Murdoch on Romney: 'Of course I want him to win'
July 2nd, 2012
10:44 AM ET
11 years ago

Murdoch on Romney: 'Of course I want him to win'

(CNN) – After offering presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney the advice to "hire some real pros" Sunday, Rupert Murdoch followed up Monday, saying he was still in Romney's camp – and that he's been taking some heat over his original tweet.


On Sunday, Murdoch's campaign recommendation was candid:


The message wasn't the first time Murdoch has used Twitter to offer sharp criticism of Romney. Last week he slammed the former Massachusetts governor and two-time presidential candidate for his immigration position.


On Monday, Romney's campaign strategist Eric Fehrnstrom responded to Murdoch's tweets on MSNBC.

"We're happy with the team that we have," Fehrnstrom said. "We're happy with the state of the race. I can't respond to every tweet that Mr. Murdoch sends out, but we like the way things are."

Murdoch's conglomerate, News Corp., owns media properties across the globe, including the Wall Street Journal and Fox News Channel in the United States. In Britain, his newspaper empire includes The Sun and the Sunday Times. In 2011 and 2012, Murdoch has been embroiled in a scandal involving alleged phone hacking at some of his newspaper holdings.

While some of Murdoch's media titles - including Fox News and the New York Post - carry known conservative leanings editorially, the man himself has been known to support candidates of both parties. In 2006, he was reported to have held a fund-raiser for then-Sen. Hillary Clinton, a Democrat, and in 2008, he called then-candidate Barack Obama a "rock star" and praised his education plan. In 2010, News Corp. gave a $1 million donation to the Republican Governors Association.

Murdoch, a native of Australia and a naturalized American citizen, is a regular tweeter, sending several messages per week and responding to his followers when they write to him with questions.

Aside from his candid thoughts on Romney, Murdoch also weighed in on this week's bombshell celebrity headline.

"Scientology back in news. Very weird cult, but big, big money involved with Tom Cruise either number two or three in hierarchy," Murdoch wrote.

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soundoff (147 Responses)
  1. LiberaLIowan

    Perfect match; Mudoch and Mitt, two people who only care about the money and the hell with the 99.5!


    Might as well throw mittwitts other good buddy trump in there too!

    July 2, 2012 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  2. Governor 47th in Job Creation (excluding jobs off-shored to China)


    "Save us from socialism" HAH! Here's a list of "socialist" programs I'd like people to consider doing without:

    Police/Fire/EMT personnel; military; border patrol; Social Security; Medicare; libraries; bridges; airports; interstate highway system; water treatment facilities; Internet (basic research and implementation funded by the federal gov); rural electrification; dams; port authorities; public schools and universities; Centers for Disease Control; court system; jails; etc., etc., etc., etc.

    Bingo. Plus next time a red state gets slapped by mother nature, I'd say they're on their disaster relief.

    July 2, 2012 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  3. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    When he dies, Fox News will be owned and operated by China because his wife Wendy won't need the disfunctional nuts working there now, they'll all be looking for a job.

    July 2, 2012 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  4. MaryM

    Mitt and Murdoch, two corrupt peas in a pod

    July 2, 2012 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  5. Terry - Indiana

    This is just what Mitt Romney needs, a felon endorsing him for the office of president. I believe Richard Nixon left office in disgrace after getting involved with folks who liked to "wire-tap" "bug" "break-in" "steal" and "slander" all in the name if liberty and justice for all. Murdoch would be the last person I would want my name associated with, but then the GOP might be telling Romney that he needs to stoop real low and possibly crawl in the mud with the like of Murdoch if he wants to get elected. Only in American Politics, or the UK, could a marriage like this be made into a reality television series: The RM-MR // Tricky-Dick Hour.

    July 2, 2012 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  6. Bill, NY

    See, even the totally undeserving like Murdoch get to become citizens!

    July 2, 2012 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  7. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    I think Rupert is still listening to crazy Glenn Beck. Fox foreign owned media with a hint of Saudi never did represent American ideals.

    July 2, 2012 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  8. Rosslaw

    I think Murdoch might be a little more interested in being saved from the criminal indictments that will be handed down in the United States for Newscorps criminal hacking, bribery and surveillance activities parallel to those in the UK. Mittens is a man (of sorts) with whom Murdoch can deal.

    July 2, 2012 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  9. pflatman

    Rupert voting this fall? From abroad? I sure hope so, since Mittens will need all the help he can get.

    July 2, 2012 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  10. 2buttercups

    Oh brother! Just when I thought it couldn't get any funnier.

    July 2, 2012 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  11. Bill

    I heard that Syrian president Al Assad has also endorsed Romney – they say the GOP has similar values to those of the Syrian regime

    July 2, 2012 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  12. Woman In California

    Fehrnstrom was on The Daily Rundown this a.m. and the guy was/is totally clueless. He couldn't answer a single question without agreeing with the president. Willard and his entire staff lack vision, ideas or solutions to move this country forward and should just go away and quit pretending with this fake campaign. IF they continue Willard will be slaughtered in the debates and they know it but they, just like Willard, are too stupid to realize they are a laughing stock and I intend to keep right on laughing until they are FINISHED.

    July 2, 2012 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  13. Joe M

    for rommey to win, he needs FERRIS BUELLER for VP or hell just let FERRIS do both jobs

    July 2, 2012 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  14. SuperD

    Definition of Insanity: Voting for Obama again and this time expecting a different result.

    You all are clueless and don't understand just what the hell is a stake in this election. Only Romney can save you from the ruin that is headed our way.

    July 2, 2012 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  15. Glenn Rice

    I am waiting to hear what Sarah Palin thinks of this. Then Mitt will know what to do.

    July 2, 2012 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  16. jb1963

    Old Rupert sounds like a typical republican. Want Romney to win only because they hate Obama. It has nothing to do with getting America back on track. It is all about the destruction of the middle and lower classes. I'm glad I made a fortune during the Clinton years.

    July 2, 2012 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  17. Thinkforyourself

    Ask Roger Ailes what Mitt should do. That's what will happen.

    Quite a strong list of supporters there for Mitt: Murdoch, Ailes, Trump, Glenn Beck, Sarah Palin...

    July 2, 2012 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  18. bearced

    A billionaire foriegner endorsing Mitt, he must be the right person for America!

    July 2, 2012 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  19. Jean Sartre

    GOP = TAP!

    This is the TAKE AWAY PARTY! IF a woman has the right to equal pay, they will take it AWAY! IF you have the right to sue for discrimination in state or federal court, they will take it AWAY! IF you have the right to SS, Medicare, Medicaid, they wil attempt to take it AWAY! IF you have the right to purchase anything, without a MANDATORY ARBITRATION CLAUSE being hidden in it – they own the Arbiters' – they will take it AWAY! IF you have the right to Affordable Health Care, ACA, they will take it AWAY!

    Yes, I can see why they are such a popular Party...

    July 2, 2012 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  20. db

    Ben Laden endorsed Mitt ..ooops to late.

    July 2, 2012 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  21. Rudy NYC

    Why should he care? Is he an American citizen? Why do we let let him influence our elections to such an extent? Are too many of us really that stupid?

    July 2, 2012 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  22. DaveinSC

    Murdoch has a 24/7 political endorsement TV station dedicated to the overthrow of the American way of life. YES, things were better in this country before the corporate take over of our government by the conservatives and the Fox propaganda machine.

    July 2, 2012 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  23. yogi

    Why would these two meet in the first place? The fact that these two talked is bad new news and a big warning sign. Murdoch's "methods" are as trashy as all the "news" produced in his evil empire. Romney associates with sleaze and that defines him also.

    July 2, 2012 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  24. B.

    All the Megalomaniacs have to stick together don’t you know...Rupert,Romney, Rove, and for certain, Trump –

    July 2, 2012 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  25. Ambrose Smith

    He tweets as if people really give a crap about his opinion. He thinks the world is hanging on his every word. Then he tweets about Tom Cruise? LMAO!

    July 2, 2012 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
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