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. john silvertooth

    Mitt's my favorite Republican because he'll be so easy to beat...

    January 26, 2008 03:38 am at 3:38 am |
  2. Andrew

    n is a "old politician" with old ideas

    January 26, 2008 04:13 am at 4:13 am |
  3. Bryce

    McCain is a Shrewd. He will do and say anything about Romney to get a vote. He can't attack Romney about the issues because he knows their better than his. So McCain attacks is personal character. Unethical is this wolf in sheeps clothing. (for those that don't understand, i mean democrat in republican clothing) "Romney's a manager, I'm a leader." C'mon is that all you got John.

    January 26, 2008 04:18 am at 4:18 am |
  4. jeff

    we need somebody who thinks more than he persists. romney characteristically persists in his thinking and and single minded ambition.

    oh and by the way love the way he casts stones at the sinners. so what do you dream about mitt? cigars, tiporilloes?

    jesus is holding me to a higher standard than whether or not i've been caught sinning, so i am going to hold you to the same standard, my friend.

    January 26, 2008 04:23 am at 4:23 am |
  5. Moe, NY

    All the repulsive republicans are a nightmare, and all republicans are repulsive, as far as I am concerned.

    January 26, 2008 05:01 am at 5:01 am |
  6. Chelsea Clinton

    Mitt is obviously the most qualified candidate

    Mitt 08

    January 26, 2008 05:25 am at 5:25 am |
  7. Levi

    First of all, those who complain about his stance on illegal immigration i'm gonna clarify the stance. Amnesty is not given, but earned. Our freakin economy would fall even further into turmoil if we sent every illegal immigrant out of our country and back home to wait in line. The farming and produce communities would be devastated and Mccain sees that. If you pay your back taxes, learn english and perform everything else required by an immigrant you will get legal status which is fair. Also, those who committed a crime must go back which is fair. Romney is just pandering to right wing anti-amnesty people as it's not true amnesty. It's not given but earned. Mccain looks at the topic not in political benefit but economic benefit and it's beyond irrational to ship every immigrant out of the system as you're crippling the economy. I'm white and work with hispanics and some were illegal. They have been let go since but were good people, good workers. Our economics have benefitted greatly from immigration in history, both legal and illegal. To portray Mccain as a liberal is vain and both idiotic as he is a large conservative who see's what's best for his country, not his party. He doesn't switch on issues like Romney(who actually said Mccains proposal on immigration was "reasonable" in 2005). I'll vote for Mccain, because he can bridge the gap in congress and he's a firm believer in fiscal economics but isn't afraid to stray from his parties views when the country is at risk. They say that most presidents tend to be more disliked in their second term in office as they don't have to pander towards their party looking toward re-election, Mccain won't have to pander like Romney. He's a business man, shrewd and out to win. But I'm not gonna gamble my tax dollars on a man who changes the issues on the go. Democrats also fear Mccain because he can win, but love the fact that he's the only GOP Candidate that'll seriously listen and consider their views. A candidate should be more than a vocal point for our party, but a mediator for the division in Congress and Mccain can do it way better than Romney. Mccain is change and that's why the Democrats fear facing him in November because it'll downplay their message.

    January 26, 2008 05:25 am at 5:25 am |
  8. Tony Soprano, Italy

    Romney is extremelt cold-hearted. He recently stated "I don't care what the voters think". He has no plans on working for the people, he's the type of guy that belittles with arrogance and he thinks he's special. I'm changing my vote to Ron Paul.

    January 26, 2008 06:31 am at 6:31 am |
  9. blondi

    Wow, what a bunch of leftists! Everyone wants a Republican who'll do business with Dumborats. Folks, everytime Republicans do business with the Damorats they lose, because compromising with Dumborats means giving up grown. They always want more government and more legislation and higher taxes. We need somebody like Romney who at least promises he'll veto the Dams' socialist legislation.

    January 26, 2008 06:44 am at 6:44 am |
  10. The Observer

    Select Romney and you will lose in a landslide.

    January 26, 2008 06:45 am at 6:45 am |
  11. RedState

    Okay, so some of you need a SERIOUS reality check. Why on earth would you want four years of bickering in D.C.?! God help us if Democrats and Republicans learn to compromise and work together...WHAT ON EARTH WOULD WE DO?! Mitt Romney is just a big ol' baby who is upset because money can't get him what he wants as easily. Romney, please just do us all a favor and shut up once and for all because no matter who the Democratic nominee is, YOU WILL LOSE.

    January 26, 2008 06:45 am at 6:45 am |
  12. blondi

    Wow, what a bunch of leftists! Everyone wants a Republican who'll do business with Dumborats. Folks, everytime Republicans do business with the Damorats they lose, because compromising with Dumborats means giving up ground. They always want more government and more legislation and higher taxes. We need somebody like Romney who at least promises he'll veto the Dams' socialist legislation.

    January 26, 2008 06:50 am at 6:50 am |
  13. RedState

    Oh, and to my fellow Republicans, WE NEED THE DEMOCRATS' AND INDEPENDENTS' VOTES! Understand it. Our party's dying out, y'all. I love my president (and ex-governor), but the man has driven people away. People don't want another Republican presidency. We've got to prove to them that not all Republicans are the same. C'mon, we need this man, we need McCain...we need to bring people from all political parties together. We need to fix this broken nation.

    January 26, 2008 06:52 am at 6:52 am |
  14. Charleston Independant

    Why is it that the only critisim of Romney is that he is a jerk. I think that everyone has had a boss that is a jerk. With our poor economic outlook I would rather have an errogant jerk than a guy that can't decide what party he is in, or how to vote unless he talks to everyone else to see what they think. He said it himself, he doesn't have the economic cred. Romney does, it is undisputable. Have you ever asked yourselves why the Clintons are being so nice to him, why they want to run against him? They see him as easy to beat. If you don't understand how calculating the Clintons are, I suggest going back in time to the 1990s that everyone in the media has tried to portray as being like the garden of eden or something. What made things work then was a Republican congress that forced Clinton to balance a budget and cut spending, something that has been spun and twisted by CNN and others Bills credit. It was the tax cuts and deregulation of the 1980s along with the rapid introduction of new technology that Al Gore really had nothing to do with that spurred a "bubble" in the economy. One that burst under Clinton. Remember that Enron was allowed to steal millions under his watch, though it was not discovered until Bush was in office. Bill and Hillary are criminals, they stole from the American people. Hillary literally took the furniture out of the White House for crying out loud.

    January 26, 2008 06:54 am at 6:54 am |
  15. TJS

    Wondering how anyone c an actually believe that any politician is honest? Get real they ALL lie, some just more than others. If you vote for them based on what comes out of their mouth you will see when they get to office. I would never vote for either of these 2. I find it strange also that just a few months ago the maj. of our country wanted out of the war, how could anyone that does ever vote for McCain. That is one thing he has been upfront about and says we will stay basically forever. And you can see in his eyes that is one truth he is telling. Starting to look like it will be write in for my vote.

    January 26, 2008 07:29 am at 7:29 am |
  16. Cody Harding

    So, Romney blasts McCain for working with the democrats and republicans, regardless of party lines?

    Can someone tell me what the problem with that is?

    January 26, 2008 07:40 am at 7:40 am |
  17. Richard

    McCain's willingness to work with everybody is a feature, not a liability. This is pure smear.

    January 26, 2008 07:49 am at 7:49 am |
  18. Lori

    It isn't about bipartisan abilities. It's about McCain not really being a Republican. Of course the Democrats and liberals want him in. That is what he is. He does not represent the conservative crowd. He isn't going to bridge anything, he is going to feign representing one crowd when he really runs with another. No peace making to be had here.

    January 26, 2008 07:50 am at 7:50 am |
  19. Anonymous, Somewhere, MI

    "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"

    Yup, it came from years of laying off American workers so that wealthy men could buy out companies. Seriously people, you salivate over a businessman, but did any of you stop to think what it is businessmen in the course of business? This guy ran a consulting firm and a hedge fund, the Democrats will eat him alive on the economic security issue. You seriously don't think they're going to find jobs this man is responsible for eliminating or sending to China and run 'round the clock ads on that? The Democrats are praying every night before they go to bed that this guy is our nominee. Don't think it will happen? Well, we had a guy run for governor in Michigan in 2006. I can't mention his name because CNN mods flake out and reject the posts, but that's exactly what happened with that guy too and he got drubbed in this state.

    January 26, 2008 07:53 am at 7:53 am |
  20. Walt, Belton, TX

    With Romney's lack of fortitude and significantly lacking in the integrity and honesty departments, he should let his hair grow and go as Tanya Harding and he would fit right in as Hillary's VP running-mate. What a combination they would make. Add his friend Ted Kennedy as Sec of State and what a world-wide impression that would be! Of course, we'd go bankrupt from all the taxation and welfare programs....

    January 26, 2008 07:57 am at 7:57 am |
  21. Joe

    I used to live in Arizona and yes I even voted for McCain for the Senate.
    He will not get my vote for President. He has empowered the Democratratic with regard to the on-slought of negativity the past eight years. All we have heard from the dems is GWB personal attacks. Yes GWB has made mistakes but the attacks should be on the issues not on the Presidents name. They have been personal attacks and they have been to discredit his abiltity to move anything forward. The opening for Dems was when John McCain refused to work with President Bush in any way. He voted against the Bush Tax Cuts not because they were wrong but because they were being proposed by President Bush. McCain hates Bush and he let his personal arrogance it get in the way of doing the right thing for the people of the United States. I can't believe that this guy is ahead in the polls nationally. It is an embarrasement to the people of the United States that we see McCain's behavior and feel he is the best candidate to represent us as our President and the leader the greatest nation on earth.

    January 26, 2008 08:08 am at 8:08 am |
  22. Out-Back Aussie

    Obama/McCain would be the best of both worlds. Youth and experience, and two guys who can work together to bring about change that is desperately needed and that will have to take place anyway whoever gets in. PS – At least you can trust these two guys and they ooze integrity.

    January 26, 2008 08:12 am at 8:12 am |
  23. Backbone_checker

    Republicans have no backbone. There was a time they stood for something. McCain is a disaster for their agenda. Even Republican voters have no backbone. They will vote for anyone with Republican name tag. Even if Kennedy ran with Republican tag, they will vote for him. Rush Limbaugh talks about Immigration, tax cuts as REpublicans continue to elect McCain. Watch out! McCain wil win the nomination.

    January 26, 2008 08:17 am at 8:17 am |
  24. John S. Maine

    The Clintons said it will be a "love fest" between Hillary and John McCain if he gets the nomination. I wonder why? Maybee becuase John McCain is as liberal as Hillary Clinton on almost every issue. Maybee becuase John McCain who has juts flip flopped on Bush Tax cuts will say what ever it takes to get him elected.

    I will vote for Mitt Romney as he will stand up against the Clinton Machine not fall in love with them in a new "fairy tale". John McCain= uninspiring, anti republican, hillary loves fest.

    Mitt Romney gets things done with style!

    January 26, 2008 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  25. John S. Maine

    Mitt Romney lowered taxes in MA and turned around a 3 billion dollar deficit!

    January 26, 2008 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
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