Romney's 'Conservative Agenda' ad pitch
December 26th, 2011
09:29 AM ET
3 years ago

Romney's 'Conservative Agenda' ad pitch

(CNN) – Mitt Romney once again pitches himself as the presidential candidate best poised to effectively reform government, in a new ad set to run in Iowa.

The 30-second spot, which features footage from a speech by the former Massachusetts governor, will run in the Hawkeye State ahead of the first-in-the-nation Jan. 3 caucuses.

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"I'm going to do something to government. I'm going to make it simpler and smaller and smarter, getting rid of programs, turning programs back to states, and finally making government itself more efficient," Romney says in the commercial, titled "Conservative Agenda."

Footage of stump stops by the candidate and a child at different stages of adolescence are seen while Romney is heard stressing the importance of spending control so the next generation is left with a prosperous America.

The GOP candidates have increased their ad spending ahead of next week's caucuses. Polling in the state shows the race is still very much in flux, with the latest survey from American Research Group indicating a statistical tie for the lead among likely Republican voters between Romney, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and Rep. Ron Paul of Texas.

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soundoff (19 Responses)
  1. chuck weidemann

    Let's make government so small that we don't have stop signs or red lights or food inspection and then we cam all have jobs and do whatever we like...and if you have the most guns or and money you get to tell everybody what's right!!! Wow...what a policy I can run for office!!!

    December 26, 2011 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  2. Keith in Austin

    Mitt Romney is Obama's biggest threat because of the Independent vote. Clearly, Liberals will vote for Obama and Conservatives will vote Romney. The election will be determined by the Independents that have already left the Obama Camp in droves! All the vile rhetoric in the World currently spewed by party loyalists from both sides is irrelevant. Independent Voters will ensure that Obama's socio-economic lunacy is stopped next year! Just wait and see!

    December 26, 2011 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  3. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    Chuck, the beginning of your comments made me think you were a Ron Paul supporter. Your second set made me think you were a Bachmann supporter. Like Keith, I believe the vote will hinge on the "Independents". If Romney has to pander too far to the right, then he has the possibility of losing those voters, especially as they appear ambivalent about supporting President Obama.
    That has been a problem for the Republican party ever since Clinton ran for President. The Democrats can campaign to their base and still get the Independents. The Republicans have to pander to their base to get the nomination, and in doing so tend to alienate the independents.

    December 26, 2011 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  4. diridi

    None of the GOP candidates are the threat to Obama. In fact, Obama and his pro-growth Policies are the biggest threat to GOP and their hooligans, and their Foreign Policies, and their Israel stand. That's it. Obama is going to beat everyone in election. This time, Obama wins landslide Victory. This is their threat. My friend. Because, Obama killed Bin Laden, now they can not even send all bogus DVDs, just like they mailed me in 2008 August. learn. o.k, Truth is this. Mitt Romney did not win in 1994 to kennedy. He is for Shipping Jobs Overseas. Said, "Corporations are also people, my friend". Cheap Labor his main stance. America is going to be flooded with Cheap computer labor, be they Doctors. America needs Education. o.k,

    December 26, 2011 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  5. GI Joe

    I've seen, heard, and read enough to know that we don't need to cut so much that we become like Somalia - they have no government, no regulations, no healthcare, nothing. We don't need to be ruled by $$ and Guns.

    December 26, 2011 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  6. Peace

    This man Romney is funny. Did I hear him in the Ad saying: I will get rid of Obama Care/Romney Care? This is what we call: "strangling yourself". I can guess he has lost many votes of those who have been reminded of this again!

    December 26, 2011 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  7. gt

    america wants someone in the middle...60/40.. not far right or far left like obama.. someone who can bring jobs ,,,i pray someone can turn this country around..

    December 26, 2011 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  8. Debra From Georgia

    Romney will not beat Obama. He is too nervous, and he wants it too bad. This election is Obama's to lose and he will not lose it becuase he has the backing of the American people.

    December 26, 2011 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  9. Jilli

    I would think romney would have broad appeal – he's taken all sides of virtually every major issue, so surely some folks agree with any number of his various positions.

    Romney is the most inauthentic candidate I've seen in a long long time. I don't think he has an honest bone in his body.

    December 26, 2011 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  10. robert m. simon

    Who believes this guy?What did he do in Massachusetts but preside over even more Big Government...Don't trust his words,look at what he does...Mitt is a disaster.He will lose to the incompetent Obama and we will suffer through 4 more years of his tyranny....Ron Paul is the only viable hope.Ron is the strongest against Obama according to the latest CNN poll...

    December 26, 2011 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  11. Thomas

    Romney's 'Conservative Agenda' ad

    None of Mitt Romney five sons volunteered for military service in a time of war , NONE .

    IS Mitt a True conservative who believes only a few carry the burden ?

    December 26, 2011 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  12. ST

    People elect the candidate they trust and a person who behaves in a way they can relate to. I regret to say that person is NOT Romney.

    December 26, 2011 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  13. gutsycall

    Mitt Romney made a VAST personal fortune by OUTSOURCING decent paying middle class jobs as a hedge fund manager. He would buy then sell ANY american iconic company if he can cut employees and increase his own personal wealth. And where did all that "job creatin" go? Communists in Marxist China – he sold his soul to the atheist devils to make a buck. He sold out America countless times. This is not what America is about. He should run as CHinese Premiere.

    December 26, 2011 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  14. Reefer Power

    I like the Ryan-Widen plan for health care reform which actually is based upon Mitt Romney's plan for Medicare reform.

    It preserves Medicare but gives private insurance companies the opportunity to offer the exact same insurance coverage as Medicare and get paid a risk adjusted insurance premium on behalf of the insured person.

    Right now, the person picks Medicare and government pays the premium. The same thing would continue except in addition to Medicare you could also choose other options in the private sector.

    This is a different from ObamaCare which actually replaces Medicare with a new system.

    December 26, 2011 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  15. gutsycall

    Mitt Romney will say ANYTHING, to ANYONE, ANYWHERE at ANYTIME to get a vote. So now he's dissing his own Romneycare to win your sympathies. Nice going Mr. Outsource to Communists in China. Run for CHinese Premiere – they need you. We don't need to lose more jobs to this Hedge Fund Manager's vision of American in decline.

    December 26, 2011 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  16. george of the jungle

    Romney is about as exciting as dead fish. He has no comcept of what the middleclass is all about. The trouble with him is if he becomes president will he flip flop which ever way the tea party and koch bros say. ?He has no mind of his own and has shown us that for the last 20 years. So what will his plan be 6 months or a year from now? Yes he is a businessman. Thats why he fired so many peopl to increase corporat profits. Just who does he care about.?

    December 26, 2011 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  17. GI Joe

    Mitt is for Mitt - $$$$$

    December 26, 2011 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  18. Indy

    "I'm going to do something to government. I'm going to make it simpler and smaller and smarter, getting rid of programs, turning programs back to states, and finally making government itself more efficient," Romney says in the commercial, titled "Conservative Agenda."

    Every politician in every country has said this at every election, and it means squat.Sure Romney has a record of getting rid of jobs and being a job killer but this speech is well over 100 years old and boring. With speeches like this is not hard to figure out why Mitts will never get over 25% in a general election, the entire speech is a Myth and thats probably why he has the nicknmame of Myth Romney. He does have a reputation of being a job killer but he is running for President not a vultur capitalist that can walk in on government and fir everyone just because he is President.

    December 26, 2011 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  19. Marie MD

    First he was a liberal, then a conservative, then a liberal again, now a conservative. If this man can't make up his mind about what he really is do we really want him near that red button? Eenie, meenie, minnie, moe!
    Yeah, right!

    December 26, 2011 11:34 am at 11:34 am |