TEXT OF AD run by Romney
for President in the Cedar Rapids Gazette on Oct. 17, 2012
AN OPEN LETTER TO OUR
Friends and neighbors:
As the November election rolls around, we owe you an apology - and a
First, the apology. Four years ago, we voted for Barack Obama. We
thought he'd deliver the hope and change he promised on the campaign
trail. We thought he'd implement policies that would grow our economy
and create the good jobs Americans deserve. We thought he'd set aside
partisan bickering and unite Democrats and Republicans for the sake of
the country. We thought he'd reduce the debt he once criticized as
But four years later, it's abundantly clear that President Obama hasn't
delivered the real recovery we need. We didn't vote for record levels
of poverty, declining take-home pay, or 23 million Americans struggling
work. We weren't casting votes in favor of four consecutive
trillion-dollar budget deficits, the first credit downgrade in history,
$16 trillion in debt.
The fact is, Barack Obama's term in the White House has offered
disappointment after disappointment. It turns out that eloquence does
not equal competence. We'll gladly admit: we were wrong.
Now, the promise.
Mitt Romney will deliver the real
recovery that President Obama has failed to bring, he'll get Americans
working again, and he'll turn our economy around.
His five-point Plan for a Stronger Middle Class will create 12 million
new jobs by championing small business, cutting the deficit, making
trade work for America, achieving North American energy independence,
and ensuring Americans have the skills to succeed. His policies will
grow our economy by embracing the principles of the free enterprise
system and its ability to lift up all Americans with more jobs and more
take-home pay. He will finally bring what our nation needs: real
reforms for a real recovery.
There's no doubt that we all face a big choice this Election Day.
Whether we're talking about jobs, taxes, spending, health care, foreign
policy, or any other issue - it's clear we can't afford another four
years like the last four years.
And while we can't turn back the clock on the mistake we made four
years ago, we're committed to making it up to you by casting our
ballots for Mitt Romney this November.
Alice Brehm, Dubuque
Sherry Benak, Cedar Falls
Bob Burroughs, Marion
Harlan Richter, Algona
Donna Burroughs, Marion
Debbie Smith, Clive
Matt Strelo, Dubuque
Lou Solari, Sergeant Bluff
Leslie Green, Davenport
Ed Otten, Iowa City
Max Hool, Sioux City
John Scroggins, Cedar Rapids
Patty Hool, Sioux City
Paid for by Romney for President, Inc.