13 Iowa Voters Apologize for Supporting Obama in 2008 in Full Page Ad

This ad reminds me of the “It’s OK to not vote for Obama again” ads we saw a couple months ago:

A full-page Mitt Romney campaign ad in today’s Cedar Rapids Gazette takes the form of an open letter from 13 Iowans who say they voted for President Barack Obama in 2008 but regret their choice and won’t do so again in 2012. The letter is phrased as an apology, and lays out a case for why Romney, the Republican nominee is a better choice this time around. “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,” the letter says.

I cut the ad in half for spacing purposes.  The top-half is on the left and the bottom half is on the right:


  1. damien
    Posted October 17, 2012 at 2:39 pm | Permalink | Reply

    and the death threats start in 5…4…3…2…1

  2. Pete
    Posted October 17, 2012 at 3:17 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Love the watermark picture of Eye Candy.

    Preference Cascade!

    • Posted October 17, 2012 at 3:49 pm | Permalink | Reply

      Yea, that was my only regret cutting the ad in half because the picture in the background is all sorts of awesome.

  3. stephanie
    Posted October 17, 2012 at 3:21 pm | Permalink | Reply


    Off the topic here, i just read that the New YOrk Observer has endorsed Romney. Good news but how significant is this in relity?
    The op-ed letter is on observer.com i think. I read the story on race42012.com which has a link to the op-ed.

    • Posted October 17, 2012 at 3:56 pm | Permalink | Reply

      It is good news but not big news. Some people even joked that the more surprising thing about the news around the Romney endorsement was the fact that the Observer was still publishing. It’s influence politically is fairly small. It has a more loyal following locally in art and real estate which is due to its ownership by Donald Trump’s son-in-law (Jared Kushner) whose family was real estate magnets in their own right. The endorsement is a nice little excuse to get positive news about Romney in the press but not much beyond that.

  4. Posted October 17, 2012 at 3:27 pm | Permalink | Reply

    this type of ad campaign run ACROSS THE COUNTRY the next couple weeks could really get some play. Mixed with a tv campaign, radio, etc of a similar bent. Make people be ok with the idea that he has failed, it’s okay to vote against. It doesn’t mean you dont have hope, it doesn’t mean you are a racist. It means he tried, failed and it is time to try again.

    And guess what if 12 million new jobs aren’t created in the next 4 yrs and the economy isn’t humming then get ready to say Madam President Hillary Clinton in January 2017.

  5. Big Mac
    Posted October 17, 2012 at 3:53 pm | Permalink | Reply

    i was thinking the same thing shane. Hitlary would no doubt run in 2016 if Romney doesn’t get it right and govern like a conservative, but he did say it would take 5 years.

  6. Vadim
    Posted October 17, 2012 at 3:53 pm | Permalink | Reply

    What I like is the fact that you never see McCain’s voters switching over to Obama. This is really bad news for Obama.

    • WillBest
      Posted October 17, 2012 at 4:10 pm | Permalink | Reply

      Don’t you go to left wing echo chambers? Everybody has a friend or uncle that is a life long conservative that goes WTF Romney scares me and is going to vote Obama. Surely at least one of them is telling the truth.

  7. No Tribe
    Posted October 17, 2012 at 3:59 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Romney in Virginia today, Ohio tomorrow, and Florida the day after. That’s probably it for him until after next Monday’s debate, leaving Sat and Sun for prep. He’s probably staying down in Florida over the weekend before Monday’s Boca Raton debate. The sprint starts on Tuesday. 14 days.

    • WillBest
      Posted October 17, 2012 at 4:15 pm | Permalink | Reply

      I have been shocked at how little these guys are campaigning. I mean in 2008 it wasn’t even gonna be close so why kill yourself, but this election could still go either way. Contrast with Bush

      4 weeks before the election Bush did 8 rallies
      3 weeks it was 12
      2 weeks it was 14
      1 week it was 25
      and the day before the election he did 7 rallies.

  8. Vadim
    Posted October 17, 2012 at 4:35 pm | Permalink | Reply

    While there are some Republicans that have reservations about Mitt, they cannot stand Obama and will still vote Republican. Additionally, the base is very excited about Paul Ryan on the ticket and this means that he has a strong hold on the conservative vote…

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