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. pam , s.c.

    this democrat will vote republican if hillary wins the democratic presidential nomination

    January 26, 2008 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  2. James

    Mitt Romney has been successful at EVERYTHING he has done throughout his entire life. My vote is for MITT!!!

    January 26, 2008 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  3. Renaisauce

    This ad is really weird, and I have the sneaky suspicion that it wasn't entirely Romney's idea. But I would like to bring up something off topic. If you were to ask most people some of their pet peeves, the odds are that some would be "getting calls from telemarketers" and "commercials that interrupt my favorite show." So why do politicians believe it's such a great idea to spend millions of dollars calling people and making television commercials? Doesn't that turn people off? I don't understand.

    January 26, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  4. Jodi

    Remember the war hero Bob Dole, Purple Heart WWII vet back in 1996?
    The Dems and the media loved Dole in congress just like the dems like McCain in congress. However being liked by Kennedy and Feingold in congress and a war vet will not win against the Clintons or Obama/Oprah.

    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.

    McCain Sounds Like Hillary's VP! McCain considered being Kerry's (he was in vietnam) VP too.

    January 26, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  5. Phil Memphis, TN

    What Romney's ad said may have been absolutely the most idiotic position I have ever heard a politiican take in my 48 years on this planet. There went what little chance he had at my vote. He is too stupid to be President.

    God forbid we actually had the two political parties work together to solve the issues we face.

    God forbid we actaully have a civil and reasonable debate about how to address those issues.

    Oh thats right, then CNN would have nothing to write about, as they do not seem to know what the issues are. while we keep asking about the economy, the war, etc. CNN keeps reporting on race and gender. The one thing I will give Bill clinton credit for is calling them out on that.

    When Barack was asked during the last Democratic debate "Do you think Bill Clinton was the first black president?" there is no point in watching any further debates moderated by CNN. How does that question help voters make a decision on candidates? It doesn't. It is a question intended to inflame and cause animosity between the candidates. Then CNN sits back and waits for the blowup to happen so they can run to their cameras like giddy schoolgirls spreading the latest gossip.

    January 26, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  6. Andrea

    If McCain wins, he would not be bridging any partisan gap–BECAUSE HE IS NOT A REPUBLICAN! He just claims to be one. I'm reminded of the commerial phrase: "I'm not a doctor, I just play one on TV".

    January 26, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  7. EntertainMeDontBoreMe

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

    Romney is the one candidate with the courage to tell the people whatever it is that they want to hear – no matter how different that may be from what he has said in the past.

    January 26, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  8. Scott

    Mcgruntled AKA Mccain is no different then most of the DEMS! You watch, when he loses the Republican nomination he will be pushed to run as a independent. My guess is once he loses you will have a tsunami of his pals @ ABC,NBC,CBS, CNN, and all the other left leaning Media darlings of Mccain push him to run as an Independent and maybe Bloomberg his VP canidate. Mccain the MAVERICK is no different then AL Gore, they are both still bitter over their loses to "W" and will never become the President Of the United States.


    January 26, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  9. Kevin

    "In a year-old ad, Obama highlights his own willingness to work across the aisle and work with Republicans."

    January 26, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  10. Lars

    Is McCain "long in the tooth?" We need young blood to stand up to the rigors of this country. Mitt Romney can and will do it!

    January 26, 2008 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  11. bob

    Contrary to what Romney says, I think McCain should win because of his ability to work with Democrats.. I think think Romney makes a stupid comment, and shows he's just pandering to the base.. I'm getting off the Romney bandwagon.

    January 26, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  12. Greg

    I like Mitt and will vote for him... Mitts description of McCain is accurate and is not "mud slinging". Why would anyone compromise with an opposing philosophy. Is McCain a compromiser or is he just a liberal Republican? McCain talks tough but that doesn't make him a conservative.. look at his voting record and the things he has done..There are many Liberal Republicans now.. I would put George W. Bush in that category... look at what Bush has done with our borders... definitely not conservative. Look at all of our money he has spent on the aids problem.. a hell of a lot more than Clinton ever did... Bush is definitely not a conservative.. you could even argue that the war in Iraq is not a conservative approach to fight Terrorism. I would say that conservatism is dead and that is why this country is in so much trouble. The liberals get their way even when the republicans are in charge.....I would like to see Mitt win even though he is no Ronald Reagan I think he is the best choice out of the people left.. I wanted Duncan Hunter but of course he never had a chance because conservatism is dead.

    January 26, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  13. ben jones

    Gov. Romney is absolutely correct. Sen. McCain is more like a Democrat than he is a Republican. Look at his record especially last year. He sided and praised Democrats, called fellow Senators and Citizens unacceptable names because they did not support Amnesty and he has yet to give a FIRM answer to immigration questions today. Sen. McCain cannot be trusted to be President.

    January 26, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  14. B.B.

    FI January 12, 2008 3:48 pm ET

    Does anybody remember McCain last year in the following:

    Illegal Aliens do the jobs Americans won't do. McCain had the nerve to challenge the American people that he would pay $50 an hour to anyone who would come to his ranch and work the fields the way the Illegal Aliens do.

    January 26, 2008 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  15. Bill

    One of the frustrating things for me is all the people who just listen to what the candidates are saying. Most people don't appear to be taking a look at what they have accomplished over the last 20 years. From my perspective ALL of the candidates suck at how they are communicating in their ad's and debates. It fosters contention in the worst way. I don't like ANY of the candidates, and it will really suck to have to choose between just 2 of them in the end.

    Where are the quality people like Colin Powell???

    Since Most folks don't take the time to really understand and learn about the candidates, we have only ourselves to blame for what we get in the end.

    January 26, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  16. josh 7911

    seemingly not a bad move for Romney, but if it gets him to the general election its going to bite him. McCain's bipartisan workmanship is only a credit to his record, and this will help him in the general election.

    January 26, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  17. Steve Vincent


    January 26, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  18. Bill, Albany, NY

    Its hypocritical of any republican to say they are for small government and then pander to the religious right.

    January 26, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  19. Greg

    Steve Vincent, what are you arguing? Do you want a non volunteer military?

    January 26, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  20. Gene

    Remember...being in the military is 'BY CHOICE'. People know what they are getting into, they're not forced to join. Different strokes for different folks.
    It's as simple as that, Steve.
    President Romney can always offer McCain the job of Secretary of Defense.

    January 26, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |

    Actually, I'm for Ron Paul. However, if he does not get the nomination, then the best of the rest is Mitt Romney. He is the one the democrats are really afraid of, not McCain.

    I am a fundamental Christian and do not believe that Mormon's are Christian. However, that makes no difference to me. We are electing a President of the United States, not a Prophet.

    If Republicans want to really win this contest, they need to do everything they can to see that Romney gets the Republican nomination. Anyone else will lose to Clinton, who I predict, will be the democrat standard bearer. I can't believe that people are stupid enough to think Obama is fit to run this country.

    January 26, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  22. JKW

    Another bold-faced lie by John McCain. Romney did not call for a withdrawal from Iraq. I guess McCain, as usual was not listening during the debate. If I have said it once, I will say it again. McCain is a loser.

    January 26, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  23. Walt, Belton, TX

    Romney sounds more and more like Bill Clinton. Never did trust slick eyed smooth talkers with shiny fingernails..........

    January 26, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  24. Maggy

    I think everyone is our worst nightmare! We are totally so screwed we may never be an America again. McCain wants to keep us in iraq for 100 years and the rest–even the Dems–have no plans to pull out. We need to bring our troops home now and let the rest of the world step up and pull duty while we get out of debt and shore up our borders. What America needs is a large scale revolution.

    January 26, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  25. Dan

    McCain is so desperate for power, he will say anything to grab it. There is no lie he isn't willing to tell. Think back for a second, when John Kerrey was the democratic nominee for President, but hadn't picked his V.P. yet, McCain wanted the job on the democratic ticket! Don't believe me? Google "McCain Kerrey's VP" and find the story yourself.

    January 26, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
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