Romney previews general election ads
January 18th, 2012
05:32 PM ET
6 years ago

Romney previews general election ads

Rock Hill, South Carolina (CNN) - Three days before South Carolina's primary, Mitt Romney gave voters a glimpse of what his general election campaign would look like.

Romney, the winner of the first two GOP primary season contests, has long sought to keep his focus on President Obama.

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During a Wednesday rally, he told an audience at Winthrop University in Rock Hill about an advertising campaign his team was planning to run against Obama.

"He said after he was inaugurated – we are going to play this on TV time and time again in our ads – he said that if he couldn't get this economy turned around in three years he'd be looking at a one term proposition," Romney said. "Well, we are here to collect all right?"

Many analysts believe a Romney win in South Carolina could effectively clinch the nomination for the former Massachusetts governor.

But a CNN/TIME/ORC poll released Wednesday showed Newt Gingrich gaining on Romney in South Carolina. Gingrich received 23% support, while 33% of respondents supported Romney.

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  1. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    Replaying Obama film clips and his own words (God knows there are ENDLESS amounts out there!) will provide more than enough rope to hang Obama. All we get from him now are excuses and the same old tired failed policies.

    I would say he was a one trick pony but I don't think he even had one trick he could call his own. He has brought a whole new meaning to the phrase "empty suit". We can't trust this country to this snake oil salesman for another four years. We'll ALL be out of work and on food stamps!!

    January 18, 2012 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  2. carlos

    the MixedMexMitt..the are 100% deceiving..his bloated head does not hold enough cranial matter..and should release his 2009 and 2010 and 2011 TAX RETURNS not the doctored 2011.

    January 18, 2012 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  3. Omari

    Bill Clinton: Newt Gingrich And Mitt Romney Can't Tell The Truth And Win GOP Nomination

    Former President Bill Clinton said Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney can't say what they believe and get nominated in a GOP primary, in an interview with Esquire published Wednesday.

    "As a private citizen he [Gingrich] was for certain important health-care reforms and believed in climate change and believed there had to be a strong reaction to it. And now he's just like Romney," Clinton said. "Neither one of them can say what they believe to be true and get nominated. Romney's still trying to figure out what he did as governor of Massachusetts and still appeal to this driving vituperative energy."

    Gingrich has cited his work with Clinton when he was Speaker of the House as evidence that he can fix the economy. Other times, he has left out Clinton and touted balancing the budget and creating 11 million new jobs.

    When asked last December whether Gingrich could take credit for balancing the budget, Clinton said, "Not really, but I think he did work with me to pass some good budgets."

    Clinton, however, praised his former adversary last November to NewsMax, saying, "I think he's doing well just because he's thinking, and people are hungry for ideas that make some sense."

    Clinton also praised Romney's record as governor of Massachusetts in December, adding that it would be a "mistake" to underestimate him.

    Clinton told Esquire that Republicans have been pushed farther to the right.

    "Every time the president adopts a plan that they [Republicans] once advocated, they abandon it and push farther to the right," he said. "But the voters can push them back."

    January 18, 2012 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  4. vic , nashville ,tn

    I thinks he had bad dream last night

    January 18, 2012 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  5. carlos

    sorry< I meant the 2009 and 2010 TAX RETURNS....we do not need the DOCTORED 2011

    January 18, 2012 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  6. whobehee

    Mitt Romney is a feral politician, devoid of normal human contact and interaction. Republican knew he was unelectable 4 years ago and did not nominate him. He is still unelectable.

    If republicans like the idea of sitting out another 4 years, spending them saying no to everything Obama proposes, they will love nominating Mitt Romney. He is a one way ticket to a missed opportunity.

    Democrats chest bump each other every time a new Republican poll comes out showing Romney in the lead.

    January 18, 2012 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  7. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    I certainly hope that Romney takes the gloves off and doesn't hold back like McCain did. He has a tendency to be nice and polite which is part of his upbringing. But with Obama and the vile leftists backing him, Romney had better be prepared for a down in the mud knife fight. The future of this country is riding on the outcome.

    January 18, 2012 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  8. Thomas

    Mitt , love that photo

    You lost that loving felling , now it's gone , gone , gone ,
    And you can't hold on , oh oh ya.

    The lyrics of You've Lost That Loving Feeling by The Righteous Brothers.

    January 18, 2012 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  9. Jariv

    Romney is the man we need n the white house. He will make the United States a success. You can bet on that. (and win of course)

    January 18, 2012 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  10. willie floyd

    Reps. simply refuse to accept the fact that the pres. has had many accomplishments. I won't bother to list them because they won't change their minds. I'll just say I'm proud of Pres. Obama and will continue to support him any way possible.

    OBAMA/BIDEN 2012

    January 18, 2012 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  11. Ditty1991

    putting that goldman sachs money to use is see.

    January 18, 2012 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  12. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    I thought the economy has been turning around since the Bush republican debacle and 8 million job loss. 22 months of private sector growth, the auto industry saved, almost 3 million jobs added, the stock market up from 7000 to over 120000, troops home from Iraq, and all this without any help from republicans.

    January 18, 2012 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  13. Andrew

    Gingrich received 23% support, while 33% of respondents supported Romney. This thing is over. Put a fork in it. ROMNEY 2012!

    January 18, 2012 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  14. diridi

    do not believe these bogus ads...he is for Rich, corporate thugs, Oil...and tax is 15%.

    January 18, 2012 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  15. Mr. Kenneth

    When you have money,you can not understand poor people would love to see you explain how the money overseas is fair legal yes but fair.You are the kind of person that all poor living on the streets have to respect for the poor or blacks who will you be the
    president,Oh that's right you have0your rich friends.
    But still love you,thank about what god said about the rich getting to heaven

    January 18, 2012 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  16. Anonymous

    "[Obama] said after he was inaugurated – we are going to play this on TV time and time again in our ads – he said that if he couldn't get this economy turned around in three years he'd be looking at a one term proposition," Romney said. "Well, we are here to collect all right?"

    The biggest error Obama made was to ignore the sudden Orwellian transformation American politics had undergone during the Cheney/Bush period. Obama refused to believe that the Republican hierarchy would without batting an eye send 300+ million Americans down the drain just to make sure that the first black president of the country failed to deliver. [Never mind the elementary truth that when the president fails the country fails.]

    There indeed was a win-win alternative. Suppose, instead, the southern gentlemen who these days dictate the political fortunes of the Republican party - biological or spiritual descendants of the slave-owning class all - had the decency to say, 'okay, the black man is in charge, we could not stop him, let us do now what makes sense, let us see if we can support him to turn this country around so that we all win.' Of course, they could have done this. In fact, I do believe that the Republican Party of Barry Goldwater and, yes, even Strom Thurmond would have given the idea consideration.

    Now Mitt Romney wants to "collect". Collect?

    January 18, 2012 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  17. T'sah From Virginia

    ►Romney previews general election ads◄
    The problem is – he might not even get there, really sad
    Because Romney feels he's won and he's the "King of the Throne"
    But he's got a "GRINCH" who's constantly "torching" him and hitting him with stones!!

    Romney has Sarah Palin against him too – Oh what is he to do?????
    (Actually, that might help him)

    Obama 2012!!!

    January 18, 2012 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  18. Mike in Texas

    Truth, 1) you speak no truth or facts only bitter rhetoric. 2) I am better off now than I was four years ago. The economy is improving but you, like many Americans are impatient people who want something now. Do you really think employment numbers are all of a sudden going to sky rocket if a Republican wins the Presidency. What policies does Romney propose that will create millions and millions of jobs? And please don't say tax cuts are on of the worst ways to create jobs. Do you think you can make one post that actually offers a solution and is devoid of any name calling? I doubt it.

    January 18, 2012 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |