Romney affirms his commitment to Iowa
October 20th, 2011
11:19 AM ET
2 years ago

Romney affirms his commitment to Iowa

Sioux City, Iowa (CNN) - On Thursday, Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney made his first appearance in Iowa since August.

And at a town hall meeting on the campus of Morningside College in Sioux City, the former Massachusetts governor was pressed on his commitment to the leadoff caucus state.

A questioner said he was disappointed with the "vitriol" and "hyperbole" from the other GOP candidates and pointedly asked Romney: "Are you here in Iowa today, and is your campaign here in Iowa today to finally give the people of Iowa an alternative to that?"

"Yes," Romney responded.

"I want to get the support of Iowans," he added. "I am in Iowa, this not my first trip to Iowa as you know. And I will be here again and again."

Romney is at or near the top of polls in Iowa despite only making two trips to the state this year. That's a departure from his 2008 campaign, when he staked his candidacy on a win here.

"I would love to win in Iowa, any of us would," Romney said. "So I will campaign here. I intend to campaign in all the early states at least, maybe all the states at some point."

Romney has two more stops planned in western Iowa on Thursday.


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soundoff (13 Responses)
  1. Woman In California

    Romney's motto: be ALL things to ALL people (if that will get me elected). Talk about a con artist. All the money in the world won't hide his record which is – that he doesn't stand for anything or anyone but himself. Con artist indeed.

    October 20, 2011 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  2. AntiFringe

    Tough question. But Mitt handled it well.

    October 20, 2011 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  3. thomas

    "I want to get the support of Iowans," he added. "I am in Iowa, this not my first trip to Iowa as you know. And I will be here again and again."

    In one word , " subsidized corn " !

    October 20, 2011 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  4. Stan Neathery

    American politics would be entertaining if not for the fact that the situation in its congress is destroying the country. Why can't Americans elect more responsible politicians?

    October 20, 2011 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  5. Jerry

    Support

    Romney has ignored Iowa for over two months and expect to get their support. How weird. This is a man who's actions have been so different from his words. Once the Iowa straw polls didn't go in his favor, he turned his back on them, as soon as he realizes that Bachmann is no longer their favorite, he's facing them again.

    Romney as a flip-flopper simply cannot be trusted by anyone. How can he expect support as a double minded person?

    October 20, 2011 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  6. De

    Woman in California, I couldn't agree with you more!! A total and complete con artist!!!!!!!!

    October 20, 2011 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  7. Sniffit

    "A questioner said he was disappointed with the "vitriol" and "hyperbole" from the other GOP candidates and pointedly asked Romney: "Are you here in Iowa today, and is your campaign here in Iowa today to finally give the people of Iowa an alternative to that?""

    PLANT. He has spewed as much vitriol and hyperbole as the rest of them and did so at this most recent debate. This is just a softball setup question to give Mittens an opportunity to try to distance himself from it. And let's face it: they don't give a mary had a little lamb about their candidate spewing vitriol and hyperbole...they just want it all directed at Obama and the Dems, not amongst fellow plutocrat brownshirts.

    October 20, 2011 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  8. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    We watched Mittens become unglued at the last debate. He conducts himself like a middle school child of privilege.

    October 20, 2011 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  9. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Would you trust Mittens with our national security? Me either.

    October 20, 2011 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  10. A Kickin` Donkey

    Not to worry . . . this is him being for it BEFORE he is against it.

    All joking aside, Kerry was beaten up unfairly for being willing to weigh all sides; Romney takes ALL SIDES of EVERY issue If the voters picked Bush over Kerry Mitt should not stand a chance.

    October 20, 2011 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  11. Nothing new here

    Well, I am very displeased with this back-and-forth rhetoric between Romney and Perry. Very childish, and a sad state of affairs. It is no wonder that people no longer trust government, or politicians, for that matter.

    October 20, 2011 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  12. Miranda

    I would trust Gov. Romney with National Security.....he could do a hell of alot better than Pres. Obama. Out of all the candidates Gov. Romney is the most professional. The way a Pres. should be when representing the free world. Our standards have gone down and we need to bring respect back to the U.S.

    October 20, 2011 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  13. Rudy NYC

    Miranda wrote:
    I would trust Gov. Romney with National Security.....he could do a hell of alot better than Pres. Obama.
    ------------
    A Pres. Romney would have followed Sen. McCain's advice and got us into another shooting conflict, with lost lives, and a decade long nation rebuilding process. No, thanks.

    If the US image and "standards" (whatever that is) have gone down with Obama, then why is it he seems to have earned enough global respect around the world to win a Nobel Peace Prize? Hmm? Did you know that Obama's approval rating in Israel is higher than here at home in the US? That is approval rating in Israel is even higher than Netanyahu's? Hmm?

    October 20, 2011 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |