September 21st, 2007
05:25 PM ET
16 years ago

Romney to Republicans: Get 'house in order'

Romney has some sharp words for Republicans in an "open letter" to his party.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Following the release of a television ad earlier this week that criticizes his own party, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney has released "an open" letter to his "friends and fellow Republicans" calling on them to "start acting like Republicans."

“The blame, we must admit, does not belong to just one party," he writes in the letter set to be published in the New Hampshire Union-Leader this Sunday and the Capitol Hill paper Roll Call this Monday.

"If we’re going to change Washington, Republicans have to put our own house in order," Romney continues. "We can’t be like Democrats – a party of big spending. We can’t pretend our borders are secure from illegal immigration. We can’t have ethical standards that are a punch-line for Jay Leno. When Republicans act like Democrats, America loses."

The letter will also be circulated among Republican National Committee members and supporters of the campaign, Romney spokesman Kevin Madden said.

- CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney

Filed under: Mitt Romney • New Hampshire
soundoff (35 Responses)
  1. Ken G

    look at all those scandals ..there leaving the white house on a day to day basis...running scared.. Hillary might find something under those rugs...i dont like mormons knocking on my door either...i can't get them to go away...

    September 22, 2007 01:59 am at 1:59 am |
  2. trekks, kansas

    This is like, some of the dumbest of the leftist remarks posted tonight. I felt like arguing when I logged on to the ticker, but tonight I dont think Ill lower myself to it.

    September 22, 2007 02:31 am at 2:31 am |
  3. Sam, IA

    Mitt, Sadly republicans are in fact acting just like republicans. Hypocrisy, hate baiting, greed, arrogance. It's all a party history. Lets review, Highest deficits in history, Ronnie, next record setter, Papa Bush, The record was broken by Boy George, Hmm, wasn't there a president in between them that shut down the government until congress got the clue, Remember Pay go? That hated fiscal restraint that the republican canned immediately upon the son's election. Just thought i would clue you in, Have a nice day

    September 22, 2007 06:44 am at 6:44 am |
  4. WDRussell, East Liverpool, Ohio

    Probably not a wise statement to make. Those who might agree have already decided to support Ron Paul.
    It will cost him votes with the borrow and spend warlovers.

    September 22, 2007 08:41 am at 8:41 am |
  5. Craig H, Mpls, MN

    Mr. Romney and all. As history clearly indicates, both parties are capable of corruption and both parties are capable of big spending. Any characterizations of ones own party or another that implies otherwise are merely divisive campaign slogans and should not be believed. I applaud anyone who tries to hold themselves to the highest standard of conduct, but demonising another goup of humans (as Romney does here with Democrats) or deifiing his own group (as he does here with Republicans) is merely devisive and leading in the wrong direction.

    September 22, 2007 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  6. Calvin, Jackson, MI

    Hey Shawnie,

    The GOP congress was in power for 12 years, and the DNC congress has only be in power for less than 1 year.... give me a BREAK!

    September 22, 2007 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  7. S. Rosbury; St. Cloud, FL.

    The voice of reason, Mr. Romney says:

    1. Stop spending as though we can afford all this debt.

    2. Place real controls over immigration.

    3. Washington needs to act ethically.

    He's right on these points, of course. Good message, Mr. Romney

    September 22, 2007 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  8. Ron Nebraska

    "ethical standards and republicans"......isn't that like 'jumbo shrimp'?

    September 22, 2007 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  9. randy,groveport,ohio

    romney is just another new world order puppet that flip flops & lies more than hillary...
    Ron Paul is the only candidate who means what he says & says what he means each & everyday,whether hes in the North,South,East or West the message is always the same..

    September 23, 2007 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  10. Wanda Ferg, Dallas, TX

    Please!! What time is the debate today for the Republicans?? I hear it announced, but no one says what time of the day or night it will be!

    October 21, 2007 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
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