Romney: All economy, all the time
February 29th, 2012
01:25 PM ET
6 years ago

Romney: All economy, all the time

Toledo, Ohio (CNN) – Crediting his economic know-how with helping sway voters in Michigan and Arizona, Mitt Romney targeted his stump speech Wednesday to Ohio voters by focusing solely on jobs and the economy.

Romney told the audience he was pleased by his pair of Tuesday night primary wins, which he said came in part from voters worried about the economy.

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"Interestingly, the people who said that the economy and jobs were their number one issue, they voted for me overwhelmingly," he said. "And that's one of the reasons I'm running."

His first appearance following a blockbuster night was hardly a celebratory victory lap, however: an audience of roughly 125 people gave a muted response to the speech, held on a factory floor on a chilly, rainy morning.

During a tour of the steel post factory, the owners of American Posts asked Romney to push a button and start a stamping machine used to make highway signs.

"I've got to press a button," Romney quipped. "Which will be my heavy lift in terms of manufacturing today."

He continued on an economic tack during his speech, expanding on his criticism of China's trade policies and congratulating the event site owners for managing to compete successfully.

"My guess is you sell products outside the United States as well. It's a good thing to be able sell products like from right here around the world," Romney said. "But now and then people we compete with cheat, and they send products in here. That's not fair."

In the audience was a figure from presidential campaigns past: Joe the Plumber, a.k.a. Sam Wurzlebacher, who campaigned with Sen. John McCain in 2008 but said he would not endorse before Ohio's primary March 6.

Asked by a reporter whether he had any advice for Romney, Wurzlebacher said no, then added one thought.

"The guy's made it most everywhere he's ever tried, I don't think he needs my advice," Wurzlebacher said. "Maybe hang out with some steelworkers, hang out with some plumbers and carpenters, you know, see what it's like, these blue collar guys who do it every day in and out."

He then clarified that advice applied to all the candidates, and not Mitt Romney specifically.

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Filed under: 2012 • Economy • Mitt Romney • Ohio
soundoff (69 Responses)
  1. Claudia, Phoenix, AZ

    Ohioians need to remember it was Republican President GWB that put them in the soup lines. Don't let these Republicans continue to tear down your future.

    February 29, 2012 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  2. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Four and The Door

    Dominican mama 4 Obama
    During a tour of the steel post factory,
    Who in their right mind would give Romney a tour of ANY factory/company?
    Do they NOT know about this vulture capitalist?
    My comment was intended to be tongue-in-cheek Four, but I like your rationale and how you supported your views in your post. Thanks.

    February 29, 2012 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  3. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Romney's focus on making China's economy and job market better, say a lot about the lying Mittens.

    February 29, 2012 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |

    Fla Pete speaks the truth.

    February 29, 2012 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  5. Doris

    Romney: All the economy, all the time??? More accurately: Romney: Bashing the President, all the time. He really can't go beyond that strategy.

    February 29, 2012 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  6. Dominican mama 4 Obama


    While we're at it wasn't GW Bush supposed to be great for the American economy because of all his business acumen and his MBA? I don't think that turned out all that well. Mr. Romney IS starting to resemble Mr. Bush with his great command of facts (ahem!)
    Well, yes, then there's THAT example isn't there?!
    I think the point is that it boils down NOT to whether it is better to have someone in the WH who was wealthy and ran a business, etc etc, but more importantly on their reasons for wanting to be in the WH in the first place. Their INTENT, if you will, for our country. I say and maintain that while we cannot detract from or begrudge Romney his successes in the business world, nor should we, it means NOTHING in terms of how he would perform as a President.Romney's INTENT gives me the willies. It makes my hair stand on end to think that he could gain the WH because the people that control his strings do not mean this country well. Period.
    Obama 2012.

    February 29, 2012 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  7. Rudy NYC

    Four and The Door wrote:

    I would. These guys are experts in making companies healthy.
    I would believe it if someone could ante up some examples. Staples is not a good example because Bain has not had direct influence over Staples in over two decades. 90% of the growth, or more, came once Bain disconnected from Staples. But, Mitt Romney wants to claim credit for all of the jobs at Staples when it was actually someone else's doing.

    Mitt Romney, show me the jobs.

    February 29, 2012 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  8. Marie MD

    If I knew where they are now I would ask my former co workers at Dade International how it feels to be romneysized and lose your job after so many years of working for such a good company.
    This economic genius came in made money by closing manufacturing plants and took the R&D money and ultimately bankrupted the company. Course, he and the Board made millions while screwing the workers.
    Maybe instead of flip floppef I should call him destroyer of thousands of lives!!!

    February 29, 2012 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  9. Joe

    Hey, Team Romney, you were supposed to have Willard wear a t-shirt under that button down shirt for today' photo- op( you know, so he can at least look like he relates to those guys that he could really care less about). But to give you credit, he did sport a red NSCAR jacket last weekend at the races. What's with keeping the few no-expessioned-face workers that showed up to serve as his entourage so far away -no handshaking and back-slapping? Or might one of them ask Willard an inconvenient question?

    February 29, 2012 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  10. AL in West Palm Beach

    Someone gave Mitt a tour of a factory here in the USA....

    Quick call a locksmith, he is coming back tonight with the Chinese and sale off all your equipments WHOLESALE.

    February 29, 2012 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  11. Linda

    After his act at Bain Capital, he really has audacity, or no shame, to show up in that place. Kudos to all those guys for not waving and smiling while that jerk tours the place.

    February 29, 2012 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  12. Four and The Door

    Mitt Romney is correct for reading what American voters are asking for. A better economy to live in.
    If the economy is the issue, Obama loses. Mitt Romney should not let Obama or David Axelrod divert the campaign into issues other than the economy. It is the economy and Obama is not the guy. Romney 2012.

    February 29, 2012 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  13. Wobbly Walker

    How can peole say has no understanding of economy? He ran a successful business. Do you understand the different taxes that are hurting companies, that prevents them from hiring? I don't and reading the articles (not blogs) on different websites apparently Obama doesn't either. Santorum doesn't understand the economy when he thinks rising gas prices was the cause of the recession, and what has he done other than been a politician/lobbyist?

    February 29, 2012 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  14. Woman In California

    @ Marie MD

    You hit the nail right on the head. Romneysized is ALL Willard knows.

    February 29, 2012 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  15. Nancy

    That photo of him makes him look even more pathetic than the one in Ford Fields. A real close-up with so few workers; must mean the other workers preferred not to greet him. No matter what the size of the venue, he is just plain loathsome.

    February 29, 2012 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  16. Pete

    Every body knows the steel industry is vital to the auto industry–how clueless to show up there. Look at those guys' faces–definetly no love for him in any of them

    February 29, 2012 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  17. The know-how-man...

    Romney-claim...."Washington does not create jobs" on one hand and on the other hand Romney-claim "The private sector creates jobs" ........and on the third hand we say "why does Romney want to be President if the White House does not create jobs"....? Somebody please ask this Romney why he really runs for President...?

    February 29, 2012 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  18. Four and The Door

    Rudy NYC
    Four and The Door wrote:
    I would. These guys are experts in making companies healthy.
    I would believe it if someone could ante up some examples.
    Okay, I'll take the bait. Burlington Coat Factory, Michaels, Gymboree, Bright Horizons Child Care, Bombardier Recreational Products, Toys R Us, and these are just retail and consumer companies you may be familiar with. This is a small part of their list, with others being industrial, financial and otherwise less known by people outside those industries. Bain Capital has been successful and effective. Tens of thousands of current employees of these companies would agree.

    February 29, 2012 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  19. mbjrp36

    At least Willard has real issues to talk about, unlike Newt and Rick.

    February 29, 2012 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
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