January 11th, 2008
01:37 PM ET
9 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
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  1. Big Doug

    My view is that Democrats may win everything in 2008.

    The TV networks have successfully boosted the goofy Baptist Pastor Mike Huckabee to a win in Iowa. In the last few weeks before the Iowa caucuses took place, Mitt Romney was way ahead. A Romney win could be a real challenge to the Democrats in the general election.

    Why? Because Mitt Romney is smart. He graduated as Valedictorian from BYU with a B.A. “summa cum laude”. Romney then graduated in the top 5% from Harvard, earning an MBA with honors.

    Mitt Romney is a wholesome Mormon family man who married his high school sweetheart. He is a very successful businessman. He founded one of the nation's most successful venture capital and investment companies. Bain Capital helped guide hundreds of companies on a successful course, including Staples, Domino's Pizza, and the Sports Authority. He ran the 2002 Winter Olympic Games after he took over that responsibility from the floundering Frank Joklik, who was $379 million in the hole. After Romney revamped the organizing committee, the games ended up with $100 million in profit. Romney donated all his salary to charity.

    But what do Democrats fear most about Romney? He was the Governor of Massachusetts. He could bring that very blue Democratic state over to the Republicans in the general election. He would also ensure Michigan would go Republican because his father was a popular former Governor and Mitt grew up in that state.

    So what happened in Iowa? The Republican caucus participants are overwhelmingly Christian Evangelicals. Suddenly, just before the Iowa caucuses, Huckabee was getting tons of free positive press. CNN had him on Larry King. He was invited onto all the Sunday morning political talk shows. Every cable news channel report was all about Mike Huckabee. It was overwhelmingly positive coverage. He was invited on Jay Leno the night before the Iowa caucus. After being spurred on by all the free media, the Evangelicals organized and swarmed the caucuses on Election Day, comprising over 60% of the Republican caucus attendees.

    When it was over, the big story is how the “David”, Mike Huckabee, trounced the “Goliath”, Mitt Romney by 9 %. Although the reality is that Huckabee only received 14% of the non-evangelical Republican vote, far less than Romney’s 33%.

    The Democratic National Committee has told staffers to hold all fire, until Huckabee secures the party's nomination.

    January 11, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  2. jim Scottsdale AZ

    Romney is a hack with no substance has never answered a question with out saying anything.

    Ron Paul did an execllent job last night and and schooled these two McCain and Romney on what the Republican was suppose to be.

    The War was started against Iraq for no reason, Where is Osma, free!!!!

    We sould be ashmaned of what we have done, but we are Romans and whatever Rome does is right for the rest of the World.

    Grow up America and act like a Country that leads. We are lost

    Romney is a joke

    January 11, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  3. TIERA THORPE

    Why is it that the government betray us as Us citizen's? They tell us we "Have" to pay taxes but there is no law stating that we do. They expect for us to turst them but they are srewing us over..As a young Black american I think that is wrong...Then they try to lock you up for not doing what they say..Last time I Checked GOD didn't leave them in charge..So why is that we must listen? They don't even care..

    January 11, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  4. Bryan

    Big Doug, I bow to you. Very well said, and couldn't agree more. Come on people. Think about it. Look at the races we've had so far in IA, NH, even Wyoming. Romney is getting the conservative vote. As more and more people get to know him, his message, the indies and dems will follow as well. I'm looking forward to Michigan making that statement...that Dems will accept Romney's superior management and get-things-done record.

    Huckabee's fair tax plan will never get implemented. He uses Chuck Norris at events because no one will show up otherwise. Seriously. He has to use the pastor pulpit to get the population of evangelicals that don't actually think for themselves to caste their vote for Huckabee. That's not a message,and that's not a candidacy.

    McCain will not get the Republican nod, as he's been too comfy with the Dems on too many important issues that just aren't Republican. And in NH, he failed to pull in the Republican vote as well as Romney. Think about the Dem results in NH. The margin was 2%. As there were far more Dems/Indies voting, their 2% is probably equal to 5% of the Republicans that voted, and 5% was the margin of victory for McCain. The indies that wanted to vote Obama thought it was a sealed deal, so 2% switched over to McCain at the last minute. Was fatal for Obama, their first pick, and handed the Rep victory to McCain. Had indies voted their first pick, it would have been Obama and Romney as the victors. Bottom line is McCain is just not acceptable as the Rep nominee. That's my $.02

    January 11, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  5. therealitycheck

    Romney tried attack ads in Iowa and New Hampshire and got crushed for them, with fallout form that spilling all the way to South Carolina. I highly doubt his new Romney 4.0 positivity will keep him in the race, but its nice to see him copying Huckabee and McCain anyway...

    January 11, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  6. Another Steve

    Fortunately sometimes all the money in the world won't buy the office. This guy is a real chameleon. Changing colors everytime there is an issue. I expect the voters of Mass. won't be voting for him. They know his true color and it aint pretty..

    January 11, 2008 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  7. Denise

    How pathetic!!!!!!

    January 11, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  8. Atwoodray

    Let's review: Mitt Romney is the only true conservative left in the race, based upon the actions of the candidates. It's too bad the early caucuses/primaries that the media focuses on so fervently are in "blue" states. New Hampshire voted for Gore and Kerry, so it's no surprise that McAmnesty won there. It's a miracle that Mitt Romney did as well there as he did. Iowa went for Gore in 2000, and Bush in 2004, but by less than one percent (751,957 to 741,898), so it's no surprise that Huckabee, the evangelical who leaned on anti-Mormon bigotry, won there. Once again, it's a miracle that Mitt Romney did as well there as he did, and got as many Evangelicals as he did to cross the line and vote for a Mormon. Wyoming, a solidly red state, went strongly for Mitt Romney, just as it went strongly for Bush in 2000 and 2004, voting strongly against Gore and Kerry. Mitt Romney is the only conservative front runner, as well as the only conservative with a snowball's chance of holding together Reagan's conservative coalition to conquer the Hillary Clinton/Barack Obama threat to America.

    January 11, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  9. jim

    I am grateful to see a man of nobility prepared so well to serve as the President of the United States. As an American residing in Asia for thirty+ years my perspective is that W.Mitt Romney can become the best American President of my lifetime because he has a bedrock value system and wakes up sober every morning. He has prepared a lifetime to serve our nation. Every leader of every nation will respect him and America, because of him and in turn the American passport will have greater respect. And in turn every American Ambassador that President Romney appoints will also have a quality value system and also be on a personal improvement schedule that will bring honor to America. An Embassy will be involved in righteous activities to promote the best interests of the USA.

    But most importantly the USA will deliver a balanced budget and pay bills on time.

    In modern Singapore every word of a speech by the Prime Minister is quoted completely in the Press. It is time for the same respect to come to the American President. The most beautiful language of diplomacy is French. President Romney is most comfortable speaking French. In world affairs he will bring joy to the hearts of billions via his dynamic leadership.

    January 11, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  10. Allie

    First, I don't like people who aren't popular enough in their home state and have to go elsewhere to get elected (Clinton to New York, Romney to Mass.). Why won't the good people of their own state elect them...probably for a very good reason.

    Also, again, this great country was founded on religious precepts. We need a Christian leader. I would expect the Democrats to put forth a crazy candidate to show how "diverse" they are and how much they value "affirmative action". But the republicans? I am a member of a party that knows what it takes to be an American, you don't whine or look for hand outs because you are different.

    I've said it again, I won't vote if my choices are anti-God or Democrat. What will they give us next a Muslim candidate?

    January 11, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  11. Fred

    It doesn't matter where you're from, it's how many times it took to get there! Flip/flop.

    January 11, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  12. Dan in TX

    Bill: Your assessment is dead on. I want someone in the White House with the ability to problem-solve and think critically....and not embarrass us. Romney is not only a smart man, he's a _good_ man. Time for the bigoted evangelicals to support a Christian that would be a great president.

    January 11, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  13. Todd C.

    Romney is STILL thinking he's going to President??

    The job is NOT for sale, sir. Pack up and go home!

    January 11, 2008 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  14. JimII

    Big Doug,

    That is some persuasive stuff. I would never vote for a Repbublican, and particularly not given the current assaults on science specifically and academia in general, civil liberties, the nation's standing as a just country, etc. and so on. But you make a very solid case for Romney.

    He should be running against Rudy as the better business man. Instead, he seems to be running against Huckabee as the better Christian. Oh well.

    Also, did anyone else notice the stab at McCain? The energy to run the country? Who doesn't have the energy to–oh, right, the old guy. Excellent.

    January 11, 2008 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  15. Bryan

    I don't see how any respectable republican could possibly support McCain. Look at the New Hampshire exit polls – of the people who voted "based on the issues" – romney won! Of the people who vote on character/personality – mccain won. Someone please explain to me how John "angry miserable old man" Mccain can win a personality contest. WHY AREN'T PEOPLE VOTING BASED ON THE ISSUES? We're not electing someone to be our friend, we're electing the leader of our country and of the free world. Mitt Romney solves problems. John McCain creates problems.

    Maybe its McCain's "straight talk" that has people weak in the knees. Personally, I think he's the most negative, pessimistic candidate on either side of the aisle. Not to mention he's not a true conservative. We have a "straight talk" president in the oval office right now, and look how well that's worked out. We need a fresh, new face in the white house. Someone who is going to get things done.

    GO ROMNEY!

    January 11, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  16. Dave C - NJ

    Tiera are you serious?

    The tax laws are pretty clear. Ask your payroll department, if you have one.

    And yes, you get locked up if you don't follow the law the last I checked. If you are smart enough to use a computer, then you are smart enough to know this. Good Lord.

    January 11, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  17. Daniel, NY

    The latest polls from Michigan have McCain jumping up to a big lead, so Romney should move fast to make something move here.

    January 11, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  18. Daniel, NY

    The latest polls from Michigan have McCain jumping up to a big lead, so Romney should move fast to make something move here!

    January 11, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  19. Bodo, Allegan, MI

    While I agree with him that things need to improve, he offers no ideas on how he will do it, just that by him being Pres. we will get new leaders in Michigan. He has another ad in Michigan on Family Values, where he emphatically states at the end, "Marriage must come before children, because every child deserves a mother and a father." Again, while I definitely don't disagree, as most wouldn't, it has nothing to do with becoming Pres. Unless he is saying he is going to work to make it law, which he has never said. Just like he is saying we need new leaders – is he going to just boot out the current ones himself and replace them?

    He states the obvious, then insinuates that it will just become reality by him being Pres. Can anyone explain to me how you legislate beliefs?

    January 11, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  20. john

    It's McCain who now backs tax cuts? After voting against the Bush tax
    reductions? McCain who believes in "comprehensive" immigration
    reform that sells out our soverignty and invites another 12 million to
    cross our borders illegally. McCain who wants to expend the war in Iraq
    to Pakista. McCain who libelled Christian voters and now allies himself
    with Democrat Joe Lieberman! Get real, Jim. He's being built up by the
    liberal drive-by media to insure a Democrat wins in November.

    January 11, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  21. Anne E., SLC

    Willard "Mitt" Romney is more deserving of the name "Slick Willie" than Bill Clinton, and he's more of a flip-flopper than John Kerry. He'll say whatever he has to in order to get what he wants; he panders and plays to the "audience du jour."
    Jim is right, Romney IS a hack and I can't wait for his chances of a nomination to slowly evaporate.......I'll be listening for the crickets.......

    January 11, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  22. Opie

    Michigan was the power house of our industrial base until the NEOCONS SOLD IT to COMMIE CHINA.

    January 11, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  23. Bryan, Boston MA

    Big Doug has got it just right. Romney our only hope as republicans. I sincerely hope that people start realizing that Huckabee is a joke (have you even read his essay in foreign affairs?!) and that McCain is an angry, miserable, scary old man which is exactly what this country does not need right now. We need revitalization, we need problem solving, we need someone who can work with democrats to actually GET SOMETHING DONE. Romney is the only person who can do these things. As for Allie's comment – we should be voting for a president based on policy issues and character, not religion. I find it sad that people actually have that mindset.

    January 11, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  24. David

    Allie, you showed us how uneducated you are wth the very first sentence. Romney has lived in Mass his whole adult life....he grew up in michigan, so don't say he had to go somewhere else to get elected.

    January 11, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  25. kyle

    Allie,
    one more note. you say you want a christian leader? Mitt Romney is a Christian.

    January 11, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
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