December 29th, 2007
01:01 PM ET
14 years ago

Romney, McCain ad wars continue in New Hampshire

 Romney launched a second attack ad against McCain in New Hampshire Saturday.

Romney launched a second attack ad against McCain in New Hampshire Saturday.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Republican Mitt Romney launched a new ad in New Hampshire Saturday that takes aim at presidential rival John McCain's position on immigration - the second attack ad in as many days from the Romney camp that directly targets the Arizona senator."McCain championed a bill to let every illegal immigrant stay in America permanently," the ad's narrator says. "He even voted to allow illegal immigrants to collect Social Security. Mitt Romney said 'no' to driver's licenses for illegal immigrants. 'No' to tuition breaks for illegal immigrants, and he authorized his State Police to enforce federal immigration law."

The 30-second ad follows a Romney spot launched Friday in New Hampshire that challenges McCain on his record on illegal immigration and taxes.

The McCain campaign quickly responded to that ad, launching their own spot Friday night that chronicles recent negative New Hampshire newspaper editorials about Romney. The Romney campaign immediately denounced that ad as a personal attack that neglects "substantive issues."

McCain was trailing Romney by a large margin in most polls of New Hampshire's GOP primary voters, but several recent surveys suggest he and the former Massachusetts governor are now separated by just a few points. McCain, who won the state's Republican primary in 2000, has received the endorsement of many of New Hampshire's major papers.

- CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney

Filed under: John McCain • Mitt Romney • New Hampshire
soundoff (20 Responses)
  1. Amanda Tanner

    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 !!

    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 29, 2007 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  2. Roy

    I am sure McCain did not say let every illegal immigrant stay. Romney has problems with the truth (ala I saw my father walk with Martin Luther King). Romney now walks with the racist Tancredo and uses immigration as a Karl Rove wedge issue. Romney is Bush warmed over.

    December 29, 2007 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  3. Jay

    Romney truth:

    I am a hunter...

    I am pro-choice (before Democratic state election)

    I am pro-life (after election and prior to next ambition – GOP nomination)

    My touted business record (related corps w/ anti-unionism; major discrimination lawsuit; Medicare fraud; off-shore tax shelters; $8 hr job creation; not-so "little people" friendly)

    Homeowners would not know that illegals are working for them (kept the contractor until the second incident – the first time was not enough)

    "(I) blew the whistle" "press misunderstood" (Damon Corp. Medicare fraud)

    December 29, 2007 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  4. Alex Kowaleski

    Xenaphobia won't fix the border.

    December 29, 2007 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  5. Shawnie - Grants Pass OR

    McCain never refutes the ads about his immigration stances, in fact he never addresses them. That's because they are truthful about McCain. How McCain ever re-surged a bit, I'll never know...

    December 29, 2007 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  6. Vicki Hampton Hanceville Alabama

    There is one thing that can be said for John McCain and that is at least everybody knows where he stands on all the issues which is more than can be said for Mitt Romney.

    December 29, 2007 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  7. James Matkin, MS

    What I like to point out is that McCains immigration reform plan is feasible. Its not logical to think that you could ever get all the illegal immigrant out of the country. But I think that McCain has a plan that is not only fair but tough. It gives a short amnesty period, but only to register for citizenship. Once registered the immigrant would have to wait to become citizens but could stay in the country, along with paying fines. At the same time and this is the catcher to McCains plan; secure the boarders so that is extremely difficult to cross into the country illegally. Atleast that is the last version of his plan I heard. Correct if wrong.

    December 29, 2007 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  8. James Matkin, MS

    i have to correct myself the immigrants would have to leave the country.

    December 29, 2007 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  9. Bob Waters

    Actually, Romney's ads distort the facts so completely as to be unrecognizable. They are simply lies which rearrange the facts in ways convenient to this unprincipled man.

    As an example, Huckabee- at the request of state prosecutors concerned about catastrophic prison overcrowding- asked the legislature to lower the penalty for first-time meth sellers to a "mere" ten years.

    Horrors! I guess then Mitt Romney's bill (which failed, btw), which had a penalty for first-time meth sellers of two and a half years, must make Romney tougher on meth, eh? That's the argument the Romney ad makes- mentioning neither the comparative length of the mandatory minimum sentences, the fact that Huckabee's request was made because the states' prosecutors asked him to, or even the fact that Romney failed to get his bill even passed!

    December 29, 2007 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  10. P Smith

    Actually, John McCain did want to allow every illegal alien to stay. He was the sponsor of S.1348 this past year. In the bill, he proposed a "z" visa which would be given to any illegal alien currently in the country. The Z visa would allow them to stay while they applied for legal residency. Here's the kicker, illegal aliens with felonies even qualified for the visa!

    In addition, the bill McCain proposed would have prevented USCIS, which would be the agency reviewing the visa applications, from giving ICE information about wanted criminal aliens. In other words, even if USCIS rejected a Z visa application for any reason, the illegal would not be reported and could go on living in this country.

    So, McCain actually DID suggest that we let every illegal alien currently in the country stay. Senator McCain has served our country in the past, however, he has betrayed Americans and legal immigrants who live by the law and he cannot be trusted any longer.

    December 29, 2007 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  11. Everett

    If the Muslim world keeps imploding and oil prices skyrocket even further out of control then the U.S., western and all economies will be devastated.

    McCain has the knowledge, experience and core convictions needed to lead U.S. foreign policy effectively and courageously. No one else among the top tier candidates is even close.

    Romney will be treated by other world leaders as the featherweight phony that he is and his complete lack of experience and backbone will be devastating to U.S. credibility and effectiveness around the world.

    Also can you imagine the morale of our people in the military if being “led” by Romney, who actually said his sons are serving the country equal to those in the armed services “by working for the Romney campaign”? What a telling, self delusional and insulting statement to make.

    Don’t worry about the american economy, american workers can compete with anybody.

    Worry first about an unstable and dangerous world where nukes could fall into terrorist’s hands and oil could skyrocket out of control if things are not stabilized.

    Elect knowledge, experience and honor. Elect John McCain.

    December 29, 2007 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  12. Dale Davis, Glendora, California

    Wake up New Hampshire and remember how McCain tried to ramrod his amnesty bill through Washington and remember how pathetic his foreign policy song was, bomb, bomb, bomb, bomb, bomb, Iran (to the tune of the Beach Boy's song, Barbara Ann.)
    The liberal newspapers are just trying to throw a wrench in Romney's success, because of 4 years of conservatism in the bluest state in the Union, Massachusetts.

    December 29, 2007 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  13. Phil

    Romney is not attacking McCain and Huckabee .He is attacking some of their poor ideas. There is a difference.

    December 30, 2007 12:17 am at 12:17 am |
  14. Rob

    Somebody tell me again why McCain is suppose to be a "conservative Republican". Amnesty, a vote against tax cuts, first amendment? Send him away.

    December 30, 2007 12:37 am at 12:37 am |
  15. Larry, Fairfax, VA

    Romney got scared and had to go negative and smear his opponents with flat-out lies. Romney can't hold McCains water. Wasn't the last 8 years of a phony conservative "business man" as president enough?

    December 30, 2007 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  16. James Matkin, MS

    Ok Lets first cover the Amnesty. I researched the thing a litter more and yes the illegals would have been able to stay. But there were fines given to the illegals. The bill would have made it extremely more difficult for new illegals to come here. And made jail a result for hiring illegals. I think that McCain decided to try to make the laws more enforceable, while not giving the illegals here a complete free pass. Next the tax cuts, he shot that down because pork barrel spending was inserted that he, as he has said in the past, would not pass. And the first amendment. Geez, he was trying to prevent private citizens that have the money from buying the president. I think that it was fair considering that most Americans cant donate much if any money at all. So the bill serverly limited the top ten percent from donating so much money that they could buy the president. boo hoo. i feel so sorry for them.

    December 30, 2007 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  17. Defense Dem

    You can't believe anything Romney says and Mccain is a flat-out baffoon. He has shown an overwhelming propensity to aiding illegals. I am stumped by this. Why should our tax dollars go to facilitate a populace that has broken our laws, subverting the legal process established governing immigration? If they want health care, let 'em get it in Mexico! Imagine someone breaking into your home, comsuming your food, having children, then expecting you to take care of them, and provide them with medical care? Its the very same scenario. And what's even more disturbing is the fact that we are ostensibly fighting a war in Iraq ( co-signed by Mccain!) for essentially the same reason the illegals are an issue: National security. Give me a break. Any nation that cannot secure its own borders is in big trouble. Mccain is always talking about Iran, but has he ever considered that perhaps some of these illegals he embraces so lovingly may somehow be inspired with Al Qaeda? There are articles supporting this theory. Not to mention the criminal aspect, which is well documented. Drug smuggling, home invasions, etc. all blossoming due to nonexitent border control. How can you have a secure home when you lock the front door and leave the windows and back door wide open?

    Mccain, you're an irrelevant old fool who knows nothng at all about securing a nation. Please turn yourself in to the nearest rest home immediately.

    December 30, 2007 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  18. Steve Blaine Washington

    McCain should explain the Keating 5 Scandal and his Senate ethical violational
    which followed. It was a mini housing bubble which is causing problems in
    todays housing markets.

    December 30, 2007 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  19. Lynn Jensen

    Mitt Romney is so two faced, its disgusting. He pretends to be tough on illegals, supposedly telling the state police to arrest them, but he TWICE allowed them to work at his house, and never called the police or anyone else. What a liar! He is also "King of the Flip-Floppers" – not just on immigration, but also on abortion. What else will he flip on next? The answer: he'll just say anything and to get elected. He doesn't seem to have any real convictions except one "I'll say anything to get into power." Scary.
    And I love his logic that "I ran the Olympics, so I can run America." Sorry bud, America is just a BIT more complex than the Olympics!

    December 30, 2007 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  20. Ed Rickers

    Romney's the only one with the right policies on what to do with illegals. Romney is articulate and organized. He's not afraid to stand up for what he believes. He refused to give the former president of Iran a state police escort when liberal Harvard invited the terrorist to speak there. He said "I believe in the faith of my fathers. If this hurts my campaign so be it." Those are good enough examples for me that he's not afraid to stand up. Look, it's going to take a lot of brains and organization and energy. Romney's worked harder and more organized than anyone this year. He's got my vote. Romney 2008!

    December 31, 2007 03:09 am at 3:09 am |