January 3rd, 2008
01:01 PM ET
15 years ago

New Romney ad says McCain's moment has passed

(CNN) - A new negative television ad out in the Granite State today from Mitt Romney’s campaign criticizes John McCain’s stands on immigration and taxes, and argues that the Arizona senator's moment has passed. Immigration is a hot-button issue for GOP primary voters this year, and taxes are a perennial New Hampshire primary voter priority.

The two Republican presidential contenders are running neck-and-neck in the state in most recent polls.

The 30-second ad features man-on-the-street interviews with New Hampshire voters:

Bob Duffy: "I believe John McCain's war record is outstanding."
Marie Paling: "He's a true patriot and has served his country long and well."
Bob Duffy: "However, his record in the US Senate leaves a lot to be desired."
Gene Bois: "John McCain has been one of those Republicans that have been wrong on tax cuts."
Ray Brun: "Opposing tax cuts that would have helped our family, supporting amnesty for illegal immigrants, taking jobs away from Americans."
Collett Hill: "He wrote the amnesty bill that America rejected."
Bob DeGange: "He's not really listened to the American people."
Marie Paling: "He's had his chance in Washington to make things better."

The New Hampshire primary is January 8.

Filed under: John McCain • Mitt Romney • New Hampshire
soundoff (58 Responses)
  1. Michael

    Even Iowa, when polled, believed that Mitt Romney was the only GOP candidate who could beat the Democrats. Don't know why they voted for Huckabee. If Romney doesn't win the GOP nomination, republicans can kiss the election good-bye.

    January 3, 2008 11:22 pm at 11:22 pm |
  2. Chris G. Michigan

    I'm very disappointed how the Republican Party seems not to rally around the only candidates who can challenge the Democrats-Mitt Romney. I am a moderate republican, a veteran of 12 years 4 in Iraq. If the Republican nominee is anyone but Mitt Romney a Michigan native, I may vote for the Democrat especially of the rep. is Obama or Edwards.

    January 3, 2008 11:45 pm at 11:45 pm |
  3. Sean, Keene, NH

    It absolutely amazes me that many of you have nothing better to argue about with McCain than his age! How about you focus on what is really important.

    I plan on throwing my support for Sen McCain, like I did in 2000. I don't have any personal issues with the other candidates, but in terms of the issues that are most important to me (military, tax reform, immigration, etc), he and I speak the same language. His work ethic, integrity, and ability to speak his mind with no regard to the pathetic concerns of being PC also speaks volumes. I'm tired of the political rhetoric that is constantly spewing these days and I know McCain will be a breath of fresh air in a stagnant political office.

    January 4, 2008 12:27 am at 12:27 am |
  4. Tyrone in Oh-hi-oh

    Romney is the right man for the job, and if he gets off the stupid horse and stops running negative ads, he will become the man that gets the job. The Democraps don't have a shot this year... That is, unless someone like Huckabee or McCain get the nomination. Wise up Mitt! Stop running these ads, or lose the nomination!

    January 4, 2008 01:46 am at 1:46 am |
  5. Matt

    To any Ron Paul supporter, your candidate is an idiot. He plans to bring every single American soldier in Japan, Germany, South Korea and elsewhere around the world, home. What are these millions of troops going to do when Paul cuts down the military? He plans to turn all the navy ships around and return them to port. He wants to dismantle the IRS and dozens of other government funded organizations, firing tens of thousands of employees. With 5% unemployment, where are these fired workers going to go?

    Ron Paul brings change alright, but it would certainly not be good for the security of the country.

    Support John McCain and make your vote mean something.

    January 4, 2008 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  6. Fred, CA

    If he's being attacked, he must be dangerous! We must reject negative ads. Tell me what you are going to do, not what the other guy might or might have done. Anyone who advertises negatively is out in my book. If one can't stand on his own ideas, then forget it.

    Reject negativeness. Tell me what you are going to do!!!

    January 4, 2008 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
  7. Jay Bee, USA

    Americans have the opportunity to make history. A woman, a black man, or a mormon, it's a first for everything. I will probably vote for the one that makes history!

    Huckabee just isn't there, and if he thinks electing a mormon will cause evangelicals angst he shouldn't worry – look at how Huckabee and his crew called an anti-Catholic preacher "one of the great Christian leaders". Their groups can continue to fret and hate Catholics and Mormons regardless of their political views, but let's get the individual in there that can beat the democrats. That is Romney, come on people, the guy is willing to spend part of his own fortune to win the White House for Republicans.

    McCain is Washington. He's been there so long you don't know who he owes favors too. Kennedy, Feingold, others? His time has past.

    A vote for Romney is a vote for a balanced budget, which will strengthen the economy. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7fiXLymRkjU&feature=related

    Besides, Romney's been running a lot longer than Huckabee:

    January 5, 2008 05:07 am at 5:07 am |
  8. Dan, Saint Louis, MO

    McCain is wrong about taxes, immigration and campaign finance. He's a washed-up fool runnning for the wrong party.

    January 5, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
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