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Archive: Mitt Romney

McCain Produces 'A Tale of Two Mitts'

Just in time for the Florida primary, John McCain is out with a new Web ad casting light on Mitt Romney's change of positions through the years. The 60-second ad is an opposition researcher's dream come true: It combines statements made by Romney during his Senate and gubernatorial campaigns, with...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | January 29, 2008; 01:25 PM ET | Comments (0)

Romney's New Ad on the Economy

As economic fears continue nationwide, Mitt Romney has released a new ad in Florida emphasizing his business experience, and desire to cut taxes. With the skyline of Jacksonville, Fla. behind him, Romney says, "Today our economy is slowing. Many feel anxious about the future. I know how America works because...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | January 22, 2008; 10:42 AM ET | Comments (0)

Targeting Florida's Spanish-Speaking Vote

Rudy Giuliani -- "Un Plan" Mitt Romney -- "Mi Padre"...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | January 22, 2008; 10:19 AM ET | Comments (0)

New Ads From Clinton, Richardson, Romney

Another Clinton Register Endorsement Ad Hillary Clinton is airing another TV ad reminding Iowans that she earned the Des Moines Register's endorsement this past weekend. The ad cites the Register's comments that Clinton's "readiness to lead sets her apart," that she is "emerging as an effective legislator" who "possesses the...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | December 19, 2007; 10:11 AM ET | Comments (2)

Romney Ad: 'Judgment'

Mike Huckabee's star is rising and Mitt Romney tries to dim it a bit in his latest TV spot. Message: Huckabee's soft on crime. Mitt's a hardass....

 

By Ed O'Keefe | December 18, 2007; 07:51 AM ET | Comments (0)

Romney Attacks Huckabee; Dodd in Iowa; Edwards in S.C.

Mitt Romney is airing a new ad in Iowa attacking new frontrunner Mike Huckabee, as polls show the former Arkansas governor surging even farther ahead of the former Massachusetts governor. The 30-second spot, called "Choice: The Record," clearly states that the two candidates have several similarities: They're both former governors,...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | December 11, 2007; 08:10 AM ET | Comments (0)

Romney's New Ad 'Not Politically Correct'

Mitt Romney's new 30-second ad "Not Politically Correct" talks up his record on social issues, and starts airing in Iowa as Mike Huckabee surges ahead, and picks up support from evangelical Christians. "When it wasn't politically correct, he stood up for life in Massachusetts. When it wasn't politically correct, he...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | December 9, 2007; 01:18 PM ET | Comments (7)

Looking Back on Kennedy's 'Houston Speech'

As Mitt Romney prepares to give a widely-anticipated speech about "Faith in America," here are clips of John F. Kennedy's address to the Greater Houston Ministerial Association, on Sept. 12, 1960 at the Rice Hotel. "I believe in an America that is officially neither Catholic, Protestant, nor Jewish. Where no...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | December 6, 2007; 09:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Romney Takes Charge in New Ad

Mitt Romney began airing this new ad in Iowa and New Hampshire today. "Take Charge" is a 30-second spot about what the former Massachusetts governor did, and would do about the immigration issue, if elected president. It's a stylistic departure from Romney's most recent ads: new music, new graphics, and...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | November 26, 2007; 05:40 PM ET | Comments (2)

Clinton, Rudy, Romney Release New Ads

Clinton Gets Assist From Constituent in New Ad Hillary Clinton is running a new 30-second spot starring Joe Ward, of Lisbon, N.Y. (which is in the Northern-most corner of New York State -- almost in Canada). Ward says in the ad that his son, Joel, needed a bone marrow transplant...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | November 19, 2007; 09:32 AM ET | Comments (0)

Romney Ad: 'Change Immigration'

Television viewers in Iowa and New Hampshire will start seeing another Mitt Romney ad today. "Change Immigration" introduces voters to his immigration reform proposals, and is bound to continue conversation about the controversial wedge issue. Key soundbites: "As Governor, I authorized the state police to enforce immigration laws. I opposed...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | November 9, 2007; 11:44 AM ET | Comments (0)

Halloween Gets Political

A few "tricks" and "treats" for your Halloween 2007. First off, the AP recently asked voters which of the 2008 presidential candidates would make the scariest costume. Continuing her dominance in the polls, Hillary Clinton beat out every other Democratic and GOP contender, earning 37 percent of the vote. Rudy...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | October 31, 2007; 06:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Ad Watch: Dodd, Obama, And Romney

Obama's New Radio Ad Full Of... Manure Barack Obama starts airing a distinctly Iowa radio ad today in... Iowa. It stars Norma "Duffy" Lyon, the creator of the famed Iowa butter cow, which is displayed each year at the Iowa State Fair. "You know, you see a lot of...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | October 24, 2007; 11:08 AM ET | Comments (14)

Romney 'Face'-s Questions

Mitt Romney showed up at Sunday night's GOP debate, but also sat down Sunday morning with Bob Schieffer on CBS' Face the Nation. Schieffer described the interview as "[Romney's] most candid interview" on the subject of religion. "Is it fair to ask you about your faith?" Schieffer asked. "You...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | October 22, 2007; 03:05 PM ET | Comments (0)

Romney Ad: 'Our Home'

In this 30-second spot featuring clips of Mitt Romney playing with an army of kids, Ann Romney says Mitt is a good family man. (Take that Rudy.) Sound Bite: "Mitt says there's no work more important than what goes on within the four walls of the American home."...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | October 18, 2007; 10:26 AM ET | Comments (0)

Romney's 'Not Fair' Ad

Frequent readers of Channel '08 know that Mitt Romney is the political ad king. As The Post's Matthew Mosk and Sarah Cohen report today, "Romney had placed 10,893 television and radio ads through Oct. 10, according to Nielsen Co., and advertising accounted for almost a third of Romney's outlay over...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | October 16, 2007; 01:39 PM ET | Comments (0)

Endorsement Videos

The Romney campaign posts this video from 2002 of John McCain endorsing Mitt's bid for Massachusetts governor. Silly, but at least it's better than another clip about the line item veto. Former Wisonsin Governor and presidential candidate Tommy Thompson throws his support to Rudy Giuliani. Sound Bite: "I want...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | October 15, 2007; 11:12 AM ET | Comments (0)

Radio Rudy, Radio Romney in New Hampshire

As Mitt Romney and Rudy Giuliani's recent war of words continues to gain press attention, both candidates are now airing new radio ads in New Hampshire. Giuliani's new ad is called "Tested," and is a 60-second biography, explaining the former mayor's leadership skills. "I've been tested in a way that...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | October 5, 2007; 03:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Romney's Consistent Message on Iran

As an example of Mitt Romney's consistency on an issue, his campaign is airing a new radio ad demonstrating his continuing opposition to visits by Iranian leaders to the United States. The campaign reminds us that then-Gov. Romney opposed a 2006 visit by former Iranian President Mohammad Khatami to Harvard...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | September 24, 2007; 12:36 PM ET | Comments (12)

New Ads From Romney

Mitt Romney's 13th TV ad is now airing in New Hampshire, and will start airing in Iowa later this week. The former governor asks frustrated Republicans to join his campaign so that the GOP will no longer have "ethical standards that are a punchline for Jay Leno." "When Republicans act...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | September 19, 2007; 11:05 AM ET | Comments (7)

Reaction to Iraq Debate

Iraq dominated Washington's attention this week, with Congressional hearings, controversial newspaper ads, newspaper ads criticizing newspaper ads, and the president's primetime address to the nation. There's been plenty of reaction in the last 24 hours to the president's speech, and other Iraq-related events. The most high-profile response to the president's...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | September 14, 2007; 11:20 AM ET | Comments (0)

Ad Watch: Romney's 'Energy'

Another new ad from Mitt Romney hits airwaves in New Hampshire and Iowa today. The latest version, called "Energy," is similar to an ad released last week, called "Leadership." Both "Energy" and "Leadership" will start airing in South Carolina in the next two weeks, according to the Romney campaign. The...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | September 5, 2007; 01:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Labor Day Highlights

Various presidential campaigns have posted, and will be posting Labor Day campaign highlights online today. As The Post's political team reports today Clinton, Edwards, Obama, McCain, and Romney marched in parades, picked up key endorsements, and shook hundreds of hands. Barack Obama spoke to a large crowd in Manchester, N.H....

 

By Ed O'Keefe | September 4, 2007; 10:44 AM ET | Comments (0)

Ad Watch: Romney's 'Leadership' and Lakeside Jog

The 11th campaign ad of Mitt Romney's presidential campaign hits Iowa and New Hampshire airwaves today. A narrator plays up Romney's experience running the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics, his corporate experience with Bain Capital, and his tenure as Massachusetts governor, all while we see Romney jogging around a lake...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | August 30, 2007; 11:12 AM ET | Comments (9)

Romney Campaign Asks Supporters to Make New Ad

The Post's Jose Antonio Vargas reports in our sister blog The Trail that the Romney campaign is adoping a "do it yourself strategy" when it comes to its next official TV ad. "Romney is partnering with Yahoo! to provide the multimedia editing platform. On Romney's page on the Yahoo-owned Jumpcut.com,...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | August 29, 2007; 10:05 AM ET | Comments (2)

Ad Watch: Romney on the Radio

We realize that Channel '08 is a blog about the 2008 election on video, but it's always interesting to see the presidential campaigns use YouTube to distribute radio ads to reporters -- and interested supporters -- quickly and on the cheap. The Romney campaign has done just that once again....

 

By Ed O'Keefe | August 21, 2007; 10:37 AM ET | Comments (0)

Ad Watch: Romney Thanks Iowa

Mitt Romney is out with a new ad in Iowa, designed to thank the state's Republican voters for his victory at Saturday's Iowa straw poll. The ad uses video highlights of his straw poll speech, uses the same instrumental music heard in his other ads, and ends with a "Thank...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | August 15, 2007; 01:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Ad Watch: New Romney and Paul Ads In Iowa

DES MOINES, IOWA -- It's a rainy day here in Iowa's capital city, which gives Hawkeye State residents a great excuse to sit at home and watch TV. If they do, they may see these new ads, out just in time for Saturday's GOP straw poll. Mitt Romney's ninth campaign...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | August 8, 2007; 04:23 PM ET | Comments (0)

Romney Gets in Row Over Mormonism

You may have seen it by now, but here's the full interview Mitt Romney did last Thursday with Iowa radio talk show host Jan Mickelson. The interview focuses first on Romney's straw poll chances, and eventually gets to that emotional exchange played repeatedly on TV over the weekend into this...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | August 7, 2007; 03:41 PM ET | Comments (20)

Ad Watch: Romney Immigration Ad

Mitt Romney is out with a new ad campaign on his immigration plan. It starts airing in Iowa today. "People that are here illegally are going to have to get in line with everybody else with no special pathway to becoming citizens," the former governor says. "Legal immigration is great,...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | July 31, 2007; 12:37 PM ET | Comments (0)

Calling Out Rudy And Mitt

A voter calls out Giulliani and Romney for trying to find excuses to duck the YouTube debate. He calls them a variation on what I called them: fraidycat. And -- no surprise -- he comes around to say the real reason they're scared is because they don't want to...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | July 31, 2007; 09:06 AM ET | Comments (0)

Romney: We'll Be Watching You

Governor Romney uses the recent news about thousands of registered sex offenders trolling MySpace to discuss his high-tech solution to the problem. Sound Bite: "People who use the Internet to carry out offenses on children . . . should be put away for a long period of time and...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | July 26, 2007; 11:12 AM ET | Comments (5)

Mitt and Kindergarten

Mitt Romney leaps on Barack Obama supposedly calling for sex-education in kindergarten. Even the Christian Broadcasting Network gives Obama a fairer shake, quoting the campaign as saying that the senator was talking about teaching little kids about inappropriate touching. Child molestation, in other words. Is Romney against preventing that?...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | July 19, 2007; 11:33 AM ET | Comments (0)

Ad Watch: Romney's 'Ocean'

The Romney campaign is out with its seventh campaign ad, called "Ocean." It's one minute worth of stock wave footage, and some kids running around a beach, while the former governor talks about cleaning up the country's culture. The ad will begin its run in New Hampshire, Iowa, and South...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | July 16, 2007; 03:42 PM ET | Comments (1)

Romney Radio

The Romney campaign has YouTubed a radio ad that starts running in Iowa and New Hampshire today. The minute-long announcement stars the former governor's wife, Ann. She talks about Mitt as a father, and describes how the couple met at a party during high school. Ann points out that Mitt...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | July 12, 2007; 02:03 PM ET | Comments (0)

Driving Mitt Romney

We've noticed through this week's seven-part Boston Globe/Boston.com series on Mitt Romney that the former Massachusetts governor has a thing for in-car interviews. The Globe's project includes video interviews with the candidate, some childhood friends, and business partners. Video excerpts of Romney speaking with a Boston.com producer in a moving...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | June 25, 2007; 02:21 PM ET | Comments (3)

The Romney Family 'Decision' With Cameras Rolling

The Romney campaign has posted a video called, "The Decision", a 13-minute movie chronicling the Christmas 2006 family meeting where the former governor, his wife, five sons, their daughters, children, and dogs discussed the pros and cons of a major presidential campaign. While the Romney family and the campaign score...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | June 20, 2007; 09:47 AM ET | Comments (2)

Mitt Romney Mashup

Somebody thinks the former Massachusetts governor is "hot hot." This clip uses the music video to the hit song "This Is Why I'm Hot" by Mims (Music Is My Soul) and juxtaposes Mitt Romney's head over one of the video's characters. Watch it below....

 

By Ed O'Keefe | June 11, 2007; 08:17 AM ET | Comments (0)

The Reagan Shine: A Little Dab'll Do Ya

I've been wondering why Mitt Romney changed his hair style along with his stands. Look back at the now-famous 1994 debate and you'll see a blow-dried look and manner. Look now and you'll see the slicked-back 'do and style. Well, perhaps here's why: Bill O'Reilly says -- in a...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | June 8, 2007; 10:18 AM ET | Comments (0)

A Sit Down With Romney

washingtonpost.com's Chris Cillizza and The Washington Post's Dan Balz sit down with presidential hopeful, Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney (R) to discuss his stance on immigration, campaign finance and health care. Play Video VIDEO | PostTalk: Gov. Mitt Romney...

 

By washingtonpost.com Editors | June 7, 2007; 11:02 AM ET | Comments (0)

Romney Ad: "Secure Our Borders"

In his latest ad, released following the announcement of the proposed immigration legislation, Mitt Romney (R) says "Legal immigration is great, but illegal immigration -- that we've got to end. And amnesty is not the way to do it." Viewer Discretion Advised: In close-ups, Romney looks as bright and...

 

By washingtonpost.com Editors | May 20, 2007; 05:51 PM ET | Comments (0)

Romney and Religion

The fallout from the dustup over what Al Sharpton said or meant when he commented on Mitt Romney's Mormon faith has spread in a new direction: the practice of racial exclusion in the recent past by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. During an appearance on The...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | May 10, 2007; 11:46 AM ET | Comments (0)

A Quick (Romney) Fix

Gov. Mitt Romney (R-Mass.) has launched his third TV ad of the 2008 campaign season. The ad airs in Iowa and New Hampshire. Chris Cillizza breaks it down....

 

By washingtonpost.com Editors | May 9, 2007; 09:15 AM ET | Comments (0)

 

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