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. rafael

    It is hard to compete with some one inside Washington as same as It is hard to change things in Washington. I thing McCain and all his friends inside Washington need to realize that people are tired to listen the same history once again. If McCain is consistent, he is consistent with the same rethoric than 8 years ago and probably 24 years ago. Has that change some thing? No.
    In economy you need to know a minimum knowledge and McCain, Huckabe, and Giulani do not know the diference and effects in the economy in the long and short run. I think every body know Mitt Romney is the best presidential candidate today and we need to take away our pasions and distorsions and vote for what is best for this country.

    January 26, 2008 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  2. John S. Maine

    Mitt Romney has been faithfully married to his beautifull wife Ann for 38 years. They have 5 children and ten grand children. Now thats not just talk about family values thats action. What is John McCain and Rudys record on marriage?

    January 26, 2008 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  3. rafael

    Romney is now 30% over 25% for McCain, that's the press is publishing those new polls, NO. Why? because they support the status quo propose by McCain. This is the time make our voice listen, we need change – Go Mitt Romney!!

    January 26, 2008 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  4. kris

    All should understand that every candidate that gets this far is mostly crooked. They all have sold out to the other side, whichever it may be, for an agenda that betters their chances to stay in Washington. We are not a democracy, we are a representative republic, and our elected have forgotten to represent what their constituents want and proffer to the national polls. As far as fiscal responsibility goes, what are the candidates that currently collect a taxpayer paid salary as a Senator or Rep. doing specifically for that paychck?

    January 26, 2008 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  5. No Dem for Prez

    This is exactly why we need someone like McCain in there. On top of all the qualities for working across party lines and supporting the right position, whatever it may be, he is the only candidate that knows war first-hand. We need a strong leader for the military right now, who can also tend to the domestic issues while working with a Dem controlled Congress. Won't happen with Billary and Obama Mama.

    January 26, 2008 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  6. Chad

    Are we not all tired of McCain. As a resident of Arizona we been listening to him for years and its time for Mr. Washington to go away.

    Romney is the answer for America.

    January 26, 2008 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  7. Ed,Ellenville,New York

    For anyone thinking about voting republican, your candidate will endorse a pull-out from Iraq in the first year or he'll lose. So pick the least principled flip-flopper if want to win. Any candidate that endorses genocide is guaranteed to lose. Within days of winning the gop nomination,the winner will turn anti-war and congress will jump on the bandwagon to pull out before the November election. Mukasy just inferred that he is going to pursue war crimes by tipping his allegiance to the Nuremburg prosecutor.

    January 26, 2008 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  8. D

    I believe McCain would be no better than what we have as a President now. Furthermore, he IS FOR ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION although he denies this. Fact of point................appointing that person who fights for amnesty, illegal immigration, on and on......................McCain ALSO has ZERO economic experience which this country is in dire need of folks, we are bankrupt.

    January 26, 2008 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  9. Mitt Romney

    Hi, this is Mitt Romney. Mccain is a closeted liberal...do not vote for him. Rudy is not good looking and rich enough to out-buy ads against me so he'll loose....even though he is the smarter and most capable out of all of us....hee hee. Its good to be rich 🙂 sincerely, Mitt Romney

    January 26, 2008 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  10. bob

    McCain is a reasonable candidate, so is romney. with hiliary, you get bill on ths side, do you areally want 8 mores years of bill and hillary? Obama would be preferable to those two.

    January 26, 2008 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  11. charlotte

    The Grand Ole Party does not belive in reaching across the aisle, thus grid lock. The GOP is the party of, my way or the Highway, read my lips, ain't gonna happen.
    McCain is the exception and they don't like it.. His stance on Irac is what I don't like about him. I don't know if there is a fix for the immigration issue, unless we just make Mexico a state, problem solved.

    January 26, 2008 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  12. Buy American

    Romney is a business man and this country needs to be run like a business.

    January 26, 2008 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  13. CC

    McCain has done some admirable things for our country but I have disliked his snide, sneering looks and remarks at Romney during the debates. They impressed me as childish and disrepectful. Perhaps the other Rep candidates' jealousy and good 'ole boy network encourages this attitude towards an "outsider" with new perspectives and successes! He isn't linked to a long list of big lobbyists with using his OWN money!

    Folks, Romney DID WORK in a BIPARTISIAN way in MA with a pretty liberal group AND reduced the budget, created jobs and left a surplus. (YES, I know fees were raised..........but $$ doesn't come from NOWHERE! He lowered taxes, got out of debt and lowered unemployment. There must've been an advantage to raising fees over raising taxes to accomplish balancing the budget and having surplus!)

    McCain scares me because he admits, then he forgets he admits, that he isn't that strong on the economy. He rattles off a list of his friends that are good with the economy, but he, himself, has a limited knowledge. We have to have a STRONG and GROWING ECONOMY OR WE WILL LOSE OUR PLACE IN THE WORLD WITH A WHOLE LIST OF OTHER PROBLEMS ATTACHED. The global economy is much more complex than it was 20 years ago and we NEED SOMEONE who can look at things differently than WASHINGTON to attack and solve the problems.

    AND...........now that the rest of the Rep candidates talk about making the Bush tax cuts permanent, he does!! Isn't that pandering??? He has changed his tune since starting this process, too, so why don't we be fair to Romney? THEY ALL PANDER to their audience, SAY WHAT THEY MAY!

    Romney's ideas are different from the Washington insiders but TESTED and PROVEN in the REAL WORLD!! Wake up, people!! This is NOT about PARTY POWER.........it's about our COUNTRY and what it needs! McCain has some admirable qualities, but he is NOT the best to take this country where it needs to go in being a more STABLE, SECURE and SAFE America!

    January 26, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  14. Linda Reed

    Hey folks, what's so bad about two different political parties/candidate honestly trying to compromise and work together to effectively make thing good happen for their country?

    Haven't we had enough of "my way or the highway thinking"?

    Come let us reason together as Americans for constructive change?

    Praise God it may happen soon?


    January 26, 2008 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  15. Gene R, FL

    Some seem to think that Romney is a panderer. I'll concede that as long as you recognize (as this video does) how much pandering McCain has done to Liberal Democrats over the past 25 years. Everyone panders to one degree to another – just the flavor that's different. In fact, I'd rather have a Conservative pander to Conservatives than someone who calls themselves a Conservative giving up his principles and pandering to Liberals.

    January 26, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  16. Jeff

    My ideal in one year:

    McCain = Defense Secretary
    Giuliani = Homeland Defense Secretary
    Thompson = Back to L&O
    Huckabee = Unemployed
    Ron Paul = Chairman of the Federal Reserve
    Romney = 44th POTUS

    January 26, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  17. Nicole

    I could go on and on why I will be voting for Mitt Romney, but check out "the five brothers blog and see for yourself!" My vote is 110% with MITT ROMNEY! GO MITT!!!!!

    January 26, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  18. jeff

    "who is the democrat's favorite republican?" it's sad to see a presidential candidate act like such a child. what a plastic sophomoric tool.

    January 26, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  19. Bill Hunter

    I have looked and haven't seen any ad about John like is noted in this article from the Romney campaign. What I have found on the Romney website is a posting about economic stimulus and long term policy that shows the sound, principled approach that Romney is known for. He led the crucial effort to pull the 2002 Olympics out of the mire. He can do that for our economy and the other things our country is facing, i.e. erosion of the family, strengthening national defence, providing for LEGAL immigration. He has proven his leadership capabilities in the private and the public sectors by walking the walk and not just talking the talk.

    Mitt got my vote in Nevada. GO MITT!!!!!

    January 26, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  20. dan

    If you want to know what's wrong with working too closely
    with the other side at the expense of your own party, go
    to marklevinshow.com and hear it from one of the brightest
    people in America!

    Raleigh, NC

    January 26, 2008 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  21. dan


    If McCain gets the nomination, America will
    have two choices in the general election ...

    a liberal or a liberal!


    Raleigh, NC

    January 26, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  22. Helen

    Romney cheats –
    the whisper comes at 10 seconds when someone whispers the word "support" as Romney begins to stray off course. The whispers have been verified as real by Msnb, however the source is still unknown to both MSNB as well as the public. MSNBC has said the whispers are most likely a technical error. Go to U Tube to listen to both video's where you hear Romney getting prodded to say what he does". One is "he raised taxes" and the other video you hear the word "support"

    January 26, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  23. Me

    Romney is not only Hillary's worst nightmare, but McCain's worse nightmare.
    Now that hypcritcal pharasee-like Hucklebee is out of the race, I really think Romney is going to show a strong lead in Florida and the rest of the nation.

    Huckabee is a light-weight, a softy, and even worse, very liberal with his economic stance. Thank you that Huckabee is out of the race...and what's up with this Chuck Norice...give me a break.

    January 26, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  24. kay

    Right on Stan. All things considered he's the best. Of course Bill is out saying John and Hill are friends. Wonder if he is trying some reverse physcology. (sp?).
    Ron Paul should get in the 21st century or go home.
    The dems want us to fail in the war. The trial lawyers want the economy to tank. The socialists want to raise our taxes and spend, spend spend.
    Enough to drive me nuts. ha.
    I guess I'm old enough to say I have changed my mind quite a few times on making decisions. Today I would be called a flip flopper. Oh, these sound bites.!

    January 26, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  25. John

    I've never really seen what the problem is with working across the aisle – isn't that the kind of thing that both Bush and Clinton always wanted to be, "great uniters"? Here's someone who actually could do it and, heaven forbid, fix some problems by getting people to work together and compromise.

    Someone who doesn't want to work with Democrats is either a) foolish or b) doesn't understand the political realities of the situation and will be Bush Jr. Jr.

    January 26, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
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