January 26th, 2012
12:29 PM ET
2 years ago

Romney gets fired up for debate

Jacksonville, Florida (CNN) – Mitt Romney jokingly suggested his supporters "storm in" to cheer him on at a CNN/Republican Party of Florida debate in Jacksonville Thursday night.

At a rally in Jacksonville Thursday morning, the GOP candidate told an audience he was looking forward to the Republican match-up and asked for their support.

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"If y'all can get there, we'd love to see you there cheering," he said.

Some audience members told him they couldn't get tickets to the evening event at the University of North Florida.

"No tickets, huh?" Romney said. "Just storm in."

In addition to Romney, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, former Sen. Rick Santorum and Texas Rep. Ron Paul planned to participate.

Romney said he expected the candidates would discuss President Obama's record - and added they might talk about each other's records as well.

"We're going to have some choice time talking about the President and his failures, we'll probably talk a great deal about his State of the Union Address and how badly mischaracterized he has described our nation at a time when so many people are suffering in this state and across the country," Romney said. "We may talk about the differences between ourselves as well, there may be some give and take. That's always fun and entertaining, I know."

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Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney
soundoff (17 Responses)
  1. Anonymous

    How does a robot get fired up?

    January 26, 2012 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  2. Debra from Georgia

    He is rich enough to buy a robot to speak for him

    January 26, 2012 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  3. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    Anonymous - How does a robot get fired up?
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    Didn't see Transformers, huh??? Better stand back because it is GREAT!

    January 26, 2012 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  4. JulesT

    He has nothing of vaue to say, so instead he will focus on insults. A true knowledge person would want to speak of what they can and will do, not on silly insults.

    January 26, 2012 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  5. stranger in an increasingly strange land

    It looks like it might be either Mitt (I'm rich so I hide my money offshore) or Newt (the slimy salamander).
    Even Castro thinks the Republicans are a ship of fools this year.

    January 26, 2012 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  6. vic , nashville ,tn

    Our founding fathers expected certain quality from our presidential candidates Mitt Romney didn’t meet the expectation

    January 26, 2012 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  7. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    Our founding fathers expected certain quality from our presidential candidates Mitt Romney didn’t meet the expectation
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    Yeah, the left sure is terrified to run against Romney. Must be all those polls showing Romney beating Obama. The only cure for Obama failure is successful proven leader of high integrity and character, Mitt Romney. Our Founding Fathers would be lining up to vote for Romney.

    January 26, 2012 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  8. Fair is Fair

    "Even Castro thinks the Republicans are a ship of fools this year."
    ------
    That's because Castro is a leftist – just like the current occupant of 1600 Pennsylvania.

    January 26, 2012 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  9. Marie MD

    I saw fired up and thought he might be having Mexican refried beans for lunch.
    Yes, choice talking about the President and your perceived failures.
    Then again people are suffering in our country thanks to #43 and your party of hell no,but what are you suffering from? I would be happy to take some of that $42M you made in the last two years on mostly interest if it's too heavy for you. To make you feel better ask the newterman how to sign up for a half a million credit line at Tiffanys!

    January 26, 2012 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  10. ContrastandCompare

    Just know...

    Florida has one thing in common with the rest of US.

    75% DON'T WANT MITT.

    NEWT 2012 – Only hope for America.

    January 26, 2012 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  11. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    "If y'all can get there, we'd love to see you there cheering," he said
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    Only way you'll get a turnout of supporters Mittens is to PAY THEM.
    It worked quite well for the Koch brothers when they needed Teabaggers.

    January 26, 2012 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  12. v_mag

    Kind of fun to imagine what this guy must do to get "fired up" for a debate. Massive doses of viagra, maybe? A tiny sip of that devil's drink coffee? A quick read of the Book of Mormon? Who knows with a guy this strange and out of touch.

    January 26, 2012 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  13. Chris

    I know little of Romney's policies regarding most areas other than the fact that he's a Conservative, yet I feel it is that way for most people. To trash him simply because he's rich, economically successful... isn't that anti-American? Why should his wealth be held against him... jealousy? Ya'll's minds are being poisoned.

    January 26, 2012 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  14. Sandy

    "Chris

    I know little of Romney's policies regarding most areas other than the fact that he's a Conservative, yet I feel it is that way for most people. To trash him simply because he's rich, economically successful... isn't that anti-American? Why should his wealth be held against him... jealousy? Ya'll's minds are being poisoned."

    No one begrudges Romney for making loads of money. It's that he is making unearned money by not even working. What he is doing though is parking his millions overseas to avoid taxes. Even if they are taxed at the same rate, why would you not let the country that allowed you to make all your riches get the tax money? Especially when the country desperately needs money to climb out of the hole we're in. Romney is not contributing to this country like he should, even with his millions! He doesn't deserve to be President!

    January 26, 2012 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  15. Anonymous

    "The only cure for Obama failure is successful proven leader of high integrity and character, Mitt Romney."

    First, Obama hasn't failed; your GOBP deathcult has. Second, R-Money is a proven vulture capitalism. That is his only real success, being a predatory elitist. There's certainly no evidence of this "integrity" you speak of. Making money by draining company pensions and leaving the US taxpayer to foot the bill pretty much proves his lack of integrity.

    January 26, 2012 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  16. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    Chris - To trash him simply because he's rich, economically successful... isn't that anti-American? Why should his wealth be held against him... jealousy? Ya'll's minds are being poisoned.
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    It's the kool-aide Chris... We've been trying to get them off it for years but have not succeeded. I fear there is nothing left between their ears to salvage at this point. So sad...

    January 26, 2012 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  17. ST

    I hate to say this: am sorry each day which goes by Romney is proving he can not lead. Doesn't he understand that he is in the competition?? He is now inviting people to cheer him up!! Doesn't he understand that by doing so he is inviting the other side to boooooo him?

    January 26, 2012 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |