In speech, Romney promises to revitalize economy

Mitt Romney is promising to revitalize the nation's economy with "bold ideas" and a senior aide said the Republican presidential candidate would not cut ties with an Indiana Senate candidate who said pregnancy resulting from rape is "something God intended."
Associated Press
Oct 26, 2012

As President Barack Obama took a break from the campaign trail, Romney delivered what his campaign billed as a major economic address in swing state Iowa on Friday to help win the dwindling number of voters yet to make up their minds. While the speech did not break new ground, it was designed to help crystalize the differences between his and Obama's economic approaches less than two weeks before Election Day.

"If Paul Ryan and I are elected as your president and vice president, we will endeavor with all our hearts and energy to restore America," Romney said. "Instead of more spending, more borrowing from China and higher taxes from Washington, we'll renew our faith in the power of free people pursuing their dreams."

Minutes before the speech, senior strategist Eric Fehrnstrom said Romney would not call on Indiana Senate candidate Richard Mourdock to remove TV ads featuring Romney's endorsement. Fehrnstrom said Romney disagrees with the Indiana Republican's recent comment about rape, but would not interfere with Mourdock's advertising.

"That's his decision," Fehrnstrom said when asked whether the campaign wants Mourdock to remove the ads. He added that Romney feels he has addressed the matter and doesn't plan to discuss it further.

Romney has not spoken about Mourdock's comments directly, despite repeated questions from reporters about it in recent days.

The candidate was focused on the economy as he addressed several hundred supporters on a cold autumn day outside a local construction company.

Romney argued that Obama has no proposals that can meet "the challenges of the times." He dismissed the president's signature legislative achievement, a health care law, as "his vaunted Obamacare" and said he would instead focus on saving Medicare and Social Security.

He repeated many of his standard campaign themes: that Obama is focusing on small issues like "characters on Sesame Street and silly word games" and that Romney will improve kitchen-table concerns like health care, job creation and school choice. His signature refrain is that America can't afford another four years like the last four years.

The speech came hours after the government reported a slight pickup in economic growth in the final such report before the Nov. 6 election.

The pickup to 2 percent from July to September from the 1.3 percent in the second quarter may help Obama's message that the economy is improving. Still, growth remains too weak to rapidly boost hiring. And the 1.74 percent rate for 2012 trails last year's 1.8 percent growth. Romney called the news "discouraging."

"Slow economic growth means slow job growth and declining take-home pay," Romney said in a statement. "This is what four years of President Obama's policies have produced."

The White House had a more positive take on the news in a blog post by Alan Krueger, chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers. "While we have more work to do, together with other economic indicators, this report provides further evidence that the economy is moving in the right direction," he wrote. Obama got better news from a survey out of the University of Michigan showing consumer confidence rising to its highest level in five years.

An Associated Press-GfK poll out this week shows Romney overtaking Obama as the candidate that likely voters trust more to handle the economy. The poll found 51 percent of those voters surveyed Oct. 19-23 picking Romney, compared to 44 percent for Obama. The two candidates were tied among likely voters on that issue in the previous poll in mid-September.

Still, the two are locked in a dead heat in the nationwide poll. Other surveys show a tight race in the swing states that will decide the election, with the winning candidate needing 270 Electoral College votes. With Hurricane Sandy threatening the East Coast during the final full week of the campaign, Romney canceled a rally in Virginia scheduled for Sunday. Obama aides said they were watching the storm's path before deciding whether to call off any of his events.

Obama was pushing back on Romney's criticism on another front — relations with Israel, which could have an impact particularly with Jewish voters in swing state Florida. The Republican has repeatedly criticized Obama for not traveling to Israel as president. Obama visited as a candidate in 2008.

A new ad shows images of Obama's trip and video of his pledge during his final debate with Romney that Iran will not get a nuclear weapon while he's president and that "our bond with Israel will be unbreakable."

Romney spokeswoman Amanda Henneberg responded that Obama's Middle East policy "has been a failure."

"As president, Mitt Romney's first overseas trip will be to Jerusalem, and under a Romney Administration, the world will never question America's solidarity with Israel," she said in a statement.

Romney was expanding his TV advertising into Minnesota, where President Richard Nixon was the last Republican to carry the state 40 years ago. The investment is described as a small buy that Democrats suggest is simply intended to generate media coverage and force the incumbent campaign to spend money there as well. And Obama's campaign followed suit, going up with what it described as a small buy meant to reach voters in neighboring Wisconsin.

Romney's running mate Paul Ryan also spent time in states not expected to affect the race's outcome, with fundraisers in South Carolina and Alabama. Ryan was scheduled to join Romney for a rally Friday evening in North Canton, Ohio, before the vice presidential candidate embarks on a two-day, 400-mile bus tour of the state.

At a midday luncheon in Huntsville, Ala., that raised more than $1 million for Romney's campaign, Ryan told donors they were helping pay for television ads in battleground states and staff to get voters to their polling locations. "Historically, Republicans have not been as good at that," Ryan said. "We're getting a lot better."

Vice President Joe Biden, campaigning Friday in Wisconsin, said Romney "meant what he said" when he was caught on tape saying that 47 percent of the nation considers themselves victims.

"Romney talks about victims. I don't know where the hell he lives," Biden told about 1,000 people at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. "I don't recognize the country he's talking about." The Obama campaign has a radio ad playing heavily in Wisconsin keying off of Romney's 47 percent line and using it to question the Republican's priorities. Both Romney and Ryan plan to campaign in Wisconsin early next week.

Obama arrived back in Washington late Thursday following a 40-hour battleground state blitz of eight states. He took a one-day break from the campaign trail Friday, spending much of the day at the White House, with a trip to Democratic Party headquarters to film a live appearance on MTV. Turning out young voters who tend to vote Democratic is a key strategy for the Obama campaign. He was scheduled to campaign in New Hampshire on Saturday.

The president also planned Oval Office interviews Friday with American Urban Radio Networks, which has a largely black audience, and Michael Smerconish, the conservative-leaning radio host who backed him in the 2008 election.

Obama also planned to talk to local television stations in swing states. And the campaign announced Friday that the president will travel next week to Colorado, Wisconsin and Ohio for a series of campaign rallies and events.

 

Comments

The Big Dog's back

Everytime rmoney opens his mouth he's lying.

Kimo

He is using some of Kasich's old speeches.
Worked for Kasich in OH.
May work for what's his name??

rottnrog

Rmoney told another big one in Defiance yesterday. He said Chrysler was closing the Jeep plant in Toledo and moving it to china !! I can't believe anyone would actually believe anything the idiot says !!!!

Randy_Marsh

I heard of copy and pasting, But your own sentence?? BTW it was in bloomberg http://www.bloomberg.com/news/20...

rottnrog

I would suggest you develope your comprehension skills. Where does that article say they are moving all Jeep production? It says they may AGAIN start making Jeeps there for the chinese market. DUH !!!!!

Randy_Marsh

Fiat SpA (F), majority owner of Chrysler Group LLC, plans to return Jeep output to China and may eventually make all of its models in that country, according to the head of both automakers’ operations in the region.
and may eventually make all of its models in that country
may eventually make all
make all
ALL
Guess you need to work on YOUR comprehension huh?

rottnrog

Chrysler currently builds all Jeep SUV models at plants in Michigan, Illinois and Ohio. Manley referred to adding Jeep production sites rather than shifting output from North America to China.

Do you know what the word RATHER means???

Comprehension... What the right wing doesn't have !!

Randy_Marsh

So when they say "All" they do not mean all? Gimmie a break. China is cheaper and has less regulation and chrysler is no longer a American country, They are Italian and if you think china doesnt look good to them you need help. Fiat will get what makes them the most money. Use a little common sense here.

rottnrog

ALL of the vehicles to sell in that country !!

http://www.leftlanenews.com/fiat...

No wonder you like rmoney!!!

Randy_Marsh

I dont like Romney, The only thing i like less than Romney is Rabid Obama supporters who would RATHER throw common sense to the wind and twist storys to scare people about a canidate.
Use some common sense Fiat does not care about toledo, You or the state of ohio, They care about the bottom line and if that includes cutting regulation cost and taxes by moving ALL THE MODELS to china to make money thats exactly what they will do. Thats the reason they own a car company and you do not, They know how to make the money.

rottnrog

It says all models to be sold in China, not all models for the whole world. Like I said, learn comprehension !!

sanduskysteve

Oh, they have good comprehension UNLESS it is against the republicans - then comprehension goes completely out the window. Let's see - Toyota is a company owned in Japan, but they make US sold models here in the US - probably makes a lot of sense due to transportation costs of shipping it overseas. I can understand Jeep doing the same thing - so Jeeps sold in the US will most likely continue to be made in the US. Common Sense - another feature not available in all republicans.

reese

Randy,

Romney's statement has been debunked by Chrysler.

Randy_Marsh

Reese
I accept it being debunked by Chyrsler, Thanks for sharing that. Fiat who OWNS chrysler wants to make money. NOW NAME ONE CONGLOMERATE YOU TRUST OR IS IT ALL CONGLOMERATES ARE OUT TO SCREW PEOPLE? Please explain this scientific anomoly to me? How does Fiat avoid the bankrupcy while avoiding the same pitfalls the american company fell into? Yeah, Union will make them go go bankrupt in 2 years. Have fun living in the tard world, when you get into the real world its a different game.

KnuckleDragger

Let me know how many companies have publicly debunked that they were moving production to China and then did it anyway? I'm waiting...Of course Chrysler is not going to admit it, until after the election. Watch and see.

John Harville

You mean like Bain Capital with Delphi???

Randy_Marsh

John
So you agree, Thanks!

KnuckleDragger

May I suggest that while you call someone on their comprehension skills that you also learn how to proofread your posts? Develop NOT Develope, dolt.

John Harville

@rottnrog... YOU GOT 'EM! Congratulations! You can tell because they started nitpicking typos. "when you have the facts, pound the facts. When you don't have the facts, pound the table."

coasterfan

Romney is a Wind Sock. Whichever way the wind is blowing, you know? Tells the crowd whatever they want to hear. Mr. I Have Bank Accounts In The Caymans is actually trying to pass himself off as a Friend to the Middle Class. Really? Really?

MHL

Gee it appears you made coasters point for him Darwin.

Obama looks like the same guy he was four years ago.

Mitt does not look the same day to day .

Funny stuff you got any more ciil videos?

KnuckleDragger

Yup, looks like he is putting forth the very same ideas he did four years ago...the ones that haven't worked.

John Harville

@Knuckles... did you know Tagg Romney carries left-handed brass knuckles in his pocket "like Dad taught us"?

...."the ones that haven't worked..." Lemesee: Stockmarket almost double. Unemployment 7% in Ohio and trending downward. UE figures Friday to be lower than September 7.8% (non-seasonally adjusted 7.3% mid October). More economic growth in September. 5 million+ new private sector jobs. And the one I know you hate: "bin Laden is dead, GM isn't".

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swiss cheese kat

Mitt’s been successful at everything he’s tried. It’s because he speaks with people. He embraces people. He works with people. He doesn’t patronize or speak down to them.

sanduskysteve

Ask the residents of Massachusetts what they think about his success. They are not impressed and they actually have the third slowest job growth since he has been there. And strange as it is - they are the third smallest state. If he couldn't fix things in the small state of MA - how is he ever going to fix things in the whole USA? And remember his solution to balancing the budget for the Olympics was to borrow tons of money from the goverment. The very thing he NOW says he is against. Romney was bad for MA and he is still bad for the US. He is not successful at everything he does - and HIS successes cost EVERYONE else dearly - their jobs and money is most cases - ask Delphi.

KnuckleDragger

In most circles 5% unemployment is considered full employment. Massachusettes unemployment rate was 4.7 percent when he left office a drop of 1%. I would say his performance was no worse than Obama

John Harville

WHAT? Who does he embrace? WITH whom does he speak? With WHOM does he work? To whom does he NOT speak down or patronize ("I like cheesy grits").
He was successful with the Olympics because of BILLIONS in federal government grants to reconstruct the Salt Lake City infrastructure.
Ask the folks at Delphi how he gained his success there with Bain Capital.
Ask the people in Massachusetts where he was 'successful' (well he did give us the foundation and framework for Obamacare) why he's down 30 points in the polls in his 'other' home state.
Ask the people in Utah and the aforementioned Salt Lake City why their newspaper endorsed Obama and said there are just 'too many Mitts' to know which one is real.

Louie

While the two worthless political morons battle it out the country continues to get worse.In my opinion neither is worth a dime and neither one is worthy of being president because they talk big but the truth is neither one has any ideal what to do to get the USA back on its feet.People are losing their Jobs and Homes Crime is increasing and the only thing they are worried about is whose going to be president so they can get richer.I am so tired of hearing their empty promises and lies.When will the USA ever get a President that will do what needs to be done to revive the country GOD HELP US ALL.

real talk

another week and a half and we never have to hear about this lying rat bast@rd again.

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