New Romney ad highlights Iowa ink
November 1st, 2012
03:07 PM ET
10 years ago

New Romney ad highlights Iowa ink

(CNN) - In a new television ad released Thursday, Mitt Romney's campaign sought to remind Iowa voters of the state's newspaper endorsements for the GOP presidential nominee.

The 30-second spot, "Iowa Newspapers Agree," features the titles of four news outlets whose editorial boards recommended Romney as the best candidate to pick.

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On Saturday, the most notable endorsement came from the Des Moines Register, the Hawkeye State's largest newspaper. It endorsed President Barack Obama last cycle, as well as Democratic nominees dating back for the last 40 years.

In the editorial, the board stated that the country needed a "renewed sense of confidence" in the economy. "That should come with Mitt Romney in the White House."

The Gazette of Cedar Rapids, the Quad-City Times of Davenport, and the Sioux City Journal also backed Romney in recent days.

"Mitt Romney's earned the support of every major newspaper in Iowa," the ad's narrator says, as footage of Romney on the campaign trail is displayed on the screen.

With six electoral votes, the swing state is highly contentious territory in the tight presidential race. Obama carried Iowa in 2008 by 10% and credits his surprise caucuses win in January of that year as the event that ultimately helped him capture the Democratic presidential nomination.

According to an NBC News/Wall Street Journal/Maris poll released Thursday, Obama had a six-point edge over Romney among likely Iowa voters, 50%-44%. The president will wrap up his re-election campaign in Iowa on Monday, the day before the election, his campaign confirmed Thursday.

While Romney was originally thought to be the winner of the Iowa caucuses this year, an official count later showed that former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania bested Romney by a few dozen votes. Romney conceded victory to Santorum.

- CNN Senior Producer Kevin Bohn contributed to this report.

Filed under: 2012 • Ads • Iowa • Mitt Romney • President Obama
soundoff (39 Responses)
  1. 4moreyears

    He forgot about the New York Post. Bahahahaha yea like anyone is going to take any of those papers advice. Romney prolly paid for those endorsements.

    November 1, 2012 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  2. Malory Archer


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    Link please? Just like mittens, just because you said it doesn't make it true – and most likely makes it a lie.

    November 1, 2012 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  3. jinx88

    @ truth hurts – Chavez endorsing Obama? How about Trump and Rush endorsing Mittens? Enough said!! Repukes are having a hard time coming to reality that in 5 days Mittens will be on a plane to the Cayman Island to spend some of the money he has been hiding from taxes. Yeah Mittens really believes in America. and that truth hurts. LMAO Pathetic.

    November 1, 2012 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  4. al in memphis

    Just a broad base question, but what is the process the newspaper uses to endorse some one.
    Does that mean that the majority of the employee and management decides who is endorsed? Or does it means the owner gets off the phone with one of the Koch Brothers and says to the editor–we are going to endorse Ronmey. Print that in tomorrow's paper.

    November 1, 2012 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  5. Malory Archer


    The last time this paper endorsed a Republican it was Nixon. What does that tell you?


    It tells me they choose lousy crooks when they're running over a proven leader.

    November 1, 2012 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  6. DENNA

    "In a new television ad released Thursday, Mitt Romney's campaign sought to remind Iowa voters of the state's newspaper endorsements for the GOP presidential nominee. "
    Yeah, so? After seeing the president's response to Sandy, many people have begun to see that he is, indeed, on top of it. For those of you who don't care what happens to the people who will suffer under a Romney White House beware: You might actually be counted among the sufferers. Mittens has not really outline his financial rebirth plans for America. I am guessing that he doesn't have one.

    November 1, 2012 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  7. lolo

    The only way Romney the liar will win is by stealing the votes, and this is the under-handed plan of the Republicans. Why do you think they keep saying it is close? They know that he is not ready and not trustworthy. They want the white house so bad they can taste it. Wake up America, these are the same people that drove us into the ditch.

    November 1, 2012 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  8. beevee

    Romney is beginning t sound like a desperate contender who is seeing that the goal line is getting farther and farther to his reach. He is now resorting to a constant barrge of lies and attacking the president (remember him saying that attacking him is not an agenda in a debate) with fabrications hoping that voters will believe him. The truth is things are looking very optimistic now in every front and Romney can't deny it except saying that he will do better. Any idiot can say that. Voters should not forget what Guiliani said about Romney – a man without a core who will say anything just to get elected. Even a chamaleon can't change colors as quickly as Romney changed his position on every issue ever since his campaign started.

    November 1, 2012 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  9. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    @al in memphis
    I get my news instantly from internet because newspapers print yesterday news which have the current date which means a newspaper doesn't serve any purpose other than the date.

    November 1, 2012 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  10. I Voted Early In NC

    Romney is falling apart and is clinging to anything he can. No one reads or listens to who newspapers endorse anymore. We make up our own minds. He came to NC to get Billy Graham's endorsement which means nothing. He does not realize we have many people that moved to NC have no idea who Billy Graham is.

    November 1, 2012 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  11. 2012liberal

    GOP goal is 2 make govt look incompitant and sign everything govt takes care of over 2 private sector which will cost taxpayers double b cuz private=profit. Look what bush did 4 fema-micheal brown 'brownie' an arabian horse trainer n charge of fed em agency. That makes sence.

    November 1, 2012 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  12. Sniffit

    "Link please? Just like mittens, just because you said it doesn't make it true – and most likely makes it a lie."

    Indeed. Dude is seriously blowing it out of proportion. it willwork just like it does in MA: ONE question requires you to state you have health insurance, identify the insurer and fill in your policy number. Boom. Done. No extra forms, no huge bother, no identifying of your medical records and health care history, no asking about whether you've had cancer or whether your family has a history of heart disease, no requiremetn that you include pictures of your colon to prove there's no polyps, etc. And, if you don't like it, you have the choice to simply not answer and pay the additional tax as a, even if you do have insurance and are filling out your 1040-EZ form under your bed because you're afraid the IRS is watching, you can STILL leave it blank and not tell the gov't your policy number. The whole "omg socialism, they're coming to tatoo your forearms!!!!" demagoguery is freekin ridiculous.

    November 1, 2012 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  13. Thomas

    The San Diego Union also supports Romney , They also supposed Rick Perry .
    And the Union is about one of the worst slanted papers on the West coast.

    It used to be Men that owned News papers owned politicans .

    Now with the internet , it's harder for them to control print.

    Who is Rupert Murdoch and Sheldon Adelson supporting ? Romney.

    Look up Sheldon Adelson and his Israeli owned News paper . It's propaganda rag , as and Israeli !

    Romney can't own me , I'm not a corporation !

    November 1, 2012 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  14. Maxx

    So some rich white guys who own newspapers support Romney, big surprise.

    November 1, 2012 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
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