April 15th, 2014
04:53 PM ET
8 months ago

Mitt Romney stars in campaign ad

(CNN) – Is Mitt Romney running again?

"The stakes are very high in this election because Washington's spending is out of control," says Mitt Romney in a new campaign commercial, sounding very much like a candidate running for office.

But in the ad, the former Massachusetts governor and 2012 Republican presidential nominee goes on to say, "You can take it from me, the conservative choice for Congress is Mike Simpson."

"I know because I've seen him in action. Mike is fighting hard every day to cut Washington's wasteful spending, to stop junk lawsuits and to fight against Obamacare."

Romney, who has ruled out another bid for the White House, stars in the new spot for Simpson, which was put out by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

The eight-term congressman faces a tough challenge from the right in Idaho's May 20th primary from Bryan Smith, an attorney who claims that Simpson is not conservative enough and is soft on spending. Smith is backed by some tea party groups and by the DC-based anti-tax group Club for Growth, which has a history of backing conservative primary challengers. The group has gone up with some spots critical of Simpson.

Romney endorsed Simpson last November.

"We are going to win this battle. I hope you'll join me and strongly support Mike Simpson for Congress," Romney says at the end of the spot.

Romney's starring role in the commercial is the first time he's appeared in a campaign ad this cycle.

Simpson represents Idaho's 2nd Congressional District, which stretches from Boise to the borders with Wyoming and Montana and covers the entire eastern and most of the central parts of the state. Romney's backing could especially help in eastern Idaho, which has a large Mormon population.

Simpson was an early supporter of Romney's 2012 presidential bid.

Simpson is also being backed by House Speaker John Boehner and other members of the House GOP leadership.

"The U.S. Chamber is proud to stand with Governor Mitt Romney in support of Mike Simpson, the conservative choice for Congress in Idaho's second district. Mike Simpson has a proven record fighting for Idaho values and policies that support job creation and economic freedom. He has received a 92% lifetime rating with the U.S. Chamber," said Rob Engstrom, the Chamber's national political director.

The Chamber tells CNN that their commercial will start running Wednesday on broadcast and cable in the Boise, Idaho Falls-Pocatello, and Twin Falls TV markets.

Political Payback

Romney may have enjoyed some political payback, courtesy of his son Josh.

Two years after Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, during the 2012 presidential election, repeated an unsubstantiated report that Mitt Romney had not paid his taxes, Josh Romney tweeted Tuesday tweeted a photo of his father standing in line to pay his taxes.

Tuesday was the deadline for income earners to file their tax returns.


Filed under: House Republicans • Idaho • Mitt Romney
soundoff (39 Responses)
  1. Gurgyl

    Does any one sane cars about this lost in space guy other than nannies, maids. Very pathetic.

    April 15, 2014 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  2. WB

    Nom Nom Nom.

    That's the sounds of the GOP eating itself alive.

    April 15, 2014 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  3. Sniffit

    Mittens is like herpes...can't get rid of him and constantly dealing with flare ups.

    April 15, 2014 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  4. Anderson

    Simpson just lost.

    April 15, 2014 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  5. Chris-E...al

    Mitt could have led us down the path of prosperity and monetary gains and equity in our nation and we surely still woudnt be in arrears in 8 years ? This 0bama economy of spend and print cash is like a slow death ! But boy we can party for the day . He's like kid with a credit card with no limit . Soon the the ppl will see what all the barking been all about from the right . ?

    April 15, 2014 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  6. Thomas

    If Mitt Romney says he's the best America has to offer the Mormon people of Boise, Idaho Falls-Pocatello, and Twin Falls ,

    Then he's good enough for me .

    April 15, 2014 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  7. O'drama ya Mama

    "I know because I've seen him in action. Mike is fighting hard every day to cut Washington's wasteful spending, to stop junk lawsuits and to fight against Obamacare."

    You say he is cutting wasteful spending but would you care to add up how much he helped waste trying to repeal the ACA? Lets start off with the number $24 Billion(government shutdown)

    April 15, 2014 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  8. Anonymous

    The country screwed up BIG TIME re-electing the Liar in Chief. The country would have been far better off with somebody competent like Romney at the helm. If the country makes many more mistakes like electing Democrats, we are totally screwed.

    April 15, 2014 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  9. Bill

    Loser Romney at it again? If I were running for re-election, I sure would not let a two-time loser speak for me. Bad move Mr. Simpson. You have to wonder what kind of advisors these people have. First impression from this ad: Romney=loser. Not much else you can say.

    April 15, 2014 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  10. rs

    "Washington's spending is out of control"?

    Sorry, Mr. Romney it just isn't. The deficit is falling like a rock; and by employee size the federal government hasn't been this small unless you go all the way back to 1968.

    Probably what you see is the imbalance between revenues and spending. Well that can be fixed by returning you and your class to pre-1980 income tax levels.

    Feel better now?

    April 15, 2014 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  11. rs

    Anonymous

    The country screwed up BIG TIME re-electing the Liar in Chief. The country would have been far better off with somebody competent like Romney at the helm.
    ____________________
    You mean "Obama sold Jeep to China" Romney?

    April 15, 2014 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  12. Tom

    What, exactly, is the shelf life of an endorsement from Gov. Flip-flop? It's only Tuesday. Romney could change his mind 3-4 times by Friday. And has anyone told Romney he got his butt kicked in 2012? If the poor man turned off the TV when Karl Rove declared him the winner, he might actually think he's President.

    April 15, 2014 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  13. Al-NY,NY

    flip flopney will only go where there is no chance that a GOP candidate will lose. Past that, he's a 200 pound anchor around the candidates neck, just like simple Sarah

    April 15, 2014 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  14. ThinkAgain: Don't like Congress? Get rid of the repub/tea bag majority.

    Very creepy that Mittens has a room in one of his many houses that sorta-kinda looks like the Oval Office ... with a Ken doll standing in it, no less!

    April 15, 2014 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  15. Gurgyl

    -–didn't we spend out of control on Afghanistan war, Iraq War, paid thirty billion dollars to Pakistan for hiding Bin Laden in Abbotabad? Trickle-Down theory thinking these Rich invest in USA–in turn they went to China, India, Philippines to invest. Ha!! Ha!!! Hee!!! Heee,,,

    April 15, 2014 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  16. just asking

    does anybody actually believe obama would have been re-elected in 2012 if the lsm had done their jobs and reported all of the lies told about obamacare? only the true koolaide drinkers would believe such nonsense. obama is not only our first half black president, he is our first fraudulent president.

    April 15, 2014 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  17. gene

    Mitt is absolutely outstanding in cutting fat from the budget.
    USA lost win Mitt lost...but maybe he won by not getting elected!

    April 15, 2014 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  18. ThinkAgain: Don't like Congress? Get rid of the repub/tea bag majority.

    @rs
    Anonymous

    The country screwed up BIG TIME re-electing the Liar in Chief. The country would have been far better off with somebody competent like Romney at the helm.
    ____________________
    You mean "Obama sold Jeep to China" Romney?

    Or "Let the American auto industry die" Romney ... or "Let millions of Americans lose their houses so investors can buy them up" Romney ... or "47% of Americans are moochers" Romney ... or "I wrote my wife's therapy horse off as a $77K business expense!" Romney ... or "I spent the Vietnam War in France dodging the draft" Romney ... or "My wife is so mad at me because we didn't get our turn" Romney ...

    April 15, 2014 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  19. ThinkAgain: Don't like Congress? Get rid of the repub/tea bag majority.

    Mike is fighting ..."against Obamacare ..."

    From the Congressional Budget Office: Updated estimates on Obamacare's impact on the budget and health insurance industry show that Obamacare is actually growing cheaper to implement, costing the government $5 billion less in 2014 than was previously projected. The law also is projected to cover more individuals than previously believed, owing, in part, to some broader workforce trends.

    More covered = more customers for private health insurance companies. That's support of capitalist companies.

    Good think we elected President Obama TWICE! :)

    April 15, 2014 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  20. don in albuquerque

    Ah yes, Citizen Romney. Jeep to China-Liar of the Year, Only going to represent half the country, and knowledge of what is a right sized tree. Theres a real heavy weight endorsement for you.

    April 15, 2014 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  21. Silence DoGood

    The 47% is back and they are mad.

    April 15, 2014 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  22. Marie MD

    He only "stars" in his own mind. I see he's still as stiff as ever.
    This loser is a joke. He is jus like so many others who CNN continues to shove down our throats who still don't realize that they lost because we didn't want them.
    This from the flip flopping liberal, conservative because I need to win in 2012. The koch brothers and adelson are still crying over their ill spent millions. Too bad.

    April 15, 2014 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  23. Silence DoGood

    "I know because I've seen him in action. Mike is fighting hard every day to cut Washington's wasteful spending, to stop junk lawsuits and to fight against Obamacare."
    --------–
    Junk lawsuits like the one the GOP just started to keep the IRS conspiracy theory alive?
    Keep talking you are doing great!

    April 15, 2014 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  24. RWB1956

    It just surprises me that some call the President of the United States the Liar in Chief. Must make them feel oh so superior. And I remind everyone that in the three years before 2013 Romney,Palin and the entire GOP won Lie of the Year. No trying to spin it.

    April 15, 2014 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  25. steve

    now we know why tigers eat their young!

    April 15, 2014 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
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