December 12th, 2007
08:27 AM ET
14 years ago

Romney airs anti-Hillary spot in Michigan

Romney is expanding an ad that bashes Clinton into Michigan.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Mitt Romney’s campaign announced Wednesday that it is airing a television ad bashing Democrat Hillary Clinton in Michigan.

The Republican presidential candidate mocks Clinton’s White House ambitions in the spot, which debuted in New Hampshire last month, saying the New York senator has never been in charge of any enterprise, even “a corner store.”

"She has never run anything. And the idea that she could learn to be president as an internship just doesn't make any sense,” says the former Massachusetts governor.

The campaign said the buy is their second in the Michigan market, and their first since early spring.

The Republican party there has lost half its delegate strength as a penalty from national party leadership for scheduling its vote for January 15, just one week after New Hampshire’s first-in-the-nation presidential primary.

–CNN Associate Political Editor Rebecca Sinderbrand

Filed under: Hillary Clinton • Michigan • Mitt Romney
soundoff (48 Responses)
  1. therealist

    What was she in charge of at the White House? Hmmmmm....

    She certainly failed on health care and keeping Bill from straying like a sick dog..

    December 12, 2007 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  2. Geri Sacramento CA

    Talk about desperate! These guys should use their resources going after Huckleberry, but they are scared to death of Clinton so would rather squander a chunk of their bankroll on ads against her. Interesting, they never lay a glove on Obama, who they are praying will win the Democratic nomination. They know he's weak, inexperienced, can't handle criticism and absolutely perfect for the Republic Attack Machine to turn into mincemeat.

    December 12, 2007 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  3. Mike, Las vegas, NV

    Mitt Romney is so lame. I not a Rep, but would vote for anyone besides him and Preacher Huckabee

    December 12, 2007 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  4. Dan (Columbia, MD)

    Being the First Housewife for eight years does not equal leadership experience.

    High School football coaches have more leadership experience than she does!

    December 12, 2007 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  5. Steve, NY

    Captain Negative at it again!....he does have a point though

    December 12, 2007 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  6. Bea, Hoboken, NJ

    Did I sleep through the holidays and Hillary already won the Democratic nomination???

    Romney, why don't you take your flip flops and go home!!!

    December 12, 2007 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  7. Heather, Nashville, TN

    I do find it interesting that it is Senator Clinton that the Republicans and even the democrats are attacking. You don't go after people you know you can easily beat but rather you spend your time trying to bring down your comptetition in order to make yourself appear the better candidate. Interesting that Obama is not in more confrontations I guess they're not worried about someone who though he touts change continually reverts back to the old ways.

    December 12, 2007 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  8. TB, FL

    I despise both Mitt Romney and Hillary Clinton equally, but I must admit, this is rather funny, but more importantly true!!!! Maybe Laura Bush can run during the next election. Her and Hillary have the same amount of experience...they both decorated the White House Christmas Tree.

    Hillary for President...

    of tree decorating!!! I'd vote for her...did you see that tree when Bill was in office?? It was beautiful!

    December 12, 2007 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  9. Val Davydov, Agawam, MA

    Excellent strategy, Governor! Keep up the good work!

    December 12, 2007 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  10. Jo R, Buena Park, CA

    Thats right he is just a BIG fLiP FlOp! A real flip floper and just watch if he is elected which I really doubt but he will flip flop on his conservative stand on the Immigration issue he claims to be cuz you why? he will realize the need for immigrants in this country whether legal or illegal

    December 12, 2007 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  11. CL, Keizer, OR

    Mitt, she is a US Senator. That's trumps governor in most political evaluations.

    December 12, 2007 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  12. Darrin, COLUMBUS OH

    Hillary only failed at healthcare reform because Newt Gingrich and the rest of the GOP cronies were so afraid that she would actually succeed at bringing about the much needed change in our health care system. I am so sick of the term socialized medicine. This isn't about outdated political ideologies, this is about covering everyone with affordable healthcare. I suppose you still think Cuba is a threat to the US national security too? What a joke!

    Clinton has more experience than many of the candidates... she is a Senator for God's sake and she has the resource of tapping the former president for advice. Whether you hate Bill Clinton or not, our country prospered under him. Hillary's been involved in politics for years and she's done more than any other first lady ever. What does Laura Bush do besides bake cookies and serve her doofus husband? Why are you neo nazis so afraid of her? laughable...

    December 12, 2007 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  13. Karl Marx, Das Kapital, Bolshevik

    Since when is running government running a business? Admissibly, Clinton jettisoned stock in Pfizer and Wal-Mart shortly before it became public, all the whikle courting labor unions, but Romney: rrunning a business is not a requisite for running a government. The executive branch was never meant to be as powerful as it is now - we only have the illusion of one leader because of the power of a veto pen to slash and curb essential programs and a blank check written by Republicans after 2001 for military incursions in Iraq and Afghanistan. What are Romney's qualifications and who are Romney's donors? Before he was governor of Massachusetts, he was CEO of the 2002 winter olympics, which does not qualify - it's sort of like - owning a Texas sports team, if such things are familiar? As for donors: Goldman Sachs, Merill-Lynch, Bain Capital, Marriott International, Morgan Stanley, Hig Capital, Citigroup - all financiers, all usurers that profit from loan sharking and subprime interest rates. Romney, go back to Massachussetts.

    December 12, 2007 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  14. Jeff Spangler, Arlington, VA

    A non-nominee attacking another non-nominee. What a waste of bandwidth.

    December 12, 2007 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  15. The Truth, ND, IN

    There you go make the job easier for OBAMA. You have no credibility. You are a failed person and you flip-flopping shows you do not belong in a position of leadership. I leader knows how to take a position and explain that position and does not change because someone else thinks he is wrong. He only changes because through searching they have found a greater reason to take a different position. Running for President is not a reason to change you you are. You are who you have become and if you simply change to appease the masses you have become nobody. And a nobody cannot be elected President of this great nation.

    December 12, 2007 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  16. Jonathan, Provivednce, RI experience, huh? I guess he forgot that she's a two-term state senator with a great bipartisan track-record. What a rediculous R.I.N.O. this guy is! He's scary because he'll tell such huge lies in his pursuit of the presidency.

    December 12, 2007 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  17. stacey bettendorf, ia

    Romney just gave Hillary a boost by assuming that she'd win the nomination. Don't care for you much, Mitt, but thanks for the favor!

    Bettendorf, Iowa
    Hillary supporter

    December 12, 2007 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  18. Greg, Houston, TX

    Mitt is intelligent and makes a great point. If I had his background I would make the same case for myself aginst an obviously badge seeking Hillary

    December 12, 2007 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  19. Anonymous

    I'm not a huge Hillary fan, but will Mitt ever air a Pro-Mitt ad? OR is it going to be just an anti – [fill in contender's name] campaign from here on out?

    December 12, 2007 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  20. Romneys Economy Plan?

    Curious to know Romney’s plans to improve the economy, he's been very quite about the subject. If he ever does acknowledge that there is a big problem with our economy, (middle class financial crisis). I'm sure his plans (what ever they are) will sound very similar to the current Presidents. Excerpt from yesterdays Greenspan article. "The growth of fairly educated low-cost workers, and exports from developing countries flattened wages in developed countries and reduced inflation expectations globally, including inflation expectations in global long-term interest rates. In retrospect, global economic forces, which have been building for decades, appear to have gained effective control of the pricing of longer debt maturities. Greenspan noted that home prices had risen sharply around the world, the rise in U.S. home prices was "average" compared to rises in other countries.

    December 12, 2007 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  21. JAG Officer

    Huckabee is a Bigot.
    He in no way should be President of the United States

    December 12, 2007 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  22. Chris Carlson, Boston, Massachusetts

    Romney has more brain power and leadership experience than all the other candidates combined. The man can fix anything.

    Not only is he the best republican candidate, but also the best choice for a democratic voter on the republican side. At least he is who I would vote for if I had to vote republican.

    I may disagree with some of his issues, but I absolutely have to admit that if he did take the white house, a lot of our probelms would be fixed. He is a fixer and a genius.

    If my democratic candidate does not get the nominee, I'm voting for Mitt. I already voted once for him in Massachusetts and was pleasantly suprised.

    We finally need a president with a brain.

    December 12, 2007 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  23. pat huntington ny

    This, coming from a failed governor, leaves little to be desired.

    December 12, 2007 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  24. Daniel Heinlein Casselberry, Florida

    True citizens would start a war against these 17th century English Hiarchy wannabees.

    December 12, 2007 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  25. Dr. Truth, Boston

    how does being governor give you more experience than being senator. You have no international responsibilties, no defense issues, and only state finincial issues. Romney was a failure as a Governor and he would never again win re-election in Mass if he ran.

    Don't worry Mitt, I would elect you president of Planet Kolob and support eliminating term limits for you there.

    December 12, 2007 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
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