- The Washington Times - Wednesday, January 28, 2015

A production company owned by a supporter of 2012 GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney has released its second radio ad boosting Mr. Romney in as many weeks and indirectly knocking a few of his potential 2016 rivals in the process.

“In a world where Chris Christie, Jeb Bush, and Sarah Palin are considering a run for the presidency, one wants to sell you a bridge, one wants to provide a bridge to immigrants, and one built a bridge to nowhere,” says a narrator in the ad from TMR Multimedia, which is acting independently of Mr. Romney. “Only one man can bridge the gap between Republicans and connect with America: Mitt Romney.”

The ad is an apparent reference to the “Bridgegate” controversy in fall 2013 over lane closures on the George Washington Bridge. A report from a committee investigating the matter said last month there was no evidence tying Mr. Christie to the closures.

Mr. Bush has supported comprehensive immigration reform, and Mrs. Palin was forced to fend off charges during the 2008 presidential campaign that she had originally supported the “Bridge to Nowhere” project that became synonymous with government waste even as she was denouncing it on the campaign trail as the GOP vice presidential nominee.

“America, don’t burn your bridges. Mitt Romney: right for America,” the ad concludes.

Mr. Romney recently signaled to donors that he’s considering another run for president in 2016, and could end up competing with Mr. Christie and Mr. Bush for financial support from big-time GOP donors.

The company’s owner, Jay Schorr, is a supporter of Mr. Romney, and the company has pledged to release a new ad every week through the 2016 election.

The first ad praises Mr. Romney for his predictions on global affairs and foreign policy; Democrats had mocked him for declaring during a 2012 debate with President Obama that Russia was the United States’ biggest geopolitical foe.

Mr. Romney was to speak at Mississippi State University Wednesday evening and reportedly go after former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, the overwhelming frontrunner to be the 2016 Democratic presidential nominee, according to prepared remarks provided to Time.

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