Group launches major pro-Romney Iowa ad campaign
December 8th, 2011
01:38 PM ET
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Group launches major pro-Romney Iowa ad campaign

Washington (CNN) - As Mitt Romney's campaign turned its focus to Newt Gingrich, a political action committee supportive of Romney is keeping its fire trained on President Barack Obama in a contrast ad released in Iowa Thursday.

The super PAC "Restore Our Future" announced the ad is the start of a major $3.1 million campaign in Iowa that aims to both attack Obama and also tout Romney's business and political record.

"How many jobs did Barack Obama create as a community organizer? As a law professor? Maybe now you see the problem," says the narrator.

The committee, which cannot coordinate its activities with the Romney campaign, uses similar themes in trying to burnish his record in a state where he has faced political hurdles.

A CNN/Time ORC International Poll of likely caucus goers showed Romney trailing Newt Gingrich 33% to 20%. In that survey Romney finds himself doing worst among men and those under 50. Also those who considered themselves conservative supported Gingrich over Romney by a 2-1 margin, and those who said they were born again Christians supported the former House speaker 31% to 13% for the former Massachusetts governor, who is a Mormon. Those numbers show why Romney and his allies are trying to emphasize his business and leadership skills, as evidenced in the newly released super PAC commercial.

"Mitt Romney turned around dozens of American companies and helped create thousands of jobs. He rescued an Olympics hit by scandal. Took over a state facing huge deficits – and he turned it around without raising taxes, vetoing hundreds of bills," the ad states.

Romney has tip toed around whether to fully campaign in the Hawkeye state. In 2008 he spent $10 million there and came in second in the caucuses. On Wednesday his team put up its second advertising in the state. He held a tele-town hall with supporters earlier this week and is campaigning there on Friday in advance of a debate on Saturday in the state.

In response to the ad, Obama re-election spokesman Ben LaBolt said in a statement "Before he was a politician, Mitt Romney was a corporate buyout specialist, eliminating jobs and bankrupting companies while pocketing hundreds of millions of dollars. Now, in the final days of the Iowa caucuses, his allies are riding to his rescue, spending millions of dollars in secret, undisclosed donations to promote a candidate who will put Wall Street profit ahead of middle class security."

However, Carl Forti, a board member with "Restore Our Future," said the campaign was not correct. "Once again, President Obama is wrong. He's confused his organizations. It's his outside group, Priorities USA, which is, to use his campaign words, 'spending millions of dollars in secret, undisclosed donations...' Restore Our Future is an FEC-registered PAC that fully discloses ALL of its donors."

- CNN's Kevin Bohn, Rachel Streitfeld and Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report.

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  1. The Real Tom Paine

    Nice work, Sniffit, as usual.

    December 8, 2011 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  2. Laverne

    Yeah turned around dozen of American companies to only be outsourced to other countries. Listen, this man is no hero, he is partly responsible for many US companies going under also because he worked so diligently to protect investors, he cared nothing about the American brand or the American people. Mitt Romney was only interested in growing his bank account and not growing America! You sir are NO HERO!

    December 8, 2011 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  3. Logic in LA

    I'm sure the corn growers will think that because he has turned around companies he will be good as President.
    Day one in office- break up the states and sell off the land in chunks. Day two leverage all of our oil and gold reserves.
    Day three- indenture all U.s citizens for 8 years ( that's the longest he can control) Day four- Press conference to show how well he's done getting us pack on our feet. Oops- sorry – he sold those off too.

    December 8, 2011 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  4. Indy

    "Turned around dozens of American Companies" and sent them to foreign countries. The only job Mitt has created lately is a seven year stint of running for POTUS and in the same breath blaming Obama for not having a job which enables him to be on the same level as many unemployed people.

    December 8, 2011 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  5. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Sniffit you're on usual. Keep it up!!!
    Stop hogging the popcorn Lynda, Four's team is getting roasted!!

    December 8, 2011 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  6. The Real Tom Paine

    Its interesting that someone claimed there was a labor shortage in MA during the last decade: I worked for a MA-based company during that time, and at no point did I ever hear anyone in my home office in Worcester caliming that sales were shooting through the roof( Home Imporvement). If anything, the company was forced to pull out of neighboring states and drastically downsize due to declining sales. MA was not suffering from a labor shortage, and the ability of families to fix up their homes declined due to rising unemployment throughout Mitten's tenure. He accomplished nothing in his 4 wasted years in Springfield.

    December 8, 2011 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  7. once upon a horse

    Remember right wingers GOVERNMENT DOESN'T CREATE JOBS.....isn't this what the 2012ers are saying? If that is the case then what is the beef with the current president's job creation record? You guys want to have it both ways..but you really can't.

    December 8, 2011 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  8. Marie MD

    @four-oh yeah, the $250' flip flopper has everything America needs including a fat slob from NJ in IA waddling his way and insulting anyone who doesn't agree with his fatness!
    CNN forgot to mention that a mother in Iowa asked him why he sent his children to private schools when he was cutting back on public education and his answer was that he didn't have to explain to her what he does (in other words his and mitts kids receive good education). He beter dump the extra weight before the 99% realizes, again, that this is Animal Farm in real live!!! Wake up America!!!!!

    December 8, 2011 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  9. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    @ The Other Michael in Houston:
    I enjoy your posts, especially this latest one. You actually managed to shut down Four & Co. I find that these people come on this site and post all kinds of easily disproven lies,a nd misinformation. They repeat them over and over shamelessly hoping for three things: (1) converts, (2) traction, and most importantly (3) attention.
    While I choose NOT to give them any of the above,I admire nonetheless folks like you, Sniffit and Rudy NYC who so aptly debunk them.
    Unfortunately they quickly turn that around and stake their claim to being the most responded to posters on the site! I guess for these foks and their Clown Car Candidates bad press is better than NO press at all.

    December 8, 2011 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  10. made up my mind

    has anyone seen michelle? I did where she got a slap on the face from an 8 year old kid. The kid should of threw up in her face! would of been funny. just saying....

    December 8, 2011 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |

    Yeah, the $250 million man lost a host of people their jobs. What exactly did he turn around?

    December 8, 2011 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  12. Rudy NYC

    "He rescued an Olympics hit by scandal"

    Gov. Romney's role as "rescuer" is highly debatable. The scandal naturally involved money. The "rescue" that Romney is supposed to have managed was to bring the SLOC, Salt Lake Organizing Committee, back to financial solvency. The question is whether or not the SLOC was really in huge debt to begin with. The Games were funded through private donations, and donations were coming in slower than anticipated. The "rescue" that Romney engineered was to wrestle up some new wealthy private donors. In other words, Romney picked up the pace of fund raising. That's it. There were no wizard-like displays of management skills. He was a schmoozing.

    December 8, 2011 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  13. Keyser Soze

    Sniffit and the Other Michael in Houston: good stuff!

    December 8, 2011 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  14. 2EEs

    Please people, read up on Gingrich. I don't want to think about how his over-confidence, unethical habits, and lack genuine concern would destroy what threads this country is now hanging by.

    December 8, 2011 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
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