAMA is a vote for CHANGE.

    December 31, 2007 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  3. JamesO, TN

    Jed in Texas, give me a break. This is a typical class warfare response to get people to hate others who have more than they have. What part of "thou shalt not covet" don't you understand? The great thing about America is we have the opportunity here for ANYONE to work hard (and smart) and make their lives better. Mitt has shown it time and time again.

    You are WRONG! America has never been more in need of someone like Mitt Romney to become President. How big is our national debt? Have you looked at it recently? We need to kick out anyone and I mean ANYONE currently in office, on either side of the isle, who has benefited from the pork and the waste that is so rampant and that is destroying our future. Or are you against that too? Time to wake up America.

    By the way, if you had an accountant who managed money the way our elected officials handle money – would you keep hiring them year after year and not actually hire someone who KNEW how to handle money? You can't fix problems by re-electing people that haven't even proven they know how to fix things before they get to Washington, and then suddenly expect they have a CLUE what to do next.

    December 31, 2007 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  4. Gil - California

    That's ok Rompster, the people in IOWA won't see through your eVil plan to leave the air waves on a positive note. They will forget all about the weeks of negative ads you and your cronies have put on their tvs. (or you better hope so anyway)

    December 31, 2007 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  5. annette

    Huckabee says Romney is running a dishonest campaign, yet today on a show, Huckabee does not refute the charge that he pardoned over a 1000 felons! Instead he could only focus on education. Get real Huckabee, we see right through you.

    GO ROMNEY!!!!!

    December 31, 2007 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  6. Mike, New Braunfels, TX

    Looks like so many of you have been bought by Romney's big campaign dollars and personnal wealth. You never had a's so hard to imagine that you would be able to resist the constant onslaught of campaign propaganda sent forth by Romney's campaign. When your eyes and ears are constantly bombarded by misinformation purchased and sent out via television, radio, and mail by a candidate who has spent campaign dollars at a ratio of 20 to 1 compared to his polital rivals in an attempt to buy the presidency. You have had very little chance to hear the truth about his opponents since they neither have the money or desire to buy the presidency, let alone perform systematic destruction of their fellow Republicans as Romney has done. Don't let yourselves be bought! Take the time to actually seek the truth about these negative and false claims that Romney is making. Don't allow yourselves to be buried by Romney's tidal wave of false campaign propaganda. Don't be bought! Don't be fooled!

    December 31, 2007 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  7. James

    Does CNN, and especially TIME, want Huckabee to win the Republican nomination? Assuredly every Democrat would. The guy would get killed in a landslide Democrat victory for the White House. A southern Baptist preacher? Come on Republicans: we can do better than that. Not that there's anything wrong with being a Baptist preacher from the South, but there's surely better candidates out there. And TIME's "Q & A with Frontrunner" Huckabee: what a joke. How is that man the Republican frontrunner? And more importantly, where is that man the Republican frontrunner? Taking polls outside evangelical churches after services get over on Sunday morning are we?

    December 31, 2007 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  8. Mark Tafua

    Romney, I know their is no man in the politic Arena that can stand up to your standard and values. Just rememmber a quote from the good book. And let your action speak louder than your words. Best of luck....... M.Tafua

    December 31, 2007 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  9. Brian, Cedar Rapids IA

    Huckabee's rise and fall really shows that he's just not up to the scrutiny that Mitt's campaign has seen for more than a year now.

    I know that when it comes to electing our president America tends to like folksy southerners (Carter, Bush, Clinton, Bush), but I think its time for someone of substance and competence to take the helm.

    Gov. Romney wants to talk issues. Gov. Huckabee just wants to cry foul, call names, and gets his own hands dirty in the process.

    December 31, 2007 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  10. Ted, Gilbert AZ

    Skyhawk, I will take Romney ethics over Huckabee's major ethical violations as governor. McCain has the Keating 5 tethical issues, he is also a very angry man I have been in meetings he has just lost it in. He has flipred on immigration reform that is why the sheriff in Maricopa Co who is well known as a strong immigration person is supporting Romney. McCain has also changed his postion on the Bush tax breaks repeal of the death tax and other things.

    December 31, 2007 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  11. Fred

    Romney tries to change his spots at the last minute by going nice?

    Wake up, America. Romney is not nice. It is all corporate polish. He is nothing but bland unflavored gelatin all buffed up to look shiny to the people who don't know better.

    He is trying to leave the last impression that he is a nice guy. Don't fall for it.

    December 31, 2007 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  12. Central PA

    Hey Mike from TX, yes the Dems are scared of Mitt and also Rudy we know.
    Who bought you, Edwards or Hilliary?

    December 31, 2007 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  13. Central PA

    Mike from TX, I wonder if the trial lawyer (the breck girl) or the entitled to be Pres – Hilliary have bought any votes...
    Yes the Dems are very scared of a Mitt/Rudy ticket!! Progressive conservatives will win in 08' .

    December 31, 2007 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  14. Dave, California

    Mike, New Braunfels, TX its almost offensive for you to believe that we have no clue about his politics! That we are buying into his money! As far as I see it, he is the only one IN the GOP with anything of subtance in his campaign. Who would you have us vote for? The "nice" guy Huckabee? Seriously? He, Thompson, and McCain are all the same, all talk! They dont really stand for ANYTHING but religion, war, and whatever it is that Thompson claims he stands for!! And if not them then who else? Ron Paul??! Pulease!!! Not only would that guy lead the islam extremeists to our door, but he has no backbone to do anything after that!! He'll basically just hand the key of the white house over. Not to mention all his other crazy antics that have no place in our government.

    Lets see, who would that leave us with? A Democrat?? Surely you jest. I would rather shoot myself in the foot than see Hillary in the white house doing it herself with all the taxes!And besides, I don' even trust the government to send my mail let alone determine my healthcare.

    So whats the conclusion? Romney is the best candidate to get us out of our mess and steer us back on the course of a healthy economy and a safe home!

    December 31, 2007 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  15. Deborah Stone

    I think that each one should spend more time focusing on the issues and less time trying to bash one anothers charchter.I find that the fact that Barrack is so called to nice as stated happens to be a plus,I personally don't find that to be a negative trait as far as being the next man or woman to run this country.I pray for this race to be more focused on the issues than on what the other candiates have or don't have to offer.I find that the public should be the judge and allow that actions of the candiate speak for itself,I personally feel it happens to be a total waist of time to focus on digging into the past of the other candiates and talkin about what they can and can't do.Why not let the actions of everyone speak for themselves,let the views and oppions about the issues be the deciding factor on who is more quallfied to run this country.This happens to be my personal opponion but I am sure that I speak for a lot of the public that are more concerned about the issues then the name bashing.

    December 31, 2007 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  16. Scott

    Go Get em' Mitt!! You did an amazing job with the olympics. How come it isn't ever mentioned that Mitt and his sons saved some peoples lives while at their home at Lake Winnepesaukee? That's a great representation of the kind of man Mitt Romney is. All the way to the White House!!

    December 31, 2007 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  17. Jed in Texas

    To James .O Dont preach to me you Bible thumpin know it all. Romney would sell you out too,but you must work for him. Im a Lou Dobbs Independent and I havent been bought by any of the Jokers running so far.Im not against anyone making lots of money,just that its a level playing field were on doing so.I bet you voted for the guy that got us into this fiscal mess but are afraid to admit now??

    December 31, 2007 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  18. Jonathan, UT

    Mike in New Braunfels, TX

    Hmmm.... Has Mitt "brainwashed" people from TN, PA, CA, TX or IL?? That's where some of these comments in this thread have come from, and I doubt THEIR mailboxes have been flooded with campaign material.

    And doesn't most of the money spent in a campaign come from donors? Meaning it comes from people that support a candidate and want to see him win? Odd.

    December 31, 2007 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  19. Jonathan, UT

    Mike in New Braunfels, TX

    Hmmm.... Has Mitt "brainwashed" people from TN, PA, CA, TX or IL?? That's where some of these comments in this thread have come from, and I doubt THEIR mailboxes have been flooded with campaign material.

    And doesn't most of the money spent in a campaign come from donors? Meaning it comes from people that support a candidate and want to see him win? Odd.

    December 31, 2007 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |

    The nice thing about Romney is that if you do not like his positions he will gladly switch them for you !
    How can a person be true to America if they cannot be true to themselves ?

    December 31, 2007 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  21. Kate, Boston

    As one who actually lives in MA and painfully saw firsthand Mitt's lack of action as "governor" I can only wonder how much he has paid those who have showered him with support on the site! He will and does say anything he thinks you sheep want to hear. He was a venture capitalist i.e. slime making money on other people's ideas for their own profit and that of their wealthy friends! He was a fundraiser for the Olympics – not the second coming he seems to think he was. He was hardly ever at work as governor because he was already out drumming up support for this run at the White House. He was MA governor in title only. He took no salary and we got what we paid for – nothing! Romney actually makes Bush look good – yes it's the end of the world.

    December 31, 2007 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  22. Conservative4Life, IN

    Mike, New Braunfels, TX. The reason why you don't like the adds is that they point out the massive flaws in Huckabee running as a conservative Republican. He's not! Truth hurts, deal with it.

    December 31, 2007 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  23. Tiffany

    Go Romney! Good luck on Thursday!

    December 31, 2007 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  24. Patty Atlanta GA


    December 31, 2007 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  25. Raymond, El Paso TX

    Cheney = Halliburton
    Romney = Bain Capital

    Below are some Republican comments regarding the deal between Bain Capital, China's Huawei and defense contractor 3Com. Why won't Mitt say he's against it?

    Forget religion, what's more important to him, national security or corporate profits?

    Senator Jeff Sessions, Alabama:
    “If there is a loophole that is allowing valuable defense technology to be obtained by the Chinese military that will enable them to accelerate their military expansion, then we ought to close it,”

    Representatives Pete Hoekstra and Duncan Hunter, of Michigan and California:
    “This sale raises the ongoing and thorny issues of illegal technology transfers to China, public reports of Chinese cyberattacks on U.S. government networks, repeated efforts by the Chinese government to gain access to military sensitive and classified technologies of the U.S. government, and continuing concerns about infringement of intellectual property rights by Chinese companies,”

    Senator Christopher Bond, Missouri:
    “It is troubling to me that a foreign military organization with interests in communications might obtain access to our security systems,”

    Senator Jon Kyl, Arizona:
    “Senator Kyl has serious concerns about the purchase of 3Com by a consortium that includes a company with numerous ties to the Chinese People’s Liberation Army,” said his spokesman, Ryan Patmintra.

    Representative Thaddeus McCotter, Michigan:
    “I wouldn’t trade with the Soviet Union, and I wouldn’t trade with China,”…. This is something that is a clear and present danger to their standard of living, (speaking of his constituents)”

    December 31, 2007 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
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