January 3rd, 2008
01:01 PM ET
14 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. Samual Adams

    McCain, you are a democrat. Amnesty for illegals, support for free trade. You are just like HIllary Clinton And TEd Kennedy. You even co sponsored a comprehensive immigration bill with liberal Ted Kennedy ,Shame Shame Shame.

    January 3, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  2. Brian Nancoo - Trinidad

    I challenge anyone in the Republcan Party to show me an instance where the Republican leadership has honored the military service of those who have become politicians.Its disgraceful what they have done and said about McCain,both now and in the past when he challenged for the presidential nomination.Ditto for Colin Powell,who's presidential aspirations were killed when they set him up to lie about WMD,and we won't bother going into what they've done to the Democrats.Americans need to beware of Mitt Romneys,who sounds more like the 2002 Bush everyday.McCain is the most qualified Republican to lead this country out of the huge domestic and foreign mess it is in. True,its a separate challenge to get elected,but you Yanks could do yourself a huge favour and turn aside guys like Romney and Guliani who are just in it for the trappings and elect a guy like McCain who will do something.

    January 3, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  3. AJ, IL

    Samual Adams you should vote for Romney! Romney is the man... (i.e. the man that can easily defeated by any democrat).

    January 3, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  4. david branson

    I used to admire John McCain and I still admire his war record but when he cozied up to Jerry Falwell after demonizing him in 2000 he lost me . He also supported a men that brutalized him ( Bush ) He was against tax cuts when he opposed Bushand now he supports them. And then he was in favor of Amnesty for all of the illegals in this country.

    Sorry but no thanks.
    Dave Branson

    January 3, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  5. janice Tomlinson

    Lordy Mercy. I will vote for a democrat. Republicans are just too tightly wound for me... life is too short, don't get your britches in a wad... vote how you want, but use some restraint on public forums such as this.

    January 3, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  6. J, Seattle, WA

    McCain's moment has passed? That's beyond silly Mitt.

    January 3, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  7. JCK, Chandler, Arizona

    This is a false ad. I'm an Arizonan and have followed McCain's record. No, he was not wrong on tax cuts. He opposed BUSH'S tax bill. He was FOR TAX CUTS. He believed, correctly, that the tax cuts proposed by Bush were too high, and he wanted a bill that would give a slightly smaller tax cut, targeted, of course. He is a thinking person who IS for tax cuts. This was sensible, because it turned out that the budget went into a huge deficit because Bush overspent. Bush never vetoed a spending bill until just recently. And, of course, the economy is suffering.

    As for amnesty, again false. No amnesty for illegals in McCain's version of the bill. The illegals had to GO HOME FIRST, fulfill certain obligations to become legal, then come back if they chose, but only legally, and then if they did what was required, their penalties would be reduced. That is certainly not amnesty. Amnesty is when you tell the illegals that they can stay, and that they are legal without any obligation and penalty.

    Why is Romney doing this? To cover up that he – in contrast to McCain – has not been consistent on ANY policy?

    January 3, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  8. Richard, Ewing, NJ

    Anyone suggests McCain supported an amnesty bill should actually read the senate bill. It is not an amnesty bill. Illegal immigrants who stay for less than 2 years will be sent back home and need to apply to get back to US and work. Illegal immigrants who stayed for more than 2 years, need to pay a fine, pay missing tax, learn English, put on probition for 12 years before becoming US citizen (maybe). McCain did not support the Bush tax cut because it has no spending cap. Everyone idiot radio talk show hosts said McCain is not conversative enough for not supporting the two tax cuts. We had a faster spending increases under Bush than Clinton. Forget about the Iraq war, the domestic federal spending increased dramatically under Bush. Our federal spending increases since 1950's and the government size keep increasing. McCain is correct. It is conservative to balance the federal budget. It is conservative to limit government size. You cannot maintain a real permanent tax cut withouth a spending cut. McCain is the only presidental candidate who possibility understand that. He has a good senate history of cutting wasteful spending. Just look at the Iowa causus now, every candidate say they support ethanol subsidies for farmer, except McCain. Does it not occur to people that these other candidates are not doing this just because Iowa is the Tall Corn State and they trying to gain Iowaian support? Yet, increasingly the entire ethanol as a clean fuel appears to be fake, it takes more energy to grow the corns , then the energy we can get from the corns. The price of corns have skyrocketted and all livestock (cow, pig, chicken) price also went up because they feed on corns. McCain say no to subsidies for corn, and cut government spending for it. Good job.

    January 3, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  9. Barry

    There's absolutely NOTHING in there about any "amnesty".
    The American people have once again allowed themselves to be led by the media and baseless political idiom, jumping on a bandwagon without even knowing where it's headed. You, Samual Adams need to specify exactly where you find any workings in Senator McCain's immigration proposal that offers any illegal a free pass.
    Blindly following a popular theme without doing some fact-checking seems to be a pretty acceptable way to operate these days – I think we have a war in Iraq to prove it.

    Mitt is shooting arrows at ghosts, and his desperate tactics aren't going unnoticed in Iowa or anywhere else in America.

    At the end of the day, we're going to be faced with choosing between a young, well-intended but inexperienced senator from Illinois or a proven stalwart from Arizona and the decision will be either major change and higher taxes or workable policies and reduction in services.
    It's time the spenders in Washington be made accountable for our tax dollars, and we stop offering free rides to those who seem to forget this country is ruled by majority and not special interests. Someone who'll fight for our constitution – as he has proven time and again – instead of trampling it or stretching its intent.

    Don't perpetuate the bs you're being fed – do your own homework and then come back and suggest who should be ashamed. I'll guarantee you it won't be John McCain.

    January 3, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  10. Nicci

    McCain has passed! He's so cocky and arrogant now; all his debates were about him having the experience and only him having the knowlege. I don't think so! He's spent too much time in the political arena and now enough recently in the general public.
    Romney has almost always been in the normal world and understands it.
    Thank you McCain for all yor help in the past – thank you for making my country better for me – but I can't support your attitude into the White House.

    January 3, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  11. Cyrus Johnson

    Mitt Romney is the most dangerous opponent to the Democrats and they know it. Don't believe anything to the contrary. Why has the DNC and MSM made Romney their main target? Doesn't take a genius to figure that one at.

    As a conservative I'll go ahead and call out the liberal media. Screw all of you who abuse your trust as journalists to promote your candidate and then shoot down those on the GOP who scare. Screw all of you, seriously. You haven't an honest bone in your bodies, and you're a disgrace to the journalist's profession.

    We need a revolution in this country to take back the MSM from the flaming liberals, or at least add some balance. It so skewed it is disgusting!

    January 3, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  12. Iowa Bob

    McCain was a POW during the Vietnam war over thirty years ago. How does that alone qualify him for the presidency, or immunize him from any criticism on his abismal voting record in the senate? He is no conservative and only nominally a Republican. The liberal media loves him because as a "maverick" he consistently votes against conservative principles and shows no loyalty at all to his party. He is an egoist who revels in the spotlight he gets by acting like a democrat. His support for higher taxes and unlimited amnesty for illegal immigrants show him to be a liberal in sheep's clothing. Aside from that, he is an old sourpuss!

    P.S. Don't forget his role in the S & L scandals.

    January 3, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  13. Howard, NY

    Mitt Romney is such a sham of a candidate. Can anyone imagine how much better these last 8 years would have been if John McCain had gotten the nomination in 2000? I'll be voting Democratic this election, but John McCain is the one GOP candidate that I could stomach. He did suck up to Bush wayyyyy too much, but he's still much less of a panderer than any other Republican frontrunner.

    January 3, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  14. tati

    Only Romney is really qualified for this job . My friends - from Germany,France,
    Russia are very surpised that american people don't see a difference .

    January 3, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  15. Richard, Ewing, NJ

    Brian Nancoo ,

    Colin Powell's presidental chance was killed a long time ago. It was killed when he got married. His wife would not allow him to run for president and does not want me to get into politics, which is why in 1996 the GOP ran Bob Dole against Clinton and not Colin Powell against Clinton. GOP tried very hard to draft him out that election and that was in fact his best chance - remember all the talk in 1994-5? He was young, the Gulf War finished only 4 years ago, people loved his integrity, and Clinton's integrity was being quetioned. His wife won't let him run. She had a bad dream that Colin Powellbeing assassinated as president. She had since strongly against him into any electing official. Remember he retired and did not get back into politics, until Bush drag him to become his secretary of state - even then I think they have to persude her that the secretary of state is appointed position and not an ELECTED offical. Despite rumor, Powell had long told Bush that he will only serve one term because he has promised his wife. I am sure the whole WMD thing did not help, but if you look for speeches from 2000, you will see that Powell only promised to go for one term.

    January 3, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  16. k

    Electability people! McCain is the only shot Repiblicans have at keeping the White House! Think about it....

    January 3, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  17. John - New York, NY

    I read something earlier stating that McCain is a Democrat...and even agreed with Ted Kennedy on an issue. Once in a blue moon, that can happen people. Guess what...this country wasn't designed so that two entrenched partisan heavyweights could go toe to toe in the year 2008. The Presidency is about leading our country to new heights, protecting our right to live free, and ensuring that we continue to lead the world economy. John McCain just may be the guy to do that. Too bad, for those of you that call yourselves Republicans, that the man likes to compromise on certain issues. If we dont compromise we get nowhere. We get more done however when there is some vision sharing.

    January 3, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  18. Iowa Bob

    McCain's amnesty bill for illegal immigrants was just that. Nobody had to go home. All any illegal alien had to do was apply. He could then stay forever and bring in all his relatives, even if he never went on to pay fines, pay taxes or do anything else to apply for citizenship. Citizenship is not the issue! It was the fact that the illegals got to stay and received instant legal status to prevent their deportation! Wake up! If McCain is elected the Democrats in congress will have a field day because McCain is really one of them on most issues. Why else do you think the liberal media supports him?

    January 3, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  19. New Hampshire Independent

    I don't know how many of the above comments were made by New Hampshire residents, but as far as McCain's moment having passed......well some of these folks are in for a really big surpise in a couple of days. This includes Mitt Romney.

    January 3, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  20. Jen, Cedar Falls, IA

    McCain is TOO old and everybody knows it. There, it's been said. Now move on.............

    January 3, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  21. Darth Vadik, Diamond Bar CA

    Mitt attacking McCain is like Michael Jackson attacking Britney Spears for being a bad parent.

    Both of these guys are off their rockers.

    McCain belongs in an old mans home, sitting on a porch, raising his fist at people walking by.

    ...and Mitt actually belongs on the Neverland Ranch with Michael Jackson, so they can share hair tips.

    Hey, that's an idea, if Mitt wins the presidency by some evil miracle, he can have his own little ranch like Bush. The Neverland Ranch I think its for sale...

    ...why, because he is CREEEEEEPPPYYYY.

    January 3, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  22. Richard, Ewing, NJ

    Romney is correct that sometime his opponent like Huckabee and McCain question his characters instead of position, that is because Romney has NO position. When someone is for and against everything, you cannot attack his positions because there is no position to speak of. You question his integrity.

    Romney was ran his Senate race on the left of Ted Kennedy on gay's right, but now he is super conservative about a marriage is between man and a woman

    Romney was pro-choice, and now he is pro-life

    Romney was not a hunter, but now he is a hunter.

    Romney was an independent who does not want to go back to the old days of Reagan Bush, but now he does.

    Romney saw his dad matched with Martin L. King, but not anymore.

    Romney questioned the military surge, but not anymore

    FINALLY, Romney was for the senate compensative immigration reform bill, but now he does not.

    Let me ask you.... Should I attack him as a Pro-gun or Anti-gun person? Should I attack Romney as a Pro-life or a Pro-Choice? Should I attack him for supporting the military surge or discouraging the surge? I do not know. I do know I question his integrity.

    January 3, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  23. Walt, Belton, TX

    The mormon's last chance has passed too!

    January 3, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  24. Ted, Gilbert AZ

    McCain has a temper, he is just been in Washingtron too long. He has never run anything and his immigration bill was amnesty. There is a reason why the sheriff of the largest county in AZ who is very tough on immigration is supporting Romney.

    January 3, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  25. Michael

    Not to many Republicans have strapped on body armor or heard the sound of hostile fire. McCain is one of the few real men in the GOP. The rest of you hens, to quote Gov. Schwarzenegger, are nothing but girlie men. Keep pecking and chirping at each other girls and get used to the idea that your day is done. 🙂

    January 3, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
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