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.




Meow - simple answer is - YES they all do. It's the same as Romney's bobble-heads made in China - BY HIS BROTHER-IN-LAW's factory!


I hear Trump offered Obama 10 million dollars to release his college transcripts.
Trump feels pretty certain that Obama enrolled as a foreigner to receive foreign aid loans.

John Harville

Why not make it $20 million? Actually it was $5 million for his transcripts and passport application. So. You have about as much credibility as Trump - just not the fodder to feed your bull.


@ John Harville:

Mr. Obama also gave up his law license. Didja ever wonder why he wants to leave no paper trail?

You're so trusting. Wanna buy the Linwood Bridge in Norwalk?


enjoy.....George Carlin...god rest his soul...


This took place on Bill Maher show last night:
Maher: "You said Romney is the most intellectually dishonest person in politics." Rep. Frank: "I'd strike intellectually


If burger flipping is your life's goal, then I'm happy for you and your rewarding career.

John Harville

GOOFUS. The life goal of MOST Americans is shelter, feeding and educating their families, gainful employment (even honeydipping pays) and the knowledge they left things better than they found them.
Somebody has to flip the burgers, or the filet mignon, or the foie groie so you can clog your arteries. If amassing great wealth is your life's goal, then I wish you well - but we'll both end up in a hole in the ground or scattered on the lake and leave to the vultures to do as they please with the fruits of our life's work.


@ Riskkbreaker:

Mr. Obama is an opportunistic sociopath.

For him, claiming his country of birth is dependent upon what he will gain at the time.

He is an accomplished liar who excels at his art.

To question his veracity is to risk ridicule as a racist, etc. The cult of personality surrounding this man is amazing.


"As president, I will create 12 million new jobs." —Mitt Romney, during the second presidential debate
"Government does not create jobs. Government does not create jobs." —Mitt Romney, 45 minutes later (Oct. 16, 2012)


Approx. 70% of Americans will be "ticked off" no matter who wins.

"Should Romney win, the 28% of Americans that identify as Republican will be thrilled, and the remaining 72% will be largely upset and on edge.

Should Obama win, similarly, the 32% registered Democrat with be thrilled and the remaining 68% will be upset and on edge."

Darwin's choice

Remember these?
“I promise 100% transparency in my administration.”.

“I promise NO NEW TAXES on a family making less than $250K a year.”.

“I will allow 5 days of public comment before I sign any bills.”.

“I will remove earmarks from PORK projects before I sign any bill.”.

“I will end Income Tax for seniors making less than $50K a year.”.

"I will bring ALL of our troops home within ONE year."

“I’ll put the Health Care negotiations on CSPAN so everyone can see who is at the table!”.

“I’ll have no lobbyists in my administration."

"I'll close Guantanamo."

"I'll resign if I don't cut the deficit in half by the end of four years."

"I'll unite the people of this great country."

The Big Dog's back

Sounds like the Repub wish list.

Darwin's choice

Can you choke any more of these promises down Big Dog?

John Harville

DArwin. Source?
And yeah... it's called 'HOPE'. And the Obama 'hope' to raise us from the depths is greater than the Romney 'fear' we'll have no idea where he stands on Day 2 or Day 62 at 10 am - or Day 62 at 10:45 a.m.....

Darwin's choice

Hey, Big Dog or Coasterfan, any truth to the rumor of Obama getting truckloads of Thank You cards from President Carter?


Kolob is the heavenly body nearest to the throne of God.



Did you 'actually' ever read the Book of Mormon or do you only get your info from hate-filled lefty nut propaganda?

Hillary Clinton went to the "Book of Mormon" play in NY and thought that it was funny, but she condemns an anti-Islamic video which the Admin. says caused the attack in Benghazi????

John Harville

Contango. Have you ever read The Book of Mormon? The play is written BY Mormons... I, though, have read the Book of Mormon and studied the writings of the church's founders and 'saints' and 'gods' and bishops - from Joseph Smith and Brigham to the present.
From Brigham Young and others I learned that Jesus was not miraculously conceived by the Spirit but that God took human form (like the gods of the Greeks and Romans) and entered Mary's bedroom and Mary and that "Jesus was conceived in the same way as you and I" and that God "not the Spirit, is the father of Jesus".
I also learned from one of the great leaders "as Man is God was; as God is Man may become).
I also know from personal knowledge that while the Draft existed - and especially during the Vietnam war - there was a specific Selective Service deferment for Mormon men 'on mission'.
NOW FOR THE VIDEO: In that video Mohammed is portrayed as a bisexual sex fiend who rapes women and young boys, who is drunken, who... well I won't go farther. The play speaks no untruths about Mormonism. The video speaks no truth about its subject.
Now... who is spewing hate-filled propoganda.
Again... have YOU ever read the Book of Mormon?
Did YOU ever volunteer for military service?


@ John Harville:

I've seen the "Mohammed" video.

Sad that Mr. Obama had to go before the UN and apologize for our first amendment rights.

So what's the "official" WH story on the "act of terror" at Benghazi today?

John Harville

You First Amendent protectors only want to talk about 'our rights' but never mention 'our responsibilities'. The First Amendment guarantees the right to free speech but does NOT say you will not be held accountable. Speech can be libelous.. consider New York Times Co. v Sullivan.
"New York Times v. Sullivan established the actual malice standard which requires the plaintiff to prove that the publisher was aware that the statement was false and published it anyway. This places a very high burden of proof on the plaintiff in libel cases.

The concept of public figures is important in freedom of the press cases. A public figure is a person that puts themselves in the eye of the public, such as a politician or celebrity. These individuals have the burden of proof in defamation and libel cases."
The First Amendment says "Congress shall make no laws abridging...freedom of speech of the press..." CONGRESS has not made any such laws... however in several cases - like Sullivan - THE SUPREME COURT has layered interpretations of Freedom of Speech and placed restrictions.
Get off your hobby horse and realize you have a responsibility for all that you speak.


@ John Harville:

How is that case relevant in this regard?

So the video producer should be handed over to a Sharia court for trial?

John Harville

...but have you read The Book of Mormon? YOU raised the issue and now have a responsibility to respond.


@ John Harville:

My question to the other poster implied the answer to yours.


Mr. Romney is an Intellectually dishonest person.

He is an accomplished liar who excels at his art.



Mr. Romney is "intellectually dishonest"? Did you get that from Bwarney Fwank?

No comparison to Mr. Obama who sat in Rev. Wright's church for twenty yrs., but never noticed his hate-filled message until he ran for POTUS. LMAO!!!

Heck, he even threw his "avg. white" grandmother over the side when convenient.

The guy's a user of the first degree.

John Harville

Uh Oh. Romney on the ropes. Gotta drag out Rev. Wright. Do you go to church for the preacher? I go to church for the fellowship. If people stopped going to church because of the preacher, a lot of churches would be pretty empty. Do you go to church?


@ John Harville:

So you go to church for the fellowship but not the message?

John Harville

Uh yeah. I could be supremely content without a 'message'. My message comes from Jesus and the people around me who share a common faith regardless of man-made religion.
In xx years of church-going I've learned that 'messengers' come and go but the majority of souls that constitute the 'church' remain, striving each day to live the Faith as each understands the Faith.
We all come from different perspectives and thus interpret the same scriptures from different vantages - not unlike six blind men describing an elephant.


Mitt Romney: I'm the grandfather of ‘Obamacare’

"Now and then the president says I'm the grandfather of Obamacare. I don't think he meant that as a compliment, but I’ll take it. This was during my primary; we thought it might not be helpful," Romney said during a Univision candidate forum Wednesday.

Which ever way the WIND blows.....