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

Romney camp highlights McCain's ties to Dems

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i.l.cnn.net/cnn/2008/images/01/25/art.romneyweb.cnn.jpg caption="Romney's campaign launched a new Web ad Friday."]

(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. Ken Benedict

    If McCain is the Republican nominee, I think MANY republicans will be voting Democratic. I for one will be.

    January 25, 2008 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  2. Ash

    Romney is a Jerk. He can't be trusted.

    January 25, 2008 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  3. Eric

    There is nothing wrong with working with people on the other side of the isle, but compromising your principles to do so is what McCain does best. I wouldn't be surprised if he co-authored a bill for a troop pull out soon.

    January 25, 2008 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  4. Christy

    The Florida primary is Republican-only. That's a roadblock for McCain. McCain won in NH and SC because of liberal independents. Romney is winning the Republican base. If anyone undecided will listen with an open mind to Mitt speak, it will only take a few minutes to see that he is brilliant. Romney is a moderate conservative across the board. He is smart on the economy, opposes amnesty, is pro-family, and is intelligent enough to handle the war and not quickly leave after we have won.

    January 25, 2008 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  5. Lisa

    Has anyone learned who was the "whisperer" to Romney on the last debate?

    January 25, 2008 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  6. Democrat in MO

    You guys have nothing to complain about – none of your candidates is as bad as the Billaries. Pick whoever you want to run and win against the dysfunctional Billaries – now if we Democrats come to our senses and nominate Barack Obama, we will move on together and really get something done.

    By the way, if the Billaries would make our nomination, you will see my family supporting your candidate !


    January 25, 2008 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  7. Casey

    I hope Romney wins, he will be easier to dust off. Either way, everyone eats at Hillary's back table crying about how tragic it is to have to share. Grow up fellas, you're going be answering the question:

    "Who's your momma?"

    Hillary 08

    January 25, 2008 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  8. Hello

    Obama for President...Huckabee for Vice President

    Ron Paul for Secretary of Defense

    Romney for NASA Administrator

    January 25, 2008 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  9. Jonathan

    Not the best move if this is true of Romney. I can't find the ad anywhere though, its not on his site....?

    January 25, 2008 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
  10. China Moon

    Mccain should switch to the Dem party. He is a wolf in sheep's cloth.

    Enough of Mccain.

    January 25, 2008 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  11. Sarge in Florida

    That's the problem with our government, the two parties are so hell bent on not working with each other that it makes me sick. I thought that elected officials are supposed to work for "We The People"? I say leave their egos at home and this country would be in a better position...If McCain and the Clinton are friends so be it. Maybe we can finally work together for the better of the country.

    January 25, 2008 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  12. Independent

    fact – McCain has an 82% conservative rating... that was on Fox News, so you KNOW it must be true... hahahaha

    January 25, 2008 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  13. EntertainMeDontBoreMe

    McCain may be the Democrats' favorite Republican, but Prince Mitt is the Mormons' favorite. If you want to see our great American democracy become a Mormonocracy, just vote for Prince Mitt!

    January 25, 2008 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  14. Independent

    and for people that say if McCain gets the nomination that Reps will vote Dem... umm... really? You're saying Republicans that think McCain isn't conservative enough will vote for Hillary? That's ridiculous...

    I think more Reps would be turned away by someone like Romney, who can't appeal to independents and who will say anything to get elected... funny how in 2003 when running for governor of a liberal state he was pro-choice, pro-gun control, pro-everything... then when he decides he has a shot at the nomination, he has to suddenly find god and his new set of beliefs...

    I for one find it way more realistic to see Reps not voting for Romney just because he seems like a fraud than saying something like "McCain isn't conservative enough for me, so I'll vote for Hillary."

    January 25, 2008 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  15. Jake, Las Vegas, Nevada

    These close races is exactly what America needs between the long summer drought of no football on TV.

    Go Mitt

    Please no Clintons in the White house

    January 25, 2008 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  16. Ashamed

    OK, so I found the ad and watched it. CNN shame on you. Its NOTHING like you claim it to be. This isn't fair and unbiased reporting at all. Why don't you have the video here so people can actually see what it says instead of spinning it like this?

    No wonder none of my posts get through on these blogs. Ridiculous.

    January 25, 2008 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  17. jebbush

    mitt romney will say anything to get elected...he says we need change in washinton...and his idea of change is more childish hissy fits between the two partys

    mitt romney woulda made a great clinton

    January 25, 2008 10:53 pm at 10:53 pm |
  18. Marge Hibbing Mn

    And if Obama by his slime machine gets the nod McCain is going to win the presidency. Obama will never ever be able to beat any republican especially McCain.

    January 25, 2008 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
  19. becky

    Mitt Romney is a principled man – the fact that he has been happily married for 37 years, successfully raised 5 boys (who all are supporting him), is a huge indicator of the kind of person he is deep down. Unlike other candidates who are on 2nd or 3rd marriages or who only stay married for political gain.

    January 25, 2008 10:55 pm at 10:55 pm |
  20. ash

    What all the fuss about? Now, we want to divide republicans after having done race war in democrats?

    I will vote for anybody who talks of america as one nation, empowering the have-nots and encouraging and protecting the hard working entrepreurs. A balanced dem-conservative-liberal- all in one!!

    January 25, 2008 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |
  21. ash

    So what if they are close and can work together???????????

    January 25, 2008 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  22. Jose Card - Independent

    We do need a leader who can work across party lines for the country, not always for their own party and leave the people in the cold.

    January 25, 2008 11:08 pm at 11:08 pm |
  23. Politically Savvy

    When I look at the candidates, one of the most important traits I look for is integrity. Having integrity doesn't mean a candidate can't change his mind. In fact a person with real integrity will admit if he is wrong and change. Mitt Romney has done this. He has the highest integrity of all the candidates. Sadly, the leading candidate from the other party has lost her integrity time and time again and continues to do so–has done so for at least the last 16 years. Some of the other candidates have very strong points, but I have to say the Mitt Romney is the one real leader with the integrity AND the leadership skills AND the experience and know-how to get this country changed around.

    January 25, 2008 11:10 pm at 11:10 pm |
  24. mr.fair tax

    THE WINNER IS ROMNEY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    January 25, 2008 11:11 pm at 11:11 pm |
  25. Upset

    CNN quit deleting my posts. Its shameful to pick and choose who gets to reply on these threads, and a clear indication you only want certain voices to be heard.

    I have watched this ad and its nothing like the spin that CNN is puting on it. Why isn't it posted here so we can all watch it and make up our own minds? What will the media do when Mitt gets elected?

    January 25, 2008 11:14 pm at 11:14 pm |
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