Monday, October 01, 2007

Romney Inspires Jay Leno Punchlines

I love both these guys and found them together in an article you can find by simple putting "Jay Leno" in a search engine, and away we go, it will appear, along with a ton of other good stuff! Mostly funny stuff.! I couldn't resist adding some of them to my blog.

Romney: Gov't ethics inspire Jay Leno punchlines

by Andrew Malcolm

A new advertising offensive by Mitt Romney is underway, with the former Massachusetts governor taking direct aim at some in his own party and attempting to cast himself as the most electable agent of change.

With polls showing voters want a change and Republicans seeming on the defensive, much of the recent attention has been focused on Democrats Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama.

But the new 30-second Romney ad, titled "Change begins with us," which has started in New Hampshire and will show up in Iowa by the weekend, hits his own Republican Party hard as big-government spenders with serious ethical challenges, and slips in a slap or two on the issue of immigration.

"If we're going to change Washington," Romney says, directly staring into the camera with a leafy green background, "Republicans have to put our own house in order. We can't be like Democrats--a party of big spending. We can't pretend our borders are secure from illegal immigration. We can't have ethical standards that are a punchline for Jay Leno."

Romney, above left, Michigan Republican Party photo. Leno, above right, NBC via Newsday.

The ad is part of a lengthy Romney advertising campaign in the early states that began with biographical sketches, and described his management and leadership skills in business and his rescuing the Salt Lake City Olympics and working as a Republican governing liberal Massachusetts.

Romney confronts head-on the corruption atmosphere many voters gave as a reason for electing a Democratic Congress last fall, and through his criticism of big spending tries to appeal to conservatives who feel President Bush went astray in that area of party orthodoxy.

The ad campaign has contributed to Romney's strong lead in Iowa and a smaller one in New Hampshire. In South Carolina he's trailing in fourth place behind Rudy Giuliani, Fred Thompson and John McCain.

Romney, who's going to California Sunday for a five-day swing, became the first GOP candidate to start running ads in South Carolina on Sept. 5 with what one advisor called a "significant" ad buy, and is going up with another in coming days. Both have previously run successfully in Iowa.

"When Republicans act like Democrats," Romney proclaims in one ad, "America loses. It's time for Republicans to start acting like Republicans. It's time for a change, and change begins with us."

-Andrew Malcolm writes for Top of the Ticket, the Los Angeles Times' political blog.

Posted by Mark Silva on September 20, 2007 6:52 AM |
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