Romney campaign touts day one initiatives in first general election ad
May 18th, 2012
07:26 AM ET
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Romney campaign touts day one initiatives in first general election ad

Washington (CNN) - Mitt Romney, the likely GOP presidential nominee, is using his first general election ad to highlight the policy priorities he would enact on his first day in office, asking voters, "What would a Romney Presidency be like?"

The spot, titled "Day One," began airing Friday in Iowa, North Carolina, Ohio and Virginia - all battleground states. The spot says Romney, as soon as he took office, would approve the Keystone Pipeline, "creating thousands of jobs that Obama blocked."

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The controversial proposed 1,700 mile pipeline would carry oil from Canada through the U.S. to the Texas coast.

President Barack Obama last January decided against issuing a permit that would have allowed construction of the pipeline. Republicans attacked the administration over the decision because they say it would not only promote energy security but also create jobs. Romney previously has said he would have approved it.

Environmentalists bitterly oppose the pipeline because of the damage the construction might cause.

The White House has said it will make a final decision on the project after the election.

The Romney commercial emphasizes some of the same policy ideas the candidate highlights on the stump, promising tax cuts that "reward job creators, not punish them."

The spot says on Romney's first day as president he would issue an order to begin replacing the Obama health care initiative "with common sense health care reform."

But Obama's campaign responded saying Romney's day one promises are empty, just like the promises he made in his 2002 Massachusetts gubernatorial campaign.

"Romney said he would use his business experience to cut spending and debt- but both increased under his watch and he left Massachusetts with the largest per-capita debt in the nation," Obama spokeswoman Lis Smith said in a statement. "Romney promised he'd use this same private sector experience to create jobs, but Massachusetts ranked 47th out of 50th in job creation and lagged the nation in almost all key economic indicators. And the one thing he did accomplish-implementing health care reform that was a model for federal reform-is now something he would undo on day one of his presidency."

As CNN reported Thursday, the campaign purchased at least $1.2 million of ad time in Ohio, North Carolina, Iowa and Virginia for broadcast time beginning Friday and running through Tuesday, according to a Republican ad buying source.

The campaign also released a Spanish-language version of the ad.

On Thursday in Jacksonville, Florida, Romney told reporters the campaign would be entering the high stakes ad wars soon.

"I certainly hope that you'll get a chance to see our first ad that will come up in a couple of days. It will be a positive ad about the things that I will do if I am president," Romney said.

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soundoff (475 Responses)
  1. scmom

    Sonnie3, What the he** are you smoking. No matter what you can see in front of you or the truth you just can't get past the black man in the whitehouse. It's nothing but hatred, if you can't see that Mitt Richmoney is spending twice as much. Now which is it? Now you are saying he should be spending his campaign money to feed the poor and he's not helping them. Next breath he's giving away all of your tax dollars. Damn if he do, damn if he don't.

    May 18, 2012 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  2. Lando

    NOPE.....we will not gonna let you even an inch closer to the White are part of the Republiban Party...the
    enemy of the middle class...You can pal with your billionare friends and you can keep on hiding your money in
    Switzerland....and avoid paying taxes...that's the model of an American president that everybody should look up to.

    May 18, 2012 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  3. funktastic



    From 1999 to 2003, Koch Industries was assessed "more than $400 million in fines, penalties and judgments."
    Pipeline accidents
    Koch Industries was fined $35 million for 300 alleged pipeline spills across six states from 1990 to 1997, adding up to 3 million US gallons (11,000 m3) of oil.

    Koch's Sterling butane pipeline had a leak in Lively, Texas, on August 24, 1996.Only 5 out of 45 residences in the area of the accident had received pamphlets. The families of the dead had not.

    In 1999, a Texas jury found that negligence had led to the rupture of the Koch pipeline that fueled the explosion killing them, and awarded a $296 million verdict — "the largest compensatory damages judgment in a wrongful death case against a corporation in U.S. history".
    In a statement released in 2010, Koch Industries responded to the criticisms in Jane Mayer's article in The New Yorker, “Covert Operations: The Billionaire Brothers Who are Waging a War Against Obama,”

    Pollution and resource fines
    In March 1999, Koch Petroleum Group, a Koch Industries subsidiary, pled guilty to charges that it had negligently dumped hundreds of thousands of gallons of aviation fuel into wetlands near the Mississippi River from its refinery

    in Rosemount, Minnesota, and that it had also illegally dumped a million gallons of high-ammonia wastewater onto the ground and into the Mississippi River. Koch Petroleum paid the Dakota County Park System a $6 million fine and $2 million in remediation costs, and was ordered to serve three years of probation.

    In 1999, a federal jury found that Koch Industries had stolen oil from government and American Indian lands, had lied about its purchases more than 24,000 times, and was fined $553,504.
    In January 2000, a Koch Industries subsidiary, Koch Pipeline, agreed to a $35 million settlement with the U.S. Justice Department and the State of Texas. This settlement, including a $30 million civil fine, was incurred for the firm's

    three hundred oil spills in Texas and five other states going back to 1990. The spills resulted in more than 3 million US gallons (11,000 m3) of crude oil leaking into ponds, lakes, streams and coastal waters.

    May 18, 2012 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  4. John the Historian

    No one is more brainwashed than cult followers of Romney and mormonism. Go to Nauvoo, Illinois and wait for your polygamist Jesus Christ.

    May 18, 2012 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  5. ProperVillain

    "On Thursday in Jacksonville, Florida, Romney told reporters the campaign would be entering the high stakes ad wars soon."

    The problem with politics in a nutshell. It's not longer about ideas or leadership, it's about who can advertise best...

    May 18, 2012 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  6. anoel2005

    He's already had almost 4 years to get it right.......if Obama was a CEO in the private sector, the stockholders would look at their losses and say "YOU'RE FIRED!"

    May 18, 2012 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  7. JIM

    sinclair lewis oh yeah he wrote the jungle about the horrible working conditions of the late 1800's robme will bring us back to those days we will all work ourselves to death to feed the greed at the top. unacceptable to anyone with sense.

    May 18, 2012 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  8. Anonymous

    @ anoel2005,

    You like the losses at GM? or the DJI? What losses are you talking about? Please name them.

    May 18, 2012 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  9. roy

    Romney's first day would bring cheers to the wealthy who paid to get him elected to office, second day wondering what to do next, third day why did I want this confusing office in the first place, the rest of the days waiting for retirement.

    May 18, 2012 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  10. chiz3914

    Now who'd be dumb enough to believe what a politician running for office says he'd do?

    May 18, 2012 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  11. ObjectiveGuy

    Oh, I get it. All of you paid Obama campaigners who are on here pretending to support the prez have been given the memo that the new strategy is to paint Romney to be a clone of GWB. Very clever. Bush left office with a low approval rating, and even though Romney's plans are not at all even similar to Bush's, you are going to try to convince the American people that they are one in the same. Gee, the voters will NEVER see through that one! How about if you guys actually tell us what Obama has done that has helped this country since he took office, or for that matter, since the Dems took control of congress two years prior to Obama taking office. From what I see around me, it has been nothing but a rapid downhill slide since the Dems took control, expedited exponentially once Obama became prez. This country is in the worst shape it has been in since the Great Depression in the 1930's, and it has been on the Dems and Obama's watch. So, before you condemn Romney for what you "think" he might do (you obviously have no real clue if you think all he is going to do is help the "rich people", and other such nonsense), why don't you tell us what Obama has done to deserve to be elected to another term? From what I see, America cannot afford another four years of record deficits, record unemployment, shrinking economy, runaway government spending, etc., etc. Was THIS the CHANGE you voted for? If not, you might want to rethink who you support in November.

    May 18, 2012 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  12. Alien

    No intelligence on this page!

    May 18, 2012 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  13. Chuck

    Keyword Hear: "Would"

    Romney is as close to being the answer to the Presidency as Big Bird.

    May 18, 2012 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  14. ObjectiveGuy

    @ chiz3914: Apparently everyone who voted for Obama!

    May 18, 2012 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  15. newtons law

    You know what you'll find on the first day when romney takes office. Riots across America.

    May 18, 2012 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  16. ObjectiveGuy

    @ Dean: Hey, no fair. You're using actual FACTS to disparge Obama, not baseless nonsense like everyone on this blog is using about Romney. Clearly, you didn't read "Liberalism for Dummies", although I guess that's kind of redundant.

    May 18, 2012 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  17. Jacques Strappe, World Famous French Ball Juggler

    This race is just one big turd sandwich and we all gotta take a big bite. Look at the partisan views on this site. People who cling to the terms Democrat and Republican. You are both two sides of the same worthless coin.

    May 18, 2012 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  18. Norm

    Any real Christian will not vote for this heretic.
    There should be no excuse for welcoming the Anti-Christ into our houses with open arms.
    This November will be the test.

    May 18, 2012 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  19. BG

    RELEASE YOUR 2011 TAXS TO THE PUBLIC MITT! What's the hold up?

    May 18, 2012 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  20. Norm

    Have you noticed how many Foxtards are here posting today?
    That's because Fox has it's comment sections shut down today so they can clean out the filth with a pressure washer.

    May 18, 2012 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  21. Jude

    Just how much damage is Romney willing to inflict on the country to pay for his 20% across the board tax cut, when the government is already starved for revenue to pay for badly needed programs. But I guess Mitt and Queen Ann really need to have a reduced tax burden so they can buy yet another mansion in a state the claim is home. The arrogance and ignorance of this man is truly appaling.

    May 18, 2012 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  22. Jacques Strappe, World Famous French Ball Juggler


    Please see "No True Scottsman" fallacy. What is the definition of Christian? Follower of Christ. Last time I checked Mormon's believe in, and follow Christ. Just because they don't adhere to your particular brand of Christianity, doesn't make them any less Christian than you are.

    And here lies the problem. We shouldn't be voting based on what religion somebody is. We should be voting based on what their plans are and what they can do to improve the sitatuion in America. Same goes with you partisan people who will only vote Republican/Democrat, no matter who the candidates are. No wonder this country is in the shape its in.

    May 18, 2012 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  23. Jane

    Either the Rombot is a complete idiot (an impression that he's spent the last year cementing) or intends on carrying on as a despot. NONE of this stuff is doable on day one, and/or doable by the office of the President without advice and consent of Congress. Sure sounds good to all the low information doofuses who would vote for a serial killer before a black man, though. Thank goodness this is all moot – only way he's getting in the Oval Office is on the tour.

    May 18, 2012 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  24. David

    So silly, it is the repubs that crashed the economy and wanted European style austerity which is a proven failure. Even Reagans senior economic advisor said in 08 it would take about 15 years for full recover. All in all Obama has done more than could be expected, especially considering the unprecidented obstruction from the repubs in the congress and senate that hyjacked growth.

    May 18, 2012 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  25. the situation

    I'm counting the days until Obama is out.

    May 18, 2012 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |

    It's a long time until January 20, 2017!

    May 18, 2012 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
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