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. Ryan

    Geez, I guess I didn't realize that Michigan's poor economy can be solved by the Federal government and my president, and of course – my tax dollars!

    The state of the auto industry is no more caused by the American taxpayer than the sub-prime debacle – both have been caused by greed, pure and simple.
    Empathy for those affected by these problems is commendable but I don't believe that any form of government resurrection is the answer. Let these issues be resolved between the parties affected.
    And no, I certainly hope the people of Michigan do not expect those $30/hour assembly line jobs are coming back any time soon – despite what Mitt promises.

    January 11, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  2. Dave, Chicago

    Go Mitt! Can't wait to vote for you on Super Tuesday.

    January 11, 2008 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  3. Frank, Ft. Lauderdale

    The Republican party and faithful need to wake up and not only smell the coffee, but actually get a clue about the ISSUES. So the New Hampshire exit polls showed that Romney won on the ISSUES–immigration, sprinkled with a little bit of health care concern and the Iraq War?? While these ISSUES are important, nothing, and I mean absolutely nothing is more of an issue with every day Americans than the very sorry state of our economy. People cannot afford to pay $3.50 a gallon for gasoline, stratospheric health insurance premiums, mortgage payments that continue to spiral out of control and food and drug prices that continue to inflate at an extremely alarmingly rate. What I heard Mitt Romney say during the New Hampshire debates was that "we shouldn't consider the drug companies and manufacturers as the bad guy–it is free enterprise and they are providing an essential requirement. WAKE UP MITT! If you believe that is one of the issues, then you are completely out of touch. The drug and pharmicuetical companies and insurance companies are not only running this country, they are ruling this country (along with the gas and oil industry). Every day Americans are desparately looking for a way to put a few bucks in their pocket every week. When Mitt Romney solves that problem, I'll be the first to vote for him

    January 11, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  4. lynn

    Can anyone even stand this guy any more?

    January 11, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  5. Gloria

    a one state recession what kind of a bubble is he living in. I was born in Michigan yeah and how old are you and at what age did you leave and have you ever looked back? Ryan W. Jesus Christ is the cornerstone of our religion, the Bible says Jesus Christ is our savior!

    January 11, 2008 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  6. RB, from the bay state

    Nitwit Mitt couldn't win his neighboring state of New Hampshire, even though he has an 11 acre lakeside vacation mansion in highly conservative Wolfeboro, NH. and spent most of his time there when he was governor of Massachusetts

    Most of Michigan doesn't even remember who his father was, let alone this carpetbagger who is just passing through with his traveling road show and pandering for votes.

    January 11, 2008 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  7. Patrice C.

    What happened in New Hampshire with Romney is that we saw the day to day ,governing of the State of Massachusetts when Mitt Romney was in office there. He sold voters there a bill of goods, then flip flopped to his present positions. Some felt that he planned all along to change his positions once elected there, so as to position himself for a Presidential run one day. He had to be liberal, pandering to pro-life, and gay rights groups in order to get elected.
    No Presidential media covering the race has asked him about one of the most expensive to the taxpayers scandals in history. Over a billion dollars wasted, "The Big Dig" corruption of the highest order. Though not responsible as it was going on before he got in office, he was governor while it dragged on, hacks skimming off the top, the local newspapers filled with ripoff stories of the Big Dig. What did Romney do about it?
    Nothing according to many of the Massachusetts transplants who have moved here to New Hampshire to escape all of the taxes, fees, etc, that citizens of that state are saddled with.

    January 11, 2008 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  8. Patrice C.

    All he seems to be is a Bush Clone with better hair.

    January 11, 2008 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  9. alex

    Mitt Romney has the potential to be one of the best American Presidents of all time. I have never voted for a republican, but Mitt Romney is the real deal.

    I believe in Mitt Romney.

    January 11, 2008 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  10. katherine

    its so funny to find people so bitter about Mitt's wealth. He is a self made man. He earned it all cleanly and honorably. Since when does America shun self-made millionaires?? If anything, i think it says the world about a guy who is so devoted to public service when he could be sunbathing in Bora Bora. Mitt wouldn't trade the world for what he is doing right now... realistically, not a lot of people could say that. I admire and respect him greatly

    January 11, 2008 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  11. ben

    doesn't he mean anything to anybody that Mitt's 5 boys just think the world of their Dad?

    He is their "Hero" and "the hardest working man you will every meet".

    And when Mitt talks about HIS dad?? you have absolutely no doubt Mitt's admiration for his Father. He ADORED his father (a highly respected man himself).

    I think this is important when we are selecting the next leader of the free world.

    just something to keep in mind

    January 11, 2008 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  12. curtis

    Michigan is hardly the only state in recession. It's too bad we don't have as many delegates as Michigan. Maybe somone would pay a little attention to ours.

    January 11, 2008 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  13. Lee

    The first time I heard Mitt in person, at last year's CPAC meeting, I thought to myself, this guy is the best man for President, but he won't get nominated this time. He will probably be the running mate but the Democrates will win this time. But in four years, Mitt will be back- and win it all, big time! Mitt has the skill to really get things done but not enough people know him, and there are too many evangelical bigots that vote in the primaries.

    January 11, 2008 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  14. TJ

    Romney is winning the Republican base. If anyone undecided will listen to Mitt speak for ten minutes with an open mind they will see that he is brilliant. The dems and media know that Mitt would crush anyone in a one on one debate so they are still talking up Ron Paul and other losers.

    McCain is just another Sr Senator veteran like Bob Dole in 1996. Obama/Oprah or the Clintons would have a very big victory against McCain.

    Now that the news is out that Rudy is low on money, Mitt is the only candidate that can go the distance and win in November. If the people of Michigan do not wake up and give Mitt a win that would make the dems and the media very happy.

    January 11, 2008 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  15. John S. Maine

    Mitt Romney what a great man and leader. He is the most honest politician I have ever had the honor of meeting. He will get the job done and make all of us Americans proud of our Goverment once again.

    January 11, 2008 11:10 pm at 11:10 pm |
  16. John S. Maine

    The question has to be asked why the toughest Sheriff in the United States of America hands down undisputed choose to back Governor Mitt Romney not John McCain. What makes it interesting is that Sheriff Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arapiao is a Sheriff in Arizona. If Illegal Immigration or Crime issues are of a concern to you Mitt Romney is your man. If hindering the building of a border fence or allowing Amnesty is your position John McCain is your choice.

    January 11, 2008 11:15 pm at 11:15 pm |
  17. Val Davydov


    Please, I've read several of your comments and they are all the same. You are mocking your faith, our God's name, and the entire Christianity with your statements. Stop it! I am speaking from your side of the aisle.

    Michigan – please vote for the right person that will fix the economic struggles in your states. Your future is in your hands! Vote Romney!

    January 11, 2008 11:52 pm at 11:52 pm |
  18. Lauren, Virginia

    The liberal media is crushing Romney, the best candidate to beat the Democrats in '08.

    Conservatives need to wake up and realize that no other Republican candidate has the integrity, experience, and RESOURCES necessary to beat Hillary or Obama.

    Unless you want Hillary or Obama to be the next president, you'd better think about voting for Mitt Romney.

    ROMNEY 2008!!!

    January 12, 2008 12:18 am at 12:18 am |
  19. Clement

    Romney is a joke. The guy left MA with a horrid approval rating and couldn't possibly bring it over during a general election. He would also lose Michigan. He is so incredibly weak on so many issues due to his inconsistencies that he would lose the whole Midwest and even portions of the South.

    Also, don't think the Mormon issue is a non-issue.

    January 12, 2008 01:23 am at 1:23 am |
  20. Mark B

    Romney would be running away with the nomination if it wasn't for the fact that evangelicals are supporting a former Baptist minister (Huckabee). Take religion out of this and Mitt Romney is the next president, as he should be!

    January 12, 2008 01:31 am at 1:31 am |
  21. Ross Lippincott; Davenport Iowa.

    Maybe Romney should run for governor of Michigan, then he could solve all their problems. That way when he runs the next time for president he might have a little free time for more leisurly activities like worring about The United States and all the crap our present leaders are slinging around the world!


    January 12, 2008 06:10 am at 6:10 am |
  22. Sam IA

    I grew up in Michigan when it was the pride of America and my Republican party has made it a cauldron of lowpaying service jobs by making Americans compete with forced labor in Communist China, vietnam, Bangladesh, and any other place we can find that makes us Rich. There is your quote unmasked Mitt ole boy!!!

    January 12, 2008 06:42 am at 6:42 am |
  23. David - Oregon City

    Michigan & South Carolina,

    America’s only choice for President is clear. Don’t be suckered in by the elite media’s propaganda. Tens of millions of dollars was donated by Wall Street to purchase the White House in this election. Some candidates are just too old or too liberal to win. Please remember, the rest of the country is waiting and depending on you (Michigan & South Carolina) to give us the opportunity to elect Huckabee and say no to big government that does not work, Wall Street, and the elite media. Those Americans who never had a seat at the table, who don’t have the big money or a voice in this election are waiting to cast their vote for Mike Huckabee. Please provide America’s true conservatives the opportunity to vote with you and elect Mike Huckabee President. No more Presidents from Camelot!

    January 12, 2008 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  24. matt

    Although I am not sure about Romney's record on some of the social issues we face today, I do believe he is the man for the job fiscally.

    The economy is headed south and we need to change what we are doing as a nation. This is where Romney will excel. While the other candidates have a history of working for the government, Romney has a history of FIXING things that are broken. He has done it for years! He has spent his life repairing businesses. He will have the determination as well as the know how to get the job done.

    My vote is for the economy and Romney.

    January 12, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  25. Has, UK

    Romney seems to have the best track record. Only if media was giving the coverage he deserves, he would have already won the nomination. The only media coverage he gets is whern the others attack him negatively.

    Go Romney. Save the world from the recession reprecussions.

    And people dont worry, if he is a mormon, it doesnt mean he will make a law to convert everyone to it.

    You all are picking the right candidate for President, so look for presidential skills.

    Romney 2008

    January 12, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
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