Romney hits a positive note in new radio ads
December 9th, 2011
09:18 AM ET
2 years ago

Romney hits a positive note in new radio ads

(CNN) – Mitt Romney's presidential campaign will release positive radio ads in Iowa and New Hampshire Friday, as part of an increase in campaign messaging.

The minute-long spots hail the former Massachusetts governor's economic plan as the "boldest GOP agenda since Reagan in 1980" and are peppered with praise from leading national and Granite State Republicans. Iowa and New Hampshire hold the first two contests on the road to the White House, hosting caucuses on Jan. 3 and a primary on Jan. 10 respectively.

In the ads, South Dakota Sen. John Thune, conservative commentator Ann Coulter, New Hampshire Sen. Kelly Ayotte and former New Hampshire Gov. John Sununu say Romney is the candidate most likely to beat President Barack Obama in the next election and reverse his policies.

"Mitt Romney is the candidate we need to clean up Barack Obama's mess and make sure that he is a one term president," Ayotte says in the New Hampshire commercial.

"I think it's going to be Romney. And I think Romney is the strongest candidate," Coulter says in the Iowa spot. "And I think Republicans want to beat Obama and Romney is the best one to do that."

The radio ads come as Romney's campaign has increased its negative rhetoric against rival Newt Gingrich, who has surged in state-wide and national polls.

Team Romney released a web video Friday attacking the former House speaker over his controversial comments about the Medicare plan proposed by Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin.

The new radio ads use Ryan's words to praise Romney's plan to cut spending.

"Congressman Paul Ryan praised Romney's plan saying 'This is getting us toward a prosperity agenda that will allow the private sector to grow,'" the ad says.


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soundoff (21 Responses)
  1. Rudy NYC

    "Mitt Romney is the candidate we need to clean up Barack Obama's mess and make sure that he is a one term president," Ayotte says in the New Hampshire commercial.

    Congressman Paul Ryan praised Romney's plan saying 'This is getting us toward a prosperity agenda that will allow the private sector to grow,'" the ad says.
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    Do Republicans think that we are that stupid? Yes. Are they right? Yes, there are a lot of willfully misinformed voters and haters out there.

    This article calls it a "positive" ad. I guess that that is true from a certain point of view. Listen to what the ad says, and most importantly what it does not say. The top priority is to defeat Obama. The next priority is a "prosperity agenda that will the private sector to grow" wealthier. They have completely forgotten about the middle class and the poor. They plan to double down on their decades long war to re-invent this country into the United Corporations of America.

    December 9, 2011 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  2. Lynda/Minnesota

    "The minute-long spots hail the former Massachusetts governor's economic plan as the "boldest GOP agenda since Reagan in 1980" and are peppered with praise from leading national and Granite State Republicans."

    Quite the brainwashing going on with this ad folks. Quite the brainwashing, indeed. Romney is actually beginning to concern me in a bad sort of way. He is beyond wimpy and yet continues to throw this garbage at the American people as if it is gospel truth. I do think he believes in his own hype to the point of losing reality. Sad, really.

    December 9, 2011 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  3. made up my mind

    Romney and Ron Paul are the only two that I would consider voting for. All the others are a clown act.

    December 9, 2011 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  4. Keith in Austin

    I totally suport positive campaigning among the GOP contenders! The real focus must be placed on the Joker in the White House and his deplorable record of failure!

    December 9, 2011 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  5. Four and The Door

    Consider the approach and background of Mitt Romney in contrast with the performance and antics of the Obama Administration. It's no longer just Solyndra getting $500 million from the taxpayers to prop up a lousy business plan, but we are seeing now a no-bid contract given to Siga Technologies for adding smallpox cvaccinations to our country's stockpile. This one cost taxpayers $1 billion and resulted in 180 % ROI for more large Democratic doners.

    This is not just consistent with the pattern for the way the Obama Administration does business, it is also consistent with the way the Obama Administration has played the American taxpayer with zero respect and considers us as the Democratic Party's own private piggy bank.

    We need a trustworthy Administration. Not only one that is capable of doing what they say, but one that understands their role in managing for the country and the American taxpayer. We can do better.
    Romney 2012!

    December 9, 2011 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  6. Peace

    I do think Romney group is getting it wrong. You can not mix up negative and positive at the same time. What you get is null. They have to choose to go either way.

    December 9, 2011 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  7. Rudy NYC

    Four and The Door wrote:
    We need a trustworthy Administration.
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    George W Bush: Two unfunded wars, one of which was a lie. Promised jobs, but destroyed them instead.

    George H.W. Bush: The Republican led Gang of 12 gave us a recession from the Savings & Loan scandals.

    Ronald Reagan: Iran Contra had the POTUS testifying before Congress. He didn't look so good doing it, either.

    Richard Nixon: Watergate crimes forced the POTUS to resign.

    December 9, 2011 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  8. Four and The Door

    Rudy NYC
    .... Listen to what the ad says, and most importantly what it does not say. The top priority is to defeat Obama. The next priority is a "prosperity agenda that will the private sector to grow" wealthier.
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    You don't get it. The Obama Administration doesn't get it and so many die-hard Democrats don't get it.
    America needs private sector growth. No if, ands or buts. This is one of our most critical needs right now. Private Sector Growth. Jobs. Revenue for the government so that it can do a better job of providing for the population. Debt reduction. A future. It all comes from one thing. Private Sector Growth. Yes, it has to be a primary objective. It helps everyone.

    December 9, 2011 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  9. stevie

    Most Americans are sick of Obama`s lies and shady corruption. Romney will bring honesty and competance back to the People`s House. Time for Dirty Chicago to go home.

    December 9, 2011 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  10. Rudy NYC

    Four and The Door wrote:
    we are seeing now a no-bid contract given to Siga Technologies for adding smallpox cvaccinations to our country's stockpile. This one cost taxpayers $1 billion
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    This company has been paid since 9/11 to develop the vaccinations. Half of the figure was paid by the Bush administration to do the R&D.

    December 9, 2011 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  11. Jariv

    Romney is my Role Model.. I want to join the Marines, and I will be HONORED to become one under Romney's Administration. I know he will make the best choices for the country. I trust his judgement and abilities as a commander-in-chief.

    December 9, 2011 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  12. Johnson

    If Romney wins, its a deadweight on the already dying middle class.

    December 9, 2011 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  13. tykl

    @ Rudy NYC – you continue the class warfare garbage. Since Romney saved Staples and The Sports Authority (among many others), who do you think works there? The super rich......or the middle class? How many jobs over the years do you think they have supplied? And then same question about the Sports Authority. Most of these jobs are for the middle class (obviously since, as your type point out, the 1% have the highest paying jobs). So instead of firing up the economy to provide jobs, you think the people who run these big corporations should be robbed of what is theirs so that their money can be distributed by the administration in any flawed and crooked way (i.e. Solyndra, Perelman) they want since you think the government is the only way to provide jobs to the middle class.

    December 9, 2011 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  14. Democrats answer to everything, TAX THE RICH, TAX BUSINESS

    It's going to tke Romney AT LEAST eight years to recover from all the damage Obama and the Democrats have done over their years in power. It will be Romney's ultimate turnaround challenge. All the Democrats have for ideas is tax more, spend more of social welfare programs and redistribute wealth. NONE OF THIS HELPS CREATE JOBS! Wake up America. Learn from Europe! Socialism is driving them to the brink of financial ruin NOW. If we continue along the Obama and Democrat path, tomorrow it will be US going bankrupt.

    December 9, 2011 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  15. Rudy NYC

    Four and The Door wrote:
    You don't get it. The Obama Administration doesn't get it and so many die-hard Democrats don't get it.
    America needs private sector growth. No if, ands or buts. This is one of our most critical needs right now. Private Sector Growth. Jobs.
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    Oh, I get it. The People get it, too. America does need private sector jobs growth. Republicans want to continue to pump more money out of the middle class to the weathy. Face the facts. The "growth oriented" Bush Tax Cuts resulted in a stagnant middle class, exported jobs, reduced US manufacturing by 1/3, all while the "private sector" thrived.

    No, you don't get it. Most Americans do. Trickle Down Economics creates massive deficits and no jobs. Every time that it has been aggressively enacted the result has been a recession. Every time, without fail.

    December 9, 2011 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  16. Lynda/Minnesota

    "Consider the approach and background of Mitt Romney in contrast with the performance and antics of the Obama Administration."

    I have. Believe me, I have. To be truthful with you, Romney actually is beginning to scare me. There is something not quite right about the guy, and I'm being 100% serious. He blathers on and on without the slightest indication that he is aware of the 2008 recession, the struggles of what said recession actually caused to millions of folks, including losing retirement benefits, losing 401K savings, losing jobs, and struggling with skyrocketing health care costs, as well as losing respect for their struggles from a Republican political party completely out of control.

    Romney comes across as clueless on how to fix the economy, or how to stop the policies that actually caused the meltdown to begin with. Perhaps he comes across this way because of his advisers, all of whom were GW Bush folks. Perhaps Romney himself isn't able to articulate his message. Or perhaps he simply doesn't care. Whatever it is, the guy isn't being truthful, nor are you to continue this foolish nonsense you spew daily.

    We need an Administration that won't bring us right back where we started in 2000, which is EXACTLY what a Romney Administration WILL do.

    December 9, 2011 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  17. Rudy NYC

    tykl wrote:

    @ Rudy NYC – you continue the class warfare garbage. Since Romney saved Staples and The Sports Authority (among many others), who do you think works there?
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    Trickle Down Economics is class warfare. You can whine "class warfare" all you want. The more you repeat it, the more it turns people off and opens their eyes to reality of the great scam that Trickle Down Economics really is.

    Is a part-time job at Staples or the The Sports Authority your idea of realizing the American dream? To answer your question, people who live paycheck to paycheck with no benefits work in those establishments.

    December 9, 2011 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  18. stevie

    Heck Romney was creating jobs back when Obama was was getting student loans on somebody else`s social Security number! Go Mitt!

    December 9, 2011 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  19. Democrats answer to everything, TAX THE RICH, TAX BUSINESS

    The "growth oriented" Bush Tax Cuts resulted in a stagnant middle class, exported jobs, reduced US manufacturing by 1/3, all while the "private sector" thrived.
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    Rudy, Rudy, Rudy.... Never heard of globalization have you??? Been happening for decades. Look it up. What you cite has NOTHING to do with tax cuts. You live in an upsiude down dream world.

    December 9, 2011 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  20. Rudy NYC

    tykl wrote:
    ...So instead of firing up the economy to provide jobs, you think the people who run these big corporations should be robbed of what is theirs....
    -----------–
    Do you know what you sound like to the average person? One of the 99%?

    You are talking about people who have seen their incomes multiply over the past decade while the people who work for those same corporations have either seen their incomes stagnate or get laid off.

    December 9, 2011 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  21. Mikey

    @four – Wrong as usual. The company tried to get the contract at 180% ROI, but the final price brought the ROI within industry standards. But that's okay. Keep spreading the misinformation. Pretty soon, you will have to change your screen name as the one you are using will become a joke, if it isn't already.

    As far as Solyndra goes, if you are making investments in new technology companies, you are going to have losses. The fact that they did dozens of these and your dirt digging friends have only found two or three to criticize indicates a excellent batting average for this kind of investing. That being said, you and I would probably agree that investment banking/angel fund activities are probably not the proper role of government. There are likely more appropriate ways to stimulate/support investment in these technologies, which is a good idea in general.

    Coulter is now supporting Romney? Didn't she say he would be a terrible nominee who would lose?

    December 9, 2011 11:32 am at 11:32 am |