December 31st, 2007
11:15 AM ET
15 years ago

Romney launches upbeat ad in Iowa

Romney is out with an upbeat ad in Iowa Monday.

Romney is out with an upbeat ad in Iowa Monday.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Republican Mitt Romney is launching an upbeat ad in Iowa Monday that hits on his major campaign themes - the former Massachusetts governor's closing argument four days before Iowa voters are set to caucus.

"I've spent my life tackling big problems – helping turn around business, the Olympics, and state government," Romney says in the 30-second spot. "Together we can grow our economy, stop illegal immigration, defend life and preserve the values that make America the hope of the earth."

The ad follows several recent spots in Iowa from the Romney campaign that directly target rival Mike Huckabee, leading the former Arkansas governor to demand an apology from Romney for what he says are "misrepresentations" of his gubernatorial record.

Several recent polls released over the weekend indicate Huckabee has lost his once large lead over Romney in the Hawkeye State. A McClatchy-MSNBC Poll found Romney ahead of Huckabee by 4 points, while an American Research Group poll had Romney up by 9. Other recent polls have shown Huckabee with a slight lead. Huckabee: Romney running 'dishonest' campaign

- CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney

Filed under: Iowa • Mike Huckabee • Mitt Romney
soundoff (64 Responses)
  1. Jake

    Of all the candidates running this cycle Romney is CLEARLY the most qualified. His entire career was spent resolving problems and turning companies around which any business person will admit. He's demonstrated his ability to work with democrats (even Ted Kennedy) as the Govenor of the most liberal state in the nation, which is what this country desperatly needs right now- someone who KNOWS HOW TO WORK TOGETHER TO BRING ABOUT CHANGE. I admit at first I didn't think Romney had a shot as a Mormon, but people are starting to really look at his record and they're liking what they see. Who cares if he changed his position on abortion- so did Bush 41 and Reagan- it's irrelavant.

    Romney 08!!

    December 31, 2007 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  2. LJC in NY

    Mitt Romney has proven that he has the ability to get things done for the best interest of all including middle class, poor, and rich. He will pull our country together and improve our economy, our health care, and our national security. He is highly gualified to be our next President.

    December 31, 2007 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  3. David, Oregon City

    OK Romney, time to put up or shut up! Mike Huckabee has asked you for a last one on one discussion before the Iowa caucus. Just you and him…. Are you ready to defend your allegations against Huckabee or hind under your desk?

    December 31, 2007 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  4. McFox CA

    If the American people truly love and care about there country, like they claim they do. Then I urge those Americans to check out this website, to take an in-depth look at Mr. Romney.

    December 31, 2007 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  5. susan Aspen

    CNN's article today about Mitt's negative campains ads is misleading. The article claims that Romney's statements are distortions....

    When readling this article read the article carefully, the whole thing.

    Now my beef with the article commentary;what about the fact stated in the very same article that explains McCains voting record... this is what he voted for..(this is the part defending McCain)

    "McCain also voted to allow illegals to receive past Social Security benefits only after obtaining legal status."

    Only after obtaining legal status.? What!!!!!!.. they still get back pay benefits... that is so wrong.

    My question is this... why should someone breaking the law be able to collect on that money? Wasn't that person breaking the law and why should they get reciprocated for it.

    To my knowledge there are hardly any penalties for people living in this country illegally.. instead when they finally comply they get past benefits?

    That is so unfair to those of us here in the middle and lower class that work just as hard . Another thing that bothers me is that I don't have multiple families living in my apt. , splitting the rent, which is against apt rules. We are only allowed 4 in a two bedroom here in California. All across America there are many illegals crammed into housing units.... against the law... why do they get away with it? Because the laws allow them to get away with a lot.

    I can't believe what illegals get away with.

    Thank you Romney for pointing out the truth.

    December 31, 2007 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  6. Allan Wynne

    Mitt Romney and his family have lived lives of service to the USA. His family focus and business success is a model for all Americans. He will make our government better and our country stronger.

    This is a man our country can be proud of!

    Romney 2008!

    December 31, 2007 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  7. David C

    Great Ad Mitt! It's nice to see a candidate stand up and talk about the future and his vision for our country. It's irronic that Romney's contrast ad's describing position differences are label as "Attack" ads, while the real attacks on Romney's personal character, religion, and integrity are past off as "claims" and "allegations". Who is really doing the attacking here?

    December 31, 2007 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  8. Ajay Jain, Garland, TX

    After all the attack ads its too late to be the Mr. Nice Guy Mr Romney!

    Go Hillary44 08!

    December 31, 2007 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm |
  9. Dale Davis, Glendora, California

    Mitt has always been a gentleman and not sleazy at all. Furthermore, he has definately been the most POSITIVE about America and Americans and what we can do as a nation. He statements about his rivals have been factual and not character assassinations, like the sly and indirect comment from Huckabee about the Jesus/Satan brothers thing that he made regarding baiting anti-Mormon sentiment.
    He is way too squeaky clean for the Clintonites and their ilk, in the liberal-biased media. The media will try to use him as a permanent pinata for the rest of his campaign, and continue to try and trump other lagging candidates, if he remains the front runner. Americans need to be cognizant of this.

    January 1, 2008 12:14 am at 12:14 am |
  10. Scott

    Mitt has run his campaign like a sales program for Amway. Don't like what he's selling? Just wait a few minutes and he'll flip (or flop) his position.

    For all you losers who are supporting him because you think he won't raise taxes, just wait until he raises your fees (and your taxes). I'll be laughing my butt off.

    January 1, 2008 12:20 am at 12:20 am |
  11. Brad

    Mitt Romney for President of the United States. Good luck!!!

    January 1, 2008 01:22 am at 1:22 am |
  12. Aware

    Enjoy the moment Mitt. You, Huck and Obama will fade from memory very soon!

    January 1, 2008 03:19 am at 3:19 am |
  13. Ajay Jain, Garland, TX

    Senator McCain, the come-back-kid just might BEAT Romney in both NH and Iowa! Even a third place for McCain will be a win with zero dollars spent in Iowa. Romney, Save the negative ads for Super Tuesday!! You will need a lot of help that day!!!

    Romney needs ALL the anti-endorsements he needs all the endorsements can muster even from one percent Tancredo!!! Tancredo drops out and endorses Romney with his one percent following! But Iowa Rep. Steve King has endorsed Thompson. Iowa Rep. Steve King who was backing Tancredo does not even follow his endorsement. Romney must be in dire shape to need the Tancredo endorsement. God save the GOP nomination.

    McCain vs Hillary 2008. McCain will be a much better GOP nominee for Hillary to beat. Because he is a IRAQ war monger! Surge supporter!!

    Go Hillary44 08!

    January 1, 2008 08:14 am at 8:14 am |
  14. Raymond, El Paso TX

    susan Aspen ~ You say unfair? I'll tell you what's unfair.

    All this talk about the illegal immigrants and how much they are costing us. That's what corporations and most politicians want you to focus on. And, they are succeeding because it's a valid point and it feeds on people's emotions to distract them.

    HOWEVER, what is not even being whispered about is the use of legal foreigners by corporations that really do bring wages down AND deny Americans high paying jobs such as they've already done in the Technology industry.

    Corporations are making a lot of noise about H-1B visas because they say 65,000 annually is not enough. These limits can go up another 20,000 making it up to 85,000 good paying jobs that Americans won't get. Supposedly because the U.S. doesn't have enough qualified people. Of course this is just part of the BS being fed to the American people.

    What nobody talks about is the L-1 visas which actually don't even have limits. Why? Because these visas are allowing an additional 315,000 foreigners (annually) to take high paying jobs away from qualified Americans at a lower pay rate. In fact, 14 of 20 companies whose employees were granted the most L-1 visas were offshore outsourcing firms.

    So, who's really costing us more, is it fair and what are the candidates saying about it?

    January 1, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
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