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Press Release - Romney For President Launches New Television Ad, "Tested, Proven"

May 23, 2007

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Boston, MA - Romney for President today launched its newest television ad, "Tested, Proven." The ad highlights Governor Romney's strong conservative leadership making the toughest decisions in one of our country's most liberal states. As Governor, he acted to cut spending, fought against tax increases, enforced immigration laws, championed traditional marriage and defended the sanctity of human life.

The ad will begin airing Thursday in Iowa, New Hampshire and as part of the national cable rotation. Scripts and viewing links are below.

Script For "Tested, Proven" (TV:30):


ANNOUNCER (Voice Over):
"In the most liberal state in the country, one Republican stood up and cut spending, instead of raising taxes.

"He enforced immigration laws, stood up for traditional marriage and the sanctity of human life."

GOVERNOR MITT ROMNEY: "This isn't the time for us to shrink from conservative principles. It's a time for us to stand in strength. Strong military, strong economy, strong families."

ANNOUNCER (Voice Over): "In the toughest place, Mitt Romney's done the toughest things."

GOVERNOR ROMNEY: "I'm Mitt Romney and I approved this message."

To view "Tested, Proven", please see: http://mitt-tv.mittromney.com/?showid=63511

AD FACTS: Script For "Tested, Proven" (TV:30):


ANNOUNCER (Voice Over):
"In the most liberal state in the country, one Republican stood up and cut spending, instead of raising taxes."

- Governor Romney: "I saw the potential of economic conservatism when I became governor. Our state budget, as Grover indicated, was $3 billion short. Liberals wanted to raise taxes, but I cut government instead. I eliminated and combined duplicate agencies and programs. And I balanced the budget four years in a row." (Governor Mitt Romney, Remarks At The Conservative Political Action Conference, Washington, D.C., 3/2/07)

- Governor Romney Beat Back "Big-Tax Proposals" And Chose "To Erase Deficits By Hacking Away At Spending." "What attracted many of these economists to the Romney team was the former governor's success, in a liberal state, of beating back big-tax proposals and instead choosing to erase deficits by hacking away at spending." (Kimberley A. Strassel, Op-Ed, "Tax Talk," The Wall Street Journal, 3/30/07)

- Massachusetts Citizens For Limited Taxation Executive Director Barbara Anderson: "There was no one else out on the horizon and with the legislature almost entirely Democratic, we felt it was necessary to have a grown-up in the corner office. ... And we were right to back him. He's been a really good friend to the taxpayers." (Shawn Macomber, "Mighty Mitt Romney," The American Spectator, 3/06)

- Boston's Pioneer Institute's Steve Adams: "Without Romney, we would have been slapped with a lot of new taxes." (John J. Miller, "Matinee Mitt," National Review, 6/20/05)

ANNOUNCER (Voice Over): "He enforced immigration laws..."


- In December 2006, Governor Romney Signed A Memorandum Of Agreement With The Federal Government To Allow State Troopers To Enforce Federal Immigration Laws. "Governor Mitt Romney and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Assistant Secretary Julie L. Myers today announced the signing of a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and ICE, which will give specially trained Massachusetts State Troopers the authority to administer and enforce federal immigration laws in the Commonwealth. " (Office Of The Governor, "Governor Romney, ICE Sign Immigration Enforcement Pact," Press Release, 12/13/06)

- Governor Romney Vetoed In-State Tuition For Illegal Immigrants. "Romney also vetoed a number of outside sections of the budget, including: ... A plan that would have permitted illegal aliens to pay the same in-state tuition rate at our public colleges and universities as Massachusetts citizens." (Office Of The Governor, "Romney Signs $22.402B Fiscal Year 2005 'No New Tax' Budget," Press Release, 6/25/04)

- Governor Romney Fought Efforts To Weaken Massachusetts' English Immersion Law. "But yesterday, Romney press secretary Shawn Feddeman said the governor will fight all attempts to slow the implementation of English immersion, known on the ballot as Question 2." (Anand Vaishnav, "Romney Firm On English Timetable," The Boston Globe, 1/24/03)

- Governor Romney Opposed Efforts To Give Driver's Licenses To Illegal Immigrants. "'Those who are here illegally should not receive tacit support from our government that gives an indication of legitimacy,' the governor said, echoing arguments that opponents have voiced in the Commonwealth and in other states considering similar license measures. 'If they are here illegally, they should not get driver's licenses,' he said." (Scott S. Greenberger, "Romney Stand Dims Chances Of License For Undocumented," The Boston Globe, 10/28/03)

ANNOUNCER (Voice Over): "...stood up for traditional marriage and the sanctity of human life."


- Governor Romney: "We Took Every Step We Could Think Of, Within The Law" To Defend Traditional Marriage. "We took every step we could think of, within the law. First, we pushed for a stay - that was denied. Then, we fought for an amendment limiting marriage to a relationship between a man and a woman - that lost in the legislature by only two votes. We upheld the 1913 law that prohibited out of state couples from coming to Massachusetts and getting married here. That prevented us from becoming the Las Vegas of gay marriage. And in the final analysis, as you know, we went to work to secure a vote of the citizens, and that's a battle that took us all the way to Court, we got a win there. And now we're just one step away from putting it back on the ballot." (Governor Mitt Romney, Remarks At The Massachusetts Citizens For Life Mother's Day Pioneer Valley Dinner, Agawam, Massachusetts, 5/10/07)

- Massachusetts Family Institute's Kris Mineau: "He's been rock solid on the issue of marriage." (Steve LeBlanc, "Report Blasts Romney's Political Record," The Associated Press, 1/12/07)

- Governor Romney: "As you know, every time I faced a decision as the Governor that related to human life, I came down on the side of the sanctity of life. I fought to ban cloning. I fought to ban embryo farming. I fought to define life as beginning at conception rather than at implantation. I fought for abstinence education in our schools. I vetoed a so-called emergency contraception bill that gave young girls drugs without prescription, drugs that could be abortive and not just contraceptive. That's my record as your Governor." (Governor Mitt Romney, Remarks At The Massachusetts Citizens For Life Mother's Day Pioneer Valley Dinner, Agawam, Massachusetts, 5/10/07)

- Massachusetts Citizens For Life Pioneer Valley Chapter Chairman Kevin Jourdain: "Mitt Romney was a great Governor, who served with honor and distinction. But most importantly, he was a pro-life Governor. He vetoed a number of pro-abortion pieces of legislation and made many pro-life appointments. He was always there for us." (Kevin Jourdain, Remarks, Agawam, MA, 5/10/07)

GOVERNOR ROMNEY: "This isn't the time for us to shrink from conservative principles. It's a time for us to stand in strength. Strong military, strong economy, strong families."


- Governor Romney: "This isn't the time for us to shrink from conservative principles. It's the time for us to stand in strength. ... [S]trong military, strong economy, strong families." (Governor Mitt Romney, Remarks At The Conservative Political Action Conference, Washington, D.C., 3/2/07)

ANNOUNCER (Voice Over): "In the toughest place, Mitt Romney's done the toughest things." GOVERNOR ROMNEY: "I'm Mitt Romney and I approved this message."

To view "Tested, Proven", please see: http://mitt-tv.mittromney.com/?showid=63511

Mitt Romney, Press Release - Romney For President Launches New Television Ad, "Tested, Proven" Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project https://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/node/296370

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