Romney: Campaign responsible for no negative ads
December 17th, 2011
12:06 AM ET
11 years ago

Romney: Campaign responsible for no negative ads

(CNN) - Mitt Romney said Friday his campaign wasn’t responsible for any negative advertising, but claimed the tactic was an historical part of political contests that candidates should be prepared for.

“Our campaign hasn't put up negative ads at this stage,” Romney said on the Fox News Channel program “On the Record w/ Greta van Susteren.”

Romney’s campaign, while responsible for a series of scathing attacks on rival Newt Gingrich, has yet to purchase television ad time to go after the former House speaker.

The campaign has, however, utilized direct mail flyers to slam Gingrich for aligning himself with former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on climate change legislation in 2008. Those advertisements hit Iowa mailboxes Thursday and were the Romney campaign’s first paid media attack against Gingrich.

Romney’s campaign has also produced a series of web ads going after Gingrich for his association with Pelosi, as well as his past criticism of a plan to reform Medicare by Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan.

Romney 2012 has also been harshly critical of President Barack Obama in paid television advertising, including a now-infamous ad in which Obama is shown making a statement in 2008 about the economy, when he was actually quoting his competitor, Sen. John McCain.

Romney said on Friday his campaign made it clear through press releases that Obama’s words were being used in a new context.

As for the place of negative ads in political campaigns, Romney said Republican candidates should expect an onslaught from Obama and Democrats in the coming year.

“Let’s not make a big media deal out of it,” Romney said. “I'm a big boy. There are attacks against me. There’ll be attacks against all the candidates. When the Democrats come in with $1 billion, they will be attacking us. If I can't handle the attacks and other guys can't, we can't be ready for Barack Obama. I have broad shoulders.”

When asked if the ads should stop, Romney was clear.

“Of course not,” the White House hopeful said. “Go back to the founding of the country. And look at the campaign, back in the days of Washington and Adams and Jefferson. People are talking about contrasts between one another and the differences. That's the nature of the political process.”

–CNN's Peter Hamby contributed to this report.

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soundoff (12 Responses)
  1. deerjerkydave

    Pointing out an opponent's record is fair play in politics. Character assassination isn't.

    December 17, 2011 12:39 am at 12:39 am |
  2. Melo-D

    Campaigns don't have to make negative ads. They can just get their shady superpac to do that.

    December 17, 2011 12:52 am at 12:52 am |
  3. ThinkAgain

    Why doesn't Romney just man up and say, "The ads are truthful; not my fault it's also negative."

    All these GOP "hopefuls" are losers!

    December 17, 2011 01:06 am at 1:06 am |
  4. Donkey Party

    Willard Romney is such a lying piece of garbage, but then again, so are all right-wingers.

    December 17, 2011 01:54 am at 1:54 am |
  5. skarphace

    Romney just won't get it. Negative ads, positive ads, it really doesn't matter. All that matters to Teavangelists is that Romney is a Mormon. Because of this he will not get the nomination. My prediction: Gingrich finishes first in Iowa and Paul finishes second. Romney may pull a second in NH, but from that moment on it will basically be a Gingrich vs. Paul fight. From the start, Romney was destined to finish either second or third.

    December 17, 2011 02:33 am at 2:33 am |
  6. Thomas

    Tune in next week !

    December 17, 2011 03:15 am at 3:15 am |
  7. Mitten & Bruised

    Now this guy is not flip flopping but he is outright lying!! Mitten please consult Pastor Glenn Beck and ask for his forgiveness, he started campaigning for a mormon president since 2007.

    December 17, 2011 03:21 am at 3:21 am |

    Iowa is coming up fast for Mittens. He gave up on the rubes a long time ago.

    December 17, 2011 07:02 am at 7:02 am |
  9. Anonymous

    Romney's full of it. Karl Rove is the expert at dirty tricks and Romney is Karl Rove's puppet.

    December 17, 2011 07:31 am at 7:31 am |
  10. Allen

    Wow, that's like speaking out of two sides of your mouth at the same time. And the people of this country swallow up the morsels of politics as if it is their life line to heaven.

    December 17, 2011 08:21 am at 8:21 am |
  11. Namejkane

    Look up the big dig in Boston if you want to see romney as not being a fiscil conserveative. Project went from 1.5 billion dallars to over 14. Billion gravy train while he was gov of mass. All his political cronies kids and dogs and cats were on the payroll. I'd make my staff by their hard drives too so there's no record of my dog working on the project. Pee pe made more than 2000 a week as a water spreader truck.

    December 17, 2011 08:29 am at 8:29 am |
  12. diridi

    ship jobs overseas, bring illegals through Fed.Ex for computer jobs, and all jobs...good luck. Obama2012.

    December 17, 2011 08:54 am at 8:54 am |