January 11th, 2008
01:37 PM ET
10 years ago

Romney plays up ties to Michigan in new ad

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WASHINGTON (CNN) - Republican Mitt Romney launched a new ad in Michigan Friday in which he plays up his ties to the state and pledges to turn around its flailing economy.

"I grew up in Michigan when Michigan was the pride of America," Romney, whose father once served as governor of the state, says in the new 30-second spot called "Pride of America."

"It breaks my heart to see us in a one-state recession," Romney continues. "We can change that. We need new leaders with the experience and energy to turn us around."

The former Massachusetts governor is hoping his personal connections to Michigan and his upbeat economic message will deliver him a much needed win in the state's primary next Tuesday. His campaign recently announced it was pulling its paid media in other early-voting states and focusing its remaining resources there. This is the latest recent spot to emphasize Romney’s Michigan connections.

Recent polls suggest he is locked in a tight battle with John McCain and Mike Huckabee for the top spot in that race.

- CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney

Filed under: Michigan • Mitt Romney
soundoff (81 Responses)
  1. Barbara Stallard

    I just heard Mr. Romney say that he would be a good president because he "knows why jobs leave and why jobs stay."

    Mr. Romney should have graced the private sector with his advice a few years so we could have avoided this situation we have today.

    Or if he didn't want to give it all away, he could have shared it with the mortgage industry.

    Or, he could have led the oil industry to help them help us get to the jobs we have left without deciding whether or not we have the money in our pockets to buy that gas (and don't tell me it is about refineries or weather. Build the refineries and the gas will come).

    Or, he could have helped the health care industry as they build and build with marble entries that money could have been better spent and served more people if the system were more decentralized and scaled down a human scale in neighborhoods including facilities that were open all night so ER care would not be used so extensively and expensively.

    And Mr. Romney should be aware that American voters, laid off or not, poor or not, have some God-given common sense.

    So, please, Mr. Romney, save your own money and tell us now. We are waiting.

    January 12, 2008 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  2. katie

    Let's get someone that knows how to run a bunisess. Knows how to make money, stands up for family values, so that America can be strong. That person is clearly Mitt Romney. There is no one that can come into office and can take care of the United State than Mitt Romney. People want change yes, but I want someone that can take care of the United States, the world is getting out of control ( look at what is happening to Kenya). Rommey is a person that will TAKE CARE OF AMERICA!

    January 12, 2008 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  3. BCurtis

    At the You-tube debate, when Romney wouldn't make a statement on whether waterboarding was torture or not, he lost my support. I am glad McCain had the guts to point out that we have violated the geneva convention with this egregious violation, lets hope if he gets in office, or even if a democrat wins, they also have the guts to prosecute the leaders who authorized it. If this means Cheney, Bush, Rumsfeld, et.al. end up in the Hague in separate cells, so be it.

    January 13, 2008 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  4. blahova

    Mitt Romney - The Intelligent Choice!

    Romney is what we need to lead our great nation! Our country has
    faced much adversity lately and we need a leader who will fight for
    our freedom, build our economy, strengthen our national defense,
    secure our border's, enhance our foreign policies, improve our
    international affairs, lower taxes, cut back on Gov and spending and
    enrich the lives of each and every individual US citizen.

    Romney is the man who can do it and not just talk about it! Romney stands for a
    country he obviously has a great and enduring passion for. He is a man
    of accountability and his code of ethics is unwavering. He doesn't
    make excuses, he doesn't justify mistakes...he fixes them and moves
    forward. Romney is a man of conviction and of great moral purpose. He
    is honest, intelligent, rational, objective and his productive
    achievement in all aspects of his life proves he is already a great
    leader and we would benefit immensely, if he were to be President of
    The United States of America! His record and experience shows logic
    and absolute reason and if I could use only one word to describe Mitt
    Romney, it would be "integrity!"

    Romney has the credentials to make an outstanding President. He has
    experience and a proven track record. He has a passion that goes way
    beyond what I see in the other candidates. He has put in much of his
    own money and raised much money, another success that shows what he
    is capable of and what he could do for America and our economy. We need HIS experience here and the other's just don't have it.
    He is an outstanding leader, with good conservative values.
    He has a plan that can work and isn't offering unrealistic promises
    that most politicians promise– just to get elected– yet never deliver or follow through on.
    He has strong family values. He cares about education &
    health insurance, creating jobs and keeping them, in making
    immigration fair. He cares about our economy and has the knowledge to do something positive about it.
    This will improve the quality of life for EVERY individual. He believes in having a strong national defense, lowering taxes, strengthening international affairs and foreign policies...the WHOLE picture!!!

    If anyone can deliver on promises made...Romney is the
    one! He is honest & trustworthy and gives all the right answers,
    unlike some of the other candidates who lie or skip around issues,
    twist the truth or avoid answering questions by changing the subject,
    like Huckabee and other's have done. Some say he's been negative, but he has pointed out the facts that we all should know and if it makes his opponents and or supporter's of some of these candidates squirm, perhaps you should change sides and go with someone who will make a positive difference!
    Guiliani seems to be waiting in the shadows. I haven't seen the heart that I had expected
    and he appears to be sitting on the sidelines, letting everyone else battle it out. We'll
    see if this strategy works? Saves him a lot of negative publicity,
    but I think a lot of people have overlooked him. He fought hard for
    NYC, but I haven't seen him do the same in this election. I admire
    him, but need to see more. Thompson; A little too late and perhaps not enough experience to run our country. Ron Paul is a fanatical extremist that turns most people off.
    McCain doesn't seem to address some of the other fundamental issues facing our nation.
    He is a war hero, which is a great honor, however, he cut the military,
    hasn't secured his own border's, didn't fight to save jobs, weaseled out of voting on numerous bills
    and just doesn't have a plan for improving our economy,
    or many of the issues that we are currently facing and will be facing in the future.
    And Amnesty? Then there is Huckabee who
    already has a record of making promises he can't keep - he raised
    taxes, pardoned hard core criminals and has shown a lack of fiscal
    responsibility in government spending.

    Our economy cannot withstand this kind of outrageous spending and we as American's will have to pay the price, in which we will ALL suffer (rich, poor, & everyone in between).
    I am tired of the shady politics and lame excuses. I want someone who can deliver,
    who doesn't just talk the talk, but who will walk the walk!
    We need to be smart and educate ourselves and look at the facts!! Look at the records!
    Romney has a proven record of success and a true conviction
    in making America stronger and better all around!
    Do we want someone in office who already has some pretty bad marks on their records? .
    Romney's record is impeccable! He will make a difference!
    And he will have a positive impact on our nation and in all our lives!


    January 15, 2008 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  5. T.Griffin

    If everyone will go and vote for a better USA then we will all be winners.I want to know that when i turn 60that i will be able to bring home a brother that has been sick for many years home at last.Put your heart in to this and your prays and come together.may the best person win ...........

    January 20, 2008 12:32 am at 12:32 am |
  6. T.Griffin

    I think that will be Mitt or Hillary...

    January 20, 2008 12:37 am at 12:37 am |
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