10/19/2012 11:14 am ET

In New Ad, Mitt Romney Says He'll Bring People Together

Mitt Romney has a message for voters: He can unite the country.

His campaign released a new ad Friday showing clips of the Oct. 3 debate in Denver touting his bipartisanship.

“We have to work on a collaborative basis," says Romney in the ad, "not because we're going to compromise our principle, but because there's common ground."

"And the challenges America faces right now -- look, the reason I'm in this race is there are people that are really hurting today in this country. And we face -- this deficit could crush the future generations," he says. "And Republicans and Democrats both love America. But we need to have leadership -- leadership in Washington that will actually bring people together and get the job done and could not care less if -- if it's a Republican or a Democrat. I've done it before. I'll do it again."

President Barack Obama is shown in the debate footage in a split screen, either smirking slightly or looking incredulous.

Apart from the health care law he signed in 2006, Romney was at odds with the super-majority Democratic legislature while governor of Massachusetts. He made 844 vetoes during his one term, and the legislature overrode in excess of 700, according to Factcheck.org. He made an effort to personally recruit 131 Republicans to run against Democrats in the legislature in 2004, and the GOP ended up losing seats.



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