Romney ad highlights candidate's marriage
December 7th, 2011
01:04 PM ET
8 years ago

Romney ad highlights candidate's marriage

(CNN) - Mitt Romney's latest television ad emphasizes his commitment to his faith and family – but includes a blunder he made at a debate when lauding his decades-long marriage.

The 30-second spot, which the Romney campaign said would run in Iowa and New Hampshire, is called "Leader," and utilizes Romney's answer to a question at a debate in early November.

"I've been married to the same woman for 25 – excuse me, I'll get in trouble – for 42 years," Romney says in the ad. "I've been in the same church my entire life. I worked at one company, Bain, for 25 years. And I left that to go off and help save the Olympic Games."

The ad intersperses home video footage from Romney's family, showing the former Massachusetts governor and two-time presidential candidate playing with his children when they were young, and his wife Ann from the early days of their marriage. The ad also uses images from Romney's time as head of the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympics.

Romney's focus on marriage comes as former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, who has been married three times, is rising rapidly in national polls, as well as surveys in key early voting states.

Gingrich has been married to his current wife Callista since 2000.

Romney has previously bought ad space in New Hampshire and Iowa, including a commercial slamming President Barack Obama on the economy, and a spot touting his experience in the private sector.

Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • Political ads
soundoff (31 Responses)
  1. GoodGuyGary

    Newt cheated on 2 women (who knows if he is doing something behind his wife now), and got the ethical problems. Colleting money from Fannie Mae, and had been a politican for whole life. Can we rely on Newt to change Washington?

    December 7, 2011 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  2. Thomas

    Why not show an image of his Sons now, they work for his campaign !

    Then ask them there reason for not volunteering for military service in two ten year wars !

    Anybody can rewrite history , ask Newt .

    December 7, 2011 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  3. Jackie

    Don't like Romney fine. Don't like the LDS church fine. Quit the bigotry.

    BTW LDS Bishops do not often condunt marriages. LDS Bishops follow all the laws of the country. That is one of the specific rules about being a member. In the Latter-day Saint Church we do not practice polygamy for over 100 years.

    Mitt Romney is a decent man–who has chosen not to viloate his oaths taken in marriage.
    He doesn't smoke or drink alcohol. He refrains from coffee & tea. He takes care of his health–BTW that is what the LDS "word of wisdom" is all about and it is why we don't do those things. He goes to church regularly. His gives of his time and wealth to the less fortunate. BTW he doesn't like to swear either.

    Just because you don't want to be held to that standard is no reason to hate some one who tries daily to live it.

    He is a leader with patience, wisdom, and an appreciation for the global nature of business and how to foster it.

    I agree I don't like all the things he thinks–but he is honest for the most part. Newt isn't. Obama certainly isn't.

    Quit the hate and leave his undies out of it.

    December 7, 2011 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  4. tykl

    @Thomas – you are one of many who ask about Mitt's sons and why they didn't serve in the military. Is that a requirement in this country? Is it a requirement of anybody in office? Did Obama serve in the military (he is still running wars right now)? Are Obama's girls going to serve in the military? Did you serve in the military? What is your point?

    December 7, 2011 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  5. tykl

    @Rudy NYC – please name these staunchest conservative critics (just to do away with any hand waving). Is it called leading from behind when you are the leader (until recently)? And having somebody who has control and tact instead of creating drama – is that what you are interested in? This is not your reality TV show, for that, tune into the Trump debate.

    December 7, 2011 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  6. willow

    Who cares about this nonsense? As if how long Mitt has managed to stay married has anything to do with anything. With his millions, I'm sure that wealth preservation has had something to do with how long the marriage has lasted.

    December 7, 2011 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
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