Romney's positive spot on moral responsibility
December 15th, 2011
01:57 PM ET
2 years ago

Romney's positive spot on moral responsibility

Sioux City, Iowa (CNN) – Mitt Romney's campaign made fiscal responsibility an issue of morality Thursday in a new positive pitch to Iowa voters.

The new television ad picked up on a line Romney has used on the stump calling fiscal responsibility a "moral responsibility."

"We have a moral responsibility not to spend more than we take in," he said in the ad. "It is a moral responsibility to believe in fiscal responsibility. We do and I do."

The ad featured bucolic images of young Americans, including a graduate in a cap and gown and a father and son on a baseball diamond.

The Romney ad seemed to be directed to evangelical and conservative voters in Iowa, who often vote on values issues and who wield tremendous sway in the caucuses.

A previous Romney spot in Iowa showed the candidate with his family and highlighted his 42-year marriage. The new ad is focused on his plans to cut back on federal spending on a moral basis.

"My test for the federal government is this: is this program so critical, so important that it's worth borrowing money from China to pay for it," Romney said in the ad.

The positive spot comes as Romney's chief opponent, Newt Gingrich, hit his opponents for running attack ads against him.

In an ad released in Iowa today, Gingrich says: "Others seem to be more focused on attacks rather than move the country forward. That's up to them."


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  1. Sniffit

    "The liberals have created a massive welfare state that is financially unsustainable. To fund it today, they need to borrow from China and in exchange mortgage the future of all of children, who will be saddled with this massive, crushing debt. "

    Funny how we were funding it just fine before the GOP cut taxes in 2001 and 2003, huh? Funny how we were funding the whole kit and kaboodle just fine when those tax rates were higher and Clinton was busy creating 23M jobs, more than the number of jobs created by Reagan, Bush 1 and Dubya COMBINED, huh? Funny how numbers, data, math, charts, graphs, experts, etc., all show that those tax cuts are the A#1 cause of the deficits and debts and yet the answer the GOP arrives at after (supposedly) looking at all the data and hearing expert testimony before COngress and the Stupid Committee is "we must eviscerate the proletariat by cutting the services and programs upon which they rely and maknig them fund more tax cuts for the wealthy and corproations"....

    December 15, 2011 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  2. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    The moral obligation for the wealthy to support those that are not as well off is lost on Romney and many other wealthy out there. If they were really doing their part, then the Federal government wouldn't need to be running programs like food assistance. Medicaid would be so much smaller. I say if these people don't cough up the help for social welfare organizations, then tax them higher to get programs working.

    December 15, 2011 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  3. Anonymous

    "Look to Greece to see what your future will be. It is not pretty."

    More lies from Lies and Nothing But the Lies. The problems in Greece were caused by a culture of lawlessness among the wealthy, who paid virtually no taxes because they were so good at dodging them. Try reading up on the issues before spewing nonsense. And your "massive welfare state" nonsense is insane as well. The top countries in almost every category are the Scandanavian and N. Europe countries, who have much greater social spending than us and are doing better than us in almost all positive indicators. Again, less Fakes News and more real research before you spout nonsense.

    December 15, 2011 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  4. Anonymous

    "Well if those businesses are failing and will go under unless major changes are made, then tough decisions are made in order that some jobs survive."

    Why do you assume he only destroyed failing businesses? Could it be because you simply swallow whatever manure Fakes News and the extreme rightwing noise machine feeds you? Or are you just a paid troll? Learn the truth. Romney and Bain Capital destroyed plenty of viable and successful companies, simply because they decided the value of the parts would net more sold separately than if kept whole. Get acquainted with the truth before posting any more of you idiocy.

    December 15, 2011 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  5. Todd C

    This is really all Romney needs to do. Keep hitting Gingrich on infidelity and ethics violations. And don't forget to point out Ron Paul investing the majority of his personal wealth in gold mining and then sponsoring legislation explicitly designed to increase the value of those investments.

    December 15, 2011 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  6. Rick McDaniel

    That one, I will support.

    December 15, 2011 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  7. GOP answer to everything~"the middle class can pay for it, then blame the poor or a minority"

    "Well if those businesses are failing and will go under unless major changes are made,"- but the prerequisite was strictly how to get more profit from that company in the quickest most expedient way, it didn't include a "what-if". They weren’t trying to turn around companies, they were dismantling them – “good or bad” was not in the equation.
    This is the why you can't trust GOP hacks. They don't care about facts only what they can conjecture.

    December 15, 2011 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  8. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    The problems in Greece were caused by a culture of lawlessness among the wealthy, who paid virtually no taxes because they were so good at dodging them.
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    Right.... that whole retiring at the age of 50 with a large government pension had absoultely nothing to do with it! I suppose it was the evil rich people that forced that on the poor down trodden masses. Come on, get real.

    December 15, 2011 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  9. Gurgi

    S.B. Stein E.B. NJ
    The moral obligation for the wealthy to support those that are not as well off is lost on Romney and many other wealthy out there. If they were really doing their part, then the Federal government wouldn't need to be running programs like food assistance. Medicaid would be so much smaller. I say if these people don't cough up the help for social welfare organizations, then tax them higher to get programs working.
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    There is so much wrong with this statement it is difficult to know where to begin. The quickest way to say it is, this is a typical liberal belief. Take from hard working people and give/support lazy good-for-nothing parasitical drains on society that won't work, just stand around with their hand out. Moral obligation my a$$.

    December 15, 2011 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  10. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    The top countries in almost every category are the Scandanavian and N. Europe countries, who have much greater social spending than us and are doing better than us in almost all positive indicators.
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    Comparing the US to a few dinky little countries with entirely different cultures and locations is a joke.

    Do they deport all their illegal immigrants, or offer them free everything like we do? Somehow I think they get deported. And if an illegal plops a baby down, are they citizens there? I doubt it.

    I can guarantee that if these countries had Mexico on their southern border, with our same laws, they'd have been bankrupt decades ago! Or more likely, they wouldn't have our laws.

    December 15, 2011 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  11. AlaskaPalin

    Cnn is always so positive for Romney! Even when romney is being negative- cnn will crouch the piece in such a way so as to make him look good!

    December 15, 2011 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  12. JohnChen

    Romney is the cleanest candidate (along With Ron Paul) and America needs him now more than ever.
    He is the person who absolutely can talk about moral values: he lives an exemplary and successful life in every aspect: family, marriage, business, political arena.
    As an independent in Ohio, I will vote for him.

    December 15, 2011 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  13. Anonymous

    "He is the person who absolutely can talk about moral values: he lives an exemplary and successful life in every aspect: family, marriage, business, political arena."

    Boy have you drunk the rightwing hater-aid. There is nothing "clean", "moral" or "upstanding" about a corporate parasite who feasts on the American middle and lower classes just to fatten his wallet, all while pushing for war with Iran.

    December 15, 2011 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
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