Republican super PAC buys ad time in Minnesota, New Mexico
October 31st, 2012
01:12 PM ET
2 years ago

Republican super PAC buys ad time in Minnesota, New Mexico

(CNN) – Restore Our Future, a super PAC backing Republican nominee Mitt Romney, is going up with $1.8 million worth of ads in Minnesota and New Mexico – states that have been considered safe bets for Democrats.

The super PAC announced Wednesday it would spend $1.1 million in Minnesota and $700,000 in New Mexico.

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The buy will rotate between two, 30-second ads: "New Normal," which hits President Barack Obama's economic policies for the ailing economy, and "Saved," a positive ad what highlights Romney's search for a business partner's daughter who went missing in New York City.

New Mexico has five electoral votes and Minnesota has ten. Both states have been thought to be in Obama's column, but a recent poll suggests a tightening race in the State of 10,000 Lakes.

A Star Tribune survey conducted from October 23-25 and released Sunday showed Obama with a three point advantage over Romney among likely Minnesota voters – 47% to Romney's 44%. Obama's advantage is within the survey's sampling error. But, a St. Cloud State University survey of likely Minnesota voters, taken from October 15-21 and released Friday, showed Obama with a larger, eight point edge over his Republican challenger - 53% to Romney's 45%. Obama's advantage in the SCSU survey is also within the poll's five point sampling error.

In New Mexico, however, the president leads 50% to Romney's 41%, according to a poll conducted for the Albuquerque Journal from October 23-25. Obama's lead is outside of the poll's 3.5 sampling error.

CNN reported last week the Obama campaign bought air time in Minnesota to counter a Romney campaign ad buy in the state, and the Obama campaign deployed former President and Democratic heavyweight Bill Clinton to Minnesota Tuesday as the president cancelled events to monitor Superstorm Sandy from Washington.

While Republicans see Minnesota as showing signs of Republican growth, Democrats bill the ad push as a ploy to suggest a tightening race where there is none.

Obama senior adviser David Axelrod told reporters on a conference call Wednesday they see Minnesota and various other states, like Michigan and Pennsylvania, where Republicans have bought ad time as safe but will cede no state to the Romney campaign.

"We are very, very confident based on the number we have that we're gonna carry Michigan, that we are gonna carry Pennsylvania and that we're gonna carry Minnesota," said Axelrod. "What's going on here is I think there's a growing recognition on the other side Ohio is fading away and that there, as Jim said, is no battleground state where they can be comfortable so they're looking for opportunities here as far-fetched as they might be."

With six days until Election Day, Restore Our Future treasurer Charlie Spies sees the momentum on Romney's side and an expanding electoral map for the GOP.

"The Obama campaign has been forced to advertise in Pennsylvania and Michigan, and Bill Clinton, the top Obama surrogate, has been sent to campaign in Minnesota," said Spies. "Now polls show a tightening race in New Mexico. Minnesota and New Mexico understand the choice before America on Tuesday and Mitt Romney's clear vision to balance the budget, empower small businesses and protect individual freedoms is resonating."

–CNN Senior Producer Kevin Bohn contributed to this report.


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soundoff (23 Responses)
  1. truth hurts

    Romney/Ryan is surging across the country. In less than a week, our long national nightmare will end and in January, 2013 this country can TRULY start recovering with experienced, mature, ADULT leadership in office. We were lucky to have survived 4 years of Obama. We surely cannot survive another four with him in office.

    October 31, 2012 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  2. jkane sfl a vote for lady parts romney the tax cheat and lyin lady parts ryan willcut your moms medicare and soc sec . .can you afford to pay for them???

    Somebody should tell romney the tax cheat he already lost . The 99%

    October 31, 2012 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  3. NEVER to VOTE REPUBLICAN again

    Go away Romney! Minnesota will never elect such an amoral person!
    OBAMA for MN!

    October 31, 2012 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  4. Robo

    What a bunch of dopes. Those states are going blue. This is a ploy by the Democrats to get these Republican PACs to waist money. And they fall for it hook line and sinker.

    October 31, 2012 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  5. NVa Native

    America does "Demand Better" that's why Obama won in 2008, and thats' why he's winning again in 2012.

    October 31, 2012 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  6. rs

    More spin and lies. The GOP then decries the state of partisanship. This is the President they are talking about- their lack of respect is astounding.

    October 31, 2012 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  7. gr8 usa

    Just think of all the help the hurricane victims could receive with the $1.1 million and $700,000 these jerks are wasting on negative TV ads.

    October 31, 2012 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  8. UBS, WILLARD & 4000+ AMERICAN AMNESTY DEAL

    and "Saved," a positive ad what highlights Romney's search for a business partner's daughter who went missing in New York City.
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    A business partner's daughter. But what about the missing child on the side of the milk carton Willard? You're so fake and only look out for those of your ilk. You disgust me!

    October 31, 2012 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  9. Expat American

    So the Goebbels Propaganda SuperPacs want people to demand better....from a Republican.....?

    Maybe Romney's 5 finger plan for small businesses will allow me to finally open my store selling custom made bicycles for fish.

    Or maybe Romney and his Bush/Cheney handlers just plan on stepping on the throats of the poor and middle class as is the standard Republican policy of the past 20 years.

    October 31, 2012 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  10. Thomas

    DEMAND BETTER ?

    Mitt Romney / Paul Ryan / Ralph Reed / Karl Rove = GW BUSH

    Been There , Done That

    October 31, 2012 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  11. gr8 usa

    He SuperPac contributors, if you've got so much extra cash laying around that you will waste it on crap like this, please consider sending some to the Red Cross, just text Red Cross to 90999. $10 will be added to your phone bill, and the money will go directly to help people still hurting from Hurricane Sandy.

    October 31, 2012 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  12. jinx88

    LMAO!!! Now Repukes, does this mean your losing when you buy ads in states you wont win? Sounds pretty desperate to me.

    October 31, 2012 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  13. Jan

    I wonder if Romney's Campaign Team and the inclusion of all of these HEAVY LEANING REPUBLICAN POLLS on certain websites are PLOYS TO GET US TO BELIEVE that Romney is actually/continually gaining grounds on President Obama, and that by election day he will OVERTAKE HIM and win the election...so that when we see what might appear to be that actual outcome WE WON'T SUSPECT ALL OF THE VOTER SUPPRESSION via deliberately ill prepared poll stations. CAN YOU IMAGINE THE CHAOS SHOULD WE BECOME AWARE OF WIDESPREAD VOTER SUPPRESSION BEYOND THE BATTLE GROUND STATES!!!! OHHHH HOW WILL THE UNITED STATES HANDLE SUCH EMBARRASSMENT WHEN WE TOOT OURSELVES TO BE CHAMPIONS OF DEMOCRACY ACROSS THE PLANET?!!!

    October 31, 2012 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  14. GI Joe

    Romney certainly isn't better.

    Uh – November 6 we will vote - Disaster relief - FEMA or 2 cans of peas for each person? Or do you want it privatized so Haliburton can send goons in and gouge the prices of everything?

    October 31, 2012 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  15. Craig RB

    Great ad...."Demand Better" and DON'T vote for Romney!

    October 31, 2012 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  16. Thomas

    @truth hurts
    Romney/Ryan is surging across the country.

    ==========

    Most of the people on the East Coast would disagree with your surging theory !

    Romney is behind in the polls in all of the stats he calls home , Michigan , Massachusetts , California , I think he might even be behind in American Samoa !

    Hey truth did you read the great coments from the Auto Industry .
    truth dosent have to hurt !

    October 31, 2012 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  17. v_mag

    No plan, no morals, no humanity. But, they have bags and bags of CASH! So, they buy ads everywhere, throwing money at every state in hopes that their lies will catch a few weak-minded souls and get them to the polls.

    In the end, how much will each additional vote cost them? How much will a Repugnant victory cost the U.S.?

    October 31, 2012 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  18. jamie

    He told us in his 47% video that he'd "take advantage" of a tragedy. He meant it. Thus the "relief stunt" photo-ops staged by R+R in Ohio and Wisconsin this week while the rest of us (in actual disaster areas!) wait for real help from those who actually care and know what to do.

    October 31, 2012 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  19. Thomas

    @Jan
    I wonder if Romney's Campaign Team and the inclusion of all of these HEAVY LEANING REPUBLICAN POLLS on certain websites are PLOYS TO GET US TO BELIEVE that Romney is actually/continually gaining grounds on President Obama, and that by election day he will OVERTAKE HIM and win the election...so that when we see what might appear to be that actual outcome WE WON'T SUSPECT ALL OF THE VOTER SUPPRESSION via deliberately ill prepared poll stations. CAN YOU IMAGINE THE CHAOS SHOULD WE BECOME AWARE OF WIDESPREAD VOTER SUPPRESSION BEYOND THE BATTLE GROUND STATES!!!! OHHHH HOW WILL THE UNITED STATES HANDLE SUCH EMBARRASSMENT WHEN WE TOOT OURSELVES TO BE CHAMPIONS OF DEMOCRACY ACROSS THE PLANET?!!!

    =====

    The GOP polls are higher for three reasons . 1. Because it is a very very close race .2. To make it look like the looser is winning and pull support. 3 . in case of election tampering and voter fraud , the GOP will look clean .

    I dont trust Ralph Reed , Karl Rove and the big money special interest Romney has on his back . And I don't think it's appropriate for Tagg Romney to have investments in Voting machines , it there is revenue to be made in voting machies it would be better off going back into the US Treasury !

    After all , it's we the People , not we the Corporations.

    Please go out and Vote .
    Stay the Course .

    October 31, 2012 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  20. Guest AGAIN

    Like Obama and the Dems dont have cash? Double standard freaks. Keep up the attacks CNN, I noticed that makes up 90% of your news. You are the web based version of the rag known as the New York Times, great to wipe with or stay warm on a subway grate or clean windows but not a good read! Romney is evil and Obama is the King...bow down and serve! Liberals...cant live with them, cant live with..them! Romney/Ryan 2012

    October 31, 2012 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  21. Phil

    You dont send Clinton the Democratic Poster Boy to a state you tihnk is locked in and a easy win. Someone's campaign is getting worried. Clinton gets a bigger repsonse then Obama and that man was practically impeached. How sad!

    October 31, 2012 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  22. Keller

    I think that this is a sign that

    1. Super Pacs have way too much power and money

    2. Romney is trying to do anything to get more electoral votes.

    3. It's almost over.

    Dont fall for Romney's ploys America. I dont doubt that he loves America but a man who will literally say anything to be president will not be a good one. I just hope the Dems get a house and senate majority so they can pass some real laws and dont have to deal with republicans filibustering everything from budgets to giving veterans training to join the civilian work force.

    October 31, 2012 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  23. Lynda/Minnesota

    Well, if Romney is so desperate that he feels he needs to start putting his eggs in Minnesota rather than continuing in the more traditional "swing" states more power to him. Minnesota stays blue ... whether Romney flails around waving his magic voter wand or not.

    October 31, 2012 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |