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. Lawrence, Madison, AL

    ANY Senator that's been in office more than one term has had their chance to make things better.

    The Congress isn't part of the solution these days – they're part of the problem. No sitting congressman/woman is fit to hold the Office of the President!

    January 3, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  2. David, Gilbert Arizona

    I like how Mitt goes about creating ads that attack other candidates but do not say anything about how he would be different. Could it be that Mitt's flip flopping on just about every issue has become such a problem for him that he must resort to attack ads?

    The saddest part of this entire election process is that we sheeple blindly follow any front runner candidate as if it's a popularity contest instead of who is best for the job. A prime example is all the voters who would vote for Hillary Clinton for no other reason than she's a woman. I hear time and time again it's time we had a woman in the White House. How moronic are people? Totally disregard the fact that her proposed health care program is unfunded and she won't explain where the extra money will come from to pay for it. Shut your ears completely to the grand speech she made on the Senate floor about knowing for sure there are weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. Let's all vote for her only because of the ignorant fact that she's a woman.

    If the democrats were half as bright as they claim to be they'd nominate Joe Biden in a heart beat. It the republicans had the slightest clue they'd nominate McCain or even Ron Paul. Any one of those candidates has more experience than any of the so called front runners. I'm a republican and I'd vote for Joe Biden. I don't know a single republican who would give Hillary the time of day let alone vote for her.

    We the voters are to blame for the sad disgrace the United States has become. WE vote these people into office. WE hire these morons then sit back and cry when things go bad. If you want to blame anyone for the shape our country is in then look no further than your mirror. The person staring back at you is to blame.

    January 3, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  3. Carl ,Arizona

    I have lived in Arizona for 30 years and I have seen John McCain DO some stupid things.McCain is a looser,a snake and a traitor to the AMERICAN people.
    WHY ,Because he was for amnesty for the millions of illegal aliens,YES AMNESTY.I don't care if some people say that it wasn't amnesty. The people who come to our great country illegally don't deserve anything,EXCEPT a trip to where they came from.
    By voting for amnesty McCain has shown his true colors.
    HE SHOULD NOT BE VOTED IN AS PRESIDENT,PEROID

    January 3, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  4. Cephas

    Brian Nancoo,

    I partially agree with you. At least about the Republican Party not properly repecting VETS who enter public life – unless its a vote getter. But the same is especially true of the DEMS unless they can use the VET to make them appear more hawkish than they are.

    McCain is a Patriot, no doubt about it. I'm proud and very glad that he has continued to serve as he has. Additionally, I respect McCain's willingness to be an individual on issues and even to cross the political divide now and again. But, I am not in favor of supporting McCain's presidency. His time has come and gone. There are reasons why he couldn't get elected in the past. His immigration bill was not as bad as some of the pundits made it out to be, – true. Nevertheless, it was clear that he wasn't paying attention to the American people when he wrote it with Teddy. He wrote a bill that he thought would get by the dems, placate the non-immigrant American public and not loose favor with illigals. I don't call that securing the boarders. Likewise his position on Tax Cuts continue to leave me uneasy. I'm convinced that when it comes to taxes he has a lower case 'd' behind his name. Also, and I hope he wouldn't find this insulting, but like my father, I believe that his previous service (and especially his ordeal in captivity) have negativily affected his ability to lead the military services. It is clear that when he talks about "strong interogation" techniques that he is more concerned about the ramifications our actions will have on any of our folks who become captives than he is protecting the home front. The active military commanders will be the first to tell you that that kind of hesitation during a crisis can be extremely dangerous.

    January 3, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  5. John

    McCain never raised taxes. He is against tax increases that is why he is in favor of extending the tax cuts.

    Romney was against the tax cuts he said he wouldn't cheerlead for the president then flip flopped as the election approached.

    Romney is the one who raised taxes 500 million in mass.

    McCain has never voted for a tax hike.

    McCain polls 20 percent better against hillary than the dems.

    Romney is the anti reagan he will set the party back a generation. He is the biggest phony alive.

    January 3, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  6. MarkieBee, Sacramento, Calif.

    Yeah, those tax cuts sure are great...helped lead us to $9 TRILLION deficit. What is it with Republicans and their love of running up record deficits?

    January 3, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  7. Sandy, KS

    McCain is an old wood log that is dead. He should be preserved in a mueseum rather than sent to the White House. How can people forget his support for Amnesty for illegals !

    January 3, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  8. Cat, Costa Mesa, CA

    Notice, Romney didn't say anything....It was purely the citizens of New Jersey talking. And McCain is supposed to be their pet!

    January 3, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  9. Samuel Adams

    The comprehensive immigration bill McCain co sponsored with Ted Kennedy was written very cleverly with many loopholes and unenforcable provisions. Senator Jeff Sessions was one of the few people in the United States who actually took the time to read the bill and his assesment was it would accomplish absolutely nothing in reducing or eliminating illegal immigration. The same kind of bill was passes in 1986 and it only caused more illegal immigraton. The facts are McCain and Kennedy are corpororate pawns who were seeking to provide big business with plenty of cheap illegal labor. The bill was nothing more than a political head fake designed to bring in more illegals while pretending to be about enforcement. SHAME SHAME SHAME dont vote for McCain!!!

    January 3, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  10. WTSMITH61

    McCain, it seems to me, is the only honest politician out there. Immigration reform and opposition to tax cuts are controversial topics that require leadership rather than government by public opinion polls.

    January 3, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  11. Jean truman

    JOHN McCAIN WHO...... THIS OLD MAN SHOULD BE SEND BACK TO AN OLD AGE HOME. HIS OWN PARTY, HEADED BY GEORGE BUSH, DESTROYED McCAIN'S FUTURE AS A POTENTIAL PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE AND DESTROYED McCAIN'S POLITICAL AMBITIONS FOR EVER IN 2000. AT THE AGE OF 72, NO REPUBLICAN POLITICIAN WILL SUPPORT McCAIN. HE WILL BE LUCKY IF IN CAN KEEP HIS SENATE SEAT COME NEXR ELECTION.
    McCAIN IS A SUPERFICIAL AND FAKE POLITICIAN. HE KNOWS NOTHING ABOUT ECONOMY, NOTHING ABOUT EDUCATION, AND HIS FOREIGN POLITICAL KNOWLEDGE IS 18TH CENTURY KNOWHOW. SOME PEOPLE ARE PUSHING McCAIN'S CANDIDACY IN CASE HUCKABEE, ANOTHER EXTREMIST, BECOME SUCCESSFUL.
    BEEN SO MANY YEARS IN THE SANATE, WHAT DID McCAIN ACCOMPLISH ?
    NOTHING.
    WITH HAVE GREAT RESPECT TO HIS MILITARY SERVICES TO OUR COUNTRY. BUT DOES NOT MEAN HE CAN GOVERN. HE LACKS LEADERSHIP AND HAS NO PERSONALITY. IF McCAIN REALLY WANT TO BECOME PRODUCTIVE, THE ONLY FIELD OPEN FOR HIM WILL BE TO BECOME A TEACHER, SHOULD HE DECIDE NOT TO RETIRE.
    AMERICA NEEDS A YOUNG POLITICIAN WITH A DYNAMIC VISION TO MODERNIZE AMERICA. McCAIN AND ANY OTHER POLITICIAN LIKE HIM WILL TAKE US HUNDRED YEAR BACKWORD.
    THIS IS A VERY CRITICAL YEAR GIVEN THE CURRENT NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL SITUATION. WITH McCAIN'S PHYSICAL AND A QUESTIONABLE HEALTH SITUATION, HE HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH THE WHITE HOUSE.
    MY FRIENDS, WAKE UP. LOOK AT SOME FOREIGN COUTRIES AND ECONOMIC POWERS AND COMPARE THEIR PROGRESS WITH OUR CURRENT SITUATION WHICH IS SINKING EVERYDAY.
    WE CAN WIN A MISSGUIDED WAR.
    OUR NATIONAL DEBTS IS OUT OF CONTROL.
    OUR FOREIGN TRADE DEFICIT IS GOING FROM BAD TO DISASTER.
    WE HAVE A PRESIDENT WHO CANNOT SPEAK ENGLISH, OUR OFFICIAL LANGUAGE.
    AMERICAN CORPORATIONS ARE EITHER LEAVING THE U.S. OR ARE BEING TAKEN OVER BY FOREIGN ENTITIES.
    AMERICAN TEENAGERS CANNOT READ AND WRITE.
    NOBY CAN CONFIRM THE ONLY ACCOMPLISHMENT OF OUR PRESENT PRESIDENT AND THE VICE PRESIDENT.
    GIVEN ALL THESE CRITICAL SITUATIONS, DO YOU THINK THAT JOHN MCCAIN CAN GOVERN THIS COUNTRY ?
    WAKE UP AMERICA.

    January 3, 2008 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  12. Steve Blaine Washington

    Unless McCain is going to seek a constitutional amendment amending
    the Constitution by changing the definition of natural born from what the framers
    intended and seek ratification from appropriate number of states he is just
    trying to cause a constitutional crisis, a civil war or a take over of the Government by military. They would not let Goldwater be President and he was born in Arizona
    3 years before it became a State. So why should someone born on leased property in Panama be so elgible.

    I am not saying that John McCain is not a citizen of the USA but I am saying
    that in order to become President or Vice President there needs to be a
    Constitutional Amendment defining natural born beyond framers intent or
    removing term from Constitution and 12th Amendment to Constitution.
    John McCain supposedly was aware of this information listed below because
    his spokeswoman Nancy Ives quotes Act of 26 Mar 1790 and on same page
    of Congressional records Act of 26 mar 1790 is listed as replaced by Act 29
    Jan 1795. John McCain has been aware of information for at least 4 years and
    undoubtedly could have succeeded in obtaining a Constitutional Amendment
    on the subject during past 4 years if he planned on running for President a
    second time.

    A requirement to be President and Vice President is listed in the
    Constitution and requires that both be natural born. The issue regarding
    President was in initial Constitution and for the Vice President was in the
    12th Amendment.
    The reason for both cases was to prevent someone not natural born from
    gaining control of the military and is the reason given by framers of
    original Constriction for inclusion of term for President which passed
    without debate or discussion.
    McCain was born in the Canal Zone in 1936 and the Canal Zone was leased
    property like Guantanamo Bay in Cuba.
    Around 2004 when John McCain was running for either the Presidency or
    Senate a spokesman by name of Nancy Ives claimed McCain was entitled to
    natural born status due to Act dated 26 Mar 1790 Section 1 &2 which stated "
    The Children of Citizens of the U.S. that may be born beyond sea or outside
    the limits of the U.S. shall be considered as natural born Citizens of the
    U.S."
    However, this Act was repealed by Act of 29 Jan 1795 Sections 1&2 which
    does not mention the words natural born because Congress apparently
    recognized that they could not change the Constitution by itself.
    The 14th Amendment to the Constitution also does not mention the term
    natural born either.
    So how does John McCain qualify to run for President without a
    constitutional amendment removing the term natural born from the
    Constitution and subsequent ratification by the proper number of States?

    January 3, 2008 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  13. Scott, Madison, WI

    Probably the one and only thing Mitt and I can agree on!

    January 3, 2008 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  14. Walt, Belton, TX

    I'll take an old veteran like McCain at 72 over two lying SOBs like mormon Romney and Hucklebee.

    January 3, 2008 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  15. Mark Sherwood

    True enough. Remember it was Senator McCain who wanted to run as John Kerry's Vice President!

    It was also Senator McCain who screamed at other GOP Senators to f-off on the floor of the senate.

    The American Spectator called McCain an angry old man.

    http://spectator.org/dsp_article.asp?art_id=12512

    January 3, 2008 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  16. JW

    As an Arizonan I can support McCain for Senator just because he's such a veteran, but I definitely won't support him for President. McCain has been strong on defending the country, but he has fallen short of representing his constituents and is as guilty as anyone for "flip flopping" on issues after making promises. I think the closest he should be to President is the Secretary of Defense, which I believe he would be good for.

    I'm neither Democrat or Republican, and haven't voted in the last two elections. But I'm definitely going to vote this tiime. I think its time for change. If this country keeps going in the same direction economically (floating amilessly) it won't be long before we lose out economically to China and the EU, and then all our problems will just get bigger exponentially.

    To me the all powerfull bottom-line and economy is the biggest invisible issue in this campaign and I think Mitt Romney is the best qualified in this department as the only contender with any real business experience. The rest of the pack are just bull-shooting politicians who's best skill is talking, who lack the hands on experience actually running something that Romney does.

    You can say what you want but how many people do you know (and which other presidential contender), who have build and successfully run a $200 million company, manking a lot of other people rich in the process? Romney has the experience to provide the right kind of leadership this country needs in the White House for the next 4 years: practical and businesslike with a proven track record of being able to work accross party lines.

    January 3, 2008 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  17. Vicki Hampton Hanceville Alabama

    Romney with all the dirty tricks and nothing is working. Poor poor Mitt with all that money and can't even buy an election. Emptied his bag of dirty tricks and still to no avail. I am sure glad that I don't go to the church that he is the "supposed minister" over because I can get to hell all by myself. Him and his lies and dirty push-polling but still can't win. Wah!

    January 3, 2008 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  18. Charlie, Portland Oregon

    It is astonishing that Republicans are critcizing McCain for supporting immigration policies and free trade policies that their own beloved President W sponsored!

    January 3, 2008 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  19. Alice Newman Center Harbor NH

    ... if his moment was passed, it was because of the dirtiest campaign ever waged by a Republican against a Republican ... McCain was bushwacked –

    After 7 years of the worst president ever, I still wonder what a McCain presidency would have been like –

    saddest words ever penned – "it might have been."

    January 3, 2008 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  20. Louis in Bakersfield, CA

    Samuel Adams said:
    "Senator Jeff Sessions was one of the few people in the United States who actually took the time to read the bill and his assesment was it would accomplish absolutely nothing in reducing or eliminating illegal immigration. The same kind of bill was passes in 1986 and it only caused more illegal immigraton. "

    Tell us Samuel, what exactly were the similarities between the two bills? I can tell from your comments that you never read either bill. But if I'm wrong, then prove it. Give me some specifics about the McCain Bill

    So many of you people that are screaming Amnesty, but I doubt that you've actually read the bill.

    January 3, 2008 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  21. ED winter park fl

    Mccains involvment in the savings and loan debacle and Romneys involvement in a shady olmypic monetary scandal plus the boston big dig show that both seem to have trouble/happiness in abusing other peoples money. Both are true republican traits and they are prerrty good at it.Unfortunatley neither have had to face life as a challenge to succeed. Mccains father was a three star admiral so you see the ease at which he proceeded to success in the navy. Although it might not have been a plus when he got shot down ,the resulting political aftermath after his release from POW status sure benefitted his political asperations . What draft dodging politician would dare call into question any malfunction against a war hero until rhe Bush admin screwed him and his family over in 2004. But his political background took over his military background and he then sucked up to anybody or any thing that might further his political ambitions. Romney's back civilian success and political back ground and his religious background appear to be suceeding in these primary situations but If either get to the big game where no holds are barred their true backgrounds will surface . Then all hell will break lose and the true [and untrue ]aspects of their life and achievments will come before the American voters. The result then will prove what reality is.

    January 3, 2008 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  22. Trang, Fremont, CA

    McCain is not as inspirational as Obama, but he is a decent guy. My issue with him is his stand on the war, and I suppose that goes for the whole Republican field, except for Ron Paul, because I think they want to drag this war on. Other than that, I think he's a fine man.

    Many people might be upset at his stand of immigration, but I think I know where he is coming from. He has stated that 'we are all God's children', so to ask him to deport people simply because they are here 'illegally' is not an easy thing to do. How can you look into God's eyes and treat a fellow human being like that? Same thing with Huckabee – and I think, in general, that's how the Democratic candidates see it too.

    They all realize that addressing the border is the priority – stopping the influx, although I am not sure how they are going to do that.

    I guess this election will decide the values of the American people as a collective, and I hope we choose compassion over fear.

    January 3, 2008 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  23. Mario

    Markiebe, what is it democraps like to control our lives, lie about global warming, want to raise taxes, have universal health care that doesn't work, why would anyone vote for hitlery when she was trying to bring her health care and shove it down our throats back several years ago and she still wants to, how is that change for this country. The dems want you to turn to the government for everything when we see it can't be counted on, does anyone recall 9/11 or Katrina, don't be fooled by these idiots, depend on yourseld first and foremost. But if you want to see thuis country go to hell then vote for Hitlery and sick Willie.

    January 3, 2008 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  24. Ted

    Romney will continue his negative campaign approach because he is in a tailspin.... He may have been a successful businessmen but his leadeship skills pale in comparison to John McCain... McCain in '08!

    January 3, 2008 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  25. Ted

    McCain Lacks Leadership?!?! Jean Truman..you must not know what what leadership means – The Naval Academy (as well as the other Service Academies) produces the best leaders in the USA!

    January 3, 2008 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
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