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. Down with Mitt

    What a whiner he is. GO HILARY!!

    January 25, 2008 11:15 pm at 11:15 pm |
  2. Democrat in TX

    Romney camp highlights McCain's ties to Dems? How about Romney highlighting his ties to corporate interests?

    January 25, 2008 11:23 pm at 11:23 pm |
  3. Russ

    McCain is the best example of a "RINO" i.e. "Republican In Name Only". The only reason that the liberal media is supporting him is because he is a Dem in disguise and not winnable if he is the Republican nominee. He has been inside the Beltway for so long that he is tossed to and fro with every wind of doctrine. He is a puppet with a Democratic puppetmaster. Be very careful of McCain; he has shifted many times.

    January 25, 2008 11:23 pm at 11:23 pm |
  4. jackie, california

    Romney is the most honest and honerable candidate running. McCain will give us his worst.

    January 25, 2008 11:27 pm at 11:27 pm |
  5. Rob

    It's ironic that McCain claims that he will have a clean race and then today comes out with AD about Romney being wishy washy. He voted against the Bush Tax Cuts and now for it. All of the candidates have their flaws. Even Romney does but he seems to be the most intelligent candidate with strong values. I vote first for anyone but Hillary! If Hillary wins it says how low our country is.

    January 25, 2008 11:31 pm at 11:31 pm |
  6. Hello

    I love Liberals!

    I bet CNN will not hesitate moderating this and post this right away.

    January 25, 2008 11:33 pm at 11:33 pm |
  7. Dave-o, Honolulu HI

    My worst nightmare is if any Republican gets in!!! 8 years of GWB has made me want to puke. A Republican of any shade is still for basically the same things. Keep us living in fear, continue to abuse the Constitution, let the rich get richer and screw everyone who makes less that $100K per year, more profits to corporations and oil companies, no health care for poor people...The list goes on and on. Whether it's Rudy, Huckleberry, Mittens or Fred Flintstone, the end result is the same. Instead of the "land of the free and the home of the brave." we'll be the "land of the sheep and the home of the poor."

    January 25, 2008 11:35 pm at 11:35 pm |
  8. Ryan

    Unfortunately this is just more mud-slinging from Mitt "Pander Bear" Romney. I guess Washington must not yet be completely "broken" because it appears that if Mitt buys errr gets his way, he will break the town completely in half so that the parties can't work together to make our country better. Someone needs to remind Slick Mitt that he won't be able to buy Congress. As a Republican, I continually find myself questioning why our "base" has such a problem with Senator McCain and his ability to build relationships across the aisle that, in reality, can only strengthen our country. Heaven forbid we nominate an individual that appeals to more than just the stereotypical Republican and who also gives us the best chance to retain the White House in November. Florida. . .You are next, please make the decision that is smart, thoughtful, and most of all, right. Vote McCain!

    January 25, 2008 11:43 pm at 11:43 pm |
  9. JS

    I won't have any problem voting for McCain in the general election if he wins the Republican primary. I think being able to bridge the partisan gap is something to be encouraged...something sorely lacking in any of the Democrats.

    January 25, 2008 11:43 pm at 11:43 pm |
  10. Florida Decides

    McCain is the real Jerk, he is all about amnesty and when it comes to Washington politics he is the embodiment of liberalism. He would be considered by many is more moderate than most moderate democrats.

    January 25, 2008 11:48 pm at 11:48 pm |
  11. john

    They don't want Romney these Democrats cause they naturally fear any
    Republican who can carry a blue, northern state, and they don't want that.
    A McCain Democrat: leftist, Woodstock generation hippie, Joe Lieberman
    voter. Since when are they not partisan? Remember Tip O'Neill, anybody?

    January 25, 2008 11:49 pm at 11:49 pm |
  12. Kadius

    McCain / Clinton 2008 or the other way. It would not be the first time you know!

    January 26, 2008 12:01 am at 12:01 am |
  13. kona

    Anyone who claims to be concerned about really changing Washington should love the idea that Romney is spending HIS money to fund his campaign. At least we know where the money comes from and not have to worry about the pay backs that Hillary, McCain and all of the others will have to make to get elected. Wake up people. Let the man spend every penny he wants to get his message out there, whether you agree or disagree with his message he will be beholden to MUCH FEWER than all the others whining about his money while they quitely take the PAC's and lobby's quid pro quo.

    January 26, 2008 12:18 am at 12:18 am |
  14. Mike

    McCain was a pretty good guy 15 years ago. He has lost his way. His immigration bill profits us nothing, but it will cost us to finance the organization propsed therein designed to analyze, report, and recommend. Just another bunch of hot air promoting big governement; oh, and amnesty for the illegals. As I said; though, he was alright a number of years ago. He shouldn't be pushing for the White House at his age. The risk and liability is too great for the term in office of our Commander in Chief.

    January 26, 2008 12:24 am at 12:24 am |
  15. Hans Nielsen

    It's amazing to listen to all the admittedly liberal/democrat pundits when it comes to McCain. They won't say a single thing nice about ANY republican these days yet they defend McCain's record, admire his campaign tactics, praise his political ads, and keep mentioning that he polls as a republican that can beat HillBilly Clinton, Then get all upset when Conservatives like me say they won't vote for him. They sound more like he is their candidate than the republican one. Even the New York Times endorsed him. Any candidate that gets the left into such a giddy mess is not the candidate I'm voting for.
    When the Florida primary hits next week, I'm pulling the lever for Romney.

    January 26, 2008 01:07 am at 1:07 am |
  16. Voter in MA

    Dave-o, Honolulu HI,

    Are you watching the same news we do here on the continent? Fred is not even running any longer. Get your head out of that beautiful Hawaiian sand.

    By the way, things are not looking too pretty on the Democratic side now a days with Bill throwing punches around. The Republican in the White House is looking better and better every day.

    January 26, 2008 01:12 am at 1:12 am |
  17. David.....Nevada

    Nothing new... McAmnesty has been in bed with kennedy, kerry and reid for years. He doesn't listen to his local constituents. Thumbs his nose like the arrogant toad he is with an I know best attitude. This man is virtually brain dead on how to develope a successful plan for economic revitalization which the country desperately needs. J. Kemp is frankly not an economic guru himself yet McAmnesty parades around his dog n pony show like they are of great fiscal relevence. I'll take Mitt's economic resume' anyday over Mctoads.
    romney for responsible economics and immigration..

    January 26, 2008 01:12 am at 1:12 am |
  18. REpublican

    Go Romney!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    January 26, 2008 01:13 am at 1:13 am |
  19. Bill

    Comments are good on both sides. Remember that these are politicians and they will say just about anything that sounds good to get elected. Although I believe that Romney is closer to the truth than most. If McCain does get the nomination instead of Romney then I'll vote for him. That would be much better than to see the Clintons' back in office again. Just look at what they are trying to do to Obama. Do you really want them doing that to our country? Look what they did to Lieberman when he voted for the war. Wake up Clinton lovers...they don't care about you... just your vote. Oh...and last I checked they are just as wealthy as any of the other candidates.

    Go Romney!

    January 26, 2008 01:35 am at 1:35 am |
  20. Glen, Boston, MA

    When did working with people who represent half the country become such a horrible thing to do? We've had enough division. Let's get McCain in there.

    I always feel like Romney's just saying whatever he needs to, but never believing a word of it.

    January 26, 2008 01:46 am at 1:46 am |
  21. Tom

    This should have been part of the strategy from the very beginning. The other part would be to highlight the flip flopping of McCain on the tax cuts as well as immigration. Throw in McCains absurd comments amounting to a claim that he basically came up with the surge instead of Paetraeus and you have yourself a nice start for the unveiling of the true McCain who is not a true Conservative in any shape or form. Of course don't forget to throw in the limitations of free speech by his "campaign reform bill". As best put by Jefferson: "I would rather be exposed to the inconveniences attending too much liberty than to those attending too small a degree of it." To believe that the rest of the founding fathers felt any differently is to live in ignorance.

    January 26, 2008 01:57 am at 1:57 am |
  22. Stan

    Romney is the best represenative of conservative ideas. McCain has a good focus: the military. The problem is, he doesn't really stand for much else. Mitt Romney knows the economy. He saved the Winter Olympics and Balanced his state budget without raising taxes. He can help this country. This nation needs Mitt Romney to be its president.

    January 26, 2008 02:24 am at 2:24 am |
  23. Heather Peterson

    I fully support Senator McCain...and I am a lifelong Democrat. If you folks want the White House after you trashed it these last eight years, you will nominate him. I would vote for him over Senator Clinton in the general election.

    January 26, 2008 02:27 am at 2:27 am |
  24. Jufus, Milwaukee, WI

    No Republican can possibly win this election – PERIOD!

    It really doesn't matter who the Republicans nominate!

    After Crazy George in the White House for 8 years and all the death and destruction he has created, all the brave Americans that have died for his stupidity, and add to that, the forthcoming DEPRESSION – that's correct, DEPRESSION... only a totally mindless idiot would even think of voting for a Republican...

    January 26, 2008 02:55 am at 2:55 am |
  25. Jon

    As a Republican, I never voted Dubya. I wrote McCain's name in for the 2000 election. He would have won the Republican primary in 2000 but Big Oil had to get out their well and spray their "territory".

    Having been a follower of McCain since high school, I know the following things about his Congressional service you may not realize. He has always pushed for campaign finance reform and limiting porkbarrel spending from day one. He got the campaign finance reform by working with several Democrats including Lieberman. He believes very much in limiting wasteful spending which is why he mentions the line item veto and how he'll use it.

    McCain has given 40+ years to his country and 20+ of that was in Congress. He knows foreign policy. He opposed Bush and Rumsfeld's plan from the outset. Rent the film "No End In Sight". Their plan involved disbanding the Iraqi military. So they created the insurgency by disbanding 500,000 professional soldiers who now had no way to pay for anything their family needed. Within a day of the disbandment, the insurgency started. They raided their own Iraqi ammo dumps which were unprotected in order to arm themselves.

    The plan McCain presented to them is the one that is being used now in Iraq where we are now winning the war. Consider how different things might have been if he had been President during 9/11. The War in Iraq would probably be over by now.

    As for Romney, he does change his position constantly to suit whoever he is talking to. He thinks he can force or buy Congress into working with him or for him but they won't especially if the Democrats gain control of Congress.

    The Republicans are afraid of McCain because he has never moved from his views but Dubya and Co yanked the middle of the road so far to the right that McCain looks leftist.

    The Democrats are scared of McCain because they know he has the foreign policy experience especially with the War and with the international contacts he has developed in the Middle East and Europe.

    If Romney wins the Republican nomination and Obama wins the Democratic nomination, I'll vote Obama. If my best option is to write in McCain's name again, then I'll do that.

    January 26, 2008 02:59 am at 2:59 am |
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