January 25th, 2008
06:01 PM ET
10 years ago

Romney camp highlights McCain's ties to Dems

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(CNN) - John McCain says he is the Democrats' worst nightmare, but Mitt Romney begs to differ.

In a new Web ad released Friday, Romney's campaign is highlighting McCain's willingness to work across the aisle, and his strong relationships with some Senate Democrats.

It also features news reports that claim he considered joining John Kerry on the Democratic ticket in 2004. The Arizona senator has denied those reports.

The ad is the latest effort from the Romney campaign to portray McCain as too willing to work with Democrats, and comes just four days before the Florida Republican Primary - a contest that shuts out independent voters, whose support has been crucial to McCain's earlier victories in New Hampshire and South Carolina.

On Thursday, McCain's campaign released a Web ad noting the Arizona senator's name was frequently invoked at the CNN Democratic Debate, and claimed he was the “Democrats' worst nightmare” in a general election matchup.

- CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney

Filed under: Florida • John McCain • Mitt Romney
soundoff (165 Responses)
  1. Bil TGH, Streamwood, IL

    So Republicans working with Democrats is wrong and bad for the country per the gospel according to Mitt.

    What a small minded person! He is no leader, just a conservative hack (with delusions of godhood) in the same mold as the current White House occupant.

    Conservatives' "my way or the highway" attitude put this country into the hell of a a mess it's in.

    We need someone in charge who will change this way of doing business and it isn't Mitt Romney.

    January 25, 2008 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  2. Mark, Tampa, FL

    This traitor McAmnesty is trying to hijack the conservative party. True Republicans hate McCain because he hates our party's ideology of enforcing our borders and lowering taxes (amongst several other issues).

    McCain will meet his end in Florida.

    Romney has the momentum and will win the nomination.

    January 25, 2008 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  3. Alice Newman Center Harbor NH

    .... the word is "bipartisan" and it means working with other elected officials for the good of the country!!!

    It does not mean that when the GOP is in power, they ignore the Democrats on all occasions and threaten them with a nuclear event if a filibuster is tried: It does not mean when the Democrats have a slim majority, that the GOP, now believes in filibusters and brags about being obstructionists!

    This week, discredited Tom DeLay, former druggie Rush Limbaugh and the best friend Abramoff ever had, Grover ... all predicted in vile and bilious language that McCain would be the death of the Republican Party.

    Looks like Mitt is the same: the good of the party (GOP) always comes ahead of what is good for Americans and good for the Nation.

    If you want unreasoning hatred and bitter partisan politics – vote for the GOP. They aren't even ashamed to admit it!

    Nancy Pelosi, upon being named speaker, let Denny keep his big speaker's office. That's generous. Denny bailed out anyway, just like Lott.... no fun if you are in the minority ... and who cares about the voters who thought you'd serve a full term!

    January 25, 2008 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  4. Adam

    Romney is a shrewd. He will do and say anything to win nomination!

    January 25, 2008 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  5. Matt

    Why McCain, because you are a democrat? Let's be honest the people on this board for McCain are either dems or lobbyist that want a washington insider.

    January 25, 2008 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  6. john

    McCain has schemed with Sen. Russ.Feingold to censor political ads; joined
    with Ted Kennedy to offer amnesty to 12 million illegal aliens; and now
    is being endorsed by Joe Lieberman. Earlier this month he was praised
    by Hillary Clinton. I think he's in the wrong party.

    January 25, 2008 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  7. Mike Robinson

    I think I'd be upset too if a member of my party and opponent in the presidential election was "too willing" to work with anyone from the other side of the aisle. After all, we wouldn't want to bridge the partisan gap or anything, would we?

    January 25, 2008 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  8. Matt

    Why McCain, because you are a democrat? Let's be honest the people on this board for McCain are either dems or lobbyist that want a washington insider.

    If CNN deletes my comments again, I'm going to start telling every blog about their manipulative editing practices on this blog.

    January 25, 2008 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  9. VahMonter

    In contrast to his intended message, Romney's ad reflects why we need to have McCain as the Republican nominee. For all but four of the past thirty-two years, the White House has been occupied by a former Governor. The result has been gridlock and partisanship rather than progress and cooperation on the issues important to the American people.

    Mitt Romney is wrong for the Republicans and wrong for America.

    In 2008 we need to elect a President who has spent time in the U.S. House or Senate and understands that real change comes from working with others rather than ranting and raving about how Washington is broken. While the premise of Romney's criticism is essentially correct; little has been done to address a multitude of problems, we do not need another former Governor with no experience in the legislative process.

    January 25, 2008 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  10. Mike Fiertly

    McCain is tied in with the bananas crime family, the Peter King Irish Illegal Aliens and Sinn Fein terrorists, Joe dioGuardi's Albanian Heroin Lobby – all of which are also tied together. He is the real Manchurian Candidate.

    January 25, 2008 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  11. David

    Do we really want someone with a bad tember in the white house....I could just see McCain getting offended by some foreign leader and retaliating with the military.

    McCain is just the Democrat version of Bush

    McCain was a traitor to the Republican party when he formed the gang of 14; taking away the majority that the republicans had in congress

    Romney is one who can enough support to win, without being a traitor to the ideals that all us republicans hold dear

    Please don't vote for liberal democrat McCain, the reason he gets so much democrat support is because he votes like one.

    A wolf in sheeps clothing (very ugly sheeps clothing) if there ever was one.

    January 25, 2008 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  12. geoff

    oh, i didnt know trying to work WITH other senators was a bad thing.

    January 25, 2008 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  13. William

    It's too bad "Mitt" thinks that having commonality with democrats is a bad thing.

    I suppose he prefers the kind of divisive politics of George W. Bush.

    I've got news for Mitt – the country needs someone who can bridge democrat and republican. That leaves Mitt out. It also leave Hillary out.

    January 25, 2008 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  14. Lus

    I m giving Romney shouts !! I wanna keeping jobs in US and seal the border and I m again SUPER NAFTA since clinton and DC was invited

    January 25, 2008 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  15. Tom

    For Mitt Romney: so what is wrong with reaching across the aisle to get things done for the american people?
    The people are not two groups separated by an aisle. We are a country expecting our legislators to help us build the best country we can be.

    If Mitt's comments are indicative of the type of president he would be, a person of only one aisle, he should not be given the opportunity to serve as president.

    January 25, 2008 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  16. Oliver

    "Ties to democrats" – that's a very interesting way to re-phrase making compromises and being bi-partisan rather than stubborn, isolated and right-wing – but how would Romney know ...

    January 25, 2008 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  17. Matt

    Mitt Romney complains Washington is broken. Clearly the way to fix it is to end the partisanship. Also come November the Republicans will need Independents and some Democrats to win.

    Mitt will run to the left, the center or far right just to get elected. McCain stands for something and is honourable and consistent.

    January 25, 2008 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  18. America Forever

    Forget calling McCain a liberal, we all know that he is. I don't mind politicians willing to work with the other side, but please, label yourself a democrat McCain if you are going to vote like them, talk like them, and walk with them. You are nothing but a wolf in sheep's clothing.

    January 25, 2008 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  19. Tom, Boston MA


    January 25, 2008 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  20. Michael

    Gee..we wouldn't want politicians to work together to get something done for the country, would we?

    January 25, 2008 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  21. Jim

    The country cannot function if the Democrats are controlled by Left-wing nuts and the Republicans are controlled by Right-Wing Neocons. McCain is a true conservative but he knows how to win over Democrats and Independents.

    I find it strange the Leftists accuse McCain of being a Bush clone while the Republican base criticize him for not bowing down to the interests of the Christian Right. Why do these two extreme groups hate McCain, so much? The Leftist know McCain can win and the Republican establishment knows when he wins their strangle hold over the party is over.

    January 25, 2008 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  22. CTD4JM

    I am a proud McCain Democrat. He is by far the strongest Republican candidate in the race becasue he appeals to folks like me – Reagan Democrats. His Roayl Mittness has no crossover appear and will be tarred as a chablis-sipping elitist who's primary business experience is to lay people off. And if he's a conservative, then I'm the queen of England..

    January 25, 2008 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  23. Troy

    "Bi-partisan" is probably one of the best phrases the democrats ever invented.
    Q: When you are bi-partisan are you moving to the left or the right?
    A: Always to the left.

    January 25, 2008 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  24. K. Wilkinson

    I don't need Romney to remind me that McCain has been more than cozy with the Dems. He does not serve the interests of the conservatives. How about the illegal immigration problem? There is a reason why he is called McAmnesty.

    January 25, 2008 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  25. McCain NIGHTMARE

    McCain is America worst nightmare.

    McCain is a war monger

    Just wait till he gets hold of those nuclear weapons he'll be crazier than his mother

    January 25, 2008 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
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