December 28th, 2007
10:15 AM ET
13 years ago

New Romney ad targets McCain

(CNN) - Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is debuting an attack ad in New Hampshire that paints rival John McCain as soft on tax cuts and illegal immigration.

The 30-second television spot echoes themes found in direct mail the campaign has been sending voters since the Arizona senator’s recent rise in the polls there.

John McCain—an honorable man. But is he the right Republican for the future?,” says the announcer. “McCain opposes repeal of the death tax, and voted against the Bush tax cuts – twice. McCain pushed to let every illegal immigrant stay here – permanently. He even voted to allow illegals to collect social security.”

“And Mitt Romney – Mitt Romney cut taxes and spending as governor. He opposes amnesty for illegals. Mitt Romney – John McCain. There is a difference.”

McCain is currently tied with the former Massachusetts governor for the lead, or a close second, in most recent surveys of Granite State primary voters.

UPDATE: The McCain campaign responded to the spot with research material disputing each of the factual claims in the ad. “Mitt Romney’s campaign has stalled, so it’s not surprising that he’s resorted to negative attacks in a last-ditch effort to stop the bleeding,” said McCain spokeswoman Jill Hazelbaker.

–CNN's Rebecca Sinderbrand

Filed under: John McCain • Mitt Romney • New Hampshire
soundoff (38 Responses)
  1. Julie T

    I am an indendent, when I look at the person that I vote for, the number one thing I look at is integrity. I am from Mass and am a veteran. Please, I only speak out of experience from Mass, Mitt Romney is not who you think he is if you believe that he would make a good president. Massachusetts may take years to recover from him as Governor. Look, throughout his governorship here in Mass, the Boston Herald supported him, but look now, for the presidential run, both the Boston Herald and Globe are supporting J. McCain; this speaks volumes. One only needs to go on the Boston Herald or Globe and read the headlines today, then search back in 2002 election when Mitt was running for Governor here, search under his name, and you can read for yourself on how he manipulated himself into the race and what he did to Jane Swift the former Gov. Then read what he did from the Big Dig, to even his own Lt. Governor's (Kerry Healy) run for Governor, he has shown his true colors – of someone who never takes responsibiity for his actions and is so quick to point a finger at anyone otherthan himself. Do your research on him, before you believe all that he claims he is. This is a man who believes that his own sons are serving our country by helping him get elected. Mitt Romney has no idea what it is to sacrifice, whether you are a struggling middle class or a soldier serving our country. Read for yourself. He is a very scary person, who hold little value in the words "honor and integrity"; he talks a good game, but never really has played. He spokeperson is and always had to speak for him.

    December 28, 2007 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  2. skyhawk823


    sacrifying ethics for expedience once again, are any of us really surprised?

    December 28, 2007 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  3. Luke

    Admittedly, negative ads are just that – negative. But Mitt's had a larger target on his back than any of the other candidates... Certainly they've all been criticized, but there isn't an article written about Mitt that doesn't make room to comment on how he's "flip-flopped" or how [insert latest poll] shows that [insert number between 30-60] percent of [americans/republicans/evangelical republicans] won't vote for a Mormon.

    Neither standard is held to the other candidates in the same way (Do they ask what percentage wouldn't vote for a catholic? for an evangelical? Seldom...)

    But all that aside... Mitt isn't desperate. He is (as ALL the candidates are) at the critical juncture where he needs to maintain the leads that he has (recent polls have put him on top in NH and tied with Guilani nationally) and obtain leads where he doesn't have them.

    December 28, 2007 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  4. Val Davydov, Agawam, MA

    I agree. It's a compare and contrast ad and there is absolutely nothing wrong with it. I deeply respect Sen. McCain for his service to our country – he is indeed an honorable man, but just not exactly someone that I would trust as president.

    Romney 08!

    December 28, 2007 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  5. Amanda, Clinton, MD

    Glad Romney is sharing the results of research with us....these are factual ads, not negative. I appreciate McCain's service to our nation, but he is not an agent for changing a system HE HAS BEEN A PART OF FOR SO MANY YEARS!

    Romney will bring change, efficiency and respect to the oval office!

    December 28, 2007 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  6. Amanda, Clinton, MD

    Romney doesn't need endorsements from corrupt political dealmakers and purchased newspaper editors...he just needs votes from people who support improving our nation, our living standards, our schools, our national security, our government, our image abroad!

    Romney 2008-2016 !!

    December 28, 2007 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  7. Matt from PA


    How is laying out the differences between each candidate unethical?! the presidential race is a COMPETITION, whether you like it or not.. if a candidate is rising in the polls, are you suppose to ignore the candidate and just profess your policies? NO! you need to educate the voters about the differences between you, in an attempt to swing voters to you so you can win! Swift Boat ads, on the other hand, are unethical, used to attack an opponents character to win votes, rather than attack their record.. romney even compliments his opponents in the ads! can't you see the difference??

    December 28, 2007 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  8. Robert Grant

    O.K. we can all agree John McCain is a true American patriot and a great hero. But, his voting record in the U.S. Senate is spotty at best. He loves high taxes, his campaign finance "reform" bill will hopefully either repealed or ruled unconstitutional. But why argue about John McCain and Mitt Romney either one is far more superior to "The Dragon Lady." However, are we not forgeting our best candidate; Rudy Giulani?

    December 28, 2007 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  9. Robert Grant

    HEY! instead of arguing about John McCain and Mitt Romney what about our best? Rudy Giuliani!

    December 28, 2007 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  10. Steve Blaine Washington

    Steve Blaine, the Constitution only requires that you are a "natural born citizen," which is further defined by U.S. law to include anyone who is a citizen from birth. You don't actually have to be born in one of the states. John McCain is fine.
    December 28, 2007 1:32 pm ET


    McCain is a natural born citizen of the United States. He was born in a military zone, and is "Native born" is not anywhere in the Constitution. Senator McCain is obviously the most qualified and most equipped to lead our nation.

    Read what I wrote . Act of 26 mar 1790 was repealed and replaced by Act of Jan 29 1795. Nowhere else is the term listed except in Constitution for qualification of President and 12 th Admentment to U.S. Constitution, Native Born means native born not born in Cuba or Panama or even Mexico. When listed in Constitution there were only 13 States.

    December 28, 2007 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  11. Alex Kowaleski

    First of all, McCain voted against the Bush tax cuts because Bush did not decrease spending. This is why the deficit is as large as it is.

    It's a good thing that the blogosphere didn't exist in the early 1800s, because a great compromiser like Henry Clay couldn't exist in today's atmosphere. He'd be villified from every side.

    Without compromise, nothing gets done. I admire McCain for this.

    December 28, 2007 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  12. Cat, Costa Mesa, CA

    Robert, sorry to burst your bubbles, but no one cares about rdy guliani anymore. I don't even think Rudy Guliani cares about Rudy Guliani anymore. He's slipped significantly in the polls, most of his campaign time is being spent in Florida instead of focusing on the earliest primary states, and he's almost becoming irrelevant. People are seeing through his popularity (purely linked to 9/11) and noticing his lack of foreign affairs experience, the fact that the only thing he's run is a city (he can't even credit running a household to his resume!), and he knows nothing about illegal immiagration!! What are his policies for boosting the economy? Who knows!! He never talks about it! Excatly how is he going to improve the illegal immigration problem? Who knows!! He never talks about it!

    Sorry, but he has become irrelevant. Romney is clear on all those points. His time in the private sector proves he knows how to run a large corporation, his time as a govenor proves he knows how to run a state and his integrity as person proves he will best know how to run this country!

    Romney 08

    December 28, 2007 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  13. Doug, Denver, Colorado

    1. Romney's charges re McCain are not true. He waffles on our illegal torture of prisoners of war (and that is what they really are, no matter what the administration calls them). He thinks his sons working for his campaign are equivalent to military service, which he himself conveniently avoided. No one who has not served in the military should be considered for election to congress or the presidency.

    2. It is clear that McCain is the only Republican who can win the presidency.

    3. As a Veteran and an active Mormon, I am absolutely convinced that McCain is far and above the better man to be president in these times.

    December 29, 2007 01:18 am at 1:18 am |
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