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This Time It's Personal

By Michael D. Shear
Is former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney feeling a bit queasy about his chances in Iowa or New Hampshire? His campaign says "no," but his latest television ad suggests otherwise.

The spot, titled "It's personal to me," will be running only in Michigan, a state where Romney grew up and his father was once governor. The ad speaks to the economic troubles in the state, but it may well be intended to build a firewall for potential trouble in Romney's campaign.

"It's inexcusable that Michigan is undergoing a one-state recession," Romney says in the ad. "High levels of unemployment, industry is shrinking here, jobs are going away. I think I'm probably the only guy on this stage who spent most of his career in the business world."

He ends by saying: "There's a lot we can do to strengthen Michigan."

Romney is trailing in Iowa, but leading in New Hampshire. Still, if former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee delivers a surprisingly strong showing in Iowa on Jan. 3, Romney could see his numbers slip in the Granite State as well, leaving him a wounded candidate.

That would leave him searching for a place to recover, and there may be no better place than Michigan.

Posted at 6:53 PM ET on Dec 21, 2007  | Category:  Ad Watch
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Ron Paul is an injection of principled honesty into this campaign for president. Hucklebee is a big tax and spender. Flip Romney will say anything to grab power. If you dont believe this look it up for yourself and see the video clips on youtube. Check out Ron Paul while you are there too.

Posted by: jibpj | December 23, 2007 9:22 PM

Posted by: KYJurisDoctor | December 23, 2007 9:15 PM

"I think I'm probably the only guy on this stage who spent most of his career in the business world."
And that's a good thing??? Outsource the military, layoff the needy, charge for disaster relief? Privatize the town square, buy bottled water and shut down municipal water supplies. I don't know who scares me more the Corporate kool-aid drinkers or the "God wants me to lead America!" kool-aid drinkers.

The "let's run government like a business" crowd has had their way with America since Reagan. Is everyone happy?

Posted by: thebobbob | December 23, 2007 8:01 PM

It seems to me Romney learned at his fathers knee how to sway his phony true belief in his current position. Is he liberal like his father (when he ran for governor) or is he conservative (current position)? I woory less about his Mormon faith than Mitt doing whats right for Mitt. We have been wounded as a country by current policy. The wasted worldwide goodwill toward the US on 9/12/01 has vanished along with our manufacturing capacity and benefit paying jobs. The balance of trade never hurt the dollar until foreign markets became more profitable than here for the investment dollar. We will soon bankrupt ourselves as a country if we continue current economic policy. America must institute policies that will bring back the manufacturing base and create energy independence from greenhouse gases. The ethanol bill helped, but realistically a plant oil seed burning engine is the ideal with a negative carbon production. Until we can develop a positive energy fusion reactor, clean coal can be substituted for oil for electrical generation. We must wean our country from oil into alternatives like solar in the southwest and deep south, wind in various areas like mountain pasees, Great Lakes, L.I. Sound etc., geothermal by tapping the mass of lava under Yellowstone. Nuclear while carbon attractive has waste that must be contained for 200,000 years. Fusion does not have this problem and we should embark on a gov't led effort to develop it as soon as possible to solve global carbon emissions.

Posted by: jameschirico | December 22, 2007 11:21 AM

Romney saw his father's example, if not his father's actual march, which is no longer in question. George Romney did march with Martin Luther King, and supported him when few government leaders would.

" Shirley Basore, 72, says she was sitting in the hairdresser's chair in wealthy Grosse Pointe, Mich., back in 1963 when a rumpus started and she discovered that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and her governor, George Romney, were marching for civil rights -- right past the window.

With the cape still around her neck, Basore went outside and joined the parade.

"They were hand in hand," recalled Basore, a former high-school English teacher. "They led the march. We all swung our hands, and they held their hands up above everybody else's."...

Another witness, Ashby Richardson, 64, of Massachusetts gave the campaign a similar account.

"I'm just appalled that the news picks this stuff up and say it didn't happen," Richardson, now a data-collection consultant, said by phone. "The press is being disingenuous in terms of reporting what actually happened. I remember it vividly. I was only 15 or 20 feet from where both of them were."

Posted by: JedMerrill | December 22, 2007 10:33 AM

I highly recommend everyone to watch his explanation of the LIE he told. Around X-Mas time this is a HO Ho HOO HOOO HOOTER. Sorry I don't have the link, forgot to, laughing so hard.

Posted by: lylepink | December 22, 2007 9:10 AM

Romney still marching with Martin Luther King?? Somebody ought to tell him Dr. King is dead. Though that doesn't fit Romney's version of reality....

Posted by: thrh | December 21, 2007 08:02 PM

The quote I have from his speech says,
"I saw my father march with Martin Luther King"


Posted by: jimlininchina | December 22, 2007 4:23 AM

Anyone interested in what Huckabee is really like face to face should try this funny (but it actually happened) column:

Posted by: lanefiller | December 22, 2007 12:14 AM

Romney still marching with Martin Luther King?? Somebody ought to tell him Dr. King is dead. Though that doesn't fit Romney's version of reality....

Posted by: thrh | December 21, 2007 8:02 PM

Romney should quit running for POTUS and run for Governor of Michigan instead.

Posted by: e.trashorama | December 21, 2007 7:34 PM

Mr. Shear, Your stories are REEKING about now.

Any child would have looked at the Polling trends and realized that Huckleberry is not affecting Mitt Romney at all.

It was Giuliani, McCain, and Thompson whose Winds he stole! Yes he rose rather quickly, and Mitt dropped SLIGHTLY, but in an insignificant backwoods rural burb like Iowa, when ten people shift their alliegence, it will affect half the totals!


The Story is simply this, Farmboys and Milkmaids listen to their Preachers!

And that is astounding news to who?

Posted by: rat-the | December 21, 2007 7:03 PM

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