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
soundoff (81 Responses)
  1. Chris, Silicon Valley, CA, USA

    Mitt says he is pro-life. Will he commit to appointing ONLY Supreme Court Justices who are pro-life? This is very important to me.

    January 11, 2008 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  2. Casey

    It always amuses me when Republican proclaims that American was founded as a Christian Nation, or as Allie puts it "this great country was founded on religious precepts".

    I suggest that they read up on the "Treaty of Tripoli" which was approved by John Adams, 2nd President and one of the founding father of "this great country", and ratified by the U.S. Senate by a unanimous vote, a rare event even in this day and age. Especially Article 11, which has the following passage;

    "As the Government of the United States of America is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion"

    It was clearly stated within this treaty that United States of America was NOT on Christianity and was NEVER intended to be perceived as a Christian nation. It was the intent of the founding fathers that "this great country" to be SECULAR. Anyone who argues differently is going against the one of the core values which this country was founded.

    January 11, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  3. Mary


    It's narrow-minded views like yours that make me glad I'm not a Republican. Your comments are hateful and untrue.

    January 11, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  4. Cat, Costa Mesa, CA


    Don't be surprised at Allies ignorance. She is pretty upfront with it in all of her posts. Unfortunetely people like her exist in this great, DIVERSIFIED country of ours. Apparently, to people like her, if you're not a "born-again" christian (as THEY would define the term) you are not worth breathing their air, living on their land, providing their medical care, delivering their mail, buying their products, assisting with ther finances, and especially RUNNING THEIR COUNTRY! How dare we mormons, or muslims, or jews, or atheists tred on their land, teach in their schools, build their houses, grow their economy, or dig their graves when they're dead. How inconsiderate of us!

    The country needs to be unified. Allie and those like her would have 2 or three americas, all of which would be less than the whole. The sad thing is, I don't think she is kidding, or even exaggerating, I think she is serious. And for someone to be so seriously full of hate and contempt is the real problem in this country. How do we rehabilitate that hate? Maybe by providing a president that loves...loves this country, loves the people, loves America. Mitt Romney is that president.

    January 11, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  5. Boston Guy

    Fat chance. The man is hated in Massachusetts for the phony that he is and was as Governor. Love watching the rest of America come to the same conclusion. Romney won't even win Massachusetts' Republican primay on Super Tuesday.

    Kudos to the folks in Iowa and New Hampshire for seeing what a true phony Mitt is.

    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.

    January 11, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  6. DF

    David : You are EXTREMELY IGNORANT. Ever hear of separation of church and state? Please don't vote!

    January 11, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  7. Pete

    Big Doug spelled this out exactly right.

    Liberal media outlets are doing everything they can to beat Mitt Romney, because he puts several "Blue" states into the battleground category. IA, MI, NH, MA, etc. would all be in contention. Romney could beat Hillary in IA and NH, and Obama in MI and MA. That would make turning FL "blue" useless. The only way they could hurt Romney, would be making a divide between the Evangelical base which flocked out to support Bush, and the future Republican nominee. They would much rather face McCain or Huckabee. They have plenty of dirt to throw in their faces. Mitt Romney is a solid candidate, and a real smart sound guy, who has already made waves in "liberal" areas of the country. He is a major threat to the Democrats.

    Hopefully, the rest of you Republicans wake up to realize it.

    Huckabee is a fraud, who claimed several times to have a theology degree, when in fact, he does not posess such a degree. He is a FRAUD! Obviously in his studies, he passed over the commandment "Thou shall not lie"! He has numerous times made rediculous claims, such as 'if there was anyone who would be against capital punishment, it would be Jesus Christ'. Now, I'm no theologian, but I seem to remember him intentionally going to Jerusalem to be killed, because it was going to make him a martyr (and the whole cleanse our sins thing...). If he was against it, would he have done that. I hate when politicians try to speak for religious figures. ON TOP OF THAT, BACK IN 93 HE MADE THE REDICULOUS CLAIM THAT PEOPLE WITH AIDS SHOULD ALL BE QUARANTINED!!! That's the claim of an ignorant whack-job of a candidate. So he plays base, and claims to have a theology degree (that he never got), but what does any of that do to qualify him to become president? He was Governor of Arkansas... and we Republicans should know what happened last time one of those was elected. This one even pardoned several of Clinton's chronies while he was Governor, and supports many liberal ideas.

    Please, I beg of you. Reject this ploy by the liberal media to boost this whacko. Mitt Romney is the true compassionate conservative, with sound moral values. He is the best candidate if you want the budget cleared up. He is the candidate who could beat the Democrats. He is the candidate who should end up with a scandal free administration. Please vote for Romney!

    January 11, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  8. Jerad

    Mitt Romney will only appoint strict constructionist judges who will vote on the side of life every time, just like Romney did every time he voted in Massachusetts. He has been criticized for having pro-abortion views at one time, but he never voted for abortion rights. Visit http://www.mittromey.com/homepage to learn more about Mitt Romney.

    January 11, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  9. Dennis


    Regardless of what you think this country was founded on, we don't need anyone with any religious ties. Religion has no role in government at all, I would never accept someone who openly talks about idiotic beliefs they have, leave them at home. We need a leader who actually wants to help people out, help Americans, help the whole world. Someday war will stop, people will stop killing people, it's evolution. I think anyone with sense can agree there, although history doesn't reflect that so well. So why should we wait? we need to speed up the process. We don't have to appeal to our traditions, Americans are great for many reasons. It's time to free this country not reestablish religious lunacy. For in the future, people who are treated unfairly for their beliefs won't have a new land to go to, like they did in the past.

    January 11, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  10. Ryan W

    Polls are a joke as we have saw.Romney is doing very well one win ,two seconds more than other canidates . All of the networks is trying to make it look like Romney is in third place when he has most delegates.He is the best Christian leader and most qualified for president.People should look at his being Mormon as a strength because you have to have strong values and great faith to be member.We are Christians the same as everyone else.Jesus Christ is the cornerstone of our church and we associate with all faiths and welcome them with open arms and we always help others in need all over the world.Romney just need to be treated fairly and equal as other canidates.

    January 11, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  11. Proud Texan and Free American

    Romney and THompson in '08!!!! No better bet for a well balanced TEAM who would ensure that the needs of ALL Americans regardless of race/religion/ethnicity/color/gender would be attended to in the most responsible and appropriately attentive manner!!! WOO HOOO!!!! GO MITT..GO FRED!!!!

    January 11, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  12. Lisa

    Give me a pro-choice, pro-gay, anti-war, pro-human rights, pro-civil liberties, etc. candidate and I'll give you my vote!!! I believe in God, but I also believe in keeping God out of the political arena. Has anyone ever sent God a ballot? Has anyone ever seen Him casting His vote at any polling place? Does God have a valid driver's license or mailing address for that matter? Then He doesn't get to vote...He doesn't get a say in the election process. Candidates, you can't say or try to interpret the Bible in your speeches. If you love God, then for the love of HIM, keep church and state separate!!!

    January 11, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  13. bob hilts

    wolf please give me a break i am 58 and i dont know who mitts father was, and his statement that the auto ind will be comming back how when two plants are flat ground. mitt being from michigan is he living in michigan no and being born here is not getting my vote.

    January 11, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  14. Jr., California

    I actually like Mitt, BUT, some of us are sooooo ignorant that unfortunately, they will let Mitt's religous beliefs close their minds.

    January 11, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  15. Jr., California

    "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?" Allie

    This is the kind of crap I'm talking about.

    January 11, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  16. Daniel

    The truth is he's a Mormon and America will NEVER elect a Mormon for President. Mormons make up less then 2% of America, and think they're the only ones going to Heaven. Have fun in Heaven!
    Where ever Mormons are going I pray I don't. I was raised Mormon and like all religion they're hypocrites, and do the opposite of what Jesus would do. They judge others to make them selfs feel better.

    January 11, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  17. Clear Sight

    IMHO – Republican Dodgeball

    McCain is a liberal. Giuliani and Huckabee are liberals and seem corrupt.

    That leaves Ron Paul, Mitt Romney, and Fred Thompson still standing.

    Fred Thompson is conservative, did very well in the SC debate, but is going about things half-heartedly. Ron Paul makes some excellent points but has become shrill in his rhetoric and seems to lack leadership and concrete plans for implementing his ideas. Sorry, you're out!

    Left standing, (but wounded), Mitt Romney has been attacked for being rich (hello–he didn't inherit his wealth, he earned it himself) and for spending big bucks for his campaign in his quest. He wants to use true principles and his business acumen to create jobs and fix the economy.

    Romney is personally anti-abortion. The fact that he once was on the side of pro-choice had to do with his view of the reality that even though he was totally against abortion, there still would be women getting abortions and they shouldn't have to die at the hands of "back-alley" practitioners. It was his one mistake and he has admitted it.

    MR has endured personal insults for exposing the lies of some of his opponents in his comparison ads. These same facts were confirmed by the use of them by the mainstream media just last night in the SC debate in questioning McCain and Huckabee. Did anyone else notice that?

    Interestingly, in the SC debate, Carl Camerson asked Huckabee a question about the New York Times ad placed by the Southern Baptist Convention with Huckabee's name signed to it, that stated that "A wife is to submit herself graciously to the servant leadership of her husband." Huckabee replied,
    "You know, it's interesting, everybody says religion is off limits, except we always can ask me the religious questions."

    Just minutes earlier, he had purposely opened the door to the question himself (!!!) by mentioning evangelicals. He said, "All of those things were a part of that Reagan coalition. I was a part of it in 1979 and a lot of the evangelicals who became a part of helping Ronald Reagan to be elected."

    On the subject of religion, since he brought it up, it's impossible to accept or ignore Huckabee's " Iowa Ambush" of all Mormons. His "calculated slip of the tongue" reeks of bigotry toward every religion that isn't "evangelical. Keep religion out of politics!

    January 11, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  18. Shea

    Tiera Thorpe, you don't have a clue. Federal income taxes are imposed by the Internal Revenue Code (i.e. the law), which is several thousand pages long. Whatever state you are in also has a substantial tax law. Try making your argument to the IRS and see what happens.

    January 11, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  19. Peggy

    Thank you Big Doug. I have been thinking that same way. I wish other Republicans would open their eyes and see for themselves how they are being "led like lambs to the slaughter."

    January 11, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  20. Independant, MA

    Mitt Romney says his government-mandated health care plan is one of his most important accomplishments in Massachussetts as governor. But what does he doesn't tell people is that residents (legal citizens) who fail to register with the government and show proof of health care coverage will be slapped with a $2,000 tax penalty (per person) next year! If residents let their insurance lapse for any amount of time, they will be hit with this fine.

    On illegal immigration, Romney waited until the very end of his term to give state police the ability to enforce immigration laws, knowing that it would be overturned by the incoming governor. Romeny did not need bipartisan support to get this done but he waited until he was on his way out the door to take action. This political move angered many of his supporters who fell for his tough immigration stance. Romneys tough immigration talk did not materialize into action in Massachusetts and he has no one to blame but himself for that.

    Romney ran as a moderate republican in Massachussetts (pro-choice platform ect) however has morphed into something completely for his presidental run. Not sure why? Will the real Mitt Romney please stand up!

    January 11, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  21. Jim, Burlington

    Here's how it works folks.

    & years ago everyone got behind a MBA from Harvard, who had been a Governor, who had barely enough votes to be elected, and we got George Bush and his flying circus of doom.

    Lousy economy getting ready to tank.

    The world hates us, and you want to continue that with Mitt?

    Go Rudy go...

    January 11, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  22. Roger

    A one-state recession? I guess he must watch FOX.

    January 11, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  23. Pete

    Jim from AZ, you seem lost.

    In WWII, Japan attacked us in Pearl Harbor... so why did we go against the Nazis in Africa? According to you, that was done "for no reason". Are you against that?

    So did Korea attack us? How about Nicaragua? Grenada? Lybia? Somalia? Kuwait? etc. Surely Ron Paul wasn't making such an isolationist stink about foreign policy issues when Eisenhower, Reagan, or Bush Sr. sent troops to any of those locations...

    Perhaps you would prefer us revert to the isolationism of the Clinton Era, like when Clinton allowed us to be bombed and assaulted without doing anything about it? Instead sending troops to East Timor (when Saddam forced weapons inspectors our of the country). If Clinton kept the petal down on the metal, when we had Saddam pinned down to begin with, then we wouldnt be in this mess.

    You need to grow up, and learn what you're talking about

    Who is Ron Paul, besides the new Ross Perot? He is a sideshow hack, promoted by the liberal media, so it will hurt the Republicans...

    The only thing Ron Paul is qualified to do, is to try and drum up the support of disillusioned white-supremecists. Maybe he should run for President of the "freemen" instead.

    You say Romney is a hack with no substance... HARDLY!!!

    Romney has been successful in nearly every venture he has taken on.

    Education: He graduated "summa cum laude" from BYU, then added a masters in business from Harvard, graduating "cum laude" from there.

    Business: He was the CEO of one of the most successful venture capitol firms in the country... helping to start up several large business chains. He left, and the company struggled, and they hired him back, and he rescued them from colapse.

    Non-Governmental International Organization: The Winter Olympic Organizing Committee was making a real mess of the Salt Lake City Winter Games. Projects weren't achieving success on the timelines, they were well under budget, and there was widespread corruption (Remind you of anything... like say the US Capitol?). Romney was called in to save the games. As President, he found ways to cut costs, drum up financial backing, eliminated the corruption, and everything was completed in time and went off smoothly. He recieved international acclaim for being able to turn it around. In the end, the games went from being $300M+ under budget to making a $1M profit.

    Government: Despite the early set-back of losing a tightly contested race against a Kennedy in MA, Mitt Romney returned to MA politics, by winning the Gubernatorial election, in 2000. He entered a state which was in a $3B dollar deficit, with the Big Dig well behind schedule, and well over cost, in the middle of a recession. It was a job that few people wanted. Despite the highly liberal legislature which was bent on raising taxes to fix the situation, he was able to cut taxes, to spurt the economy, and while doing so, was able to solve the budget crisis, and turned it around into a $1.5M dollar surplus. Additionally, he cut the projected costs and set an exact timeline for the Big Dig completion, which was earlier than previous estimates. Additionally, he was able to revamp the struggling healtcare system in MA. He set up a universal healthcare plan, which was almost entirely privately funded, and nearly elimated the massive costs of "free care" which was hurting the state's budget. Now that plan stands as the lone model of what a successful universal healthcare plan actually works like.

    You claim Romney is a hack without substance... but that shows a man who has succeeded in high profile leadership roles in Business, Government, and Non-Governmental International Organizations. Not only that, but in the process of doing so, he has deservedly earned the reputation of being able to elimate corruption, instill strong moral fiber, ability to grow the economy and repair major budget deficit problems to create earnings/surpluses. If that doesn't make him the prime candidate for this job, I don't know what would.

    Show me a resume of Ron Paul's which can even compare with just 1 of those accomplishments, and maybe I'll continue addressing you on this topic.

    January 11, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  24. Bud

    Allie don't look for handouts, who set up a gift registry when living office, who took money for speeches while governor from special interest groups HUCKABEE He is the one who is running a campaign that attacks Romney because he actually got a good education and had been very successful.

    January 11, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  25. Mrjimbo

    Mitt and Fred in 2008, a vote for our country and our economy!

    January 11, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
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