Romney touts patriotism as caucus nears
December 29th, 2011
08:22 AM ET
10 years ago

Romney touts patriotism as caucus nears

Waterloo, Iowa (CNN) - As he tops the GOP field heading into the Iowa caucuses, Mitt Romney offered his closing message to voters in the state with a television ad highlighting his patriotism.

The 60-second spot, titled "Freedom and Opportunity," featured sweeping images of cornfields and Americana.

"In the campaign to come, the American ideals of economic freedom and opportunity need a clear and unapologetic defense," Romney said in the commercial. "And I intend to make it because I have lived it."

A CNN/Time/ORC poll released Wednesday indicated Romney is in a statistical tie at the top of the GOP field in Iowa. A campaign aide said the candidate would host an event in the state on caucus night, a sign the campaign is optimistic about its prospects in the contest.

In the closing days before the caucus, Romney has largely avoided attacking his rivals. Instead, he has focused on President Barack Obama as his campaign works to present Romney as the strongest candidate to take on Obama in the fall.

"The principles that made this nation a great and powerful leader of the world have not lost their meaning – they never will," Romney said in the ad, which also shows images of Arlington Cemetery.

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soundoff (36 Responses)
  1. NH Grandma

    Sure, and just how many of his spawn have served in the military?

    December 29, 2011 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  2. Arun

    Yup, this idiots a patriot. Buy companies for cheap. Lay off or fire the employees and ship their jobs overseas. The republican party has got to be the biggest joke out there!!

    December 29, 2011 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  3. w l jones

    Not to many years ago some people had to play dumb to get a job ..after they got it they had to play dumber to keep them. Those same people join the miltary to fight and protect our country for all American, now that loyalty.

    December 29, 2011 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  4. sara

    Why didn't any of your sons Serve this nation in the Armed Forces? Yawnnnnnnnnnnn

    December 29, 2011 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  5. hextarski

    Don't be fooled by this flip flopper's phony patriotism. Mitt has NEVER served in the military. When he was of age to serve he was off in France doing some missionary work for the Mormons. This guy is a huge LIAR. When running for office in Massachusetts he was STRONGLY in favor of Abortion. Now that he is currying favor with Conservatives in the Republican Party he is somehow against it. Everyone knows his record on Obomney-care. But did you also know that Mitt Romney while governing Massachusetts caved into labor unions during collective bargaining and backed provisions requiring state employees to join unions. Now he tries to say all the "Conservative" talking points about being all about right to work, etc. He was for gay marriage, now he's against it. His most recent lie was that he said that Ron Paul thinks it's OK for Iran to have a nuclear weapon. I have checked assiduously and I have not found anywhere that Ron Paul said this. People–PLEASE DO NOT vote for this flip-flopping LIAR. Romney will tell you whatever you want to hear to get elected and then do whatever is best for him and his special interests once he is in office.

    December 29, 2011 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  6. mctampa

    THis guy is such a fake its not even funny, no moral core at all.

    December 29, 2011 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  7. once upon a horse

    yep wanting the troops to stay in Iraq longer shows REAL patriotism to me.

    December 29, 2011 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  8. Debbie

    Patriotism? Growing up with Daddy's $$ to create an offshoot company that gives away American jobs? That's Patriotism? No that is being a traitor to Americans and a friend to big $$. Patriotism? 5 sons and zero served in the military. That's cowardice and 5 sons that serve and friend big $$. Patriotism? Please save your rhetoric.

    December 29, 2011 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  9. v_mag

    Mitt wraps himself in the American flag, hoping people won't notice his history of sending American jobs overseas.

    December 29, 2011 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  10. RINO Bil

    If Mitt Romney is so Patriotic, why did he not serve in the U.S. Military? Why did he not encourage his children to serve in the U.S. Military? The most Mitt has done to defend our shores is to fire his lawn care company that employed illegal immigrants.

    December 29, 2011 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  11. Jean, Des Moines, Iowa.

    Five sons and not a one ever served in the military – some patriots. He stated once they served their country "in other ways." Yes, by spending daddy's money and living the life of millionaires – while middle class and poor serve their country willingly. By the way those that might belittle my statements made above – I am lower middle class and a veteran of the United States Air Force.

    December 29, 2011 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
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