Confident-sounding Romney claims debate victories
January 27th, 2012
06:05 PM ET
2 years ago

Confident-sounding Romney claims debate victories

Cape Canaveral, Florida (CNN) - A confident-sounding Mitt Romney claimed victory for two GOP match-ups during a high-energy rally Friday afternoon, telling the Florida audience he expected to debate Barack Obama someday.

Coming off a performance in a CNN/Republican Party of Florida debate Thursday in which Romney seemed to put his chief rival Newt Gingrich on the defensive, the former Massachusetts governor rallied an enthusiastic audience at Astrotech Corporation, a commercial aerospace supplier.

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"How about that debate last night, wasn't that fun?" Romney asked as audience members cheered. "I've had the fun of having two debates where I had to stand up and battle. And battling was fun and battling was won."

Later in the event, Romney criticized the president's State of the Union address, saying Obama had failed to deliver on his promises.

"I was listening pretty carefully to his speech because I'm expecting to debate him someday," Romney said, prompting more cheers from the audience.

Though earlier the week Romney attacked Gingrich at a series of campaign events following the former House speaker's stunning victory in South Carolina, for the past several days on the stump Romney has focused his criticism on Obama.

Polls show he is at the top of the field in Florida, where GOP voters will weigh in Tuesday.

Romney did make a veiled jab at Gingrich over funding for space exploration. On Wednesday Gingrich vowed to build a base on the moon by the end of his second term in office.

Romney implied the proposal was a pander to Florida's Space Coast community.

"In the politics of the past, to get your vote in the, on the Space Coast, I'd come here and promise hundreds of billions of dollars," Romney said. "I'm not going to do that. I know that stuff is very attractive, very popular, but it's simply the wrong thing to do. It's not the way the best decisions are made."

He added: "Politicians love the idea of coming in and saying what they're going to do without having studied it, without having carried out the analysis, and gotten the data, done the hard work. I won't do that."

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soundoff (22 Responses)
  1. Rudy NYC

    ROMNEY. The letters M-O-N-E-Y with an R in front of it.

    January 27, 2012 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  2. alkarrk

    Go Mitt!

    January 27, 2012 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  3. JuanVonDinklus

    Should we just anoint Romney as the leader of the world now and skip this thing called the election? These candidates wouldn't know how to find a whole in the ground if they were standing in one.

    January 27, 2012 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  4. Fire0bama

    Go Gov. Romney!

    January 27, 2012 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  5. Jake

    the only victory you can claim is the joy the world found in listening to Newt get called out on being the sack of S*#@ he is!

    January 27, 2012 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  6. ThinkAgain

    Regarding the Spanish as a "ghetto" language controversy:

    The quote from Gingrich is "We should replace bilingual education with immersion in English so people learn the common language of the country and so they learn the language of prosperity, not the language of living in a ghetto."

    Anyone who thinks Gingrich was referring to any language other than Spanish needs their head examined. Oh, and Gingrich shortly thereafter issued an apology to the Hispanic community. It was about 3 minutes long and he said it IN SPANISH.

    Regarding Mittens, he not only approved the ad blasting Gingrich, the "and I approve this message" part of the ad was said by Romney IN SPANISH.

    Mittens and Gingrich are both losers – period.

    Go Obama/Biden 2012!

    January 27, 2012 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  7. Tony

    Nothing ticks off conservatives more than Romney being confident that the Republican nomination is in the bag. But really, what can they do? Will Gingrich and Santorum continue to split the conservative vote?

    January 27, 2012 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  8. ron

    Ah, yes. Too bad people are finding out today that you lied about your Fannie/Freddie investments being in "blind trusts" and you not knowing how your money was invested! I'm sure you will get your just desserts on primary day. People don't like being lying to. You seem to be able to do that with a straight face.

    January 27, 2012 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  9. Data Driven

    I'll grudgingly admit that Gingrich has made Romney a better debater.

    We'll see how he fares against someone who generally tells the truth, this coming Autumn.

    January 27, 2012 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  10. Namejkane fl

    Time to clean house of republican trash in the next election. Romney your not president and never will be. Only clowns would vote for you and you couldn't even get realected gov of mass.

    January 27, 2012 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  11. Bill in Florida

    "he expected to debate Barack Obama someday." Yep, maybe the two of them will play a game of checkers sometimes. Or Obama can challenge Romney to a basketball games, with one hand tied behind his back ...

    January 27, 2012 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  12. REG in AZ

    I happened to notice an article regarding a Jewish editor’s (in Atlanta) call for the assassination of President Obama because he didn’t feel our president was pro-Israel enough. That is not only totally irresponsible but also completely ridiculous. Besides being insane it neglects two obvious and very weighty facts. One, America’s politicians’ first responsibility is to America and American interests. That isn’t advocating protectionism or isolationism but rather just that common sense dictates the pursuit of America’s interests without seconding them to any other countries interests. Second, the reality is that Israel has had no better friend than America and that has been emphatically proven and it is very apparent it will continue without interruption. So the reality is that it is just more reasonable for people like this blindly biased individual to realize that thinking as he is, is tantamount to “cutting off his nose to spite his face” and it would really be much more intelligent and reasonable to encourage Israel to just find some ways to bend and help achieve peace.

    January 27, 2012 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  13. ARMYCSM

    IF Romney's grandfather move to Mexico so he could have his way with four young girls he called wives; and if Romney's father was born in Mexico from one of these girls; If his father, born in Mexico, married a woman born in Wales. My QUESTION IS:
    who in this bigamistic triad is American? Botto Line: Where is his long form Birth Certificate?

    January 27, 2012 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  14. Mosses K

    The 45th President of United States of America=Gov Mitt Romney

    January 27, 2012 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  15. DENNA

    I have no intention of voting for you, but it was nice to see you smoke Newt! And Wolf also. Gingrich doesn't do so well when he is directly challenged and the challenger does not back down. Like most bullies, he will back down when confronted. I hope you get the nomination. I want Obama to win, but I don't think you would be a bad runner-up president, especially if the Senate and House return to the Democrats. It will be a nice mix of liberal/conservative management.

    January 27, 2012 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
  16. Anonymous

    When you have to declare yourself the victor, you haven't really won. Rmoney is obviously a spoiled little rich kid who never had to compete for anything.

    January 27, 2012 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  17. T'sah From Virginia

    ►Confident-sounding Romney claims debate victories
    Now he is HYPED and ready to sail the seven seas
    ["How about that debate last night, wasn't that fun?"]
    I really got that ginGRINCH guy on the run!!
    [“… battling was fun and battling was won."]
    If I keep this up the White House would surely come

    LMAO because MITTens not so fast
    Beating other candidates does not give you a free pass
    To get to the WH and become our Commander in Chief
    You must beat President Obama and that will never be achieved

    Obama/Biden 2012!!

    January 27, 2012 11:45 pm at 11:45 pm |
  18. Pedron

    f the Republican establishment think that, they can just pick whom they want to win us!! Then Mr. Gingrich has no place in the Republican party and he should consider leaving the Republican party all together and run as an independent period!. Gingrich remember the last midterm in Alaska when the establishment gave no chance to lisa Murkowski but she proved them wrong!! you can do the same!

    January 28, 2012 01:50 am at 1:50 am |
  19. NATHAN WIMBERLY

    Teabaggers have a plan for Romney to fail.

    January 28, 2012 06:30 am at 6:30 am |
  20. john d.

    Remove this clown from the Beth script and you will find the dumbest guy in America!

    January 28, 2012 07:37 am at 7:37 am |
  21. Anonymous

    ....Later, Mitt was overheard calling "Shotgun" before entering his campaign bus.

    January 28, 2012 07:53 am at 7:53 am |
  22. diridi

    He may be front-runner, but will never be even close to be POTUS. JUST AN IDIOT.

    January 28, 2012 08:45 am at 8:45 am |