February 3rd, 2008
11:47 AM ET
13 years ago

Romney camp complains of misleading calls in North Dakota

(CNN) - Mitt Romney's presidential campaign complained Saturday of telephone calls to some North Dakota residents that falsely claim to be paid for by the Romney campaign.

In a letter to North Dakota's attorney general seeking an investigation, lawyers for the Massachusetts Republican say they have heard reports of calls that are either automated or live and falsely direct North Dakotans to volunteer for Romney. Some also begin mid sentence and/or end with the caller laughing.

"Clearly our campaign is not responsible for such prank telephone calls," the letter stated.

The letter also said the campaign has connected some of the calls to an organization that is supporting John McCain. A McCain spokesman denied the campaign is connected to the calls, calling the notion "absurd."

- CNN's Peter Hamby contributed to this report

Filed under: Mitt Romney
soundoff (14 Responses)
  1. Tom, Iowa

    North Dakota?!? Wow. Romney's really attacking the big states, isn't he?

    February 3, 2008 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  2. Clinton Fatigue already

    McCain is up to no good again, the media will ignore it.

    He is the chosen faux Republican.

    "My campaign had nothing to do with that, I served in the miltary you know and I was captured and tortured".

    Yeah John we know, first off, as a fellow Navy Veteran I respect you for that, but what else you got?

    February 3, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  3. John Luczaj

    This is a very poor news story. Just to declare, I don't plan to vote for either person mentioned in the story.

    This story mentions that Romney's campaign calls them "prank" calls, but there is not any substance in the story to explain what the calls actually say. It is FUD (Fear, uncertainty, and doubt) cast on the McCain campaign with NO real substance. This story gives details of how the calls start or end, but not WHY they are "prank" or not genuine calls.

    Update the story with some FACTS so that intelligent readers can make use of it.

    February 3, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  4. Dan, Boston, MA

    Everybody knows at this point that McCain will say or do anything to get elected.

    He's cheating in this election like he cheated on his disabled wife. Also like when he cheated the American taxpayers in the Keating 5 ethics scandal.

    This man is a washed politician and a despicable person.

    February 3, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  5. Paul Thompson

    Romney has lost….and is grasping at anything to stay in this race.

    I can't believe anybody would support him after he declared this a two-man race,
    it's on youtube you can hear an actual call made to a voter with Mitt's voice.

    Who is he to determine who is still in this…I agree with Huckabee and have said that Romney…if he truly cared for this country and thinks McCain is bad for the Republician party would get out and let Huck have his chance.

    Huckabee's strategy has always been to win in the Southern states, Mitt's was to win the early primaries. Mitt is a sore loser and if you ask me is paying bloggers to put his pandering up on websites. Look at how Hannity said that Huckabee had pulled out of Florida. What's that about?

    And why did the media kill the story, when two whispers are heard at the Florida debate and Mitt's answer was exactly the same?

    February 3, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  6. Allen, Redlands CA

    Flip Romney whining again???? NO, that couldn't be!

    February 3, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  7. carolyn

    I wish all of the politicians would quit calling people's homes, because I don't believe anyone "really" believes any one of them would call us. Having any camp make misleading calls is certainly beyond the pale. I also heard about misleading Christmas Cards being sent out in Romney's name that had the same old sorry and ridiculous stereotypes of Mormons. They were certainly not from him. What is he supposed to do–let all of this go on without comment? Obviously some of the candidates don't have their staff well in hand or don't mind that they pretend to be someone else. Let's clean it up, candidates.

    February 3, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  8. marissa

    I wouldn't doubt that McCain's camp knows nothing about it....probably because McCain LIED AGAIN even to them. Who knows, he probably called up an old high school or college buddy and told them to do the prank calls. I don't trust McCain in any sense. Especially after he blatantly lied to Floridians about Mitt Romney supporting a time table. How can someone really vote for McCain who has lied and been caught but not fessed up to it? It's unbelievable that he has supporters. By supporting him you're saying "go ahead, lie! We like it!"

    February 3, 2008 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  9. Dan

    GO ROMNEY!!! Congrats on winning the Maine Caucus!

    February 3, 2008 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  10. keith Pike

    John i know you will say you have nothing to do with this,but as a matter of fact you have lowered your self because of how you were treated in 2000. You know dirty tricks are not acceptable,condem this now.

    February 3, 2008 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  11. Rob

    Dirty tricks and lies McCain is at it again. Mitt Romney is the only man fit and prepared to be President! Go Mitt!

    February 4, 2008 12:22 am at 12:22 am |
  12. Vicki

    You go, Mitt!!!
    I know the kind of excellent training Mitt's had since he was born. This man is worthy of God's trust, how can we go wrong? No president is perfect, but for the most part, Mitt will make wise and sound decisions for the welfare of us all. I see a transparent person, unscathed by the potential greediness of political power.

    February 4, 2008 01:11 am at 1:11 am |
  13. Al

    Great, McCain is up to his Robocalls again. Typical.

    February 4, 2008 04:22 am at 4:22 am |
  14. Brad

    John McCain is a liar. He needs to resort to dirty trick and lies because knows Mitt Romney is the true choice for conservatives. Huckabee is also an idiot and has no chance and has his heart set on being a spoiler. A vote for Huckabee = a vote for John McCain. Conservative Republicans should look for a third party such as the Libertarian Party if John McCain wins the Republican nomination. I am a conservative Republican and I will not compromise my conservative beliefs by voting for John McCain in the general election. Mitt Romney is the true conservative Republican. McCain should have Hillary Clinton as his running mate or vice versa. With McCain as president, say hello to higher taxes...say hello to 14 million illegals who will be given amnesty. Say goodbye to the American economy.

    February 5, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |