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.

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soundoff (39 Responses)
  1. Derek

    Well, at least Romney is not lying in this ad. I guess that's something.

    November 1, 2012 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  2. truth hurts

    Very good ad!! Meanwhile Hugo Chavez and Castro endorse Obama. Says it all America. Out with the leftist trash and in with a successful competent team, Romney/Ryan. Because the USA deserves better than a Banana Republic dictator like Obama.

    November 1, 2012 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
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    November 1, 2012 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  4. jkane sfl a vote for lady parts romney the tax cheat and lyin lady parts ryan willcut your moms medicare and soc sec . .can you afford to pay for them???

    All the money or ink in China can't save romney the lieing tax cheat now ,gop train wreck in five days and then no more romney lieing ads . Ya ya ya !!!!!

    November 1, 2012 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  5. Gurgyl

    Mitt The Twit is a PATHOLOGICAL LIAR. He wants to SHUT DOW FEMA, elininate SS, Medicare, Healthcare . DRIVE THIS THUG AWAY. Yes, on OBAMA12. Period.
    PS: I never mislead this nation nor misguide my folks!!! God bless us all.

    November 1, 2012 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  6. The REAL Truth...

    Newspaper endorsements are worth about as much as the ink on which they are printed. They are supposed to provide impartial information on which to base a decision. Over the years they have evolved into recommendations for those uneducated sheeple who -like most red-state lemmings – need someone to tell them what to do, when and where to pray, whom to shoot and whom to vote for. Newspapers should ALL refrain from recommendations. It cheapens them.

    Besides, If there's anyone in Iowa that is STILL undecided, they've got my vote for managing to avoid all the garbage, hate filled ads peppered at them, and for successfully living under a rock for the last six months!

    November 1, 2012 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  7. The Situation

    The last time the Des Moines Register endorsed a GOP for president was 40 years ago in 1972. How did the 2nd term of Tricky Dicky worked Rethugs? The Godfather of Lies and Obstruction, Richard Nixon!

    November 1, 2012 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  8. RealityBites

    The NBC News/Wall Street Journal/Maris poll, not to mention CNN's. are using dem to rep voter ratio's from 2008. Which gallup has already shown inacturate for 2012. But hey. no worries, as long as the lap poodles tail still wags..

    November 1, 2012 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  9. LIP

    We can only hope that all the other newspapers and media outlets in the country see the light of day and wake up to the disaster that has visited us the last four years and show Obama the door.

    November 1, 2012 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  10. jinx88

    Mittens may need to go back to Iowa and try to get another news paper to endorse him as he is losing by 6% points. LMAO

    November 1, 2012 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  11. FactCheck

    Newest Romney ad: "Obama is bad because someone on the Internets said so."

    November 1, 2012 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  12. Ira D. York

    Most of my family are Pro-GOP. However, while we were out trick or treating, a family member told a family member told me
    that they changed their mind, and that they were going to switch and vote for Obama. I voted for Obama also.
    Is there possibly someone out there the reason, because I don't think the family member plans to come back to Romney?

    November 1, 2012 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  13. They're Going to Need The Money

    Seems there is no limit to what money can buy. That rag will need Romney's money after it receives all the cancellation notices.

    Tune in next week when we find out that although Romney can buy a newspaper, he can't buy the presidency of the United States.

    Obama/Biden 2012

    November 1, 2012 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  14. nmarc

    Has CNN or anyone else mentioned that the Salt Lake Tribune, the major newspaper from one of teh reddest or red states, and HQ to the LDS church has endorsed...Obama. Their reasons for their endorsement are outstanding, and very logical. I recommend it.

    November 1, 2012 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  15. incredulous

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

    November 1, 2012 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  16. Four and The Door

    The only thing that has changed since 2010 is that Obama has doubled down on his failing policies and now his name is actually on the ballot. Queue up " Shellacking of the Democratic Debt Machine. Part II ".

    November 1, 2012 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  17. The Situation

    truth hurts

    Very good ad!! Meanwhile Hugo Chavez and Castro endorse Obama. Says it all America. Out with the leftist trash and in with a successful competent team, Romney/Ryan. Because the USA deserves better than a Banana Republic dictator like Obama.

    November 1, 2012 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |

    Too Bad you and all the other Fantasy Island Rethugs will have to say, President Obama for another 4 more years!

    Who wants to bet when Obama wins on Tuesday, Truth Hurts will be in a fetal position with his thumb in his mouth, sucking on it because I know you won't have the guts to return on this board, beside spooling the same crap you've been talking about for months.

    November 1, 2012 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  18. Bill

    Someone forgot to mention to team Romney that newspaper ads, while nice to have, are not determinative of who wins an election. Should have saved their money or written a check to the Red Cross. Oh, I forgot. They collected can goods to distribute to people without gas or electricty, or in many case, no homes at all.

    November 1, 2012 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  19. Critical Thinking

    Iowa is one of the Presidents fire wall states. I think I smell something burning Mr. President.

    November 1, 2012 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  20. John

    Mitt's foreign trip to England, Israel, and Poland in late July...................3 safe stops where he would get support

    GLOBESCAN/BBC International US presidential preference poll of the 22 world Democracies...out 22 Oct 2012

    England..................Obama 65%.......Romney 9%
    Israel......................Obama 53%.......Romney 23%
    Poland....................Obama 34%.......Romney17% no preference 49%

    Looks like you were a big hit there Mitt!!

    November 1, 2012 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  21. walleye46

    It was great to see our POTUS put his arm around Christie and offer all the help available to NJ. Last night I watched HANNITY out of curiosity to see if this visit would be mentioned. SURPRISE SURPRISE this visit was NEVER MENTIONED even once. All they talked about was Benghazi blah blah blah. Made me sick to my stomach watching these bigots. If Romney were President and wiped out FEMA like he said he would do, who would have helped these folks in the N.E. ?

    November 1, 2012 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  22. kayla

    romney is richard nixon encarnate

    November 1, 2012 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  23. The fact is

    This election night will be very interestig. It's hard to predict who will win the election because the race is so tight and it can go either way. I wish both candidates, President Obama and Mr. Romney good luck! I have had my popcorn ready.

    November 1, 2012 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |


    Willard swears he will repeal the Obamacare on day one. Can you afford an extra $2100 a year for your medications when the
    donut-hole reopens? I know I can't.

    Obama 2012

    November 1, 2012 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  25. jinx88

    If Romney cant answer tough questions about things he supports like 5 trillion tax cut, cutting FEMA, etc, how on earth is he gonna handle tough questions and decision abroad? Mittens is a joke!!!

    November 1, 2012 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
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