Romney vs. Obama in new radio ad
January 6th, 2012
01:07 PM ET
2 years ago

Romney vs. Obama in new radio ad

Manchester, New Hampshire (CNN) - For the second time in two days, Mitt Romney's campaign reinforced its message of electability by bypassing his GOP rivals and going after President Obama on the airwaves in the state.

Romney is all in for South Carolina, and his efforts may be paying off in a state where some conservatives see the last chance of halting his walk to the GOP nomination.

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A CNN/TIME/ORC poll released Friday showed Romney leading his next-closest competitors by more than 15% among likely Republican primary voters in South Carolina.

On Friday the campaign released a radio spot, called "Free Enterprise," that criticizes Obama for his actions regarding union operations. The ad, similar to a TV ad the campaign released a day earlier, cited a disagreement between the National Labor Relations Board and the Boeing Corporation over moving facilities to South Carolina, a so-called "right to work" state.

"Gov. Nikki Haley called it a 'direct assault on everything we know America to be' and Mitt Romney agrees," the ad said, referring to the state's governor, a high-profile Romney supporter.

The spot also hit Obama for three controversial recess appointments he made this week to the NLRB.

"Mitt Romney's conservative plan ends union favoritism, caps spending, balances the budget, and will make America the strongest nation on earth," the ad said.

Romney just ended a day-long swing through South Carolina, accompanied by Haley and the man who carried the state in the 2008 GOP primary - Sen. John McCain.

The visit came just days before New Hampshire's primary, which Romney has long been expected to win handily, and broadcast the campaign's focus on raising its numbers in South Carolina.

Meanwhile, candidates with a larger following among social conservatives were also concentrating on South Carolina.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry released a TV ad there Friday, and former Sen. Rick Santorum planned to visit the state Sunday.

Back in New Hampshire, Romney will be joined at campaign events by Haley and two other high-profile supporters: Govs. Tim Pawlenty and Chris Christie.

Also see:

Huntsman hits Romney ahead of N.H. primary

Boston Globe backs Huntsman

FIRST ON CNN: Santorum to make large ad buy in South Carolina

Santorum tangles with Gingrich, same-sex marriage supporters

McCain courting former South Carolina backers for Romney


Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • President Obama
soundoff (21 Responses)
  1. GI Joe

    Nikki loves him because he sent jobs to her friends and relatives in India.

    January 6, 2012 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  2. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    Good job Romney!! Solid blows to the body of that union bought and paid for President. Seems he's all for a level and fair playing field FOR HIS SUPPORTERS ONLY. Campaigns on changing Washington, yeah right. Change it to corrupt Chicago politics!

    January 6, 2012 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  3. Thomas

    "Gov. Nikki Haley , how was your trip ?
    Following a trip to Europe to meet with potential companies that might invest in South Carolina and create jobs, Haley was criticized for the amount of taxpayer dollars spent on the trip. Over $127,000 was spent over the duration of the weeklong trip. She was criticized for spending the money on what seemed to some as unnecessary luxuries like five star hotels.

    Romney , no way !

    January 6, 2012 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  4. Mitt 2012

    Mitt Romney 2012 – Obama lost my vote when he ordered 2000 assault rifles to be given to Cartel members to use against American citizens. Treason is the reason not to vote for Obama in 2012.

    January 6, 2012 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  5. Tom

    The teabaggers must be going crazy with this news. A moderate for their candidate. They will be forced to support a moderate republican. I can see a lot of votes going over to the democrats.

    January 6, 2012 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  6. Name king

    Hey these right to work states, which doesn't have the unions to support middle class.Americans are.dangerous. you might have a lot of folks working, but they are not making enough money to support the housing industries and the automobile industries. The unions makes workers make enough money to support dual industries at the same time, rather than having 2 or more families living in one house just to support the mortgage. Without the unions, families would have to compete with over seas labor force to keep American companies in America. Imagine what that will do to the American industries when folks are not making enough money to supports our industries.

    January 6, 2012 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  7. Gurgi

    It would be funny if he lost to Huntsman and Huntsman chose Condi Rice as VP. It would make heads explode on both the right and the left!!!!!

    January 6, 2012 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  8. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    Tom - The teabaggers must be going crazy with this news. A moderate for their candidate. They will be forced to support a moderate republican. I can see a lot of votes going over to the democrats
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    Are you joking or simply crazy enough to believe your last statement??!! Or maybe it's delusional wishful thinking? Yes, that must be it. A LOT of that going around these days in Democrat circles.

    January 6, 2012 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  9. Sniffit

    "balances the budget"

    ...on the backs of the middle class and poor with a tx plan that literally increases tax rates on those making less than $40K per year and massively cuts taxes for the rich...people like himself who already pay a far FAR lower effective tax rate on their umpteen millions than your average middle class family with two incomes filing jointly.

    January 6, 2012 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  10. Sniffit

    "and will make America the strongest nation on earth,"

    Shouldn't he be riding around on a white horse, draped in a flag and waving a bible about while he spews this kind of meaningless nationalist blather? Aaaaah, blind and rabid nationalism, wonderous pre-cursor to fascism...conservatives just can't get enough.

    January 6, 2012 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  11. cali girl

    Mitt is pulling at strings of the SC people. His own agenda will not be to help SC, it would be his own pockets that he would help.

    January 6, 2012 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  12. Independent Voters

    Romney will not win he a flip flopper and a liberal

    January 6, 2012 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  13. bullock w

    I said blast presdient obama that he is not clear throat pull out of usa army cause iraq have lots problems bomb kill of people but usa army must stay keep watch against terroist in iraq

    January 6, 2012 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  14. Larry L

    Tea Baggers will need to evaluate their situation. It looks like they'll have the Karl Rove/Koch brother's lap-dog as their candidate. Don't worry about his very moderate positions in the past. For money he'll assume any position... The folks in India and China will be happy to see new jobs coming their way!

    I hope the old folks aren't attached to Social Security or Medicare. The Koch brothers will send that stuff to Wall Street and Romney will be loved by all of his friends in the Billionaire's Club.

    January 6, 2012 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  15. Larry L

    @bullock w

    "I said blast presdient obama that he is not clear throat pull out of usa army cause iraq have lots problems bomb kill of people but usa army must stay keep watch against terroist in iraq"
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    I'm thinking you're home-schooled?

    January 6, 2012 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  16. Rudy NYC

    Tom wrote:

    The teabaggers must be going crazy with this news. A moderate for their candidate. They will be forced to support a moderate republican. I can see a lot of votes going over to the democrats.
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    Yupper. It's going to be tough to chew up and swallow that Mitt Broccolli, bitter after taste and all. It'll be good for 'em. They seem to consume far too much sugar as it is.

    January 6, 2012 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  17. Susan Booth

    Romney really doesn't have the appeal he needs to win. His ideas are not constants. Americans love to buy, but we don't like to be sold. He comes across as a shady salesman.

    January 6, 2012 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  18. Lynda/Minnesota

    "Mitt Romney's conservative plan ends union favoritism, caps spending, balances the budget, and will make America the strongest nation on earth," the ad said."

    IS he a conservative? There's been talk that Romney still sticks his finger out every morning to see which way the winds blows politically. Biased liberal media rumors, no doubt. In other news, I see Karl Rove is up to his vote counting "tricks" again, this time in Iowa. First GW ... now Romney. Consistent, isn't he? Karl Rove, that is.

    January 6, 2012 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  19. Mikey

    @bullock w – could we have that in English please?

    January 6, 2012 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  20. Sniffit

    "Are you joking or simply crazy enough to believe your last statement??!! Or maybe it's delusional wishful thinking? Yes, that must be it. A LOT of that going around these days in Democrat circles."

    This from the guy for whose every statement made yesterday was completely debunked by people posting verifiable facts and numbers from multiple sources? haha...too funny...do you atke acid before posting or something?

    January 6, 2012 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  21. Four and The Door

    After that whole NLRB vs. Boeing mess where Nancy Pelosi even came out suggesting that Boeing should shut down it's new SC manufacturing facility, the Democrats have all but abandoned South Carolina. Interesting political move, but maybe I underestimate the influence of unions on the Obama Administration.

    January 6, 2012 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |