Murdoch on Romney: 'Of course I want him to win'
July 2nd, 2012
10:44 AM ET
2 years ago

Murdoch on Romney: 'Of course I want him to win'

(CNN) – After offering presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney the advice to "hire some real pros" Sunday, Rupert Murdoch followed up Monday, saying he was still in Romney's camp – and that he's been taking some heat over his original tweet.

On Sunday, Murdoch's campaign recommendation was candid:

The message wasn't the first time Murdoch has used Twitter to offer sharp criticism of Romney. Last week he slammed the former Massachusetts governor and two-time presidential candidate for his immigration position.

On Monday, Romney's campaign strategist Eric Fehrnstrom responded to Murdoch's tweets on MSNBC.

"We're happy with the team that we have," Fehrnstrom said. "We're happy with the state of the race. I can't respond to every tweet that Mr. Murdoch sends out, but we like the way things are."

Murdoch's conglomerate, News Corp., owns media properties across the globe, including the Wall Street Journal and Fox News Channel in the United States. In Britain, his newspaper empire includes The Sun and the Sunday Times. In 2011 and 2012, Murdoch has been embroiled in a scandal involving alleged phone hacking at some of his newspaper holdings.

While some of Murdoch's media titles - including Fox News and the New York Post - carry known conservative leanings editorially, the man himself has been known to support candidates of both parties. In 2006, he was reported to have held a fund-raiser for then-Sen. Hillary Clinton, a Democrat, and in 2008, he called then-candidate Barack Obama a "rock star" and praised his education plan. In 2010, News Corp. gave a $1 million donation to the Republican Governors Association.

Murdoch, a native of Australia and a naturalized American citizen, is a regular tweeter, sending several messages per week and responding to his followers when they write to him with questions.

Aside from his candid thoughts on Romney, Murdoch also weighed in on this week's bombshell celebrity headline.

"Scientology back in news. Very weird cult, but big, big money involved with Tom Cruise either number two or three in hierarchy," Murdoch wrote.


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soundoff (147 Responses)
  1. Charlie from the North

    Why is he not in jail? Murdock I mean, Romney is not a criminal that I know of......

    July 2, 2012 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  2. Nate

    Murdoch talks about scientology. Yet hopes a guy that baptizes the dead becomes in charge of our hospitals.

    July 2, 2012 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  3. Squigman

    The easier to fleece the masses.

    July 2, 2012 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  4. SafeJourney

    Surprise, surprise, the corrupt murdoch endorsing the corrupt Mitt

    July 2, 2012 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  5. ronb

    Forget Murdoch. I want to know willard's involvement in making money off of abortions! I guess his logic was: "I'm against abortion, but if you're going to do it anyway...I might as well make a few bucks. I'm a business man, you know."

    LOL. Santorum looks so much better in hindsight!

    July 2, 2012 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  6. MaryM

    Has Rush move out of America yet. He said he would if the ACA became law. bye bye Limpy

    July 2, 2012 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  7. Republican grandma

    After ACA was upheld Romney said it is bad law and it's tax that very bad bad for American people. On Sunday Romney said it is not tax but penalty. Whatttt!!!

    I thought my nephew Scott that love to spend his time smoking weed is already crazy. Mitt is worse than Scott!!

    Come on Mitt!! Make up your mind!! Do you wanna be President or just career politician and flip flipper for the rest of your life!!!

    LOL 2012!!

    July 2, 2012 11:38 pm at 11:38 pm |
  8. Republican grandma

    I agree with Rupert! He is very vert old but his brain is like 9 years old boy!

    LOL 2012

    July 2, 2012 11:40 pm at 11:40 pm |
  9. mack

    Just a simple reminder Mr Murdoch is not a an american. He is foreigner that is using his considerable resources to try effect outcome of US elections,

    July 2, 2012 11:49 pm at 11:49 pm |
  10. Matt

    He will walk I was upset about the Iraq war

    July 3, 2012 12:50 am at 12:50 am |
  11. CRAIG

    The Republican party is in a total state of disarray and Romney doesn't know what he's talking about. This Republican is voting for Obama.

    July 3, 2012 12:50 am at 12:50 am |
  12. Grady

    Funny to read all the lefties posts. If there is one thing they truly hate it is the loss of their monopoly of the air waves. With the internet taking a lot of print media down, the liberal rags have less influence. The "gray lady" (NYT) is more like the crazy old hag nobody listens to.

    But don't worry, the left still controls the school systems and indoctrinates the children so the battle is far from over. But at least now, thanks to Fox News, far more people are aware of the left leaning press, broadcasters and schools. Game on lefties, game ON!

    July 3, 2012 01:55 am at 1:55 am |
  13. Tired of republican lies

    OMG...Murdoch is a real ugly putz...Glad he wasn't hatched here...but why is a foreigner chiming in to our elections?...Citizens United...That's why...We need to vote that sucker down...

    July 3, 2012 02:02 am at 2:02 am |
  14. Thomas

    I won't miss Rupert Murdoch when he's gone. His children can fight over his empire of disinformation , gossip and contempt .

    Good riddance to another dinosaur who's only humanity was power and greed.

    July 3, 2012 02:05 am at 2:05 am |
  15. cmh01

    It's kinda funny how the Republicans were up in arms when an NPR sales guy was a Democrat (and he got fired for it) and then see no issues with the owner of Fox 'news' calling Obama a socialist and the CEO calling Obama 'Hitler'.

    July 3, 2012 03:11 am at 3:11 am |
  16. frag

    Of course I love you, but.....................

    July 3, 2012 03:50 am at 3:50 am |
  17. djjeffrey

    Well you can see who is definitely in the camp for Romney to win.

    July 3, 2012 03:59 am at 3:59 am |
  18. qqqqqjim

    I wouldn't take seriously anything that either 'Strip and Flip' or Murdock have to say, ON ANYTHING!!

    July 3, 2012 04:30 am at 4:30 am |
  19. grahame rhodes

    Yeh Sure Just GW Bush never took advise from anybody

    July 3, 2012 07:27 am at 7:27 am |
  20. Tom Joad

    Socialism is not the enemy of capitalism-but shysters like Murdoch and Romney are.

    July 3, 2012 07:43 am at 7:43 am |
  21. Chris

    I think it's pathetic how he and many other conservatives so openly stated he didnt want romney for Pres. now they saying well anything but obama. Yeah – ANYTHING!? Would they prefer Hitler? This race is about winning for the canditate andparty – not the people or the country. As a matter of fact the anti government sentiment is more damaging to the system than anything obama could do,

    July 3, 2012 07:48 am at 7:48 am |
  22. Tony

    Romney is like a used car salesman who tries to sell the same failed Bush policies that led voters to choose Obama in 2008. Romney plans to give the "job creators" another 20% cut on top of the Bush tax cuts, in the hope that they will finally get the message and start creating jobs, instead of just keeping the money.

    July 3, 2012 08:05 am at 8:05 am |
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